Clarity is clearly a priority in all VyprVPN’s apps. The simple and uncluttered desktop apps are incredibly easy to set up and use.
Choosing a server location couldn’t be simpler, either, and VyprVPN keeps all the advanced options you may want to change in one place, clearly explained in plain language.
On all major platforms, you can search for specific servers, sort servers by distance, and see ping (ms) for each server.
In this section, we’ll describe our experience using VyprVPN on every major platform, and how exactly the applications differ from each other.
Desktop & Laptop (Windows & Mac)
VyprVPN’s desktop apps are user-friendly and look almost exactly the same — though split tunneling is only available on macOS. The option to adapt settings and switch servers can be found in the bottom bar.
The home screen of VyprVPN’s Windows app (left) and macOS app (right).
On both platforms, VyprVPN uses WireGuard by default, which is one of the safest protocols. You can also use OpenVPN, IKEv2, and VyprVPN’s obfuscation protocol called Chameleon.
The customize tab reveals a set of useful features, from toggles like public WiFi protection and a kill switch to more complex controls for DNS, VPN protocol, and TAP Adapter settings.
In Startup Options, you can set the app to launch or connect to a server automatically after turning on your device. On Windows, you can customize the notifications you receive, which is a great feature.
However, some users on Windows 10 and 11 have reported unusually high strain on CPU when running VyprVPN, which can eat into battery life and device performance over time.
Mobile (iPhone & Android)
VyprVPN’s iOS and Android apps are as intuitive and easy to use as the desktop versions. The app homepages have the same layout, with a navigation bar at the bottom. We’re also glad to see that both iOS and Android apps use VyprDNS by default.
VyprVPN’s Android (left) and iOS (right) apps look the same as their desktop counterparts.
The Android app has a lot of the same features as the desktop apps. We’re disappointed to see VyprVPN’s iOS app is more sparse. It doesn’t offer split tunneling or an all-important kill switch.
The only features absent from the Android app are TAP adapter controls and a malicious site blocker. VyprVPN also offers an .APK for you to sideload directly onto your device.
We’re pleased to see WireGuard is the automatic protocol on mobile, as well as the option to use the Chameleon protocol.
We’re disappointed to see that VyprVPN doesn’t offer a Graphical User Interface for Linux, which makes an app look like an app. Instead, VyprVPN offers an awful Client Line Interface.
This makes using VyprVPN on Linux complicated and time-consuming. In comparison, Private Internet Access and ProtonVPN offer fully-featured Linux VPN apps that are straightforward to use.
VyprVPN’s CLI is much less accessible than a full GUI.
Another drawback is that VyprVPN on Linux doesn’t support WireGuard, though you can use OpenVPN. You can also install VyprVPN on Linux using OpenVPN setup.
VyprVPN offers the best custom router app for Tomato routers. It’s one of only two VPNs that offers a native app on a router. This is extremely unusual for a mid-tier VPN. Even further, the native router app is easy to set up and use.
The only other VPN that offers a native app on a router, ExpressVPN, is also the best VPN for routers overall.
However, the biggest drawback to VyprVPN’s router app is that it only works on certain Tomato-flashed routers, specifically MIPs and ARM versions.
If you don’t want a Tomato flashed router, there are also manual setups for the following firmware: DD-WRT, AsusWRT, and OpenWRT. But, these configurations will not have the same features and interface as the native app.
On top of the basic VyprVPN functionality, the native app includes port forwarding controls, access restriction, per device controls, and support for all VyprVPN’s protocols (including Chameleon and OpenVPN) — a great suite of features, especially for a router app.
VyprVPN’s router app lets you port forward, switch protocols, and shows you ping for each server.
It also has USB and Network Attached Storage controls which allow you to connect printers, set up cloud storage, or share files while connected to your VPN router. This is a niche use-case for routers, but still impressive for a mid-tier VPN to facilitate.
The VyprVPN router app has an inbuilt bandwidth monitoring tool (don’t worry, this information isn’t logged by VyprVPN itself). While not totally necessary or unique, this feature lets you keep a close eye on the levels of activity in your local network.
In summary, VyprVPN has an extremely unique offering for a mid-tier VPN: a native Tomato app, which facilitates quick and easy connection changes for all your home devices to VyprVPN’s self-owned VPN servers.
Fire TV & Android TV Apps
VyprVPN’s apps for streaming devices differ in user interface from the other apps on offer. This is a good thing considering the difference between using a TV remote and a touchscreen or mouse.
VyprVPN’s Smart TV app.
The app has been simplified even more, meaning some features are absent, too. It has WiFi protection for unsafe networks and a kill switch – both great features – but nothing else.
This isn’t a surprise — VPN apps for streaming devices tend to be fairly limited.
Uniquely among the VyprVPN apps, the smart TV app has an option for both AES-128 and AES-256 encryption (the other apps only offer the more secure AES-256).
VyprVPN claims the AES-128 encryption option can be faster, but we wouldn’t recommend using it as it is less secure than AES-256, which has become the industry standard.
VyperVPN has a browser extension available on Google Chrome, released in 2021.
VyprVPN’s browser extension encrypted our traffic.
We’re impressed to see it’s one of the rare VPN proxy browser extensions that fully encrypts your traffic. As you can see in the image above, your ISP will not be able to identify which websites you are visiting.
It’s free and easy to download from the Chrome Web Store. We like that the server location list shows the current ping on each server, so you can see which servers will be the fastest.
However, like VyprVPN’s app, the browser extension wasn’t able to unblock any Netflix libraries.
There are loads of locations to choose from, including:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea