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Windscribe Review

Rebecca Duff
By Rebecca DuffUpdated
Our Score8.7
User Rating
 94% 
(19 User Reviews)

User-friendly VPN with a strong privacy focus. Good choice for streaming fans.

What we like
  • Solid download speeds - peaking at 70Mbps locally
  • Optimized servers mean easy access to Netflix
  • P2P and torrenting permitted on most servers
  • User-friendly apps. Instant set-up on popular platforms
  • Connect securely to 58 countries

A very strong VPN for the most part, Windscribe is a particularly good choice for those who have never used a VPN before.

Its focus on privacy combined with fast local connection speeds and availability on a variety of devices and platforms help it stand out, even if it lacks consistency in some areas.

Pricing & Deals

You have two options with Windscribe: pay for a month or pay for a year. The $9.00 cost of a single month is rather steep, but it comes all the way down to $4.08 per month on a 12-month deal.

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Windscribe Pricing & Deals

Best Value Deal
12 Months
US$4.08/mo
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Billed $49.00 every 12 months
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US$9.00/mo
Billed $9.00 every month
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The three-day, 10GB data-capped money back period isn’t very long at all – instead we would recommend you try out the free service first. In fact, it’s our Best Free VPN for 2019.

Payment Options

Windscribe accepts the usual range of payment methods including most popular credit and debit cards, PayPal and Bitcoin, as well as several international options through its partnership with Paymentwall.

Speed & Reliability

It won’t be topping our charts anytime soon, but Windscribe is still a VPN with plenty of speed.

With local downloads peaking at just under 70Mbps in the UK where we test from it should comfortably handle anything you throw at it, even with multiple devices connected to it at once.

Downloads are quick enough for HD streaming and speedy multiple file downloads, peaking at just under 70Mbps in the UK and averaging at around 40-50Mbps throughout the rest of Europe (we test from London).

We found latency to be fairly average, coming in at 18ms on same-country connections, while uploads are similar to downloads in that they’re very quick on local connections, with speeds of up to 61Mbps on local connections. This makes Windscribe a great option for torrenters.

If you’d like to find out more about how we conduct our speed tests, take a look at our guide to How We Review VPNs.

Features

Server Locations

Globe with a blue flag58Countries
Image of a city landscape110Cities
Image of a pink marker?IP Addresses

Windscribe’s selection of 58 countries is a good solid number, and takes care of almost every region – East Asia is especially well represented, which is uncommon.

Among those 58 countries are over 110 individual locations, meaning you get city-level choice in a number of locations, including the US and UK. Disappointingly, Windscribe won’t reveal how many individual servers or IP addresses it maintains, though.

Platforms & Devices

Apps

Windows LogoWindows
Mac LogoMac
iOS LogoiOS
Android LogoAndroid
Linux LogoLinux
Router LogoRouter

Windscribe has one of the best app lineups on the market, with virtually every platform and OS covered. All the desktop operating systems are there, and they look great following their recent facelift.

Browser Extensions

Chrome LogoChrome
Firefox LogoFirefox

There’s browser extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera as well. They’re quick to download, easy to use, and do a good job of keeping your web traffic secure and anonymous.

They also work as ad and tracker blockers, and can even randomly rotate your user agent to make you even harder to follow.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

AppleTV LogoAppleTV
Amazon Fire TV LogoAmazon Fire TV
Chromecast LogoChromecast
Nintendo LogoNintendo
PlayStation LogoPlayStation
Roku LogoRoku
Xbox LogoXbox

Windscribe can be used with a variety of games consoles and streaming devices either by connecting them to a manually configured router or sharing the VPN connection with another device also running the software, like your laptop or smartphone.

There are dedicated apps for the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kodi, too.

Streaming & Torrenting

Windscribe’s dedicated ‘Windflix’ servers mean that access to US and UK Netflix is practically a guarantee – we’ve never had any issues in all our testing.

Despite its dedicated server, watching BBC iPlayer is far less reliable and the service has been unavailable for some time now. US services work hassle-free, though, Hulu included.

Torrenting is permitted on almost all servers, so you should be able to get great downloading and seeding speeds wherever you are.

Encryption & Security

Windscribe is one of the most private, secure VPNs on the market from a technological standpoint – just about everything we look for in a VPN is there.

AES-256 encryption is as good as it gets; our favorite protocol, OpenVPN, is one of many on offer; it has the all-important kill switch (which it refers to as the ‘Firewall’), plus other less conventional extras. ‘R.O.B.E.R.T’, for example, blocks malware and ad tracking at DNS level.

Despite not using its own DNS servers we also found it to be free from any IP or DNS leaks, too.

Protocol
  • IKEv2/IPSec
  • OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
Encryption
  • AES-256
Security
  • DNS Leak Blocking
  • IPV6 Leak Blocking
  • Supports TCP Port 443
  • VPN Kill Switch
Advanced features
  • Ad Blocker
  • SOCKS

Bypassing Censorship

Despite having all the right technology and features in place, Windscribe has been rendered considerably less useful in China after the government’s recent crackdown on VPNs.

It may work there, but it’s inconsistent at best. In other high-censorship countries, like Saudi Arabia or Turkey, it works as standard.

Privacy

Logging Policy

Windscribe logs the following information:

  • The amount of data transferred in a 30-day period
  • The timestamp of your last activity on the Windscribe network
  • The number of simultaneous connections on your account (to prevent abuse)
  • Your OpenVPN or IKEv2 username (until the end of your session)
  • The time you connected (until the end of your session)
  • The amount of data transferred (until the end of your session)

That may look like a lot of information, but it’s all very minor stuff – and half of it is only stored until the end of your session.

It all has absolutely no traceable connection to your activity while using Windscribe and is largely collected for the sake of making sure that the service runs smoothly.

Jurisdiction

Windscribe is based in Canada, a part of the notorious Five Eyes data-sharing allowance. This is obviously not ideal – however, if it weren’t for Windscribe’s stringent privacy policy it would be a lot worse.

As it stands, because Windscribe collects next to no personal information the country in which it’s based is almost irrelevant. Law enforcement would leave empty handed if it seized any servers.

Ease of Use

The entirety of Windscribe’s wide range of apps and programs are as simple to use as you could hope for, without compromising on the need for specifics that serious users crave.

The home screen is simply a big on/off button and a list of servers, while the advanced options tucked away in their own menu warn users not to meddle with them “unless you know what you’re doing” – a nice touch.

That said, the desktop apps run a little laggier than we’d like, and the mobile apps lack some of the advanced settings – something to be improved on for sure.

Getting Started

Even if you’ve never used a VPN before, download and installing Windscribe is incredibly easy and takes only a couple of minutes from start to finish.

There are set-up guides for the majority of popular platforms on the support section of the site, including loads of helpful screenshots and video tutorials.

  • Installing software
  • How to use the app

Customer Support

Live chat is something we always look for in a top VPN – ideally it will be 24-hour, too. It’s something missing from Windscribe, instead subsidized by a seriously extensive online library of guides, FAQs and even its own subreddit.

It may be a little intimidating for newbies, and it certainly isn’t quite as effective as live chat, but once you learn your way around it should still be an effective enough solution for any problem you encounter.

There’s also online support ticket submission and an automated chat agent, although we’d recommend you don’t waste your time with it as it isn’t much help at all.

The Bottom Line

What we like
  • Local speeds up to 70Mbps
  • Quick, easy access to Netflix
  • Instant set-up on popular devices
  • Connect securely to 58 countries
  • Browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox
What we like less
  • Customer support lacks live chat
  • Below average international speeds
  • Desktop app can be unresponsive

Windscribe is a great choice if you’re looking for an easy-to-use yet powerful VPN that offers some strong privacy features. If you sign up to the annual plan it works out at a very reasonable price, and the free option provides you with a generous 10GB of data to test out the service.

Performance is quick on local connections, with speedy uploads making it very appealing to torrenters. Streaming fans will love the quick access to popular sites such as Netflix through servers optimized for video.

Windscribe is about as close to zero-logs as you can get without sacrificing on server performance.  Overall it’s a secure and user-friendly VPN that’s great for fast and easy streaming.


Windscribe User Reviews

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Worth the investment!

Windscribe has bee a great VPN. Recently renewed my subscription as i've been very happy with their services. It's priced fairly, has a whole selection of features, and a nice amount of locations to choose and connect to. Worth investing in if you ask me.

Best Critical Review
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Good investment!

I'm one for being extra careful when it comes to searching the internet and I definitely feel like windscribe gives you the security you need. The speeds are fair, but when you connect to a location that is closer to you, you get even better speeds. Worth looking into if you want the extra security. PS - works great as an ad blocker too!!

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    Impressive VPN

    You'll be surprised how cool this VPN is. Windscribe is great with its selection of security systems and features. I've used it while traveling on both of my tablet and phone and i've never had any problems connecting to the sites that I need to! Its speeds are impressive too, especially when you consider that it's free!

  2.  80% 

    Very reliable VPN.

    My favorite VPN. Winscribe is really easy to use and has so many good features I've happily been a pro member for just over 7 months. I've found Windscribe to be very reliable and consistent with its speeds and the security systems in place all do a great ob. I love the extra features they have and being able to access US Netflix anyway is a big bonus!

  3.  80% 

    Great selection of features

    Very impressed with windscribe and all it has to offer. Selection of servers to connect to which allows you to easily unblock geo restricted sites, a must if you're travelling! Netflix is perfect too and I was amazed to see how good the quality of streaming was despite being connected to a different server. It's a vpn worth looking into and one I would highly recommend.

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