Untrustworthy VPN that logs everything
Logging & Jurisdiction
Yoga VPN was developed by LANPIPER PTE LTD and is owned by Yolo Net Technology.
The company is incorporated in Hong Kong and has another address in China – the least privacy-friendly country in the world.
Yolo Net Technology describes itself as “focusing on developing small and beautiful mobile applications,” but there’s no mention of Yoga VPN on its website.
The company secretary is named Brilliant Corporate Services Limited (智尚秘書服務有限公司).
It is incorporated at this address: Unit C, 4/F, China Insurance Building, No.48 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
It also has a Chinese address in Guangzhou (redacted but available on public record). Chinese national Hang Dong (董航) is the director and sole shareholder.
In short, this is a Hong Kong-registered VPN with an extremely opaque company structure and links to mainland China. We do not recommend trusting this company with your browsing data or personal information.
These specifics are super important when it comes to choosing a safe and private VPN.
You don’t have to read for long before coming across this:
We collect your non-personal information when you visit our website, including your device information (device ID excluded), operation system, logs.
There is no information whatsoever about how user privacy is protected on the VPN app, and the entire policy appears to be generic text that could apply to any website.
That alone rules out Yoga VPN as a viable service in our eyes.
It means that you are trusting it with all your web searches and data, making it available to anyone Yoga VPN feels compelled to share it with, which it will:
We will access, use or disclose your information with other organizations or entities for reasons that required [sic] by any applicable law.
We recommend consumers absolutely avoid using a VPN with such an obvious disregard for user privacy and such limited transparency about its practices.
A dangerous VPN with weak security
Security & Features
We don't know how Yoga VPN encrypts your data (if it does) because it has refused to respond to our information requests. There is zero information available on its "website" or app. There's no kill switch, which is an essential security tool, and we discovered DNS and WebRTC leaks. This is not a safe VPN.
Yoga VPN is extremely opaque when it comes to details about its encryption and security offering.
We asked the company to tell us exactly how it encrypts and protects its users. We received no response.
It makes hardly any reference to any of the important details about protocols and hardware in any of its marketing materials – there isn’t even a vague promise of security.
It does mention in its play store listing that all traffic is encrypted with UDP/TCP, which are two types of OpenVPN protocol. This is a solid foundation if true, but it’s not nearly enough information to inspire faith in the VPN.
It doesn’t have basic security features such as a VPN kill switch, and there are no additional security tools or configuration options whatsoever.
Our original tests detected DNS and WebRTC leaks which would reveal users’ real identity if examined.
We notified Yoga VPN of these leaks, which they claimed to have fixed, but our most recent testing found that the service still leaks DNS requests.
Our research update into free VPNs also classifies Yoga VPN as ‘risky’ – it has links to mainland China, executes unsafe functions, and demands intrusive permissions to users’ last known location, IMEI number, and phone number.
Overall, Yoga VPN is a dangerous application that should be avoided at all costs. It leaks user data, requests access to sensitive personal information, and fails to protect your browsing activity with weak encryption.
The slowest VPN we’ve tested
Speed & Reliability
When it comes to connection speed, Yoga VPN is the worst VPN we've come across. On local connections, we experienced a shocking 97% speed loss compared to our normal internet. This makes basic online browsing difficult.
Yoga VPN is the slowest VPN services we’ve ever tested.
We measured a staggering speed loss when connecting to nearby servers and download speed losses of over 90% when connecting to global server locations.
Check out the results in full here:
Local Speed Test results before using Yoga VPN:
- Download Speed: 80Mbps
- Upload Speed: 93Mbps
- Ping: 5ms
Local Speed Test results with Yoga VPN:
Download speed loss when Yoga VPN is running: 97%
This is an extremely slow VPN that performs consistently poorly.
With speeds as low as 2.77Mbps you will not be able to stream content or browse the internet without significant buffering and loading times.
Ping times were not quite as diabolical, but still underperforming at 11ms on same-country connections.
These are the average speeds you can expect when connecting out from the UK to these locations:
- Download: 2.9Mbps
- Upload: 0.57Mbps
- Download: 8.33Mbps
- Upload: 2.57Mbps
- Download: 3.98Mbps
- Upload: 2.23Mbps
As you can see, these results are pretty shocking. YogaVPN is not just a shady VPN; it’s a shady and slow VPN.
30 proxy server locations
Yoga VPN's server network is bizarre and confusing. Countries are split into 'levels' and the higher levels are accessed with in-app 'points.' At the highest level you can get access to 30 server locations, which is good for a free service. But in reality, you're mainly stuck with five countries.
Yoga VPN offers approximately 30 server locations split into three ‘levels’. Each level provides an increased number of servers in different international locations, paid for by an in-app currency called ‘points,’ which are distributed randomly.
This system is unconventional and makes using the VPN service unnecessarily confusing – and a bit of a nightmare.
Breaking it down, Level 1 ‘Basic’ servers only offers you five servers in five countries:
- United Kingdom
- United States
Level 2 offers 15 total servers, with some regional options made available, including:
- Germany Stable
- Germany For Mid Asia
- Germany Fast
- United States West – Fast
- United States West – Stable
- United States East – Fast
- United States East – Stable
What exactly Yoga VPN means by ‘Stable’ is anyone’s guess, presumably it means the performance is consistent, which really any good VPN should be.
This is unnecessarily confusing.
Level 3, described as ‘Worldwide and Stablest’, has a fairly impressive 27 distinct servers, with some city-specific locations, including:
- Silicon Valley
Level 3 offers some more international options too, including:
This approach is unconventional and unique if we’re being kind, but it’s mostly just annoying and off-putting.
Even stranger, there is a ‘cost’ to accessing each server, and the price increases as you ascend the tiers. This is paid for via an in-app currency called ‘points.’
There’s no way to exchange real currency for these ‘points,’ which is a relief, but the downside is that you get given a random allocation every day in the form of a gift.
This means you likely won’t be able to afford a Level 3 server all day, every day.
In short, server availability with Yoga VPN is completely dependent on the random allocation of an imaginary in-app currency. This means it’s very difficult to navigate the app and even harder to ensure you can connect to a server location of your choice.
This is a difficult and confusing system that complicates an already poor VPN service.
Unable to access any service
Don't download Yoga VPN if you want a quick streaming fix. It doesn't work on any streaming service. Forget about Netflix, BBC iPlayer, or HBO Max. At best, this might work to get around YouTube blocks, but almost all VPNs do anyway.
Yoga VPN doesn’t unblock any streaming service.
At one time it did unblock BBC iPlayer, and maybe it will again. But we’re not putting any money on it.
If you’re looking to stream content with a VPN for free, we recommend checking out our list of the best free VPNs for Netflix.
Might make torrenting less safe
Nothing Yoga VPN has will make torrenting safer or easier. This VPN will slow your speeds down, log all of your data, and there's no kill switch to prevent exposures. It bans P2P activity anyway.
Yoga VPN makes it clear that “P2P or BitTorrent is not allowed.”
It reiterates twice: “Please don’t use BitTorrent with VPN and it will get account blocked” [sic].
Even if torrenting were permitted, we would not recommend using Yoga VPN for torrenting or P2P activity.
The speeds are slow, privacy is poor, and there is no VPN kill switch to protect your IP address if your internet connection drops.
Won't bypass any internet blocks
Yoga VPN doesn't have the any tools in the kit to get around state blocks. It's an unsafe VPN anyway, so you shouldn't use it even if it did somehow get around censorship. We don't recommend using it in any country that imposes limitations on internet freedom.
Bypassing heavy censorship in countries like China or UAE is incredibly difficult for even the most trustworthy VPN services. As a result, it’s highly unlikely that Yoga VPN will work against censorship.
If you’re looking to find a VPN that works in China, its best to consult our list of the best VPNs for the country.
Apps for iOS & Android only
Platforms & Devices
Yoga VPN is a free service only available on iOS and Android. Usually we’d like to see a VPN offer apps across as many devices as possible. Not in this case – the less Yoga VPN apps in the world, the better. There are no browser extensions, either. Thank God.
A mobile-only VPN, Yoga VPN is available for:
This does mean that you’ll have to pick up a different VPN if you want to protect the rest of your devices (or your home network at large).
Annoying advertising & poor user experience
Ease of Use
At the least, most free VPNs are easy to use as they're basic. Not so much with Yoga VPN, which has a strange server and 'points' system. You'll also be flooded with advertisements when trying to use the service. But it's still bare enough not to confuse anyone using it.
How to Install & Set Up Yoga VPN
It’s a good thing that Yoga VPN doesn’t require bank details in order to sign up: it takes more than enough payment in the form of your personal data.
Using the app you’ll quickly get annoyed by the flood of ads with timers that interrupt your use – it’s bad, even for a free service.
There are no extra features or settings either. Yoga VPN might be free but it is incredibly frustrating to use. Pop-up ads frequently interrupt navigation and the server layout is confusing.
No customer support provided
There is next to no customer support available for Yoga VPN users. We found a personal Gmail address, which we contacted and get no response. There's also an inadequate FAQ within the app.
Yoga VPN uses a personal Gmail address for support rather than a corporate address, which is highly unprofessional but not out of character for a low-quality VPN service like this one.
There’s an in-app FAQ with generic questions like “Is Yoga VPN free and safe?”
It answers by saying: “It would not steal any user’s information.”
There is absolutely no other resource if you want to get customer support – we tried the email but didn’t even receive a response.
In short, Yoga VPN offers absolutely zero customer service or support. If you have any problems using the application you’re on your own.
Fails on every level
The Bottom Line
Yoga VPN is bottom of the barrel stuff.
There is a complete lack of security, no privacy (it logs everything), and it makes for an unpleasant user experience.
It bans torrenting traffic and it won’t work with streaming services like Netflix or BBC iPlayer.
Our local speed loss is close to 100% when using the service. This makes even casual internet browsing difficult.
Its applications are unsafe, ineffective, and the company behind it has links to China.
We do not recommend using Yoga VPN at all.
Don’t let Yoga VPN put you off altogether, though – you still should get a trustworthy VPN.
Additional research by David Hughes
Alternatives to Yoga VPN
FastestVPN is a super-cheap option, coming in at $1.11 per month. It may not be reliable with streaming services, but it's a secure, beginner-friendly VPN. Read FastestVPN review
Windscribe Free is an option to consider if you really don’t want to pay a bill. It's our number one recommendation for free services and oftentimes works for streaming. Read Windscribe review