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Windscribe Free Review

Simon Migliano
By Simon MiglianoUpdated
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Our Score6.9
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Windscribe Free: Ranked #51 out of 100 VPNs that we tested

Windscribe’s Free VPN claims to offer a “generous” free service for those “on a tight budget”, but is it possible to offer a premium product at absolutely no cost?

We put the free version of Windscribe through its paces in order to discover:

  • Why is Windscribe free?
  • How secure is Windscribe VPN?
  • Does Windscribe have a kill switch?
  • Is Windscribe good for torrenting?
  • Does Windscribe hide your IP?

We reveal the answers to all of these, along with lots of other important questions, in our full-length VPN review.

This review is just for the free version of Windscribe VPN. You can check out our review of the full, premium version of Windscribe here.

  1. Reliable local download speeds
  2. Good selection of servers
  3. Strong logging policy
  4. Extremely easy to use
  5. Available on lots of devices
  1. Data usage is capped
  2. Could be better for streaming

Works with


Available on

  1. Windows
  2. Mac
  3. Ios
  4. Android
  5. Linux

Read on to find our more details about Windscribe Free, as well as the results of our in-depth VPN testing.

Speed & Reliability

Local speeds approaching 30Mbps

Despite the high percentage speed loss, for a free VPN service, Windscribe’s speeds are still very promising – even if they don’t quite match up to the premium version of Windscribe.

Windscribe Free’s performance is less consistent when connecting out (from London, UK) to the US and Canada, though.

Overall the speeds we recorded with Windscribe Free were good, although if minimal speed loss is fundamental to your needs then you may want to consider Hotspot Shield VPN instead.

Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server.

Before using Windscribe Free:

  1. DownloadMbps


  2. UploadMbps


  3. Pingms


When connected to Windscribe Free:

  1. DownloadMbps


  2. UploadMbps


  3. Pingms


Download speed without Windscribe Free: 98Mbps

Download speed with Windscribe Free: 28Mbps

Our download speed loss when Windscribe Free is running: 71%

Windscribe Free’s upload speeds were, in most cases, even quicker than its download speeds, making it a good choice for torrenting (be aware of the data cap, though). Same-country latency of 18ms is a little too slow for lag-free gaming, however.

Connecting out to the US from the UK you can expect speeds of just over 20Mbps, which isn’t bad at all. Windscribe’s European speeds are largely similar to those we measured in the UK.

Thankfully, just like its paid counterpart, Windscribe Free was pretty consistent and speeds didn’t tend to change much from one test to the next. We also didn’t experience any connection drops during our tests.

Server Locations

Servers in 22 cities spread over 10 countries

Globe with a blue flag10Countries
Image of a city landscape22Cities
Image of a pink marker5,000IP Addresses

Considering that this is a free version of the premium Windscribe VPN service, the 10 server countries provided is a very good start, but it’s Windscribe’s city-specific server choice that really impressed us.

The ‘US East’ location, for example, allows you to pick between Windscribe’s VPN servers in Chicago, New York and Washington DC, plus two in Miami.

There are two city-level options each in the US Central (Atlanta & Dallas), US West (Los Angeles & Seattle) and UK locations, too.

Windscribe Free connection settings

Sadly, Windscribe doesn’t have any server options available in South America, Africa or Australia, and the entirety of Asia is funneled through one VPN server in Hong Kong. There’s also no indication of exactly how many VPN servers or IP addresses it operates, which is disappointing.

If you want access to servers in those locations, plus dozens more, you’ll need to upgrade to the premium version of Windscribe VPN.

Streaming & Torrenting

Won’t work with streaming but torrenting is allowed

A mixture of good and bad, this is where Windscribe Free VPN most shows its deficiencies compared to the paid version.

Windscribe’s streaming servers (known as ‘Windflix’) are reserved for paid users, so it’s hardly a surprise that we haven’t been able to watch Netflix for over a month now.

BBC iPlayer is also difficult to stream, although we were able to stream it through Windscribe Free’s ‘Best Location’ server in our most recent tests (this won’t be possible for users not based in the UK, though).

There’s no information in Windscribe’s FAQs about accessing streaming services, nor was ‘Garry’ the live chat bot very helpful, so it’s a case of checking back regularly to see if the situation changes.

If streaming is very important to you then you should really think about using a paid VPN service. Check out our best VPNs for streaming, or alternatively take a closer look at our overall best VPN, ExpressVPN.


Torrenting worked well for us in testing, and appears to be permitted on the majority of Windscribe Free’s VPN servers, which is great. Torrenters will also benefit from Windscribe’s kill switch feature, DNS leak protection and solid privacy policy.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that Windscribe is our current favorite free VPN for torrenting. The 10GB monthly data cap will always be a limiting factor here, though.

Bypassing Censorship

Reliable option on desktop but less so on mobile

With the sheer number of VPN protocols available, at least on desktop, Windscribe Free should be a reliable option for bypassing censorship in places like China.

When we asked Windscribe how effectively it believes its VPN apps can bypass censorship blocks, Windscribe told us that it can be ‘hit-and-miss’ on mobile, but should operate trouble-free on desktop.

When we checked Windscribe’s subreddit, it looked promising for users in China, with some stating it’s the most reliable service for the country there is.

Comment on Windscribe's subreddit describing its excellent performance in China

This means that the free version of Windscribe should also be an effective VPN solution for those in other high-censorship countries such as Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, although the limited server network means your speeds will probably suffer.

Platforms & Devices

Compatible with all major platforms


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

We tested Windscribe’s free VPN apps on our full suite of operating systems and devices, including Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and Linux, and were consistently impressed throughout.

You can also install Windscribe at router level, and there’s no limit on the number of simultaneous connections you can have, although a router install on your home network would drain your data cap far too quickly.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

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

Windscribe Free is even available on a whole host of extra devices, like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV, which is rare for a free VPN service.

Be warned though – those devices will still eat data from the same allowance as all the other devices you have Windscribe installed on.

Browser Extensions

Chrome LogoChrome
Firefox LogoFirefox

Windscribe also has browser extensions for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera Browser which work extremely well and offer a vast array of options and features such as a built-in ad-blocker.

These are really easy to download and install from Windscribe’s website so you can be up and running in just a matter of seconds.

Windscribe Free browser extension

That said, it’s important to remember that these aren’t the same as Windscribe’s full VPNs, and will only encrypt your browser traffic. This means that any apps you open outside of your browser will not be protected by the VPN.

Encryption & Security

Just as secure as the paid version








DNS Leak Blocking

IPV6 Leak Blocking

Supports TCP Port 443

VPN Kill Switch

Advanced features

Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more.

Windscribe Free allows you to access exactly the same array of privacy settings granted in the full version of the app, meaning you can choose from four different VPN protocols:

  • OpenVPN (our favorite)
  • IKEv2
  • Stealth
  • WStunnel

Windscribe Free also comes with a VPN kill switch feature, protecting you from any potential connection drops, and you can even choose to set an IP address manually.

There are also some advanced VPN settings on Windscribe’s desktop app, from proxy configuration to how you’d like your servers sorted. It’s just a shame that almost all of these features are unavailable on the mobile app.

Screenshot of Windscribe's leak test results on

This is what looked like while we were connected to Windscribe Free’s Atlanta server

We also tested Windscribe Free VPN for IP and DNS leaks and it passed both with flying colors, proving it will keep you safe online.

Logging Policy

One of the most private free VPNs out there

Windscribe’s VPN logging policy is good, as it outlines in no uncertain terms just how little is truly collected. It only collects:

  • The amount of data transferred in a 30-day period
  • Timestamp of your last VPN connection

These figures are reset at the start of every month.

When you’re actively connected to one of Windscribe’s VPN servers, the server temporarily stores:

  • Your OpenVPN/IKEv2 username
  • Time of connection
  • Amount of data transferred

Once you end your Windscribe session, the VPN connection information is deleted.

This information is only collected to ensure Windscribe’s service can operate smoothly and with as few issues as possible – none of it can be used to trace your online activity back to you.


Windscribe was founded in 2016 in Ontario, Canada, and it still has its headquarters there today.

Usually this would be far from an ideal location for a VPN service, as Canada is part of the Five Eyes data-sharing alliance. However, thanks to Windscribe’s minimal logging policy, however, this isn’t really a concern at all.

There’s so little data retained by Windscribe that even if it were forced to turn over its logs by the government there would be nothing to see.

Ease of Use

Modern and easy to use

How to Install & Set Up Windscribe Free

Regardless of platform, the Windscribe free VPN app looks exactly the same as the premium version. That means you get a simple, intuitive and slick user experience.

There’s no ads, either, which is a welcome breath of fresh air in the world of free VPNs.

Windscribe presents you with a VPN server network and a power button: simply choose your location, switch it on and you’re up and running in seconds.

Customer Support

Handy online resources but no live chat

Email support via an online form
Online Resources

Windscribe has no live chat support, which is disappointing for a VPN provider of its size. The closest thing you get to live chat support is an automatic chat bot – which proved utterly useless whenever we asked it a question, and simply directed us to submit a support ticket so we could ‘speak to a human’.

Fortunately there’s an array of handy help guides and FAQs online, plus you can always submit a support ticket if you still can’t find what you need. We also found Windscribe’s subreddit to be particularly useful, asking our more specific queries in great detail.


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  1.  100% 

    Best Free VPn ever

    Its really fast and premium options are so cheap toooo , and every month you can get 15 gb free thats so huge for me thank you so much

  2.  100% 

    Happy bunny.

    Easy to install, start/stop and operate. For intermittent use, monthly data cap is no problem. DNS Leak tests have always been successful.

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