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How (and why) to pause your VPN

NordVPN’s pause feature lets you freeze your VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection for a short while instead of disconnecting every time. Let’s explore what benefits this brings.

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How (and why) to pause your VPN

Auto-connect and pausing

The auto-connect feature is a great way to make sure you get the most security out of your NordVPN account. However, when you use NordVPN, you can’t disconnect from it without disabling auto-connect first. It’s easy to forget to turn on auto-connect again, which can leave you unsecured. This is where the pause feature comes into play — you can disconnect when needed without disabling auto-connect.

You can pause your VPN for 5 min, 30 min, or 1 hour on Android devices and for 5 min, 15 min, or 1 hour on Windows. The pause feature is also available on macOS and iOS while using NordLynx or OpenVPN.

When might pausing NordVPN be useful?

While we recommend keeping your VPN turned on at all times to stay secure online, there are several cases when pausing it might be also beneficial:

  • Viewing content that is available in your region but restricted in the country where the server you’re connected to is based (in case there are no servers in your country);
  • Setting up an internet connection for the first time and whitelisting your router’s IP;
  • Authenticating yourself and connecting to Wi-Fi in hotels;
  • Troubleshooting network issues.

How to pause your VPN

  1. Make sure you are connected to a server.
    • On Windows, click Disconnect.
    • On Mac, click the Pause shield button next to the Disconnect button.
    • On the mobile app, tap Pause.
  2. Choose how long you would like to pause your VPN.

When the time elapses, your VPN connection will be restored automatically — no further actions needed.

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Karolis Bareckas
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Karolis is a tech geek who writes about cybersecurity, online privacy, and the latest gadgets. When not rattling his keyboard, he’s always eager to try a new burrito recipe or explore a new camping spot.