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 connection to a VPN server 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.
While we recommend keeping your virtual private network turned on at all times to keep your internet traffice private, there are several cases when pausing it might be also beneficial. Here are some of the reasons why you might want to pause your VPN.:
If you notice your online connection is having issues, disable your VPN and reset your network. Once the network has been restored, test to see if your connection to a VPN server is causing an issue. If so, it could be a simple case of switching to different VPNservers. If the problem persists, you may need to contact your internet service provider.
A VPN provides online privacy. If you need to verify your authenticity by providing a true IP address, you’ll need to pause your your connection to a VPN server.
Altering your router settings and whitelisting an IP address is a good way to allow a device to access specific networks. To do this, your true IP address will need to be provided. Therefore, your VPN would need to be paused.
When the time elapses, your VPN connection will be restored automatically — no further actions needed.