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NordVPN for macOS: release notes

Ultimate focus, a confident smile, an affirmative nod. Click – and the release is out. This is the spotlight for the updates in the NordVPN app for macOS – come to the bright side.

Elle Friberg

Elle Friberg

Jun 14, 2021 · 6 min read

NordVPN for macOS: release notes

NordVPN 6.5.0

(App Store + Sideload)

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    New: Multi-factor authentication (MFA). It adds only a few seconds to your day but makes a huge difference to your account’s security. Set up MFA and use an authenticator app to verify that it’s really you logging in to your Nord Account.
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    A bunch of minor fixes and improvements for a better, smoother NordVPN experience. Such as dialog boxes that stay where they’re supposed to be and an expanded app preview for users who don’t have a subscription yet.

NordVPN 6.4.2

(App Store)

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    Advanced Kill Switch is now available on OpenVPN too, in addition to NordLynx. A quick reminder of what it does: it brings an additional security layer for protection against rare and very specific IP leaks.

(App Store + Sideload)

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    A bunch of minor improvements, which add up to that bigger picture of smooth NordVPN experience.

NordVPN 6.4.1

(App Store + Sideload)

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    Dark Web Monitor: Meet a Sherlocky feature that silently scouts the shady, mysterious underbelly of the internet for data leaks. If it detects exposed credentials associated with your email address – ding! You get an alert. This way, you can immediately change your passwords on breached services to defend your data against cybercriminals. And flipping a switch is all it takes to power Dark Web Monitor. Elementary.

(App Store)

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    Advanced Kill Switch: It brings an additional security layer for protection against rare and very specific IP leaks.

NordVPN 6.4.0

(Sideload)

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    Refer a Friend: Know someone who’s not using NordVPN for online protection yet? Invite them to sign up with your unique referral link and both get 1 month free. The more friends you refer, the more free months of service you get to enjoy!

NordVPN 6.3.0

(App Store + Sideload)

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    From time to time, we have some interesting stuff to share with you. However, the app was missing a line of communication and behaving in a completely reserved manner (blame our silent Nordic personality, we suppose?). Now it’s time to break the ice: product updates and hand-picked security tips will reach you via in-app messages.
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    As we were in a mood for spring cleaning, we got rid of a few bugs – no sweeping under the rug, actually kicking them out – and made a few tweaks. All to make the NordVPN app run smoother and be a joy to use.

NordVPN 6.2.0

(App Store + Sideload)

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    Our Spanish translations were having a little siesta. So we did some fiesta to improve the experience for those of you who use NordVPN in Spanish.
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    When you launch the app, the map will be in the same position as you left it. Must be improved memory or less of an adventurous spirit.
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    A few tweaks under the hood to smoothen things out.

NordVPN 6.1.2

(App Store + Sideload)

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    The NordVPN app for macOS now has the new login flow via Nord Account – home for all your Nord services. You don’t need to do anything about it, as your current account details are automatically transferred to Nord Account. From now, we’ll simply take you to your browser to log in and then bring you back to the app. Smooth.
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    There’s at least one thing to be certain about – ain’t no update without bug fixes. And this one is not an exception, regardless of the times.

NordVPN 6.0.3

(App Store + Sideload)

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    Presets were acting a little clumsy sometimes, so we added some grace to bring them back in balance.
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    A few tweaks under and above the hood for the NordVPN app to run smoother.

NordVPN 6.0.2

(App Store + Sideload)

Sometimes, minor improvements are enough to make an impact. That’s the case of this release: a few tweaks and fixes to make the NordVPN app work better for you.

NordVPN 6.0.0

(App Store + Sideload)

We’re excited to introduce Presets!

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    Presets combine custom VPN connection settings with shortcuts to apps or websites.
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    You’ll find them super handy if you use VPN differently for different services – news, entertainment, downloads, you name it.
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    Choose a protocol, a server country, add website links or apps, and your Preset is ready!
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    Basically, Presets are like secure shortcuts – you set them up once and enjoy safe one-click access from the NordVPN app anytime.

NordVPN 5.11.1

(App Store + Sideload)

This release includes a hand-picked selection of bug fixes to make your app experience smoother, the internet safer, and you happier with NordVPN.

NordVPN 5.10.0

(App Store + Sideload)

Seasonal cleaning: fall edition. A selection of minor bugs was left behind while packing this release. Definitely not the hardest goodbye.

NordVPN 5.9.1

(App Store + Sideload)

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    Morning or night, on OpenVPN (new!) or NordLynx – you can snooze VPN anytime. Shortly pause VPN protection instead of disconnecting and return to online safety automatically when the snoozing time runs out.
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    The Big Sur adventure is ahead, so we’ve done some major prep to make sure your security journey with us continues smoothly.

NordVPN 5.8.1

(Sideload)

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    Just in time for the back-to-school vibes, our app picked up a new skill: Bonjour! Hallo! ¡Hola! Yes, it’s going multilingual. So depending on your system settings, the app will speak to you in French, German, Spanish, or English.
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    A few bug fixes before we go go.

NordVPN 5.8.0 (latest)

(App Store)

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    Just in time for the back-to-school vibes, our app picked up a new skill: Bonjour! Hallo! ¡Hola! Yes, it’s going multilingual. So depending on your system settings, the app will speak to you in French, German, Spanish, or English.
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    Pause VPN protection for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 1 hour and get connected again automatically. It’s like hitting “snooze” – only instead of a few more moments of precious sleep, you temporarily disable your VPN connection. Only on NordLynx for now.
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    A few bug fixes before we go go.

NordVPN 5.7.0

(App Store + Sideload)

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    Not so long ago, we revamped our Preferences section. This time, we sent it for a grooming session to make sure all layouts are on course, sharp edges are smoothened, and no one’s hiding in details.
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    A few minor bugs minimized to the level of non-existence.

NordVPN 5.6.1

(App Store + Sideload)

For a top-notch VPN experience, routine maintenance is just as important as a new shiny feature. So nothing grand this time — just the usual bug-fixing business. We’re sending some good vibes and under-the-hood improvements your way!

NordVPN 5.6.0

(App Store + Sideload)

Here’s a hint: It lets you change looks. It’s where you go to switch to the fast lane with NordLynx or set online protection on autopilot with auto-connect.

Can you guess what we’ve just revamped?

It was on our to-do list for a while, and now we’re happy to bring it to light. Behold: the new Settings section with a fresh, modern look, more clarity and convenience.

NordVPN 5.5.7

(App Store + Sideload)

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    Fixed: Sometimes, Recents would display a random country instead of the one of your latest connection. Lost? Not anymore.
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    Fixed: The app icon would persistently stay in dock, even if you set it not to. Now it minds your preferences.
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    In case of a lost internet connection, the app will keep trying to connect to VPN until the internet connection is detected again.

NordVPN 5.5.4

(App Store)

An ultimate focus, a confident smile. Click – and the release is out. For us, it’s one of the most exciting app releases ever. The project we’ve been relentlessly working on comes into light today. We call it NordLynx.

NordLynx is our new technology built around the WireGuard® protocol to bring you blazing speeds in VPN connections. Fast, secure, and optimized for privacy, NordLynx is set to be a game-changer in your VPN experience.

Even though this release is all about speeding up your VPN connections, we’ve also made a few other improvements:

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    The app is now less hungry for power. Your battery power.
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    Even if you asked to show the app icon only in the status bar, we kept it in the dock as well – just in case. All fixed now.

(Sideload)

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    The app is now less hungry for power. Your battery power.
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    Even if you asked to show the app icon only in the status bar, we kept it in the dock as well – just in case. All fixed now.
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    A sneaky bug prompted users to install the helper tool again and again. Not helpful at all. It shouldn’t happen anymore.

NordVPN 5.5.3

(App Store)

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    You’ll notice that the app looks slightly different now. That’s because of the title bar: it’s more compact, all action buttons aligned in a row, no more unnecessary space. Bliss.
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    If you have questions or issues, you can drop us a line directly from the app: head to ‘Contact us,’ write your message, and our customer support will get back to you shortly via email.
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    Give a warm welcome to two handy newcomers in the app’s Dock menu: Quick Connect and Recents.
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    A few bug fixes and improvements under the hood to make your app experience smoother.

NordVPN 5.4.3

(App Store + Sideload)

Dear bugs, it’s not the same without you. It’s way better now. (Not trying to be mean or anything here. Just making the app experience better.)

NordVPN 5.4.2

(App Store + Sideload)

We’ve defeated a few sneaky bugs to make your VPN experience smoother.

NordVPN 5.4.0

(App Store)

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    Guess who’s back. No, we weren’t hibernating all the way through winter. Instead, we’ve been silently working on some cool stuff that should be heading your way pretty soon.
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    We’ve added an option to reset the VPN profile from the app settings. This isn’t something you’ll be using often – it’s more of a first aid if things aren’t going right.
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    Fixed: So you’re setting up auto-connect, and our app goes like ‘whoops, wrong server list.’ We’ve made sure that it’s always the right one now.

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