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Split tunneling on Windows and Android

Split tunneling is a feature that allows you to route some connections through the VPN tunnel while excluding others.

How to set up split tunneling on Windows

1. Open the app and go to SettingsAdvanced tab and toggle the Split Tunneling switch on

Enable split tunneling in Windows

2.  In the Windows app you can exclude specific apps and IP addresses from the VPN tunnel, or only use the VPN tunnel for certain apps.

Select whether to Exclude apps/IPs from the using VPN tunnel, or whether Only included apps/IPs will go through VPN tunnel

Chose whether to Exclude or Include apps/IPs

3. Select an app to exclude or include from the list provided or Add App or Add IPv4 address.

To add an app that’s not on the list, click the  + sign next to Add app, navigate to the EXE file for the desired program, and click Open.

Select app

To add an IP address, click in the text field labeled Add IPv4 address and enter the IP address you wish to exclude from or include in the VPN tunnel. Click + to add it to your list. 

You can specify IP ranges to exclude or include using CIDR notation. For example, to specify the IP range –, you would enter CIDR notation can be easily calculated using this tool.

Add IP address

Once an app, IP address, or IP address range has been added to your list, you can deselect it by clicking on its checkbox, or remove it from the list entirely by clicking the trash icon next to it.

Deselect or remove an app/IP from your list

How to set up split tunneling on Android

1. Open the app and go to Settings and toggle the Split Tunneling switch on.

Enable split tunneling on Android

2. On Android, you can only Exclude IP addresses or Exclude apps from the VPN tunnel. To add an app or IP address, tap the relevant button.

Manage IP/app exclusions

To exclude an IP address from the VPN tunnel, tap Manage, type in the desired IP address, and tap Add. On Android it is not possible to specify IP ranges, but you can add as many IP addresses as you like.

Tap Save when you’re ready.

Exclude an IP address

To remove an IP address from the exclude list, tap the X icon next to it.

Remove an IP address from the exclude list

To exclude an app from the VPN tunnel, tap Manage, scroll down the list of apps installed on your device to find the app you want and tap +. You can add as many apps to the list as you like. Tap Save when you’re ready.

Exclude an app from the VPN tunnel

To remove an app from the exclude list, tap the X next to it.

Remove an app from the exclude list

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  1. Eric

    Will it be possible to split tunnel entire networks? Example, Currently I’m adding many IP’s instead of just one line that could cover all of them.

  2. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Eric, currently there is no way of splitting the whole network, but more features for split tunneling will come soon.

  3. Hawkins

    This would be a very good feature to split tunnel your LAN traffic from WAN

  4. Andrew

    Is it possible to use this to direct some traffic to securecore but not others?

  5. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Andrew, if you are talking about splitting the connection in to two VPN connections, that is not possible.

  6. James L

    Where can I download the Windows 1.7.0 version that supports split tunneling? Thanks.

  7. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello James, currently its in early access, you can enable that in the windows application settings and you will receive it shortly.

  8. Dan

    I tried to add qBitTorrent on free account but it says “p2p traffic is not allowed”

  9. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Dan, please restart both, the qBitTorrent software and our software, then make a connection with a VPN and only then try opening qBitTorrent. This should surely work just fine.

  10. Stilyan

    Hi! Is it possible to use the VPN only for a certain app (on Windows 10)? For example, I want the traffic from Google Chrome to go throw the VPN and nothing else. Is there any Chrome extension which could do the same? Thank you!

  11. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello. For now, its not possible to list the applications to use VPN only, but that feature is under development so stay tooned.

  12. Mat S

    Is there a way to add a Windows Store app to the list of excluded apps in Split Tunnelling? Specifically, Netflix.

  13. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Mat. There is no easy way, but it can be possible but not tested. after you`ve done this, find netflix exe if there is any, and if its present, add it via our application.

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