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How Smart Routing works

ProtonVPN wants to make online privacy available to everyone, but it can be difficult to provide VPN servers in some countries, due to a lack of reliable data centers or poor infrastructure.

Our Smart Routing feature allows us to provide IP addresses from one country while the corresponding bare metal VPN server is physically located in another country. 

We follow all our standard security protocols for our Smart Routing VPN servers. That includes:

  • Working with reliable, closely-vetted partners
  • Using bare metal servers we can control down to the operating system level
  • Applying full-disk encryption
  • Wiping any server that experiences unscheduled down time

These servers will provide the same security, privacy, speed, and stability that you expect from ProtonVPN, with the additional benefit of allowing us to expand our VPN network to hard-to-cover countries.

How to connect to a VPN server using Smart Routing

Smart Routing is only available with a ProtonVPN Plus and Visionary plan.

In our VPN apps, each country whose servers use Smart Routing will be labeled with this globe icon:

Here are is what a Smart Routing location looks like in our desktop apps:

Screenshot of Smart Routing icons in desktop app

And in our mobile apps:

Screenshot of Smart Routing in our mobile apps

You follow the same process to connect to a server that uses Smart Routing as you do with any of our other VPN servers. Simply choose the VPN server you wish to connect to and click or tap the Connect button. 

See where all our Smart Routing servers are located

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