The Port Forwarding option in our Windows, Mac, and Android software can be used to potentially optimize torrent performance.
In order to enable port forwarding in our PIA app, first disconnect from the VPN.
For MacOS, Windows and Linux, click on the VPN icon (right click for Windows and Linux) and select "Settings". After this, click the "Advanced" button and you'll see the port forwarding feature to the right hand side. Enable it and select "Save."
For the Android app, click the Settings icon in the top right of the login screen. Then, check the box for "Request Port forwarding"
Once the option is set, please connect to one of the following port forwarding enabled gateways:
- CA Toronto
- CA Montreal
- CA Vancouver
- Czech Republic
- DE Berlin
- DE Frankfurt
While connected to our new client on Windows and MacOS, on one of these port forwarding gateways, please open the application. From within the application you will see the forwarded port just below the VPN IP address.
Once connected, for MacOS and Windows, the 5-digit port number would be found by hovering your mouse over the System Tray or Menu Bar icon for our client. For Linux, you may need to right-click the tray icon. For Android, the port number will be displayed at the bottom of the login screen. You can then enter this port into the listening port setting of your torrent software.