Normally when you use PIA, all internet traffic from your computer is tunneled through our secure VPN server tunnels. Split tunneling for PIA desktop apps allows you to choose specific applications or websites to exclude from your PIA VPN connection, allowing them to access the internet from your original IP address instead of a Private Internet Access IP address.
Some websites and applications are not VPN-friendly. Split tunneling can be useful for anyone that has a specific program that can't be connected via VPN. Split tunneling will allow you to exclude the following from the VPN and allow them to operate normally:
Split tunneling can also be used for nested networks, bypassing the VPN for individual hosts and networks, or even to enable IPv6 for specific hosts and networks. It's even possible to use PIA's split tunneling feature to implement a per-app killswitch.
To use split tunneling with the Private Internet Access desktop clients, follow these steps:
Open the PIA desktop app
Navigate to network settings
Configure split tunneling rules
PIA VPN acts like a buffer between your device and the websites or applications you connect to.
Private Internet Access has the most expansive and easy to use split tunneling feature in the VPN industry. PIA split tunneling is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux with an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). Split tunneling functionality is even available in our Android application under the name "per-app settings."
When configuring split tunneling rules, you can specify certain actions for applications or websites. You can tell a certain application or website to never use PIA VPN, or to always use PIA VPN.
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