Split Tunneling With Private Internet Access

You control your internet connection. Make your VPN experience automated and smooth by choosing which applications or IP addresses can bypass the VPN tunnel.

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What Is Split Tunneling?

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.

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Why Should I Use Split Tunneling?

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:

  • Apps that may block VPN IP addresses
  • Remote work connections
  • Banking websites
  • Streaming services

What Else Can I Do With Split Tunneling?

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. 

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How To Use Split Tunneling

To use split tunneling with the Private Internet Access desktop clients, follow these steps:

Open PIA

Step 1

Open the PIA desktop app

Navigate to network settings

Step 2

Navigate to network settings

Configure split tunneling rules

Step 3

Configure split tunneling rules

Benefits Of VPN Encryption

PIA VPN acts like a buffer between your device and the websites or applications you connect to.

  • An extra layer of protection
  • Internet traffic is encrypted
  • IP address is concealed
  • Cannot be tracked
  • Choose server location
  • Access your favorite content
  • No extra protection
  • Internet traffic is unencrypted
  • IP address is exposed
  • Can easily be tracked
  • Geographic location exposed
  • Content may be blocked or censored
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Want To Know More?

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. 

Navigate to the connection settings in your PIA app. See our advanced setup guide for further assistance.

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