Best VPN for Downloading

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Download ImageWhen it comes to downloading files of any type be it compressed formats such as ZIP and RAR or media formats like MP3, MP4 or MKV it can most of the time be hit and miss by the speeds that you achieve. There are many factors to consider even on your home connection which dictate what type of speed you receive. This can also vary depending on file type, the source locations you’re downloading from and also how congested the system is that you’re accessing the file from.

Networks such as P2P aim to avoid congestion by allowing the same file to be shared between many users which in theory means if one route is overly saturated the file or parts of the file can be obtained from another node in the system. P2P is not without its speed issues either and again like downloading directly from a website, FTP server or other type of hosting site the speeds can depend on factors which are mostly outside of your control.

If you have a need to download files via a VPN service then there are a wide range of providers available to choose from which can make the situation more confusing than it should be. Some providers are very good and some are very bad, some allow a good through put speed and others will struggle especially over long periods of time

When it comes to downloading large files, especially compressed archives or large video files it can be time consuming, especially if you have a relatively slow internet connection. So if this is your issue then you want to maximise your connection ability to take full advantage of the maximum speed available to you. To continually receive your peak speeds then firstly you want to consider a VPN provider that has locations close to you, either your own country or neighbouring ones will provider better results, selecting a provider that only has servers at physical distance from yourself will increase the route that whatever files you’re attempting to download take thus decreasing the speed obtainable.

Regardless of what you’re attempting to download it is certainly the case that you require a provider that caters to locations within your physical location, as our website is read worldwide it is impossible to recommend providers that will meet your specific needs in terms of locations as some VPN providers have vast resources in certain areas of the world but lack in others. Due to this I feel that the best outcome is to recommend providers that not only excel at speed but also offer a wide range of choice in terms of locations to be appealing to the widest audience.

When considering the best VPN for downloading it is advisable to look towards a provider that falls in to the medium to higher price range as these usually have more resources to dedicate to the infrastructure of their service which removes over subscription or saturation of servers by thousands of users all sharing the same resources. Two of the best providers in this case would be VyprVPN and IPVanish as they have a wide range of locations but also provide some of the most stable and reliable speeds we have seen in our previous reviews. In the VyprVPN review we achieved basically the full speed of our ISP connection to most servers we tested, even those at great distances from our physical location performed well and so for downloading via a VPN they are the top contender.

IPVanish performed equally well in our review of their service and with them being similarly priced to VyprVPN it would be down to features alone that may make the difference between which you prefer.

There are other good VPN providers who do well in terms of speeds but offer less locations so you would need to check carefully on our provider pages to see which countries they offer access in, that way you can see if they are suitable for yourself or even close enough for your needs. Two providers well worth considering are LiquidVPN and* – although be sure to check out their provider pages to see if their server base will be useful to you.

So to summarise the providers we recommend as the best VPNs for downloading are as follows :-

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VyprVPN Small Logo

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6.67-79.99SwitzerlandWindows VPN App Mac VPN App
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Torrent Restrictions Apply42
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6.49-77.99USAWindows VPN App Mac VPN App
Android VPN App iOS App
Torrent Restrictions Apply60
LiquidVPN Small Logo

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73254USAWindows VPN App Mac VPN App Android VPN AppTorrents Allowed9 Small Logo

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93658RomaniaWindows VPN App Mac VPN App Android VPN AppTorrent Restrictions Apply18

* do have a transfer limit of 1TB per month which although is a “limit” is rather large and would allow you to download around 8 standard DVDs per day.

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Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.


  1. Avatar blackVPN

    Maybe you should warn people that VyprVPN will block your account for downloading copyright material? At least according to comments on Torrentfreak and their own website. “It is Golden Frog’s policy: to terminate in appropriate circumstances subscribers who are repeat infringers”

    “VyprVpn keep logs and freeze your account if they receive any DMCA”

    • Avatar VPNCompare

      Hi BlackVPN, you’re correct, but the article wasn’t intended to suggest illegal file use, just downloading in general. We have another article related to torrents and services that are more likely to turn a blind eye to what is being downloaded
      Your service is also rather good for general downloading and if space had allowed there could of be yourself and quite a few other providers listed too.

  2. Avatar blackVPN

    IPVanish also do not allow copyright material to be downloaded. “IPVanish respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects that you do the same. It is our policy to terminate in appropriate circumstances the accounts of subscribers who infringe the copyrights of others. You may not upload, download, post, publish, transmit, reproduce, or distribute in any way, files, material, information, software or other material obtained through the System that is protected by copyright…”

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