VPN Split Tunneling

What is VPN Split Tunneling?

VPN split tunneling is a network feature that enables you to route some of your device traffic through an encrypted VPN tunnel while other traffic connects directly to the local network. This function enables you to use external and local services simultaneously over one network connection. You typically have control over which applications or websites direct their data through VPN tunnel or not.

Different Types of Split Tunneling

1. Application-Based Split

This method lets specific apps use the VPN while others connect normally, ensuring targeted protection.

2. URL-Based Split

Specify particular websites for direct internet access—ideal for location-based services like online shopping.

3. Inverse Split

Encrypts all connections by default except those from trusted apps designated for direct internet access.

When Should You Use VPN Split Tunneling?

1. When Speed Is Essential

A VPN's encryption can slow down internet speed slightly. For activities requiring peak performance (like gaming) while still protecting sensitive traffic, split tunneling is ideal.

2. For Access to Both Local and International Content

VPNs can unlock global content by connecting through servers abroad but may lead to local content blocks. Split tunneling removes this barrier by allowing access to both at once.


1. Is VPN Split Tunneling Secure?

While not as secure as full encryption, it offers a balanced solution when you need certain data protected without compromising on speed or access.

2. How Do I Use A VPN With Split Tunneling?

Many top-tier VPNs, such as X-VPN, include split-tunneling feature in their advanced settings where you can choose which apps or sites go through the VPN tunnel or not. Make a customized list for your needs and turn the option on.