Windscribe VPN review – Speed performance at its finest

While I was doing some research about quality and free VPN service providers, I came across Windscribe. This company is located in Canada and it has super clean terms telling you what you can do with their service and what not. It is what requires when established in Canada, I guess. Other than the terms, Windscribe outperforms some of the big guys in the market. As always, we need analytic and proof -you will find them all in this detailed and unbiased Windscribe review.

Free version

0$/ Month
0$/ Month
  • Single Connection
  • 8 locations
  • 10 GB bandwidth
  • P2P allowed
  • AdBlocker
  • Free firewall

1 Month

9$/ Month
9$/ Month
  • Unlimited simultaneous connection
  • 46 locations
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • P2P allowed
  • AdBlocker
  • Free firewall

1 Year

3.75$/ Month
3.75$/ Month
  • Unlimited simultaneous connection
  • 46 locations
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • P2P allowed
  • AdBlocker
  • Free firewall

Windscribe country, server coverage, and performance test

Currently, Windscribe covers 46 locations. You can make use of all locations only if you are a paid user. If you are a free user, only eight locations will be available for you.

While some locations have so many servers, some were kept limited to few. At this point, the company has to strive and add more servers, especially to United Kindom as all of the servers were blocked by the BBC iPlayer. On the other hand, the coverage is great and except the South Africa, the whole world is covered.

Speaking of the servers, I ran so many stress tests all over the world and the results were promising. Let’s take a close look at the results.

Windscribe speed test results

It is almost impossible to get reliable speed performance from each VPN server. Either it fails in one country or another. The very reason of these problems is that it is super hard to manage hundreds of servers at the same time. However, rare companies like Windscribe handles the management professionally and give us great speed performance as well as stable connectivity.

RegionDownload (Mbps)Upload (Mbps)Ping (Ms)
Mobile - Wi-fi8.045.0285
Mobile - 4G15.655.0377
North America
New York6.022.5290
Chicago5.854.25339
Dallas2.023.14358
San Francisco2.380.22445
Los Angeles4.542.6460
Canada - Montreal6.783.854.65
Canada - Toronto5.984.62327
South America
Brazil3.022.08621
Mexica4.992.96410
Europe
England12.384.53143
Germany13.554.32139
France8.584.59131
Spain11.64.28173
Netherlands3.224.19130
Ukraine11.954.56163
Poland11.164.87179
Asia
Hong Kong2.272.31526
JapanFailedFailedFailed
Others
Israel7.924.75206
Australia0.31.04892

I ran the test from Turkey with 50 Mbit download and 10 Mbit upload fiber connection. After connected to the servers in the list above, I pinged back to my own ISP.

USA speed performance was just like I expected. Moreover, Europe test ended in such a great results yet, the Netherland server was a great deal of disappointment as it is the most common P2P location for Europeans.

Last but not least, Windscribe upload performance was remarkably successful when compared to other VPN service providers. All Europe and almost all USA servers were fast enough to enjoy the utmost upload speed already provided by your ISP.

Windscribe excelled the speed test with rating 90 out of 100.

Windscribe torrenting performance

Here comes the uncanny yet expected part. As seen above, the Netherland server is the one with the least performance. As always I run the torrent speed test in the Netherland servers to create a fair comparison condition.

check windscribe torrent performance

At some point, the download speed may look great. However, there were so many ups and downs while downloading the torrent file that it took so much time to download 600 MB file.

Unfortunately, Windscribe could not provide solid performance and could not pass the torrenting test.

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Windscribe Popcorn time experience

No body likes to wait. If a P2P or streaming server is not well optimized, waiting is inevitable. Unfortunately, Windscribe failed the Popcorn time test as Netherland server provides low-speed performance just like the stress test above.

windscribe popcorn time download speed performance

Supposedly, 3 Mbps test result ended in downloading a popcorn time tv show less than 300 KB/second. This is way lower than 600+KB/seconds providing smooth and HD watching experience.

Watch our experience in the gif video below.

GIF check windscribe popcorn time experience and see it in action...

Windscribe Netflix experience

Windscribe does not have a dedicated server for Netflix. Trial and error is the only option in this sense.

My first try with the New York server failed and I gave New York #2 a shot and below you can see the result.

does windscribe work with netflix? learn the details here

The show starts with a notably low streaming quality. However, if you let the Netflix stream for 20-30 seconds, you will enjoy HD quality via Windscribe Servers.

So, the answer is Windscribe is working fine with Netflix. However, you have to pass server bureaucracy to find the decent streaming one.

Is Windscribe working with BBC iPlayer?

No, it is not. As Windscribe has a super inadequate amount of servers in the UK -and all of them were blocked by BBC servers, you get region restriction error.

windscribe is not working with bbc iplayer

The company should evaluate these problems and add additional servers as soon as possible.

Pricing and refund policy

Windscribe has a single plan including all of the features. The plan can be purchased either monthly or annually. Besides the paid plan, users can also go for free version which limits you 10 GB bandwidth/Month.

Free version

0$/ Month
0$/ Month
  • Single Connection
  • 8 locations
  • 10 GB bandwidth
  • P2P allowed
  • AdBlocker
  • Free firewall

1 Month

9$/ Month
9$/ Month
  • Unlimited simultaneous connection
  • 46 locations
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • P2P allowed
  • AdBlocker
  • Free firewall

1 Year

3.75$/ Month
3.75$/ Month
  • Unlimited simultaneous connection
  • 46 locations
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • P2P allowed
  • AdBlocker
  • Free firewall

My favorite feature in this plan is the unlimited simultaneous connection -something you cannot find anywhere else.

Windscribe refund policy

Each user can use the VPN service for free and check if it is working properly or not. However, keep this in mind that the free version has both bandwidth and server limitation.

In case you are not fully satisfied with the service, you can ask for a refund within 3 days. This is a super limited period.

Windscribe download desktop software and mobile apps

Windscribe has an easy to use, yet, too tiny desktop software.

Navigations in the menu are super fast and with a single click, you are connected to the VPN server.

windscribe desktop software interface

The software allows you to:

  • select a desired server in the main menu,
  • enable firewall for better protection,
  • switch between UDP, TCP or Stealth mode.

Moreover, in the general settings, you can play around with software references.

According to my one-month software experience, there are two important missing features:

  1. Country or location search bar,
  2. Kill switch feature.

These are must-have features for greater navigation and enhanced security. I am looking forward to seeing them in the future.

Security protocols

Windscribe has a single protocol: OpenVPN. However, you can pick different types of network operator according to your connection type.

Normal, the program itself will automatically try to give you the fastest speed performance with UDP. If it does not work with it and you have a bad connection, you can always go for TCP. Moreover, Stealth mode is another handy feature, if you are located in China or Iran.

Windscribe for mobile devices

Windscribe has an user-friendly yet, not feature rich mobile app. It is simple and it just works great.

check windscribe mobile app interface and learn how to use it

Just like the desktop software, it does not have any search bar -which makes the server navigation really hard. The power button at the top will get you connected to your desired location and you are all set.windscribe does not have many options in its mobile app

Furthermore, Windscribe has three additional features:

  1. You can choose between UDP and TCP,
  2. Change the port, and
  3. Switch to “Battery saver” mode. This feature will stop the continuous VPN connection when your phone is on the sleep mode. This can also save some bandwidth of your metered connection.

My overall mobile app experience was okay but it has to be improved with some more features.

The Android app is not approved yet and it asks three permissions. Uh?
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Customer support

I sent an email to the customer support related to the BBC iPlayer issue and got the answered in few hours.

Interestingly, they told me that they had fixed the iPlayer issue and London server was working fine.

Ticket support is quite fast. However, there is no live chat support in the Windscribe website.

Windscribe logging policy! Does Windscribe keep logs?

Windscribe does not keep any activity logs. Other than activities, some usage logs are being kept for service improvement and bandwidth usage calculation purposes.

Check the date being collected below…

learn all details about windscribe and its logging policy

Simply, the company does not care about the websites or the activities. Yet, your username, VPN servers, time of connection and amount of data you use are being temporarily kept.

Summing up!

Windscribe is a Canada based VPN service provider. It is secure, fast and reliable. While the VPN app works great for Netflix, daily usage; it lacks at unblocking BBC iPlayer, gives slower download performance for the torrents and Popcorn time shows. Furthermore, it is stringently prohibited to do any kind of nasty stuff when you are connected to Windscribe VPN servers.

The company provides different types of encryption alternating from 256 bit to 1024 bit. While the OpenVPN is the main protocol, you can also make use of the Stealth Mode and double hop to enhance your online privacy.

Last but not least, Windscribe is one of the fastest VPN services when USA and Europe server performance is taken into performance consideration.

Give it a try! If you do not like it, ask for a refund withing 3 days.

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8 Total Score
You will love the speed!

Even the free version may suprise you! Windscribe gives us what we do need. Servers are extremely fast. It works great with Netflix. However, torrent and Popcorn time download speed may let you down.

7.6Editor's score
Performance
7
Software
6.5
Price
8
Customer support
9
9.5User's score
Performance
10
Software
9.8
Price
9.6
Customer support
8.8
PROS
  • Great encryption options
  • Reasonable price on the annual plan
  • Bitcoin accepted
  • Very few info is being collected
  • Full HD Netflix experience
  • Unlimited simultaneous connection
CONS
  • Software is user friendly but I needs additional features
  • Does not work on BBC iPlayer
  • Slow Popcorn time experience and lag issues...
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  1. 5
    Performance
    100
    Software
    100
    Price
    100
    Customer support
    100

    Windscribe is just awesome. been suing it for 6 months and it’s great to see that the service is always evolving. There are new features being added almost every month. Im really liking their “proxy gateway” which was added recently. Now I can connect my PS4 to the VPN which is awesome.

    + PROS: Fast speeds, US netflix now works as they added a WINDFLIX location, firewall works perfectly. The yearly price is also 1/2 of what it used to be so this is a great deal!
    - CONS: none that I can see
  2. 4.75
    Performance
    100
    Software
    90
    Price
    100
    Customer support
    90

    I’m not the type of person to leave reviews, but Windscribe deserves my time lol. Just downloaded it 2 months ago, and it’s been great! Windscribe is easy to use and I’ve found it lives up to its name. Also really impressed with the updates and constant work Windscribe does to ensure everything runs smoothly. Overall i’m impressed.

    + PROS: - user friendly - high speeds - ad blocks - lots of location - unblock Netflix US
    - CONS: Nothing to really complain about, but would be nice if there was a live customer support system.
  3. 4.85
    Performance
    100
    Software
    100
    Price
    100
    Customer support
    90

    If you’re looking for a VPN that you can 100% rely on, Windscribe is the one. It’s been working great for me and there are so many other good reviews to back it up. It recently launched windscribe for Android which a lot of people had been waiting for, i myself was one of those people. So far the Android app works fine. Being able to use it on multiple devices is great too!

    + PROS: - unblocks US Netflix - a range of locations to choose from - fast response from customers support - good reliable speeds - blocks ads and trackers - can be used on multiple devices - a free plan is available - now available on various browsers and mobile phones
    - CONS: None so far!
  4. 4.5
    Performance
    100
    Software
    100
    Price
    90
    Customer support
    70

    To date Windscribe has been working fine. I’ve been using it for just over 2 months now and use it around 3-4 times a week. The reliable speeds are what stands out the most for me, and just like many other users, this is one of the most important things one seeks when using a VPN.

    + PROS: - selection of locations with reliable speeds - you can now unblock US Netflix - blocks ads and trackers - can use on multiple browsers and devices - has firewalls
    - CONS: Would be nice if they had a live customer support system.
  5. 4.6
    Performance
    100
    Software
    100
    Price
    90
    Customer support
    80

    The best VPN by far. Can you get anything better than Windscribe? I don’t think so! This is a must have, no delays, real time speedy connections and a variety of extra safety and general features not many VPN providers have, even the popular and pioneer ones!

    + PROS: Everything it offers is fantastic and there are two many things to list down. I'd suggest one to look at their website to check out what you can get as all features have been doing a great job for me.
    - CONS: Free plan only offers 10GB data.
  6. Easy to use, user-friendly, great speeds, and a selection of features that not all VPN providers have. Thank you Windscribe from a very happy customer.

  7. 4.85
    Performance
    100
    Software
    100
    Price
    100
    Customer support
    90

    You can never complain when it unblocks US Netflix and geo-restricted sites! A must have. Cheers Windscribe.

  8. 4.85
    Performance
    100
    Software
    100
    Price
    90
    Customer support
    100

    A personal favorite! And a VPN I see myself using for life. Windscribe is one of a kind. It’s the full package and something everyone should at least give a go. I’m a strong believer in using VPN’s to protect yourself when surfing the internet, something that Windscribe does perfectly, but I’m also really impressed with the extra features such as ad and track blocks, unlocking geo-restricted sites and even US Netflix! It’s simply fantastic and a worthwhile investment.

  9. 4.85
    Performance
    100
    Software
    100
    Price
    100
    Customer support
    90

    I’ve enjoyed using Windscribe so far and am looking forward to seeing it grow. So far, and to date, Windscribe seems to be among my top 3 favorites.

    + PROS: Really easy to work with. Fast connection speeds, a variety of great features, and the option to use on multiple devices with only one account. This is perfect!
    - CONS: Would be nice if they had a live customer support system.

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