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How to enable VPN split tunneling in Windows 10

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  1. Sign up for a VPN subscription plan (we recommend PIA).
  2. Download and install the Windows 10 desktop client.
  3. Launch the app and click its icon in the systray.
  4. Go to Settings > Network.
  5. Enable Split Tunnel and Allow LAN Traffic.
  6. Click Add Application and select a program.
  7. Open the dropdown menu next to the program
    • Select Bypass VPN if you want the program to stay connected to your home network.
    • Or, choose Only VPN to connect the program to the VPN server.
  8. Set All Other Apps to Bypass VPN or Only VPN (opposite of the program’s connection mode).
  9. Click IP address if you want to exclude specific IP addresses from the VPN tunnel.
  10. Restart PIA and the programs added to split tunneling.

There are few VPN clients with split-tunneling support, and Private Internet Access is the best of them. It grants you more possibilities than Windows 10.

Specifically, you can create a whitelist or blacklist of applications and IP addresses to always use VPN or to always bypass it and remain connected to the Internet directly.

Furthermore, PIA is the best VPN for Paypal to help you make secure transactions over public, unencrypted Wi-Fi hotspots.

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  • No logs or leaks
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Easily enable VPN split tunneling on Windows 10 with the help of PIA.

You can also configure split tunneling at the router level if the firmware supports this feature.

It’s an excellent way to share your VPN connection with devices that don’t have native support for VPN clients, such as gaming consoles.

If you’re worried about security, you shouldn’t. Split tunneling doesn’t take anything away from the VPN’s safety features, as long as you use a secure protocol with strong encryption, such as OpenVPN with 256-bit AES.

At the same time, split tunneling doesn’t hamper the connection speed or add any latency. There are only perks to enabling split tunneling on Windows 10 PCs, so feel free to try it yourself.


To sum up, you can set up split tunneling by editing the Windows 10 VPN connection properties or by using PowerShell.

However, we believe the easiest way is by turning to a VPN service with split tunneling support, such as Private Internet Access (buy here).

PIA makes it easier to toggle split tunneling and features many other awesome features.

A fourth alternative is to set up split tunneling mode at the router level if your router firmware supports this feature. It will divert network traffic for all devices connected to your home Wi-Fi.

Did you manage to set up a split tunnel through VPN? Let us know how you did it in the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about VPN split tunneling

Split tunneling is perfectly safe to set up and use. You don’t have to worry about any security vulnerabilities when setting up a VPN between two networks.

  • Does OpenVPN support split tunneling?

Yes, OpenVPN supports split tunneling. You can exclude IP addresses using:route IPaddress netmask net_gateway
For example:route net_gateway

  • How do I know if my VPN is split tunneling?

Launch PowerShell, paste Get-VPNconnection and check the SplitTunneling status.

This post was written by Elena Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport

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