If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a VPN user or someone who’s tried out one of these services. If so, you’ll know how handy they can be on the move, when you don’t have access to a wired connection or the service is otherwise down. But after using a VPN on your phone for a while, you’ll inevitably start to notice some annoying limitations. In this guide, we’ll explore what those are and how you can get around them.
Limitations Of Using A VPN On Your Phone
Since its inception, the mobile application (or app) VPN has sought to overcome geography-based barriers to content and services. By letting users browse the content and apps of other markets, VPNs have sought to make content and services accessible to more people. The result is a product that can be incredibly useful on the move, where you’d otherwise struggle to access the content you want. But as handy and accessible as these services can be, there are some significant limitations that you should be aware of.
No Pushing Limits
Let’s start with the most basic of all limitations. With a VPN on your device, you have absolutely no control over what happens to your data once the connection is made. This can be a major issue, considering how much user information is stored on most smartphones today. In a nutshell, whenever you use a VPN, you’re giving up your data and the service has the right to access and use that data as they see fit.
One of the consequences of using a VPN on the move is that you’re going to be using up a lot of bandwidth as the service seeks to deliver your requested content swiftly and smoothly. Simply put, as you consume more content, you’re going to impact the performance of the device using the service and that device’s capacity to serve others. This can be a major problem if you’re on a limited data plan or if you have a limited number of devices that you can use concurrently. Fortunately, most mobile VPNs are designed with mobile data overage in mind and include features that allow you to manage your data usage. Some mobile VPNs will even limit you to a certain amount of data per week and charge you accordingly if you go over that limit. So if you find that you’re constantly hitting your data limit, it might be time for you to switch providers or look into a paid plan.
Limited Access To Services
One of the great things about a VPN is that it provides you with complete access to all the services that are available on the internet. If you’re using a VPN on the move, that usually means you’re going to be limited to the content and functionalities offered by the service. Sometimes this can be an issue, as services are designed and optimized for use on larger, more powerful devices with larger displays. If you’re on a mobile device with limited storage and processing power, using a service that doesn’t suit your device can lead to headaches. This isn’t always the case, but it’s something to keep in mind.
The Great Escape
Another issue that you should be aware of is the possibility of being locked out of certain content or services if you’re not signed up for the corresponding VPN account. Even if you are, you might find that the content or app you want to access isn’t available due to platform restrictions or licensing agreements. When that happens, there’s not much you can do except wait until the service provider decides to make the content or app available again. In general, trying to access unlicensed or restricted content is dangerous and often leads to headaches and data charges. When that happens, it’s better to just let it go and find another service. For the best user experience, make sure that your device is always powered by official chargers and approved batteries.