The simple answer is: it depends on your VPN. Some VPNs are made to work with BitTorrent, while others aren’t. Here are the top reasons why your BitTorrent might not work on VPN:
Your Device Isn’t Supported
It’s great when a VPN provider also supports your device, but it happens that some VPNs don’t work with some devices. For example, if you’re using an old iPhone, we wouldn’t recommend using the SOPA Virtual Private Network because it doesn’t support the older models. In this case, you could try using a different VPN or switch over to a supported platform.
Your Country Has BitTorrent Prohibited
Yes, that’s right. Some countries have BitTorrent completely prohibited. If you live in such a country and you try to use BitTorrent with a VPN, your ISP could possibly ban you for it. Luckily, there are workarounds for this. For example, you could use a VPN within your country to access restricted content but outside of your country to avoid the restrictions. Some VPNs have settings that allow you to choose which location to connect from. So, if your country has BitTorrent restrictions, it might be a good idea to avoid using it while on the go.
Your ISP Blocks Outgoing Connections
Even worse than having BitTorrent prohibited in your country is when your ISP blocks outgoing connections. In other words, if you’re using a VPN, you could end up in a situation where you’re unable to access content on other platforms. Since ISPs don’t like their customers to leave, they often do this to prevent them from going to other websites or services. In this case, you could try using a different ISP or look into possible alternatives such as P2P over WiFi or Bluetooth.
Your Account Has Been Suspended Or Disabled
Last but not least, we have account suspensions and account disables. If you’ve ever tried using BitTorrent, you might have encountered this problem. If your account gets suspended or disabled, you won’t be able to access it until you’ve notified the admin of this specific account. Since VPNs are intended to be used by multiple people, we wouldn’t recommend using the same account for your VPN and BitTorrent. This is an annoying problem that can arise if you don’t handle your accounts responsibly.
A VPN Isn’t Always What You Need
Even though BitTorrent might not work on a certain VPN, that doesn’t mean you need to avoid them completely. Sometimes, a VPN is the best option for a certain situation, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you’re looking for a reliable and secure way to exchange files with friends and family while maintaining your anonymity, you could try using a VPN. But if you’re just looking for a way to anonymously download a couple of movies, you could use a different platform instead. Or, you could try using a VPN but outside of the country to avoid any legal issues.
To Sum Up
If you’re the type of person who wants to keep their personal information private and don’t want strangers (or even friends) to know what they’re up to, using BitTorrent without a VPN might be the way to go. But if you live in a country where BitTorrent is prohibited or if you use it a lot and want to keep your account secure, it might be a good idea to try out a VPN and see if it solves your problems. Remember: it depends on your specific situation and you have to find the best solution for you.