How to Turn Off a VPN – Covering Windows, macOS, iPhone, Android, Firestick, Routers & More!

Every reputable VPN available today comes with unlimited bandwidth. That means that you’re free to leave it active at all times. However, VPNs come with their pros and cons, and they can slow your Web connection down at times. Still, no matter why you might want to disable your VPN, that can be done at any moment. So, let's show you how to turn off a VPN.

Note

Keep in mind that VPNs come with their own interfaces, so we can't give you detailed steps to turn off each individual VPN. On top of that, you might not use a VPN app – if you've configured your VPN manually. So, we'll provide a general guide instead.

Windows

Depending on how you've set up your VPN on Windows, there are two ways to disable it. You can do that from the VPN app itself or Windows' Settings app. Here's what you need to do.

  • If You Have a Native VPN App: Launch your VPN app and wait until you see its home screen. Then click on an ON/OFF switch to disable the currently active VPN connection.
  • If You’ve Configured VPN Manually: Navigate to Settings > Network & Internet. Then, select 'VPN' and pick the VPN connection you want to disable. Lastly, click 'Disconnect.'

macOS

Just like on Windows, there are two ways to disable a VPN on your macOS computer. So, check below and follow the instructions that apply to your case.

  • If You Have a Native VPN App: Open your VPN app, and you'll see its home screen. See to disable your currently active connection from there. There should be an ON/OFF switch or a button that says 'Disconnect.'
  • If You’ve Configured VPN Manually: Navigate to Apple > System Preferences > Network. Then, select the VPN connection you want to disable from the left-placed panel. On the right, click on the button that reads 'Disconnect.'

iPhone

Your iPhone offers two ways to set up a VPN – via iOS itself or the iOS App Store. Depending on which path you chose (when you installed your VPN), here's what you need to do.

  • If You Have a Native VPN App: Launch your VPN app. Then, using its home screen, find a switch that lets you disable the currently active VPN session. There should be a switch or a button that says 'Disconnect.'
  • If You’ve Configured VPN Manually: Open the Settings app. Then, scroll a bit down until you see an entry that reads 'VPN.' On the right-hand side, tap on the switch. You’ll disconnect once the switch toggles to 'OFF' or says 'Not Connected.'

Android

When it comes to Android, the issue is that numerous different versions of this OS exist. So, here’s our general guide on how to turn off a VPN on your Android phone.

  • If You Have a Native VPN App: Navigate to your VPN app and wait until its home screen loads. Then, find either a button or a switch that lets you terminate your currently active VPN session. 
  • If You've Configured VPN Manually: There's no universal way to turn off a VPN on Android. However, this process always starts with the Settings app. Then, find an entry that might point to VPN settings (usually called 'Network & Internet'). Then, toggle off the VPN connection you're trying to disable.

Firestick

On Fire TV devices, you can install a VPN by downloading it from Amazon’s App Store. Or, perhaps you’ve "sideloaded" your VPN app. Either way, the only way to access your VPN on your Fire TV is via its native app – and that’s precisely how to disable it. Here are the steps:

  • Using your remote, navigate to the VPN you’ve installed on your Firestick. 
  • Then, select your VPN by clicking on its icon (thumbnail). 
  • Wait until you see the VPN app’s home screen. 
  • Look for an OFF switch or a button that lets you disable your VPN. 
  • Your VPN should say give you a notification that you’ve turned it off.

Chromebook

Google’s Chrome OS gives you multiple ways to install a VPN – via its Android app, Chrome extension, or you can set it up manually. Consequentially, to turn off a VPN, you need to rely on the method you’ve used when you installed it. Here’s more info.

  • If You Have a Native VPN App: Visit the VPN app you've installed (no matter if you've installed it from the Play Store or if you've sideloaded it). You can access your apps by using the App Drawer at the bottom of your screen. Then, look for a toggle that lets you turn off your VPN. 
  • If You Have a Chrome VPN Extension: In this case, you need to visit your VPN extension within Chrome, whose icon should be visible in the top-right corner. Once you launch your VPN extension, look for a switch/button to disable your VPN service. 
  • If You’ve Configured VPN Manually: VPNs that you configure continue to "exist" within your Chromebook's settings. More precisely, you'll need to click in the bottom-right corner of your Chrome OS' home screen and then pick 'Network.' That's where you should see a list of VPNs, with a switch to disable individual connections.

Routers

In general, disabling a VPN on your router requires you to access its admin panel (using its IP address). Then, you’ll need to find a segment where VPNs can be edited, where you’ll typically find a switch or a button that lets you disable your VPN connection.

Here’s a series of quick guides on how to disable a VPN on the most popular router brands and different types of router firmware: 

  • DD-WRT: Select the 'Services' tab, and then pick 'VPN' from the sub-menu. Then, right next to 'Start OpenVPN Client,' select 'Disable.' Save and then apply your settings. 
  • ASUS RT / Merlin: Select 'VPN' on the left (in the 'Advanced Settings' group). Then, select the 'VPN Client' tab and use the 'Deactivate' button.
  • TP-Link: After you log in to your router’s admin, select the 'Network' tab using the main menu. Then, pick 'Internet,' and you should see the details of your VPN connection. At the bottom, there should be a button that lets you disconnect from your VPN.  
  • GL.iNet: Navigate to VPN > OpenVPN Client. Pick the 'Status' tab to review the status of your VPN connections. Finally, click on the 'Disconnect' button. 
  • Sabai: Navigate to Network > OpenVPN. Then, find the VPN connection you’ve installed and enabled on your router. Use the 'Stop' button to disable it. 
  • Tomato: Pick 'VPN Tunneling' on the left-hand side (Tomato’s main menu). Then, pick the type of VPN connection you’ve added (such as 'OpenVPN Client,' for example). On the right side of the screen, use the 'Stop Now' button. 
  • Netduma: Once you log in to your router's admin, pick 'Hybrid VPN' on the left. Then, look for a section called 'VPN Setup.' You should now see a switch that you need to disable.

Smart TVs

In general, smart TVs don’t let you install native VPNs – except if they’re powered by Android TV. And in that case, you can install a VPN only from the Play Store. So, here's how to turn it off as well.

  • Use your remote controller to navigate to the VPN app you’ve installed.
  • Once you see its icon (or thumbnail), select to open it.
  • This will bring up your VPN’s home screen.
  • Look for a button or a switch that lets you disable your VPN connection.

So, those would be all the ways to disable a VPN on any device. In case of any questions, make sure to let us know by posting your comments below. And lastly, thank you for reading!

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