Use our Speed Test for blazing VPN speeds on Windows and Mac OS

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As you may have noticed, we’ve rolled out a new Speed Test feature in our Windows and Mac OS apps.

Get the most out of ExpressVPN by using the Speed Test to find the best location for you.

Who knows? There might be a better server location for you than the one that you’re currently using.

To run the test, open up ExpressVPN on your Windows or Mac computer. In the home screen, click Run Speed Test.

On the speed test screen, click on Run Tests. This will take a few minutes but should be worth the wait.

(Also, you don’t need to wait for the tests to complete; you can cancel them after the latency tests are done and use the app to connect to a server location as you normally would. For best results, however, let the test run its course.)

How to interpret your speed test results

Speed Tests measures Latency and Download Speed, then combines those two into a single number called the Speed Index. You can sort your results by clicking on the headers in the columns.

  1. Latency is a measure of how long it takes for data to get from your computer to the VPN server, measured in milliseconds. The lower, the better. Generally speaking, the farther away the server is, the higher the latency will be. You’ll want the latency to be lower, as it indicates that your data has taken the shortest possible route.
  2. Download Speed measures how much data was transferred per second (measured in Megabits per second). The higher, the better.
  3. Speed Index is a combination of latency and download speed. The higher, the better.

How to use your speed test results

Now it’s time to put your speed test results to use! The location with the highest Speed Index is likely to be best for you for general web browsing.

However, in some cases you may want to access websites in specific countries. If so, you’ll want to choose the server with the highest Speed Index in that particular country.

For example, if you’re trying to connect to a website in the US, then you’ll want to connect to the US server that returned the highest Speed Index. For the speed test in the screenshot, that would be “LA 2.”

For convenience, the app will remember the Speed Test winner, and it’ll also remember the last three servers you connected to. You can access those in the left-hand side of the screen.

Give it a whirl!

Try it for yourself: run a speed test and connect to the server with the best Speed Index. And let us know in the comments how it works out for you – are you getting better speeds?

If you have any questions, please email or chat with us and we’ll help you choose a location.

18 COMMENTS

  1. I dunt know if this is the rite place to leave a comment but this is one of the few services i used that i will go searching for a place to leave my comments. expressvpn is great, not just great, the customer service seems to be working round the clock!! I am in asia, a different time zone but it seems they are always there! This is my 3rd day and i believe that this is money well spent in a country with the GREATEST firewall !

    • Hi Pt! Thanks so much for your kind remark. We’re so glad you like ExpressVPN 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day.

  2. there is no speed test on my app, probably because the speeds are so slow not worth measuring however to be clear when I use an independent tester using esxpressvpn cuts my speed from 40Mbits to 2 to 3 so much for blazing speed and support ha laughable, so disappointed. hopefully paypal will refund my dosh even if they don’t only paid for 1 year glad I didn’t do autorenwal Expressvpn? more like commuter train stop at ever lights vpn! yes I am upset what a waste of money 🙁
    Odds on this being posted same as me having fast speeds from you

    • Hi Sylvester. we’re sorry the service isn’t working well for you. Please get in touch with our Support Team via Live Chat on our website and we’ll help you from there.

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