Updated · Jun 06, 2022
Best for: Streaming
BlufVPN is a virtual private network service provider based in Estonia. It was only established in 2020, so it would be interesting to see its functionality early in its history.
Given its age, we expected few BlufVPN reviews from its community. But this VPN has already been downloaded more than 100,000 times from Google Play.
According to 816 BlufVPN reviews, its Android-owning early adopters have rated it 3.8 stars (out of 5).
The company’s rating on Trustpilot is better, at 4.3. Granted, this score has come from only 10 testimonials. Still, it has been described as either “excellent” or “great” so far.
Is its performance closer to 3.8 stars or 4.3? The ultimate goal of this BlufVPN review is to determine just that. Let’s get started!
BlufVPN’s features are comparable to those of most VPNs we’ve analyzed here on TechJury.
BlufVPN has native apps compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android.
I was able to install it on my PC running Windows 10. If you want to install it on a different supported device, here’s the operating system you need:
- iOS 14.0 or up
- iPadOS 14.0 or up
- macOS 11.0 or up
- Android 5.0 or up
Moreover, BlufVPN has no downloadable manual configuration files, which could have expanded its installability. Also, you can’t install it on a router or share your VPN protection through a mobile hotspot with it.
It may launch browser extensions and native products for smart TVs and digital media players in the future. But for the time being, BlufVPN is limited to desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
Five Simultaneous Connections
You can use this service on up to five devices. It doesn’t matter whether you sign up with a BlufVPN VPN premium subscription or a free trial.
This VPN service provider doesn’t sell additional slots yet. So, you need to buy another subscription to use this service on a sixth device and more.
BlufVPN has no data cap. This means you can secure your traffic to your heart’s delight.
However, you’d be glad to know that the free trial comes with unlimited bandwidth, too. More on this later.
BlufVPN lets all its users enjoy the maximum speed at all times. It doesn’t discourage certain online activities by slowing down VPN connection speeds.
The company’s philosophy is completely different from that of ZenMate, for example, whose nonpaying subscribers have to deal with a 2-Mbps limit.
It enables you to connect to the location housing the nearest, best-performing server at a given time. It’s the default option when you tap the connection button on the app’s main screen every time you launch BlufVPN.
If you intend to connect to just a handful of locations most of the time, you can bookmark them. Bookmarked BlufVPN servers automatically appear on the Favorites list, so you don’t have to search for them or scroll down.
When enabled, BlufVPN will launch when you turn on your PC. It’s convenient if you intend to use a different IP (internet protocol) address and protect your traffic all the time.
Soon to be available on the BlufVPN Android client, a notification can alert you about the latest app updates when activated. But even without it, you’ll still get push notifications like this one:
Automatic Dark Mode
With this functionality, BlufVPN can automatically switch between light and dark modes based on your mobile device’s settings. It’s another feature under development for the Android app.
On Windows, the kill switch is disabled by default. Activating it should be your top priority before using BlufVPN because there’s no telling when you might lose your VPN service. And only an enabled kill switch can hide your real IP and domain name system requests when that happens.
At the time of writing this BlufVPN review, a similar feature was still in the works for the Android version. Once ready, it’ll be available on mobile devices that run Android 8 or higher.
DNS Leak Protection
This privacy feature allows you to use BlufVPN’s own DNS servers when browsing the web. You must always keep it enabled to stop DNS leakage and prevent snoopers from learning about your online activity.
Fortunately, it’s already activated. In case it’s disabled while BlufVPN is running, you can toggle it back on without ending a VPN session.
BlufVPN Advanced Features
Extraordinary functionalities, such as double VPN, aren’t currently on BlufVPN’s offer.
On its desktop and mobile apps, it mentions Bluf points. The company might be planning to launch a reward system, gamifying its products to increase their usage.
Another product to look forward to is BlufPass. I presume that would be BlufVPN’s answer to popular pieces of encryption software. It could be integrated into BlufVPN or sold as a separate subscription.
There’s no word on its functionality. This trademarked name was registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office on August 19, 2021, so it hasn’t been widely marketed yet. But if it’s to be competitive, it ought to have at least the standard features of leading password managers.
BlufVPN Servers and Locations
Contrary to the company’s advertised coverage of 60+ countries, I was able to find its servers in 58 jurisdictions only.
I didn’t feel shortchanged, though. The company has hardware in multiple cities in:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Overall, it can help you obscure your place of residence using IP addresses from more than 70 locations. The company’s reach isn’t too far behind that of our top picks for Android. Actually, it has more locations than many of the tried-and-true VPN services for Windows.
Further, this vendor’s 500+ servers are optimized for file sharing, the backbone of BlufVPN torrent downloading support.
In terms of servers dedicated to streaming, the company has a ton of those, too. BlufVPN can unblock many major streaming platforms. More about that in the BlufVPN and Streaming Services section.
To calculate BlufVPN’s impact on my bandwidth, I ran tests on Speedtest by Ookla. I created VPN tunnels using IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange v2) on Android. Check out the results below.
US (download speed: -60.45%, upload speed: -18.18%, ping: 834.62%)
UK (download speed: -71.68%, upload speed: -7.79%, ping: 992.31%)
Australia (download speed: -55.55%, upload speed: -2.60%, ping: 480.77%)
BlufVPN Privacy and Jurisdiction
Is BlufVPN a good VPN for internet privacy in terms of where it’s based?
Estonia isn’t part of the Fourteen Eyes Alliance. But it has been a member of the European Union since 2004.
This means there’s no evidence the Estonian authorities share intelligence with powerful Western democracies. But the businesses operating in this Baltic state must obey EU’s data retention regulations.
Nevertheless, the right to privacy is enshrined in the Estonian Constitution. Plus, the country scored 94/100 on the Freedom of the Net 2020 report, making it one of the leaders in internet privacy.
Moreover, the BlufVPN server network covers:
- The United Arab Emirates
The said countries either restrict the use of VPNs or ban it outright. I couldn’t confirm whether the BlufVPN indeed has physical servers in all of them, though.
If the above places are merely virtual server locations, it means that the company keeps its hardware elsewhere. As a result, its databases are out of the control of repressive governments ruling the five countries.
So, is BlufVPN safe?
Yes, I would say so.
But you must know that the company practices some data logging.
The types of data it collects are as follows:
- Device data
- Email address
- IP address
- Traffic data
- Personally identifiable information related to social media (optional)
According to BlufVPN, it has to process some personal data to monitor service usage and diagnose app problems. The company collection of IP addresses was a bit of a letdown, but it promises not to store it after a session.
Also, this VPN vendor won’t keep your email address after you uninstall its software. It may delete your archived data on its servers within 30 days after your account’s termination.
BlufVPN Security and Protocols
With AES-256, your protected bandwidth will be as hard to crack as encrypted US military documents.
To move your traffic data safely, BlufVPN offers the following tunneling protocols:
- Wise in TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) modes
BlufVPN has no “automatic” option, which lets it decide which protocol to use. Rather, its Windows client uses OpenVPN by default, whereas its Android app tunnels traffic data with IKEv2. You’re free to change the tunneling protocol as you wish.
I found no information about Wise on the company’s site. What it has mentioned was WireGuard, which was not part of either Windows’s or Android’s list of tunneling protocols.
But its customer support team did confirm that Wise is an enhanced OpenVPN iteration. It forces traffic to go through port 443, which is an effective way to get around most firewalls.
However, BlufVPN ignored my question about Wise’s connection to KeepSolid Wise, the proprietary protocol of VPN Unlimited.
BlufVPN Leak Test Results
I connected to a Sydney-based BlufVPN server to know whether this VPN service could spoof my physical location.
Here are my original IP and DNS addresses:
Using Ipleak.net, I ran IP and DNS leak tests. Here’s what came back to me:
How about WebRTC IP leakage? I tested this vendor’s server in Missouri using ExpressVPN’s checker.
Here’s the result:
BlufVPN was able to mask my real public IP address and hide my DNS requests successfully.
BlufVPN and Streaming Services
Is BlufVPN a good VPN for streaming?
This VPN has 15 location options with servers optimized for streaming. It can unblock geo-restricted content of 10 streaming services, seven of which provide an IP address from California:
Here’s the other three:
- BBC iPlayer (IP from West Sussex, United Kingdom)
- Hotstar (IP from Karnataka, India)
- Rai.tv (IP from Milan, Italy)
The other five server options have either a generic name or a country-based label. Be the judge of this vendor’s inconsistent naming convention:
- Streaming (IP from California)
- Movies & TV (IP from California)
- IN-Karnataka (Movies & TV)
- Italy (Movies & TV)
- UK-South (Movies & TV)
However, BlufVPN Netflix and the other streaming platform-specific server options were absent on Android.
Despite this, this mobile app could get the job done.
In fact, I was able to access the streaming giant’s US and Canada libraries from the Philippines on Android even without the Netflix BlufVPN server option:
How Good Is BlufVPN for Torrenting?
As mentioned, BlufVPN’s network of servers supports file sharing. The question now is, can it hide your IP while using a BitTorrent client?
Actually, it can.
Here’s the IP address that appeared on my torrent client while connected to this vendor’s UK-Centre server:
This VPN is a decent choice for peer-to-peer file sharing. But it can’t join the ranks of the best torrenting VPNs right now. The current BlufVPN torrent downloading support needs more oomph to reach that level.
Can BlufVPN Bypass Geo-Blocks?
I chose HBO Max to test this VPN service provider’s ability to bypass geo-restrictions. This video-on-demand streaming service is unavailable in my region.
Check out the before-and-after screenshots below to see BlufVPN work its magic.
Ease of Use
Are you wondering how to use BlufVPN and how easy it is to install? You’d be glad to know that usability was among its strengths.
Its setup is uncomplicated. Save for kill switch activation, it’s ready to go once installed. It’s readily available for download, although you must create an account first to start using it.
I did experience some bugs on both the Windows and Android apps along the way.
But for the most part, BlufVPN’s Windows and Android clients loaded and connected fast.
When it comes to aesthetics, this provider’s products are eye candy. The company boasts of having the prettiest apps, and it’s not an exaggeration.
However, its selection of server locations, if I might say so, could use some improvement. They’re labeled inconsistently, and a couple of simple changes could greatly enhance the user experience.
Many published BlufVPN reviews highlighted the company’s round-the-clock chat and email support.
BlufVPN does have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Reddit accounts. I tried to reach its team via Messenger and got a reply within minutes.
Through email, a rep got back to me in less than 24 hours.
In terms of self-service options, BlufVPN maintains its own blog and the answers to basic questions can be found in its FAQ section on every page. Unfortunately, both lacked insightful content to help anyone do their own research on relevant topics about BlufVPN.
However, this vendor has already claimed its Trustpilot profile. It’s a sign it’s prepared to engage with reviewers and demonstrate that it takes note of feedback.
This VPN vendor sells one plan in multiple billing options.
If you purchase directly from it, you can choose from monthly, semi-annual, and annual subscriptions. But if you buy the service on the App Store, you won’t be able to get the six-month option.
Here’s how much the BlufVPN VPN premium plan will set you back if you make a purchase on your PC:
- 1 month: $9.99
- 6 months: $5.99/month
- 1 year: $3.59/month
On Google Play, BlufVPN for Android is priced in your local currency. In US dollar terms, here’s how much it would cost me to buy this VPN there:
- 1 month: $10.99
- 1 year: $9.33/month
In the App Store, BlufVPN for iOS and iPadOS costs:
- 1 month: $10.99
- 1 year: $6.25/month
The company accepts major credit cards. On its site, it says it also accepts cryptocurrency, but I didn’t find this option during checkout.
Irrespective of your chosen subscription, it’ll be subject to automatic renewal.
Again, there’s no BlufVPN free version. But you can use this VPN service on a trial basis.
Here’s the thing: The seven-day free BlufVPN trial is accessible through Google Play or the App Store only.
So, what if you intend to primarily use it on your PC or Mac?
A good workaround is to register on any of BlufVPN’s mobile apps. Once activated, you can use the same login details on your computer.
Regarding refunds, BlufVPN’s checkout page says that its plan comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. But the company mentions in its Terms of Service that it’s seven days.
BlufVPN Review - Verdict
BlufVPN is a workable VPN service.
It’s already good for streaming and torrenting. And I had a sense its developers are gearing up to roll out more features before we know it.
Likewise, I loved that the company has managed to nail the aesthetics of its apps while minimizing performance issues.
Although there’s a lack of parallelism in its server locations’ names, it would only bother nitpickers.
Presently, BlufVPN promises more than it can deliver. The absence of its live chat window is a perfect case in point. The inconsistency in its content, particularly about its money-back guarantee, was a cause for concern for me.
Honestly, I believe this VPN is capable but not ready for prime time. In that sense, this BlufVPN review might have been premature.
That being said, so many upcoming improvements are on the horizon. I wouldn’t be surprised if this VPN provider realizes its vision of its product’s functionality in no time. Also, I expect it to sort its support issues out soon.
If you can’t wait to test it out, I highly recommend signing up for the week-long free BlufVPN trial.
Romj is a veteran copywriter who used to be a Jack of all trades. Now, he's trying to be a master of one: technology. He jumps down the rabbit hole to size the latest innovations up. As a content contributor for TechJury, he hopes to help you keep up in our fast-paced world with his discoveries.
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