AzireVPN Review 2021: Before You Buy, Is It Worth It?

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AzireVPN Overview March 2021

As a smaller VPN provider, I had my doubts that AzireVPN could compete with top-tier providers — and I was right. AzireVPN has strong security, a solid privacy policy, and can unblock Disney+ and even a few Netflix libraries. But it’s hard to set up and has a limited server network. Compared to top-tier services, it doesn’t measure up in extra features, ease-of-use, or unblocking capabilities. I was also disappointed that it doesn’t reliably work in China or other censorship-heavy countries.

AzireVPN gives you 7 days to try it with its money-back guarantee, so you can try it for yourself if you want to compare it to other providers.

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  • Good speeds (except on faraway servers). I was pleased that I got solid speeds with AzireVPN, except when I connected to servers on the other side of the world. Jump to my speed test results.
  • Unblocks Netflix and Disney+. After a complex manual configuration process, AzireVPN unblocked Netflix and Disney+, but it still didn’t work with Hulu, BBC iPlayer, or Amazon Prime Video. See my streaming tests.
  • AzireVPN owns its servers to maximize your privacy. Since AzireVPN installs and owns its servers instead of using third-party technology, your data is well-protected. It also has a no-logs policy to protect you. Read more about its privacy protocols.
  • Hard to configure and a clunky interface. The native client was tough to use and I had to manually configure it to work with the third-party OpenVPN or WireGuard clients. Learn more about user experience.
  • Affordable pricing, but not the best value. A 2-year Surfshark subscription is more affordable and gives you all-around better service (plus a longer money-back guarantee). Read about AzireVPN pricing.

AzireVPN Unblocks Netflix and Disney+ (But Can’t Access Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, or BBC iPlayer)

Netflix and Disney+: Unblocked

I was annoyed that unblocking Netflix and Disney+ with AzireVPN was a difficult and technically-complex process. Netflix wouldn’t load when I was connected directly through AzireVPN’s native app — it only worked if I used WireGuard or OpenVPN. I had to go through a long, complex manual configuration process to get these two open-source VPN clients to work with AzireVPN. I was frustrated that it required so much additional work!

After connecting to AzireVPN servers in the US, UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany using the WireGuard VPN client, I unblocked Netflix and watched The Crown in HD. I was also able to use a server in Thailand to unblock Netflix, but it was too slow for me to watch anything without constant buffering. Although it was hard to get working at first, I was pleasantly surprised that it worked with this platform at all as only a few VPNs can unblock Netflix.

Screenshot of The Crown playing on Netflix while AzireVPN is connected to a server in Spain using the WireGuard client

AzireVPN’s servers unblocked Netflix once I connected to the WireGuard client

AzireVPN also unblocked Disney+ via the WireGuard and OpenVPN clients, letting me log in and watch Spanish Affair lag-free using a server in Spain. I also tested servers in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany, and they all unblocked Disney+ to let me watch my favorite classics.

HBO Max, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video: Blocked

In my testing, AzireVPN’s UK server couldn’t unblock BBC iPlayer and its Miami and Chicago servers couldn’t give me access to Hulu or HBO Max. I was disappointed that I got proxy errors while trying to watch a movie or TV show on any of these platforms. This was a letdown since other blogs claim it works with these streaming services.

Screenshot of HBO Max's proxy error while connected to AzireVPN via WireGuard

I was geo-blocked when I tried to log into HBO Max with AzireVPN

According to my testing, advanced VPNs like Surfshark easily unblock every streaming service mentioned in this review. Surfshark also has faster servers in more countries so you can stream in HD with no buffering.

Important to know

Sweden
2012
No
5
7 days guaranteed

Contact Details

[email protected]
www.azirevpn.com

Speed6.0

AzireVPN Has Solid Speeds (Except on the Most Distant Servers)

AzireVPN’s speeds were consistently fast, except on the most faraway servers. I’m on the east coast of the US, and I was pleased that I got solid connections at all the server locations I tried except for Thailand.

Speed Test Results

My average speed on AzireVPN was 26.2Mbps. I was happy that closer servers were consistently fast enough to let me stream and game without delay.

Screenshot of 4 speed tests while connected to AzireVPN servers

My speeds were extremely slow while connected to AzireVPN servers on the other side of the world

That said, my connection on the Thai servers was sometimes so slow it was unusable. Since this country was the farthest away, it makes sense that it would be slower — but it wasn’t even fast enough to watch Netflix. After about 30 seconds of lag, it would start in such low quality and with so much buffering that the show wasn’t watchable. Even normal webpages loaded extremely slowly because they contained too many multimedia elements.

Overall, I found that AzireVPN’s speeds were decent on near-by servers. But if you need to connect to a distant server or have a lower baseline speed than I did, you might have serious connection problems. To avoid frustratingly slow speeds, I recommend you try a lightning-fast service like NordVPN.

Why Most Speed Tests are Pointless & How We Correctly Test VPN Speeds

Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.

Servers6.0

Server Network — Only About 60 Servers in 14 Countries

AzireVPN’s server network is quite small, with a total of about 60 servers in just 14 countries. You won’t find the Middle East, Russia, or Africa at all, and there is only one server in Asia. All of its servers offer decent security, but I was disappointed with how limited the network is.

Security — AzireVPN Kept Me Anonymous Online (But Only After Further Configuration)

I was frustrated that AzireVPN failed to conceal data like my location and IP address during DNS leak testing. That meant I wasn’t fully protected and anonymous, which totally defeats the purpose of using a VPN! I reached out to customer support about the problem, and they said I had to do further configurations to stop the leaks.

While I was able to get it to pass a DNS test after more tinkering (and downloading an additional app), I was annoyed that its default settings didn’t protect me. Also, the necessary additional configurations make it even harder to use if you’re not an expert.

Screenshot of a successful DNS leak test

AzireVPN initially failed DNS leak tests, but additional configurations kept my data safe

AzireVPN offers customizable security — but it’s not useful to beginners. As a cybersecurity expert, I like that it lets you pick from a variety of VPN protocols and firewall ports combinations for each server including NAT/UDP/1194 and NAT/TCP/443. This customizability lets you select different levels of security for special situations, but it doesn’t explain the benefits or drawbacks of each option. That means only advanced users will know what these options mean or how to use them.

Privacy — AzireVPN Owns Its Servers and Has a No-Logs Policy

AzireVPN provides tough security because it owns and manages all its own server equipment. Unlike most smaller VPN companies, I was impressed that it doesn’t outsource to server farms or virtual servers. This gives it greater control over security and privacy but makes it harder to provide servers in many locations because of the expense required to add new servers. Despite giving you a smaller network, I was happy that I didn’t have to worry about a security breach with AzireVPN (like you would for a VPN that rents all its servers from unverified third parties).

Since AzireVPN also has a solid no-logs policy, no information is ever recorded about users. Even if servers were confiscated and examined, there wouldn’t be anything to find. This is critical, as VPNs that record your data could comply with third-party requests to access it. The logs policy is stated simply in AzireVPN’s terms of service:

Screenshot of AzireVPN's zero-logs policy

I felt safer after reading AzireVPN’s thorough zero-logs policy

That said, I was disappointed that I couldn’t find any evidence that AzireVPN has undergone independent-auditing of its policies. Without this third-party verification, you simply have to take AzireVPN’s word that it truly follows this policy and that it’s not just a marketing ploy. Personally, I feel safer with VPNs like NordVPN which have published independent audits of its security policies.

Torrenting — P2P Support on All Servers

Even though AzireVPN doesn’t have servers that are optimized for torrenting, they all support P2P downloading using apps like BitTorrent. I connected to a server in Norway and downloaded a 2.2 GB video file with no issues. It took about 15 minutes, and according to my IP and DNS tests, my real identity was never revealed at any point during the process of browsing for and downloading the file. Although top-tier VPNs offer faster torrenting, I was pleased that AzireVPN kept me safe and gave me decent speeds.

Server Locations

Canada
Denmark
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Romania
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
United Kingdom
United States

User Experience4.0

Simultaneous Device Connections — I Connected on 5 at Once With No Noticeable Slowdowns

I was happy that AzireVPN allowed me to connect to 5 devices at once without noticeably reducing my speeds. I tested a server in Germany on 5 devices — 2 Android phones, 1 Windows PC, 1 iPhone, and 1 Mac. My speeds were exactly the same as when I was only connected on 1 device. I was impressed that I was able to watch a Netflix show on all 5 devices with no lag at all.

Device Compatibility — Works on Major Device Types (Plus Linux and Routers)

AzireVPN has apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. I initially had trouble getting the Windows app to work properly at first (it definitely doesn’t compare with the top Windows VPNs!), but it worked well after I restarted my device and reinstalled it. I was pleased that I didn’t have the same issues with the other supported devices. The Android version even has a useful bonus feature — a tunneling filter to exclude apps from the VPN that you want to connect to using your usual network.

Although it only offers 5 connections at once and doesn’t work with devices like Smart TVs, Playstation, or Amazon Fire Stick, you can install it on your router to protect all your devices at once. However, similarly-priced rivals like Surfshark protect an unlimited number of simultaneous device connections. It also works with a broader range of device types, including certain SmartTVs.

Ease of Set-Up & Installation — Complicated Set-Up and Clunky Interface

Other VPN review pages said AzireVPN was easy to install — but they’re wrong. I followed the basic installation instructions, but they didn’t work and left my personal data exposed.

When I contacted support, they told me AzireVPN needed further configuration. After installing the client, I had to go to a third-party website to download the WireGuard VPN client and configuration files. After opening it, I had to connect through the WireGuard client instead of the AzireVPN app. Setting it up to work with OpenVPN was even more complicated! Overall, the installation process was long, complicated, and frustrating!

Screenshot of AzireVPN's login prompt while using the OpenVPN client

I could only get AzireVPN to work correctly after configuring it to work with open-source VPN clients

While AzireVPN’s client is supposed to work on its own, it doesn’t. Worse yet, beginners might have trouble setting it up with WireGuard or OpenVPN if they have issues with the client (like I did). I’ve always found that top VPNs like Surfshark work well immediately after downloading them with no additional configuration necessary. That’s why I was particularly annoyed by AzireVPN’s complicated setup.

I also found AzireVPN’s interface to be clunky. For example, on Windows you have to re-enter your password every time you reconnect. Once you’re connected to a server on Windows or Mac, there’s no user interface showing information like what country you’re connected to. Your only option in Windows is a small taskbar icon that shows that you’re connected. In my testing, these design flaws made it harder to use than top VPN services like Surfshark.

Screenshot of Azire's system tray status menu

With no way to view the interface after I connected, I often forgot what country I had connected to

There’s also a small “?” icon on the home screen. I assumed it would give me information about the app, but it just caused my cursor shape to change and had no other effect. Flaws like this show that AzireVPN still needs to make some tweaks before the interface feels fully functional.

Screenshot of the home screen of AzireVPN's user interface

I was confused by a non-functional help icon on AzireVPN’s home screen

Ultimately, I ended up using AzireVPN only through the WireGuard client. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get the Windows version of AzireVPN to function fully within its own app.

Support6.0

AzireVPN only has email support — you won’t find any live chat or telephone help. Thankfully, the team is very responsive via email. I sent a question at noon about why my DNS was leaking and got an answer back about 1.5 hours later. The rep explained that I should use the WireGuard client to connect instead of AzireVPN’s native app, then provided links to guides for me to try setting it up. I was pleased the rep was very polite and his directions were easy to follow.

Screenshot of AzireVPN support responding to a help request ticket

AzireVPN’s email support gave me a helpful answer to my question in less than 2 hours

The website also offers some basic FAQs and in-depth installation guides, which helped me figure out how to configure it to work with the OpenVPN and WireGuard clients. I was grateful that the guides were easy-to-use and well-organized since configuring these third-party apps is technical.

Although its email support and FAQs were helpful, I was disappointed AzireVPN doesn’t offer instant support options. Top-tier services like NordVPN can help you troubleshoot via email, a helpful blog, live chat, and phone support. Its staff is available to answer general questions about the service 24/7 even if you’re not a customer.

How We Test Customer Support and Why Should You Care

We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.

Pricing7.0

I liked that AzireVPN has fairly affordable plans — but it’s a bit inconvenient that its prices are only listed in Swedish Krona and Euros. Since I’m accustomed to prices in USD, I had to go through the trouble of figuring out the current exchange rates to determine what I’d be charged. The price per month decreases the longer the plan, so longer subscriptions are a better value.

You can pay for AzireVPN with PayPal, credit card, cryptocurrency, and even cash! Being able to pay with cash is a unique option that I’ve never encountered with any other VPN. You can mail cash to the company’s address in Sweden. Once AzireVPN receives your physical payment, the office activates your subscription.

Though I was impressed by its diverse payment options, many providers offer a better overall value than AzireVPN. For example, Surfshark beat AzireVPN in all performance categories and has even more affordable plans if you sign up for a 2-year subscription. AzireVPN also only gives you a 7-day money-back guarantee (which isn’t even valid for the 1-month plan). On the other hand, you can try Surfshark for free for 30 days regardless of which plan you choose.

If you do try AzireVPN, the money-back guarantee is easy to use. I emailed support on a Sunday to ask for a refund, and it was processed via PayPal the very next day. I appreciated that they didn’t waste my time asking questions or trying to get me to reconsider.

Screenshot of an email thread showing the AzireVPN cancellation and refund process

AzireVPN support responds quickly and honored my refund request the next business day

AzireVPN offers the following plans

Final Verdict

Considering it’s a smaller VPN, I was impressed by AzireVPN’s privacy — but it’s too difficult to use and limited in its server options for me to be able to recommend it over other alternatives. It also doesn’t work in China, which isn’t surprising as only a few VPNs can bypass the Great Firewall.

If AzireVPN were more affordable, I might recommend it as a bare-bones service for users with more technical experience. However, since some Surfshark plans are even more affordable and give you way more servers and features, it’s still a better choice even from that perspective.

Common FAQs About AzireVPN

🤔 Is AzireVPN a good VPN provider?

AzireVPN has decent security and a solid privacy policy, but its clunky interface is hard to use and it offers limited features. While it’s better than some other VPN companies of a similar size, you can get better-quality services for a lower price.

For example, Surfshark’s longer plans cost less than the price of a cup of coffee. It also offers superior security, faster speeds, and gives you access to more streaming and torrenting platforms than AzireVPN. Plus, you can try Surfshark free for 30 days with its money-back guarantee (whereas AzireVPN only offers a 7-day money-back guarantee for some plans).

🤑 Can I get AzireVPN for free?

AzireVPN has a 7-day money-back guarantee so that you can try it risk-free. Keep in mind this policy isn’t valid with its 1-month plan, so you need to sign up for the 3-month, 12-month, or 24-month plan to be eligible.

While there are totally free services available, only a few free VPNs are actually safe — most others spam you with dangerous ads and steal your data. That said, even the safer options limit your data, speed, and servers. That’s why you’re better off taking advantage of the money back guarantees offered by premium services like Surfshark instead. It offers top-tier performance and you can try any of Surfshark’s plans for free with its 30-day money-back guarantee.

🤓 Is AzireVPN really safe?

When I configured it with the OpenVPN or WireGuard clients, AzireVPN kept me anonymous online and prevented third parties like my ISP from seeing my online activities. However, AzireVPN leaked some of my data as I browsed the web before I set it up to work with a separate client. It also doesn’t have advanced safety features (like malware blockers) to prevent hackers from being able to steal your passwords and other data.

Because of these limitations, I recommend you use one of the safest services on the market like NordVPN. In addition to military-grade encryption, it has an independently-audited no-logs policy and built-in malware blocker.

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