Windscribe is a popular choice of VPN due to it offering both a free and paid version. There is a lot to like about the provider but it also has some weaknesses. If you are considering heading to China and you are looking for a Virtual Private Network, the first question on your lips will be – is Windscribe working in China or is it blocked?
It is a great country to visit but the internet is far from open. In fact, most of the services and websites that everyone else takes for granted are censored and cannot be accessed. The only way to get around the restrictions is by using a VPN to fool the ISP into thinking you are located outside of the country.
Update – 24/09: At the moment, Windscribe is no longer able to offer constant service in China. We strongly advise you to turn to ExpressVPN or NordVPN which are still working properly in China.
Is Windscribe Working in China or Not?
We can confirm that Windscribe is working in China, which is great news if you are considering the provider.
It also means that you will be able to visit websites and apps such as Google Mail and Calendar abroad, log onto Facebook to keep up with friends and you’ll be able to unblock Telegram in China with this provider.
Yes, all of these apps and thousands more are censored in the country by the government’s Great Firewall. Therefore, without a Virtual Private Network, you cannot access them.
Not only is the provider able to bypass the Great Firewall, but it can also bypass the strict restrictions of Netflix so you can unblock and stream abroad. You can also use the provider to unblock many other streaming services, including HBO, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
Of course, when we tested the provider, we were using the paid version. This comes with many more benefits and servers than the free one.
While Windscribe offers a great service with a free solution, it is somewhat limited.
Plenty of security options
When using a VPN in high censorship countries, you do need good security measures behind you to stop the ISP and anyone else who might be spying from finding out what you do online.
The provider offers AES 256-bit military-grade encryption to keep your online activities away from prying eyes. The provider also uses OpenVPN, which is the most secure protocol out there.
The Stealth mode is a great feature for use in countries with high censorship. This feature masks the OpenVPN traffic inside a secured TLS tunnel.
To ensure un-encrypted data does not leak onto the internet if the server connection drops, DNS leak protection is included. Another type of security is a Kill Switch in the form of a firewall.
All of the above are essential security measures that are required when using a Virtual Private Network in China.
Windscribe: Not the Cheapest and Best VPN for China
Windscribe is usable and perfectly working in China but it does come with one downside. It is more expensive than NordVPN and Surfshark. These are two competitors that offer access to many more servers and features, but who also offer plans with better deals.
The provider offers a 1-year plan for the equivalent of $4.08 per month billed $49 every year.
Surfshark, on the other hand, offers a 24-month plan for the equivalent of $2.2 (give or take) per month.
Save a LOT on a NordVPN plan >
NordVPN offers a 2-year plan for the equivalent of $3.71 per month.
Yes, Windscribe is working perfectly fine in China. Plus, it does come with many features that are helpful when using a Virtual Private Network in a country with high censorship.
However, other providers named also work well within the country. For instance, Surfshark and NordVPN both offer access to many more servers, along with providing many additional benefits and better prices.
So, it is really your choice 😉
Alison has joined the team in the early stage because she wanted to share with us the experience she had while using VPNs over the last few years. As she’s travelled a lot, she tested many VPNs and wanted to share this with you. Alison cares about staying anonymous and not leaving any footprints on the internet. Therefore, you won’t have the chance to see her face ;).
Doesn’t work in China (September 24 2020). Android app won’t connect to any servers no matter what protocol is used.
What rating would you give tunnel bear ? I am always getting messages that I am unprotected even with tunnel bear on and yes it’s the paid version. I think VPNs are just another scam to get peoples money you can change your own IPS to hide while browsing and that’s all VPNs do a little more or a lot less does anyone know a way to prove what VPNs can and can’t do?