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Psiphon Review

Our summary

Psiphon is a free anti-censorship tool that works. And judging from the stack of comments about it that we receive, many people in restrictive counties find it very useful.

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  • Free (a paid-for Pro version is available for Android users)
  • It can defeat online censorship
  • Windows client offers a VPN option if default SSH settings don\'t work
  • All apps look smart and work well
  • You can request that apps be sent to you via email if the website is blocked where you are
  • Open source
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What is Psiphon?

Psiphon is a free and open source anti-censorship tool. It is designed to allow people who live in restrictive counties to freely access the open internet. As we shall see in this Psiphon review, Psiphon achieves this using a mix of Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Secure Shell (SSH) technologies. This means that if one option doesn’t work, the other might.

Psiphon VPN Pricing

The Windows version of Psiphon is free. It is also possible to “sideload” the Android and iOS apps for free.

In countries which don’t ban it, you can also download Psiphon for your Android device from the Google Play Store. This, however, is where things start to get complicated…

The basic Psiphon app from the Play Store is the same as one you can download from the website, except that it displays some ads. Bandwidth in all free versions of Psiphon is limited to 2 Mbps.

There is also a Psiphon Pro app, which shows even more prominent ads. These can be removed, and the 2 Mbps speed limit increased, for a fee.  A “maximum speed” subscription costs £4.99 for a seven-day pass, or £9.99 per month. A “high speed” subscription costs £4.99 per month.

The only place I can find these prices is in-app, so they may vary depending on region. Annoyingly for British users, apps sold for £9.99 in the UK often sell for $9.99 in the US. However, I don’t know if that is the case here.

All subscriptions come with a 30-day free trial. Just cancel via the Play Store before the trial is over and Psiphon won’t charge you.

The “maximum speed” plan increases your speed limit to 5 Mbps. I am not sure by how much “high speed” increases your speed.

Psiphon VPN

Psiphon is an app designed to bypass censorship restrictions in restrictive countries. The technologies it employs can, by their very nature, provide some protection against government or Internet Service Provider (ISP) surveillance of your internet data.

The Psiphon developers are very keen to stress, however, that protection against surveillance is not the purpose of this app. They make no promises as to its effectiveness in this regard. It is an anti-censorship device, and you should only regard it as such.

Psiphon as an SSH Tunnel

Psiphon Inc. operates a network of servers around the world. By default, the app connects to one of these using a Secure Shell (SSH) encrypted connection with handshake obfuscation.

SSH servers are in many ways similar to standard HTTPS proxies (HTTP over SSL/TLS). For a quick and fairly simple rundown on the key differences between SSH and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), please see here.

Handshake Obfuscation

Psiphon SSL connections use handshake obfuscation. This aims to hide the fact that you are attempting to evade censorship restrictions.

Handshake obfuscation strengthens the initial SSH handshake against systems that identify or classify various network protocols by examining data in transit for static signatures.

A white paper detailing how Psiphon’s handshake obfuscation works is available here.

Psiphon as a VPN

In Windows it is also possible to connect to Psiphon’s servers using the Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)/Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) VPN protocol. This is provided as a backup option, in case SSH connections are blocked. It is not available for mobile users.

Please see What is a Proxy Server? for more information on proxies, and a discussion on the differences between proxies and VPNs.

Visit Psiphon »

Is Psiphon Secure?

By default, Psiphon uses SSH in order to provide a secure connection to its servers. This is secure enough for bypassing most forms of censorship. Organizations such as the NSA and CIA, however, are known to have tools that can decrypt SSH, allowing them to read the contents of SSH sessions.

For VPN connections, Psiphon uses the L2TP/IPsec VPN protocol. Despite some largely theoretical issues, this is generally regarded as being secure. The Psiphon website does not explain which cipher or key length is used to secure data, but whatever is used will be fine for simply bypassing censorship.

The Psiphon website provides SHA1 cryptographic hashes for its Windows and sideloaded Android apps. This is a relatively weak form of data integrity compared to PGP digital signatures, but should provide some confidence that the files downloaded have not been tampered with.

Psiphon will automatically change your Windows Domain Name System (DNS) settings to point to a whitelist of vetted DNS servers. This should ensure that you do not suffer a DNS leak while using Psiphon.

Psiphon Privacy

As already noted, Psiphon makes no claims whatsoever about protecting your privacy. It is provided as an anti-censorship tool only.

Psiphon is designed to provide you with open access to online content. Psiphon does not increase your online privacy, and should not be considered or used as an online security tool.

It was originally developed by digital activist group Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto in Canada. Since 2007, however, Psiphon Inc. has operated as an independent commercial company. It does still occasionally collaborate with Citizen Lab on research projects, and has received funding from the European Parliament and the US State Department Internet Freedom program.

Psiphon is based in Canada and is subject to Canadian and Ontario privacy laws and statutes. Canada is an active member of the NSA-led Five Eyes spying alliance.

The Psiphon software itself remains open source.


User IP addresses are not collected by Psiphon servers in the normal course of operation. Psiphon does not require user accounts, so, by default, there is no collection of email addresses, usernames, or passwords.

“Event logs include timestamps, region codes (country and city), and non-identifying attributes including sponsor ID (determined by which Psiphon client build is used), client version, and protocol type. Page views are aggregated by time and/or session before being logged.”

Psiphon shares aggregated information obtained from Amazon S3 bucket access logs and other sources with its commercial partners. As I say, treat Psiphon as an anti-censorship tool only – not as a privacy tool. For a detailed description of what Psiphon logs and shares, please check out its privacy policy. To its credit, this explains the situation very clearly.

The Psiphon Website

The website is fairly basic, and is centered on the downloads page. A decent user guide is available for the Android and Windows apps.

A lengthy FAQ is also available, which answers most questions I had. It also includes instructions on how to sideload Psiphon onto Android and iOS devices, along with a basic troubleshooting guide.

The website is available in an impressive 24 languages.

Psiphon Support

Other than the resources available on the website, you are pretty much on your own when it comes to support. An email address is available (, but when I tried contacting Psiphon using it I just received a canned response:

We receive many messages every day and might not be able to respond to every message individually.

While this seems reasonable for the free apps, I feel people who pay up to £9.99 per month for the Pisphon Pro Android app deserve better support than this.

The Process

To download the Windows app for free, simply visit the Psiphon website. You can also download the Android and iOS apps, ready for sideloading, from the website.  No registration of any kind is required for this.

People in countries that censor access to the Psiphon website can email to request the apps be sent via email.

It is also possible to download the basic Psiphon Android app (with added ads) or the Psiphon Pro app from the Google Play Store. This option is not available in all countries, however.

The Psiphon Windows Client

The Windows app works on Windows XP or higher.

The split tunnelling feature allows you to exempt websites in your country from Psiphon’s encrypted tunnel. This can be handy, as websites are not usually censored inside their own country.

If regular SSH mode doesn’t work, L2TP/IPsec VPN mode might. Note that VPN mode forces all your internet traffic through the VPN tunnel, while regular SSH mode only affects programs that use Windows’ local HTTP and Socket Secure (SOCKS) settings (such as your browser).

You can let the client auto-select the “fastest” country for you, or select a server in a country from this list. Note that area selection only works for SSH connections, not VPN ones.

The app is available in many different languages. This helps make it accessible to as many people who require access to the open internet as possible.

All in all, the newly redesigned Windows client looks good and is easy to use. One slightly annoying issue, though, is that a news/blog page, “Psiphon Today,” opens in your browser every time you connect to Psiphon.

The Psiphon Android App (Free)

The Android app works in SSH mode only. It automatically selects servers for you.

If you downloaded the apk file for sideloading, you will see no ads. If you downloaded the app from the Play Store, you will see some fairly discreet ads in the space occupied by the Psiphon logo at the top of the screen.

You can check out your bandwidth usage in the Stats section. This can be particularly useful in countries where mobile internet data is expensive.

Psiphon will normally just proxy your browser, but with Android 4.0+ it is possible to proxy the whole device. In this mode Psiphon acts very much like a full VPN.

Advanced options are also available

Psiphon Pro for Android

The Pro version of the app is very similar to the free version. It allows you to support the developers by accepting ads or upgrading to a faster service via in-app purchases.

The ads are quite intrusive. In addition to more prominent ads on the main screen, you are shown a video ad every time you connect to a Psiphon server, and your browser load Psiphon’s news/blog page.

Basically, if you are using the Pro version of this app, you’ll want to upgrade to a paid subscription as fast as possible!

When you pay for a subscription, the ads disappear and your bandwidth increases. The “maximum speed” plan upgrades your speed limit from 2 Mbps to 5 Mbps

The Pro version gives you the option to proxy your entire device or only the custom Psiphon browser that comes bundled with the app.

Psiphon Performance (Speed, DNS, WebRTC and IPv6 Tests)

All tests were performed on my Virgin Media UK fiber connection. When connecting via VPN it not possible to select sever location – Psiphon selected India for me.

The graphs show the highest, lowest, and average speeds for each server and location. See our full speed test explanation for more details.

Don’t expect blazing fast speeds when using Psiphon. In the default Windows SSH mode, download speeds averaged just 133 kbps. Speeds were a little more useable in VPN mode, even though the VPN server was located very far from me.

The Android app performed much closer to the promised 2 Mbps, and the Pro app even slightly over-delivered on the 5 Mbps I paid for.

I detected no IP leaks using the Windows app in either SSH or VPN mode, or when using the Android app. Here we can see the VPN test results. Those are Google DNS servers, but the DNS requests are proxied by Psiphon so there is no privacy risk.

Please note that Private Use RFC IPs are local IPs only. They cannot be used to identify an individual, and so do not constitute an IP leak. Unfortunately, my Internet Service Provider (Virgin Media UK) does not support Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) connections, so I am unable to test for IPv6 leaks at this time. This is a situation that should change in the near future.

Other Platforms

Psiphon is available for Windows, Android and iOS. Psiphon Pro is currently available for Android only. I have not tried it, but I presume the iOS app is similar to the sidelaoded Android one.

Psiphon Review: Conclusion

I loved:

  • Free (a paid-for Pro version is available for Android users)
  • It can defeat online censorship
  • Windows client offers a VPN option if default SSH with handshake obfuscation doesn’t work
  • All apps look smart and work well
  • You can request that apps be sent to you via email if the website is blocked where you are
  • Open source

I wasn’t so sure about:

  • Very slow
  • Cannot select VPN location
  • No support other than resources on the website

I hated:

  • Nothing

Psiphon does, of course, have severe limitations. The most notable of these is that it is very slow. Even paying for a “maximum speed” subscription in the Pro app only nets you around 6 Mbps download speed.

But this misses the point. Psiphon is a free anti-censorship tool that works. Judging from the stack of comments about it that we receive, many people in restrictive counties find it very useful.

One issue that does often come up is users asking us for assistance (which we cannot provide). This is because Psiphon Inc. itself provides no support. Given that Psiphon is very popular, however, it is unreasonable and unrealistic to expect a company to support what is basically a free product.

If you live in a restrictive country and cannot afford or cannot access a regular VPN service then I would suggest trying Tor before tying Psiphon. Tor provides greater anonymity, is faster, and it supports an active community of enthusiasts who are keen to offer help to those that need it.

If Tor is blocked, however, then Psiphon may well be the solution you need.

Visit Psiphon »

Douglas Crawford
March 12th, 2018

I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. You can now follow me on Twitter - @douglasjcrawf.

113 responses to “Psiphon Review

  1. Negassi Ghebregzabher says:

    I paid £4.99 for nothing. Please stop cheating people without giving any service’s. That is against the law.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Negassi,

      The first thing you should do is check that you paid for a legitimate version of the app. If you did, then Psiphon Pro for Android (the only version should be paying for) comes with a 30-day free trial. Just cancel via the Play Store before the trial is over and Psiphon won’t charge you.

  2. Hamza says:

    Its speed is low.If its speed increased than it might be used by every one.I want a high speed Psiphon.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Hahmza,

      Psiphon is a free anti-censorship tool. If you want higher speeds then use a good commercial VPN

  3. adam caren says:

    Great Review!! I downloaded it from –link removed– but I am continuously facing the error- “Connection timed out”. Can You Please Help me With the issue??


    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi adam,

      There are, unfortunately, many fake malware-ridden versions of Psiphon floating around the internet. please only download Psiphon from its official website.

  4. Mursalin says:

    I used it for few days, but now it doesn’t work why?

  5. biniam says:


  6. Tariku Abera says:

    Hello I would like to request your esteemed office for better connection… I have already subscribed for monthly and I paid but I’m unable to use the service. It’s for Psiphon pro teams .Thanks

  7. says:

    i recenltly start using this psiphon free app
    but i want to know how can i use it for my windows phone.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:


      I’m afraid Psiphon is only bavailable for Windows, Android and iOS.

  8. David Zion says:

    Lord_El is right. Though its best he does not post such things here. This is a vpn review site. Those who want to know if freebrowsing is really possible, should ask google for websites/blogs that post freebrowsing [FB] tricks. Some of the tricks are outdated and would definitely not work. This site i.e BESTVPN, is just a vpn review site; concerned with choosing/nominating vpns based on the degree of privacy offered, accessing region-blocked content, no log policy etc. Visit It describes briefly how popular free browsing apps work; though it explains “http injector.apk” specifically. Most work by senting injected http requests to your internet provider. Some work through open ports. Those who make use of apps like tweakware, stark.apk vpn and anonytun.apk, usually do not use them for privacy or to be anonymous. So armed with this info, you can test the FB theory yourself. Lol.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi David,

      Thanks for the link. I simply do not see how this can work, but if anyone wants to pursue it, I would love to hear your results.

  9. mandeep says:

    thanks douglas for the great info!! i downloaded the software from but i am not able to configure it.can you help me out???

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi mandeep,

      For a start, you should only download the Windows app directly from the official Psiphon website. Basically, once you have installed the app all you need to do is hit the “connect” button (you can optionally choose which country to connect to). Once it days “Connected”, you can just use your regular browser. If you want to check that everything is working correctly, visit to ensure that your real IP address is not showing.

  10. Keron Jennings says:

    Can you please send me the configurations for psiphon for the use in Trinidad & Tobago . Access to mobile data is ridiculously expensive & almost unaffordable . Any help will be highly appreciated. Thank you in advance .

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Keron,

      As discussed in this comments section, I do not believe it is possible to use Psiphon to lower your data charges.

  11. Lord_El says:

    Of course the ISP used would know when a customer connects to the internet, for how long etc. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to hide that from them. I never meant to imply that that was the aim of the vpn. I ‘m not sure how it works but it seems to route your internet traffic through an established connection to a url or host. I know people who abandoned their SIM cards for a while, leaving it empty i.e no airtime, no credit, no data. Then they heard that a certain url of a website could be opened on their phones. (It was probably a promo) They could not access any other website, neither could they use apps that required internet. So, they used the “handler” version of psiphon to connect to the internet. The handler connected to the url then routed traffic through it. One version on claims to be able to prevent a successful deep packet inspection by your ISP. Anyway, I will keep your comment in mind.

  12. SOLOMON says:

    how do i access free internet on my pc using psiphon3.i use MTN and am in GHANA

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi SOLOMON,

      Psiphon is an anti-censorship tool. To some extent it will also hide what you get up on the internet from your ISP (MTN), but is cannot be used to get free internet. It is your ISP that connects you to the internet, so there is no way to avoid its fees.

      1. Lord_El says:

        For some years now, people have looked at psiphon as a free browsing tool. Google “psiphon handler free browsing”. I assure you that you would find some interesting results. People have tried SOME of the google results and confirmed them to be working, some complained that SOME of the tricks they tried no longer work for them or have never worked for them. The point of all I have said is to point out that people from different countries believe that they are browsing for free. Now, assuming they are right and not hallucinating, what are the possible dangers of making use of such vpns and tricks?

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Lord_El,

          To the very best of my knowledge, these people are mistaken. Your ISP/mobile provider connects you to the internet. It therefore always knows when you connect, for how long, and how much data you use. Psiphon uses an SSH tunnel or VPN to hide the contents of your data (although this is not its primary purpose). This can prevent your ISP or mobile provider from seeing what you get up to o the internet and to bypass censorship blocks, but you ISP/mobile provider will still know when you connect, for how long, and how much data you use. Just because a lot of people believe in myths does not make them true.

  13. Lord_El says:

    You are welcome. By the way I edited my previous post and re-posted it again (Lord_El & Lord_Ely are names of one person~me), because the comment/post did not seem to have being sent at the time. So, you might see a comment anytime no (i.e if you have not), thats similar to it. I am sorry for that.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Lord_el,

      All comments are hand-moderated, which is why your comment did not appear immediately. I deleted your other comment in order to avoid repetition – I hope you don’t mind.

      1. Lord_El says:

        Not at all sir. Thanks for understanding.

  14. Lord_ELY says:

    Before you proceed, know that the official version of psiphon.apk DOESN’T support customization of your host header. It is STRICTLY for bypassing censorship. Having said that, suppose your ISP gave you 3GB of data to browse of their homepage, which we would call www(dot)IspHomepage(dot)com. If you input this address in the PROXY SERVER section and selected REAL HOST in the PROXY TYPE, then saved the settings, tunneled your whole device, allowed it to intercept all out-going data, waited patiently for it to connect, you would be allowed by your isp to browse, chat, stream and download on any of your applications (browsers,youtube,gmail app, playstore,social media app etc.) with the 1GB of data given to you. You need a modified version of the vpn to do this E.g psiphon pro lite handler.apk, queencee v6, etc. Of course, this is just for educational purposes.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Lord_ELY,

      Thanks for that explanation!

  15. Anthony says:

    I’m using Psiphon for android.
    i see in option setting Custom Header how to use that feature? Can you teach me ? Or give me Sample Custom header?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Anthony,

      To be honest, its not clear why the ability to set custom headers is a feature in an anti-censorship tool such as Psiphon. See here for a full list of List of HTTP header fields.

  16. mike says:

    My psiphon doesn’t work anymore since can i solved the problem?thanks

  17. ibrar mughal says:

    psiphon 3 work 2 weeks on my pc and now it can’t connect and show this message in the logs available egress regions:CA,CH,CZ,DE,ES,FR,GB,HU,IN,IT,JP,NL,RO,SG,US. and show this message at the top of the connecting screen oh no!you seems to be having trouble connecting download the latest version i also tried latest version but having the same problem please solve my problem

  18. Shahariar Hossain says:

    Very nice

  19. Lord_El says:

    Actually contrary to what might be said, modified versions of psiphon can connect to the internet without paying a dime to your ISP. Examples of modified versions are queencee v9, psiphon pro lite handler, tweakware mod 2 etc. These modified psiphon use custom host header— which you would provide. They can trick your ISP into thinking you are browsing on your input host. If the host is free to use, then you can download and browse ANYTHING in the name of the host. Some ISP’s allow facebook Zero.

  20. Ivan says:

    Can you give me proxy no. setting?
    ivan from Philippines

  21. Ariel says:

    Mayroon po bang new apn handler, hina kc sa YouTube ehh . sobrang log …. Bukidnon area po sa akin….

  22. zulfiqar says:

    It works on my android phone for 2 days and now it does not works. Solve this problem

    1. Ray Walsh says:

      I have no way of knowing why that is happening sorry. Please contact the Psiphon customer support as they can help you with the problem directly.

  23. basu says:

    it’s not work now

  24. Lakhdar says:

    I love psiphon…. Fuck you algeria

  25. Eugene says:

    Which app is like psiphon out there. because psiphon is failing all the time it connects at the night while i’m sleeping
    Frm South Africa

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Eugene,

      You probably want aregular VPN service.Please check out 5 Best VPNs for South Africa for list of suggestions. If you are not sure what a VPN (Psiphon is basically a VPN), please check out my VPNs for Beginners Guide.

  26. Charlie says:

    Excellent in both Android and Windows versions.

    Certainly since last year, you CAN choose from several regions on the Windows version.

    Also, the plural of “country” is “countries”.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Charlie,

      – This review is now two and a half years old, so it does not surprise that that improvements have been made. Thanks for letting me know. I will re-review Psiphon at some point, but my schedule is very busy, so I’m afraid to say this is unlikely to any time soon.

      – Indeed. Error corrected. Thanks.

  27. dylan says:

    Im in south africa downloading speed is 35kb per second pls help

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi dylan,

      Hmm. It is my understanding that internet speeds in South Africa are very low, anyway, but 35kb is very slow. I can only suggest that you contact Psiphon directly about the issue.

  28. John T. says:

    Psiphon always connects to Linode Galloway, Ohio, regardless of country or region. Only Canada, Spain, Germany and Netherlands can connect to local server (i.e. choosing Germany will make Psiphon connect to Germany server). But even those are very slow. The rest of countries or regions always connect to Galloway, Ohio, US server which Google and other websites mark suspicious/malicious.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi John,

      So when you select to connect to most locations, you instead always connect to the server in Ohio? Hmm. There appear to have been major changes made to Psiphon since I wrote this review. When I have the time, I will re-review the software. I will just note that if you are located in the US, then the physical distance between yourself and servers in Europe will slow down your connection considerably.

  29. alixes says:

    Can I download free app

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi alixes,

      The Windows app is 100% free and can be downloaded form the Psiphon website. Since writing this review, Psiphon has replaced its Android app with Psiphon Pro. This is still free, but is ad-supported, and users are limited to a speed of 2Mbs. In-app purchases allow you increase this speed limit, although TBH, these are rather pricey.

  30. Esmeralda Postadan says:

    I downloaded Psiphon and I have been charged $2.99 every month even though I have uninstalled it because it as not working on my tablet. I want to know how can I stop Psiphon on charging me since I am not using it anymore and it was already uninstalled for a long time now. Please help. I have been paying $2.99 a month for nothing.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Esmeralda,

      Psiphon is 100% free, so if you are being charged then you have downloaded some form of malware. You should contact your bank or payment platform IMMEDIATELY to alert it of it problem and cancel payments.

      1. Esmeralda POstadan says:

        GOOGLE *PSIPHON INC – 855-492-5538 , CA
        This is what it is written on my charges.. can you please help me to unsubscribe?
        I would really appreciate it if you could help me. Thank you.

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Esmeralda,

          Please note that is in no way affiliated with Psiphon. That said, it would appear that you are being charged via your Google Play Store account. Google Play Store subscriptions can usually be cancelled by signing into Google Play -> Account -> Subscriptions -> cancel your subscription. If this does not work then you will need to contact the Psiphon team directly on

      2. Douglas Crawford says:

        It seems that I am wrong about Psiphon being 100% free. It now appears to offer in-app purchases in its Pro app.

      3. Isaac muriuki says:

        Kindly asking whether app works in every country am in Kenya and its not working but it used to work

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Isaac,

          I have no idea, I’m afraid. Please contact over the issue.

  31. ak says:

    m working in cruise ship hear we have 2 pay if we want internet but i use psiphone just wanted 2 ask that is it possible for IT DEPARTMENT 2 trace my phone location plz reply bcos its risky

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi ak,

      It might be possible for your IT department to determine that you are using a VPN or SSH.

  32. John says:

    Psiphon is only working if I have data to my sim card is not opening for free, so I like to know that it can open for free or you have to pay a monthly subscription?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi John,

      Psiphon is free – there is no monthly subscription. Psiphon does not, however, give you free internet access. To access the internet you must pay your ISP/mobile phone network for the data you use.

  33. Keneil says:

    Am in Jamaica does it work here???? Cuz I tried it alot and it doesn’t connect I need help I even try the pro and it only connect once…. Is it a network block or something?? What can I do please help!!!!

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Keneil,

      To the best of my knowledge, there are no general network blocks in Jamaica (although whoever own the WiFi you use may have placed a block). Have you tired all the different options (e.g. switching from SSH+ to VPN or SSH)? It may also be work contacting the devs on .

  34. behrouz says:

    please add socks4 and socks5 proxy support. add proxy list that let user to select proxy from a list, just like “openvpn connect” for android

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi behrouz,

      Please direct this to the devs, not us.

  35. Raf says:

    hi Douglas,
    Thank you so much for your informative blog. Here in Taiwan i am using a prepaid IF(FarEastone) sim. By using Psiphon app i am always connected to the internet. Just turning on my mobile data i can easily connect to the net even my simcard has not been recharged. I am just worried that IF is charging me since simcard here are being registered. I am only using prepaid simcard.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Raf,

      In normal circumstances, when you run out of credit on a prepaid simcard you can no longer access the internet (using your mobile data – you can, of course connect using WiF). To the best of my knowledge, using Psiphon does not change this. Since you say that you can access the internet using your mobile data connection if Psiphon is turned on, then I simply do not know what is going on. Sorry. I suggest contacting the Psiphon devs at

      1. Raf says:

        thank you for answering my question Douglas…

  36. ali says:

    hi / i need free vpn for opening blocked site

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi ali,

      Psiphon will likely be able to help you in this.

  37. rey says:

    En colombia ya no funciona desde la ultima actualización, si alguien sabe las nuevas configuraciones no dude en decirlo!

  38. Marino says:

    Aqui no Brasil a operadora tim botou limite 10mb no Psipnon qual a solução pra nos

  39. Nilang Nandan says:

    My collage is work on proxy port system, so i use this app . But now a day it automatically disconnect and stop. I am from India. Please fix it

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Nliang,

      THIS IS NOT OUR APP!!! Please contact Psiphon.

  40. khaye says:

    Psiphon works effectively here in taiwan.but we were worried because there are stories that we will be charged upon using this app. what do you mean with your explanation before because i open my mobile data when using psiphon.will i be charged by IF SIM?please reply because i’ve been using it for a couple of months.hoping for better result.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi khaye,

      Psiphon is an app like any other. It encrypts your internet data so that no-one can see what you get up to the internet, but it does not hide how much data you use from your mobile provider (IF SIM, I presume). The app itself is completely free, but you will still be charged by IF SIM for the mobile data you use. If you are still in doubt, why not check your IF SIM bill? Note that if you connect to the internet via Wifi (including public WiFi), rather than via a mobile network plan, you will not be charged.

      1. khaye says:

        Does it mean that there is a possibility that IF SIM already charged me by using mobile data? How can we use psiphon without any other charges? Another thing, i dont know where to go to check my IF SIM bill..

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi khaye,

          Using Psiphon does not provide you with free internet access, so yes, it is very possible that IF SIM has charged you for data used while using the app. You can use Psiphon without any charges by connecting over WiFi (if connecting over your own WiFi you will, of course, need to pay your usual subscription fees, but using free public WiFi is 100% free).

          1. Kimberly Suralta says:

            Hello. I have the hard time to understand everything. I’m here in Taiwan and im using psiphon app I use internet but I do not know if someone is charging me. I’m also using IF sim but there’s no notification if I will be billed o not. I heard some news that a Filipina was held in the airport before leaving the country and let her pay $30,000 for using Psiphon. If it’s free internet why she was charged? Is free internet means not free? Im using psiphon for months now but I keep worrying every day. The IF is silent. how can I know my billing? I’m using a prepaid sim?

            Kindly reply because I cannot sleep with this news. Thank you.

            This is my email :

          2. Douglas Crawford says:

            Hi Kimberly,

            Psiphon is free. The internet is not. Psiphon does not provide free internet. IF (your mobile provider) will charge you for whatever data you use, depending on your contract or pre-paid plan. If you are using a prepaid sim, then you cannot be charged more than you have pre-paid on the sim. I’m afraid that I don’t know anything about a Filipina being fined (it seems unlikely to me, but I don’t know). If you are still confused, there is a Psiphon Philippes Facebook page which might be able to help you.

      2. Jhong says:

        How can they charge us if we are only using prepaid simcard?

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Jhong,

          As far as I know, they can’t (but then I don’t understand how it is possible to access the internet after credit has run out…).

  41. Zahid Khan Shinwari says:

    Salam Sir,

    Sir it is very app , but it is not working now, it connected only for only 1 and half hour and then diconnected. i am from pakistan please send me solution, that it never disconnect.


    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      BestVPN is a review website – please contact Psiphon support at

  42. luiz says:

    Help, help Brasil precisamos deste software
    please !!
    bloqueado em abril de 2016 !!

    please!! Aguardo contato. Abraço .

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      BestVPN is a review website – please contact Psiphon support at

  43. luiz says:

    Moro em Pernambuco brasil cidade cabo de santo agostinho litoral.Cara a psiphon aqui
    virou febre, todo mundo usando net grátis ! Mas infelizmente agora no começo do mês de abril a psiphon parou de fucionar geral ! E eu como divulgador e distribuidor do software me deparei com essa situação! E agora pessoal como fazer ?
    Será esse o fim da psiphon aqui em Pernambuco ?
    Internet grátis para todos !! valeu !!

  44. kadi says:

    my psiphon dosnt want to connect it refuses to connect or it writes failed to connect to network http proxy ( (8080)..ECONNECT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>plshelp

  45. reyna says:

    Is Psiphon free of charge? Cause here in taiwan we use it several months without charging anything. We just download it in an ordinary android phone using IF sim card and can instantly browse. Is it true one of our friend told us that Psiphon is not a free tool it can already charge us. Please reply.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi reyna,

      Psiphon is 100% free of charge.

  46. Sansala says:

    Is it true here in taiwan ..using psiphon thru taiwan sim like fareast sim wil charge u afterwards..pls reply…this s a very good app and it worries me since im using this for few months ..

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Sansala,

      Psiphon operates over the internet, so if you use it on a mobile phone then you will be liable for any internet charges levelled by your ISP or phone provider.

  47. Assassin says:

    The Best vpn app ever but since thé begin Of 2016 it have not work ( déconnecte for each 8 mb ?)

    1. Kadi says:

      Mine keeps disconnecting any time i start downloading. And some times it would say “failed to connect to network http proxy”

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Kaidi,

        When you say “downloading” I hope you don’t mean P2P. The Psiphon network is designed to evade censorship, and it use it for downloading movies etc. degrades the network for all other users, and may get the devs in trouble.

        1. kadi says:

          I mean movie download like downloading from showbox app …but now it won’t connect again ….or it writes ……failed to connect to network http proxy….ECONNECT (connection. refused)

          1. Douglas Crawford says:

            Hi kadi,

            WQ are a review website. Please contact Psiphon support at

  48. sai vikas says:

    it was not working again cybercom block the Psiphon software for windows and android

  49. Jevie Jarongay says:

    I really love Psiphon. The speed like awesome. Im using 3G HSPA (not H+), normal speed is 100-300kbps (on low signal town).

    1. Tarry says:

      I am in south africa I was using it on cell c now it’s disconnected please help

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Tarry,

        Please contact the Psiphon team.

  50. Jim says:

    I was in China in August and this seemed to work (at least sporadically) in China. The fact it makes a commonly slow Chinese-hostel internet connection ever slower can make one’s internet access almost useless nonetheless. If you’re an Android user accustomed to the Googledom, China can be extremely frustrating.

  51. sadasdsa says:

    Surprisingly good!

  52. Nkanyiso says:

    I’ve try it but , this finish my airtime and after that it said connecting …..
    on logs said selecting server

  53. Parthiban says:

    It is very nice application & awesome. its very usefull

  54. bombi says:

    psiphon is not working in Pakistan anymore. what happened. plz fix it. i used to run it. was working great. but now it says connecting.. what should i do. plz help me

  55. mohit says:

    Develop this app for windows phone

  56. amogha says:

    Plz develope psiohon for windows phone also… Like android

  57. badz says:

    Works great…This is the app that very long time I’ve been looking for.

  58. amirparsa alizade says:


  59. mani says:

    Working is great but not connecting to the game loft gamesll

  60. jafar says:

    Very good

  61. Hong Qing says:

    A vital anti censorship means for people inside the china’s national lan. It’s also one of the only few tools that has just survived the update of chinese GFW.

  62. jelani says:

    I tried it but when i turned off my wifi to test it , it didnt work at all it kept saying connecting…

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