How to Fix the Urban VPN Connection Error
There are a few different things you can do if Urban VPN is not connecting. We’ll start with the easiest fixes and progress until your problem is solved.
The most likely reason Urban VPN’s not working is because the server in question is overloaded. This is common among free VPNs: as they don’t have the money to maintain top-of-the-line VPN servers, they can’t handle heavy loads which leads to slowdowns and even can make servers freeze up completely.
Overload is why most free VPNs have a bandwidth cap, restricting how much you can use the service for. Since Urban VPN does not have one, this makes it even more likely servers will be overloaded. As a result, the best thing to do when the Urban VPN connection fails is to simply try another server and hopefully get one without too many users on it.
To change servers in Urban VPN, while the VPN is active click on the “locations” tab at the bottom of the app and from there choose a different server from the list. Try to pick a server close to you to start with and work outward from there to minimize speed issues.
Reinstall the Urban VPN Client
If changing servers doesn’t help, you can also try to reinstall the Urban VPN client by simply downloading the latest version. First deleting the current version on your device before getting the new one is a good idea, though, just to make sure all cache and data files are refreshed. It won’t fix an overloaded server, but it should fix any bugs that could cause connection issues.
If you aren’t sure how to remove an app from your device before reinstalling it, check out our guides to deleting apps on iPhone, uninstalling Android apps, uninstalling applications on Windows 10, and uninstalling on Windows 11.
Check Your Internet
If neither of these options work, it could be that the problem isn’t with Urban VPN, but with your connection. The easiest way to do this is to check whether the Wi-Fi symbol is on (or a LAN symbol on a cable connection). Most mobile devices have this at the top of the screen, while Windows has it on the lower right. Alternatively, you can have a look at your router and check if all the right lights are on.
If all is well, you can proceed to the next step; if things aren’t the way they should be, check out our 10 troubleshooting tips for internet connection issues.
Check Your Firewall
Finally, you can check your firewall if it’s letting Urban VPN traffic through. This should have been arranged while you were setting up Urban VPN, but Windows Firewall especially can get a little overzealous, as can some third-party antivirus solutions.
If a firewall is the issue, you’ll likely see a notification pop up that tells you the app is blocked. To fix the issue, you should go to the firewall’s settings. In Windows you can find it under “Windows Security” while most antivirus software will have some kind of control center. There, simply create an exception for Urban VPN to bypass the firewall, just follow the instructions on screen.
However, under no circumstances should you disable the Windows Firewall. You’d be leaving the gate wide open just to get a VPN to stop misbehaving.
How to Truly Fix Urban VPN
As a result, if you’re having issues with Urban VPN, and you likely are, we recommend you ditch it completely and instead use one of the best free VPNs instead. Unlike Urban VPN, these are all free tiers of otherwise paid VPN, most of which are on our roundup of the best VPN services. Though they will cap your usage and limit the servers you can connect to, you’ll likely encounter far fewer problems than you would with Urban VPN.
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