Boost Internet traffic for your Apps with Bitdefender VPN’s App Traffic Optimizer

Bitdefender VPN’s App Traffic Optimizer lets you prioritize traffic to the most important apps on your device without exposing your connection to privacy hazards. VPNs redirect Internet traffic through a secure tunnel while using robust encryption algorithms to protect it. However, this combination of techniques can have some drawbacks, mainly concerning the connection’s speed. Several factors can trigger connection slowdowns, the most common being the distance to the server you’re connecting to, network congestion, and high bandwidth usage. If you ever felt that sometimes Bitdefender VPN places an unnecessary burden on your connection and slowdowns constantly get in your way, there might be a better answer than disconnecting.


Some apps consume more bandwidth than others

Certain apps and services such as streaming platforms, torrent clients, and games require more bandwidth. Constantly using them could affect your Internet connection speed. For instance, you may suffer severe lags in your online game if you also set the torrent client to download files in the background. Or you could experience poor download speeds if you’re also running a bandwidth-intensive game. Routing your traffic through a VPN tunnel already subjects your connection to a relative slowdown. Placing additional strain on your connection can seriously degrade your online experience.

In this situation, the most obvious solution would be closing any bandwidth-demanding app or service you don’t immediately need. A far more convenient solution, though, is proper traffic management.


Prioritizing app traffic

Bitdefender VPN’s App Traffic Optimizer feature can help you tackle VPN connection slowdowns by prioritizing it to the app of your choice. The feature lets you decide what apps should receive the bulk of your traffic, then allocates the resources accordingly. For instance, if you’re in a meeting and notice that the quality of your call is subpar, App Traffic Optimizer lets you prioritize traffic to the video conferencing app for improved results.

Typically, VPN users would resort to closing all interfering processes on their device or even disabling their VPN connection to get faster Internet speed. App Traffic Optimizer lets you enjoy uninterrupted privacy protection without compromising your connection speed.


Using App Traffic Optimizer

Currently, the feature is only available on Windows devices and lets you prioritize traffic to up to 3 applications. Follow these steps to enable and configure it with minimal effort:

1.     Launch the Bitdefender VPN app Bitdefender VPN on your Windows computer.


2.     Click the gear-shaped button ⚙︎ on the sidebar to access the VPN’s settings.



3.     Head to the General tab and enable the App Traffic Optimizer feature. The color of the switch will change from gray to blue.

App Traffic Optimizer


4.    Then click the Manage link.

Manage App Traffic Optimizer


5.     Browse to the location of the app for which you want to optimize traffic, select the app name, then click Add. The app will appear in the Prioritized section.

ⓘ Tip: Alternatively, if you’ve recently opened the application you want to prioritize, press the + button in the App Traffic Optimizer window.

Add applications to App Traffic Optimizer              Prioritized


6.    Use the button on the interface to disconnect and reconnect to Bitdefender VPN after adding or removing apps from the list.


To remove an app from App Traffic Optimizer, simply click the trash can icon next to the app name.