Touch VPN offers fast speeds and can unblock a couple of major US streaming services, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone looking for privacy. The free version is anything but unlimited (although it claims to be), and the paid version only increases the number of countries you can access.
The service is owned by VPN 360, which is based in the US. The US is part of the 5, 9, 14-Eyes Alliance, which would not be an issue if the no-logs policy was solid but it isn’t. It also lacks several vital security features, I’d check out one of these safe free VPNs.
Short On Time? Here Are My Key Findings:
- Streaming is limited. Touch VPN can unblock US Netflix and Disney+, but was unable to unblock international libraries for either service or BBC iPlayer. See my full results.
- Speeds are fast for streaming and gaming. I had decent speed test results for all the servers tested, and it offers unlimited bandwidth with no throttling. Check out just how fast speeds were here.
- Very basic security. Touch VPN allows you to choose from OpenVPN UDP/TCP or HydraVPN and uses SSL encryption. Find out how it could be putting your security at risk.
- Privacy red flags. App permissions include the ability to read phone status and identity, which could put your IMEI up for grabs. I’ll help you sort through all the sneaky app permisions.
- Setup is extremely easy. The app installs quickly for mobile, desktop, and browser. One-click connections make it easy to connect to and switch servers.
Touch VPN Features — Tested in October 2021
|📝 Does VPN keep logs?||Yes|
|🖥 Number of servers||5900|
|💻 Number of devices per license||Unlimited|
|🛡 Kill switch||No|
|🗺 Based in country||Canada|
|📥 Supports torrenting||No|
During testing, I was able to unblock Netflix and Disney+ US but unable to unblock either of the services global libraries. I was also unable to bypass geoblocks for BBC iPlayer.
Unblocked: Netflix US and Disney+ US
Blocked By: BBC iPlayer
Unfortunately, I could only stream for about 30 minutes on the free version before it told me I “exceeded my traffic limit.” What happened to unlimited?
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the download speeds remained fairly consistent on all of Touch VPN’s servers.
My base speeds were excellent to begin with a download speed of 182Mbps and an upload of 87.7Mbps, more than fast enough for 4k (which requires about 25Mbps download to prevent buffering or freezing). Response time from my device to the server and back, or Ping, was also excellent at 5ms. The less time it takes to respond the less chance of lag or failed connections.
When I connected to the Canadian server my download speeds dropped significantly, around 43% to 105Mbps. Still plenty fast for HD/4K streaming buffer-free. Upload speeds increased by around 2Mbps over my base speed. I was surprised my ping increase significantly, 94% to 79ms, considering I am pretty close to Canada.
The UK and Spain servers were worse regarding ping but that’s to be expected considering the distance the data has to travel from my true location in the US. That said, speeds remained nearly consistent with the Canadian server, only dropping about 3-4Mbps in download speeds. Upload speeds remained over 80Mbps for both servers.
Are Touch VPN’s Speeds Fast Enough for Gaming? Yes
Touch VPN’s free service gives you fast speeds on all available servers, the issue is the very limited traffic allowance. If you want to game without lag or interruption for more than 30 minutes, you will need to upgrade to one of its paid plans.
Server Network — Small Number of Global Servers
The free plan gives you access to servers in 19 countries, including the UK, US, Sweden, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Canada, Ukraine, Turkey, Switzerland, Spain, Norway, Russia, Romania, Italy, Ireland, Germany, and Czechia. If you upgrade you get access to an additional 8 countries, however, there’s no real way to know as even the site itself contains conflicting information.
The information I used on countries with servers came strictly from the Android app itself, so it should be the most current.
Touch VPN doesn’t offer a kill switch, no-logs policy, or any advanced security features you see in most premium VPNs. You have the option of choosing between OpenVPN UDP/TCP, PPTP, or HydraVPN protocols and it uses SSL encryption. SSL encryption is commonly used between servers and mail clients like Gmail or Outlook. Unfortunately, Touch VPN doesn’t note whether it uses 128-bit or 256-bit SSL.
I installed Touch VPN on my Android device first and was surprised at the app permissions it requested. The worst of which, was the ability to read my phone status and identity. While it takes some doing, this could put your IMEI at risk, which means your true location could be tracked by hackers and scammers.
The policy goes on to state that it may share the information, with/under the following circumstances: collaborating with others, affiliates and third-party service providers, to comply with the law/legal purposes, and even for marketing. This is not a no-logs service. You are putting your information at risk even using it.
I performed an IP/DNS leak test on Touch VPN without high expectations, but it performed well. Touch VPN didn’t leak my true IP address or DNS requests.
Touch VPN is also a US-based company, so it falls under the umbrella of the 5, 9, and 14-Eyes Alliance. Being based in a country that is located within the Alliance isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the VPN offers a solid no-logs policy. Touch VPN doesn’t have a strict no-logs policy though, which means you will put your data at risk every time you log into this VPN.
Torrenting — Not Supported or Recommended
Does Touch VPN Work in China? No
Touch VPN does not bypass the Great Firewall of China, nor can it bypass censorship in areas that impose heavy restrictions like Russia or Iraq.
If you want a VPN that can fly right over that Great Firewall, check out the best VPNs for China.