Betternet platforms

Platform Speed Stability
Android 471 kbps 95%
Windows 491 kbps 98%

Betternet protocols

VPN: Virtual Private Networks come in many forms. Advantages include security and ease of use. VPNs can be used by any software. Turning the VPN on and off can be slow.

Betternet performance

by month | year

Speed

Stability

Number of tests

All Tests

Created At Platform Location Median Speed Stability
2018-12-05 Mac OS 241.36 100.00%
2018-11-30 Mac OS 505.04 100.00%
2018-11-23 Windows 569.85 100.00%
2018-11-13 Windows 545.87 95.24%
2018-11-11 Windows 505.99 95.24%
2018-11-11 Android 471.04 95.24%
2018-11-04 Linux 793.78 95.24%
2018-10-17 Windows 341.71 100.00%
2018-10-12 Windows 293.16 100.00%
2018-09-28 Mac OS 931.40 100.00%
2018-09-28 Windows 228.14 52.38%
2018-09-24 Windows 250.33 76.19%
2018-09-14 Windows 420.85 85.71%
2018-08-30 Mac OS 117.97 97.62%
2018-08-16 Windows 307.47 100.00%
2018-08-12 Windows 430.69 100.00%
2018-08-08 Windows 1542.37 100.00%
2018-07-26 Android 143.61 97.62%
2018-07-26 Android 120.40 97.62%
2018-07-26 Android 170.64 100.00%
2018-07-26 Android 269.05 100.00%
2018-07-25 Windows 275.32 100.00%
2018-07-15 Windows 649.14 100.00%
2018-07-04 Linux 269.31 100.00%
2018-06-29 Android 345.31 100.00%
2018-06-29 Android 251.28 100.00%
2018-06-15 Windows 87.31 100.00%
2018-06-14 iOS 329.21 100.00%
2018-06-04 iOS 410.83 100.00%
2018-05-15 Windows 231.08 100.00%
2018-04-25 Android 453.33 71.43%
2018-04-22 Windows 1023.29 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 816.32 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 374.90 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 242.51 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 381.92 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 441.91 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 438.48 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 471.09 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 537.03 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 373.22 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 463.02 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 368.39 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 452.46 100.00%
2018-04-22 Windows 461.99 100.00%
2018-04-18 Windows 386.58 100.00%
2018-04-18 Windows 106.46 100.00%
2018-04-14 Windows 315.75 100.00%
2018-04-07 Mac OS 221.89 97.62%
2018-04-06 Windows 503.30 100.00%
2018-04-05 Windows 465.70 100.00%
2018-04-05 Windows 401.24 100.00%
2018-03-30 Windows 400.43 100.00%
2018-03-30 Windows 438.15 100.00%
2018-03-21 Android 297.42 100.00%
2018-03-20 Windows 261.51 97.62%
2018-03-20 Windows 248.57 95.24%
2018-03-13 Android 271.00 100.00%
2018-03-12 Windows 198.05 100.00%
2018-03-05 Windows 85.59 100.00%
2018-03-05 iOS 586.70 100.00%
2018-03-05 iOS 463.77 100.00%
2018-02-28 Mac OS 517.71 100.00%
2018-02-16 Windows 905.45 100.00%
2018-02-07 Android 199.13 100.00%
2018-02-07 Windows 204.50 95.24%
2018-02-07 Windows 204.49 100.00%
2018-02-05 iOS 134.18 100.00%
2018-02-02 Windows 486.98 100.00%
2018-01-23 Windows 404.49 100.00%
2018-01-06 Windows 115.00 100.00%
2018-01-05 iOS 295.21 100.00%
2017-12-19 iOS 1022.45 97.62%
2017-12-18 Windows 400.47 97.62%
2017-12-11 Android 539.13 100.00%
2017-11-30 Windows 300.29 100.00%
2017-11-28 Windows 374.56 100.00%
2017-11-24 Windows 771.57 100.00%
2017-11-19 iOS 241.67 100.00%
2017-11-10 Windows 375.14 100.00%
2017-11-07 Windows 1086.95 100.00%
2017-11-01 Windows 122.84 100.00%
2017-10-29 iOS 127.29 97.62%
2017-10-29 Windows 344.48 100.00%
2017-10-20 Windows 510.78 88.10%
2017-10-17 Windows 587.85 100.00%
2017-10-12 Windows 202.63 80.95%
2017-09-28 Android 228.57 90.48%
2017-09-20 Android 446.58 100.00%
2017-09-20 Android 280.29 100.00%
2017-09-14 Android 409.83 100.00%
2017-09-08 iOS 102.69 97.62%
2017-08-05 iOS 124.61 100.00%
2017-08-05 iOS 154.47 100.00%
2017-07-31 Android 234.99 100.00%
2017-07-25 Android 2381.01 100.00%
2017-07-16 Linux 365.71 100.00%
2017-07-08 Android 280.18 100.00%
2017-07-01 Linux 177.28 100.00%
2017-06-30 Mac OS 545.03 100.00%
2017-06-27 Windows 526.24 100.00%
2017-06-25 Windows 801.93 100.00%
2017-06-21 Windows 478.42 100.00%
2017-06-12 Mac OS 326.23 100.00%
2017-06-06 Android 296.48 100.00%
2017-06-06 Android 221.69 100.00%

Discuss Betternet

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I buy my circumvention service on Circumvention Central?

  • You can download the latest Android client without Google Play.
  • You can download and install the latest Windows client to your computer without circumventing.
  • You can use Alipay to buy any service.
  • Bilingual installation guides.
  • Bilingual customer support.
  • Support all of GreatFire's work including FreeBrowser and FreeWeibo.

How do you measure the speed of a circumvention tool?

The speed test that we have developed aims to reflect the real user experience. While a visitor to the site runs a test, in the background, their browser is downloading resources from the ten most popular websites in the world. According to Alexa, these sites are Google, Facebook, YouTube, Baidu, Amazon, Yahoo, Wikipedia, QQ, Twitter and Microsoft Live. The speed reported is simply the size of the file downloaded divided by the time taken to download it. We also verify whether the downloaded resource is complete. If the contents returned are incorrect or if the download fails to complete within 40 seconds, we mark it as failed. This data is then used to calculate our other main indicator - stability.

Other speed tests typically just measure download and upload speed by sending a couple of requests to the speed test server itself. The reported speed is not reflective of the user experience because normal browsing involves frequently sending lots of requests (not downloading or uploading one big file) to many different servers, not just one.

Why do you measure the stability of a circumvention tool?

Stability is typically not tested by other services at all. A healthy internet connection anywhere is supposed to deliver 100% stability, unless someone pulls the cable during the test. But using a circumvention tool in China is different. At any point, the connection can become unstable and/or go down completely. Individual requests may fail depending on the size of the request, the final destination and how they are proxied. Thus comparing service stability is just as important if not more important than comparing speed.

Can I test any circumvention tool on the site?

You can use our speed and stability tests with any circumvention tool, whether it is listed on our site or not. VPN users from around China will be able to test their tool on the site and those results will be added to our data. This data will be available for all to see.

Can I see the inner workings of your tests?

Tech savvy users can inspect how we conduct our tests by reviewing our javascript code.

Does GreatFire.org make money if I subscribe to a circumvention tool on this site?

One of the objectives in launching CC is to generate revenue for GreatFire.org. At the moment GreatFire relies on the kindness of individuals who send us donations and from a host of grant-making organizations around the world. We want to reduce our reliance on these organizations and set GreatFire.org on a path of self-sustainability. Visitors to the CC site will be able to purchase any paid-for tool that we currently test. GreatFire will act as a reseller of these tools in China and as such we will be given a portion of each sale by the VPN providers themselves. Users need not be based in China to purchase a circumvention service.

How does CC compare to other VPN review websites?

There are a host of websites that provide “VPN reviews” and “VPN ratings”. But anybody who has visited those sites can quickly see that they act as referral and marketing sites for a small subset of VPN providers and that most of those services do not work in China.

Where did you find those VPNs?

We used this great list of VPNs put together by That One Privacy Guy. We took that list and recruited a team of testers across China and tested almost every tool to see what works and what does not. It will come as little surprise to those in China to know that a very small number of these tools actually work in China.

Do we think that the authorities will use our website to crackdown on VPNs that work?

It would be very easy to completely block all VPNs if the authorities wanted to. However, we believe that they have not because of the importance of allowing access for businesses and for others. The goal of CC is simply to make it easier for all to find the circumvention tools that work the best.

Your tests tell me that my favorite tool does not work but it’s working great for me, what gives? Your tests tell me that my favorite tool works but it’s not working for me, what gives?

Test results can vary according to location, the service you are using to connect to the internet and your device. As more people use this site to test their circumvention tools, we will accumulate more data and will be able to develop a clearer idea of what is working and what is not.

How do you measure “stability”?

When you test your tool on our site in the background we download a certain number of images. If these images do not download or take more than 40 seconds to download then we consider this to be a failed test of stability and we calculate a percentage based on the number of images we attempted to download during the test.

Circumvention Central / GreatFire.org VPN Terms of Service:

Dear user, to provide a better experience, before purchasing a VPN service please carefully read through our terms:

  1. All the VPN services are provided by the respective VPN provider and not by Circumvention Central.
  2. If when using the VPN service you cannot connect to the service or find the service to be unstable, there can be several causes:
    1. Problems with your device or software.
    2. Problems originating from the VPN provider itself.
    3. The Great Firewall has temporarily or permanently blocked the VPN service.
    In case of (a), our customer service will try to assist you in resolving the problem. In the case of (b) or (c), we will alert the VPN provider of the problem and assist them in resolving it.
  3. We provide test data that helps you find a VPN provider that works well. However, if the VPN provider that you selected still does not work for you, we cannot provide a refund. Before choosing a VPN provider, please carefully review the performance data, user reviews or register a free trial account first (if available).

By purchasing a VPN service, you agree to these terms.