Cloudflare Announces Warp, A free VPN To Complement It’s DNS App

Cloudflare launched its DNS resolver service on April 1st last year. Later, on November 11, it unveiled its DNS app for Android and iOS. This year, on its DNS service’s first anniversary, Cloudflare has announced Warp VPN, a free VPN service which will be built into the same app as an addition to its portfolio of privacy-based online services.

Cloudflare published a blog post today, announcing its new privacy and speed focused free VPN service. The blog post mentions a lot of weaknesses of other VPN services and apps and aims to turn those into Warp VPN’s favour. The company promises that Warp VPN will make browsing more secure and faster, while still maintaining efficiency and not taxing the battery.

Warp VPN is built around WireGuard, an improved and open-source VPN protocol that is faster, more efficient and more reliable than conventional VPN protocols. It uses Cloudflare’s Argo technology to make connections faster and more reliable. The VPN service will be available inside the DNS app itself. A paid version of the VPN, Warp+ will also be introduced soon which will bring more reliability to the table for B2B clients.

Warp VPN banner in app

The Reason Behind This Move

When was launched last year, it initially required users to manually adjust network settings to take advantage of the faster and more secure DNS resolver. Tweaking the network settings might be easy for you, but for non tech-savvy users, it’s a difficult task. On Android 9 Pie, changing the DNS address is pretty easy and it routes all internet traffic through the selected address. However, on Android 8 Oreo and below, which account for 99.9% of android users, and on iOS, the DNS address has to be adjusted individually for every wifi network that you want to connect to.

Here came into show, the app. It turned the hectic process into a one-click solution by downloading the app and simply enabling the service. But to do so, the app had to route all the traffic through a VPN profile because apparently OS permissions do not allow changing the DNS address. There it encountered a major issue, for users already using another VPN service it was a clear no-go because using two VPN profiles at the same time is not possible.

For now, it looks like Cloudflare is trying to market its own VPN as a workaround for people who already use VPN services for security and reliability by offering the same features on their own platform.

Sahas Arya
A fellow gamer and a redditor. When not gaming i can be found binge-watching thriller shows on Netflix.