Cloudflare’s + WARP VPN adds IP masking and more accurate geolocation

In a significant update to Cloudflare's + WARP VPN service, the company added more precise geolocation to its free and premium account levels. The update now returns localized search engine and site results without exposing a user's public IP address.

Cloudflare + WARP VPN on macOS
WARP by Cloudflare on macOS

In 2019, Cloudflare launched the beta VPN for its DNS service, WARP. WARP was designed to make internet surfing fast, secure, and private on iOS and Android devices. In 2020, they released beta versions for macOS and Windows to make WARP fully cross-platform, and a month later, they introduced multi-device license sharing.

Three years after WARP’s debut in 2019, all of its cross-platform apps are out of beta, and the service has matured into a stable VPN service. However, there have been two issues with the service that have continued to concern users. First, WARP doesn’t hide the original IP address; second, localized results can be incorrect based on how Cloudflare automatically routes traffic.

In August 2022, Cloudflare announced a significant upgrade to WARP that hides the user’s IP address and fixes localization issues.

Websites and third-party services often infer geolocation from your IP address, and now, + WARP replaces your original IP address with one that consistently and accurately represents your approximate location.

Mari Galicer and Matt Silverlock, + WARP: More features, still private, The Cloudfare Blog

With hidden IPs, WARP has further closed the gap with other consumer VPN services. If a user needs to specify a connection from a location, then using a VPN service such as NordVPN is still their best choice. However, if a user doesn’t need to choose different locales, then WARP is the best choice for speed, privacy, and ease of use.

As a caveat, Coywolf tested the updated WARP service using the Speedtest app on an iPhone 13 and MacBook Pro M1 via WiFi (AmpliFi Alien router connected to AT&T 1Gbps fiber internet). In every test, using the WARP connection was faster than not. The only thing slower with WARP was the ping speed, but only by a few milliseconds.

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