VPN app downloads on Google Play Store, Apple App Store climbs in Russia

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VPN app downloads from Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store have increased significantly in Russia since the conflict with Ukraine broke out last month or February 24.

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PORTUGAL – 2019/12/20: In this photo illustration a VPN logo seen displayed on a smartphone.

Russia restricts internet access

According to a report by 9to5Mac, the Russian government has since restricted internet access.

Indeed, according to a recent report by The Guardianthe Russian government has already confirmed that it completely blocked access to Facebook.

On the other hand, the Russian country’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has also confirmed that it has restricted access to another social media giant, Twitter.

There are also reports that the Russian communications regulator has also blocked access to Western news outlets, such as the BBC.

VPN app downloads from Google Play Store, Apple App Store

That said, those in Russia no longer have access to Facebook, while some of them might not be able to fully access Twitter as well.

Thus, VPN applications have become the most downloaded applications on the Apple App Store on Russian territory.

9to5Mac noted in the same report that VPN apps help their users unblock or bypass any restriction on various websites on the internet.

At the same time, VPN apps also allow those who use it to surf the Internet anonymously to avoid disclosing personal information online.

Therefore, it would not be surprising if internet users in the Russian nation have resorted to VPN apps, which is evident in its recent massive increase in downloads.

VPN downloads are climbing

According to a report by an analyst firm called AppFigures, VPN app downloads in the Russian nation have seen massive growth since February 24.

As of last Tuesday or March 1, the most popular VPN apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Russia had already seen a massive 1200% increase in downloads.

On top of that, VPN app downloads on March 1 in Russia have already reached half a million or 500,000. This is a massive growth from its daily average in the country, which is only than about 10,000 downloads per day in February.

Read also : Google temporarily disables the edit option on the maps of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus

Apple App Store blocked?

According to a report by IT UK, a security expert, Runa Sandvik, reported that the Russian government had already blocked access to Apple App Stores.

Apple App Store

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This illustration photo shows the logo of Apple’s App Store reflected from an iPhone on the back of an iMac in Los Angeles, August 26, 2021. – Apple has agreed to ease payment restrictions on its App Store, a major change announced in a settlement with small developers as the US tech giant faces increasing scrutiny and legal challenges in its tightly controlled online marketplace. The change will allow smaller developers to inform their customers of alternative payment options beyond the official App Store.

Sandvik noted that the latest decision prevents users from downloading new apps to their devices, such as social media platforms and VPNs.

However, 9to5Mac said in their report that Google Play and App Store are still accessible in the region.

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