The latest build of Windows 11 is set to get a VPN indicator in the system tray making it easier for users to check their connection status or connect more easily.
According to multiple reports highlighted by Neowin (opens in new tab)upcoming builds of Windows 11 will include the new icon as Microsoft capitalizes on the growing popularity of VPN services around the world.
Apple fans will already be familiar with the feature, with VPN indicators available in the macOS taskbar, along with a status bar icon for iOS devices. Even Android devices have even gotten an icon in their status bar, somewhat leaving Windows machines out when it comes to using VPNs.
Windows 11 VPN icon
However, there are some caveats, as pointed out by Neowin. First, the icon only seems to work with a wired connection, so users with a Wi-Fi connection won’t be able to check their connection as easily.
It also appears that the operating system will not recognize third-party VPN apps, leaving a large portion of VPN users unreachable. The VPN connection must be set up from the system settings to function as described.
Then, of course, there’s the fact that these are just rumors and speculation derived from those in early access, who have been lucky enough to dig around build 25247. It’s likely that Microsoft will continue to refine the VPN status icon to include Wi-Fi connections and possibly third-party apps, perhaps before its full release. That is if it makes the cut and isn’t delayed until the next build.
As part of the latest operating system update, users can quickly switch between video and microphone effects via Quick Settings and choose from power-saving options to improve efficiency. Details about these updates can be read on the Microsoft blog (opens in new tab).