Are you looking for a good VPN iOS app that offers free usage? You have arrived to the right place. This article lists some of the best (if not the best) apps that are completely free, offer free traffic or free trial. I have tested the apps myself and I have to say that all the apps below are good. They do the basic task, to connect to a VPN, but they also come with additional features and benefits. Take a look below and find the one that suits you best.
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Betternet is probably one of the simplest VPN apps available and it’s free. Actually, it is ad-based. Betternet does what is supposed to do: creates a VPN connection between your iPhone or iPad and a VPN server, thus encrypting your Internet traffic.
The usage couldn’t be more straightforward. The first time you open the app you need to install the VPN profile (necessary for all VPN apps at installation). Next, click on the Connect and you are done.
As every free app, Betternet has several shortcomings:
- You have not control over the location of the server you are connecting to. The app seems to look for the closest server available and connects to it.
- The connection sometimes fails.
- There are no advanced options or settings.
SurfEasy app easily changes your public IP address and encrypts the Internet traffic using the VPN technology. It is free to some extent as it offers 500MB of traffic for registering a new account. A lot of rewards are also available for extending your quota. For example, for referring a friend you get an extra 500MB. Or you may get traffic for following SurfEasy on Twitter.
The usage is very simple: after the VPN profile installation, go to the Change Region in order to choose the desired location. Then Turn SurfEasy ON. A nice feature is that the app counts the traffic usage, so you may easily see how much you may still use.
The Unlimited version (paid) offers unmettered traffic, with the additional ad tracker blocking. The Ad Tracker Blocking blocks ads from collecting users personal information, keeping the browsing experience private and secure.
A big plus for the TunnelBear app! It is probably the nicest app on the market with a lot of funny images and messages. The whole concept is great and, more than that, the VPN service works smoothly. TunnelBear offers 500MB of free traffic every month. If you need more you need to switch to the premium plan or you may get rewards for tweeting about the app.
Start by selecting the desired location and then connect. The locations available are US, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Singapore.
The ibVPN app for iOS is not totally free, but you can use the extended trial for 15 days. The app is really easy to use. After the registration, you need to install the trust certificate and the VPN profile, then select a server from the server list and connect. During the trial you have access to 4 servers located in US, UK, Netherlands and Hong Kong.
A really nice feature is the Fastest Server, that automatically chooses the server with the best connection speed. The server speed depends on your location, your ISP, the network load, etc.
The app also offers several advanced features like VPN On-Demand (it activates the VPN as soon as the device connects to the Internet) and Auto-secure Connection (it turns on the VPN when the device connects to untrusted networks). Another strong point of this app is the technical support. I had a problem related to iOS 9 that I reported and a support representative immediately contacted me providing useful tips.
The ibVPN uses IPSec protocol for connecting to the VPN servers from within the app. If the IPSec is blocked by your ISP you also have the option to connect using PPTP or L2TP. These require manual configuration and they are available on Manual Setup tab.
Overall, the ibVPN is a top application that can be used for free for 15 days.
The Hotspot Shield iOS app is downloaded and used by millions of users all over the World. It easily hides your IP address and secures access to geo-restricted sites like Netflix, BBC, ITV Player, and Pandora. The app offers 7 days of free trial.
After the VPN profile installation you need to choose the desired location and enable the protection. Hotspot Shield app does not offer additional options like Auto-secure connection or VPN On-Demand, it only connects to the desired VPN location.
To sum up, HSS iOS app is quite pleasant to use and, even fi does not offer supplementary options, it is a good choice. You may use it for 7 days without registration.