As we are getting more & more dependent on technologies, we are also risking our privacy. There might be chances that your ISP, government agencies, or advertisers might be tracking your online activity. So that’s why it is necessary to use a VPN app on iPhone or iPad. It will not only help you to hide your IP address but also encrypt your data and access to geo-restricted websites. And since there are many VPNs in the App Store, you might end up installing a bad VPN app. So I have created the list of top free VPNs for iPhone & iPad in 2021.

And if you are also an Android user, then I would recommend you to check – 8 Best Android VPN Apps

Note: All the apps are in random order so you can choose any VPN app as per your necessity.

8 Best Free VPN Apps for iPhone & iPad (2021)

  1. Windscribe VPN
  2. TunnelBear
  3. Hotspot Shield
  4. Kaspersky VPN
  5. Proton VPN
  6. Speedify
  7. Hide.me VPN
  8. Avira Phantom VPN

1. Windscribe VPN

Windscribe - Best iOS VPN

Size93.6 MB
Ratings (US)4.7
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginCanada
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac,
Linux, Browser

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Windscribe VPN is one of the best free VPNs for iOS and iPadOS. In the app, you get 2 GB of free data per month and if you create your account on Windscribe, then you will get a total of 10 GB/month. And I think this much data would be enough for most users to watch shows from Netflix and Other Streaming Sites Without Your ISP Slowing You Down.

Speaking of ISP, your browser history and web activity will also be secured if your internet service provider does things like selling your data to the highest bidder. Furthermore, the app also has a strict no-logging policy, so your data or browsing history won’t be saved into Windscribe servers.

On the other hand, you can let the app choose the best VPN location or you can manually select from countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, the US, UK, Canada, and more. Also, despite being a free VPN app, it doesn’t show any ads which is a good thing.

Its VPN service can also be used on other platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. In addition to that, you can also run Windscribe VPN on browsers like Chrome, Edge, Opera, and Firefox by downloading extensions. Not only that, you can even set up the VPN on your TV and router.

The Windscribe VPN also has a premium subscription that will give you unlimited data and access to all locations. The price starts at $9 per month but you can bring it down to $4.08/month if you prepay for the entire year.

Download Windscribe VPN from App Store

2. TunnelBear

TunnelBear for iPhone & iPad

Size288.5 MB
Ratings (IN)4.6
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginCanada
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac, Browser

TunnelBear by McAfee is a free VPN app for iPad and iPhone that uses strong AES-256 bit encryption to protect your privacy. At the same time, you can also access geo-restricted websites and apps securely.

The app is free to use and also has no ads but comes with 500 MB of data usage per month. You can also get additional free 1 GB data by installing TunnelBear on your computer, inviting a friend, or tweet about TunnelBear.

It also offers fast internet speed from countries like the United States, Singapore, Denmark, Japan, and so on. You can also upgrade to their unlimited VPN plans that start at $4.99/month for 1 year where you get features like (depending on the plans):

  • Unlimited secure browsing
  • 5 connected devices
  • Priority customer service
  • Dedicated account manager
  • Centralized team billing and management

Download TunnelBear VPN from App Store

3. Hotspot Shield VPN & WiFi Proxy

Hotspot Shield

Size94.9 MB
Ratings (NZ)4.2
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginSwitzerland
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac,
Linux, Browser

Hotspot Shield is a well-known VPN app in the tech industry. It offers free and unlimited data usage with few ads. Plus, it also doesn’t keep any logs of your activity and you can enjoy their services without any email registration.

The only thing that might upset you is the option to choose the location. In the free plan, you can’t select the server you want to connect to. So the app will automatically connect to the server for you.

The app also has premium plans that start at $7.99/month and goes up to $11.99/month that help you get rid of ads, access to 80+ servers, high-speed internet, and more. Overall Hotspot Shield is a good VPN app and you can give it a try.

Download Hotspot Shield VPN from App Store

ALSO READ: Best Apps to Track Friend’s Location (iOS)

4. Kaspersky – Secure VPN & Proxy

Kaspersky VPN for iPhone & iPad

Size140 MB
Ratings (AU)4.6
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginSwitzerland
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac

Kaspersky VPN is one of the safest free VPNs for iPhones and iPads. The app is very easy to use and with one tap your internet connection will be encrypted. You can then freely surf the internet without any worries about ISP or government agencies might be spying on you. Also, you don’t get any annoying ads even if it is a free VPN app.

Besides that, Kaspersky VPN gives you 200 MB of data per day or 300 MB if the app is connected to the Kaspersky account. So it will be idle for users who just want to browse privately or using public Wi-Fi.

It also has over 300 servers in 25+ countries however can’t choose any server in the free plan. So basically the app will choose the best server for you. But all those limitations can be lifted by upgrading to the Premium plan which starts at $4.99/month and $29.99/year ($2.5/month).

Download Kaspersky VPN from App Store

ALSO READ: Top Secure Browsers for iOS

5. Proton VPN

Proton VPN for iPad & iPhone

Size80.3 MB
Ratings (CA)4.0
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginSwitzerland
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac, Linux

Proton VPN is a free VPN app for iOS and iPadOS that offers unlimited data usage without any ads. In the free plan, you choose between three locations that include the US, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Also, when you finished creating your account on Proton VPN, you will receive a 7-day free trial of the ProtonVPN Plus plan. During this period, you will have access to all the Proton VPN servers and features.

As for the security part, it has a strict no-logging policy and uses AES-256 and 4096 RSA to protect your data. It also has an Always-on VPN feature to further protect your IP address from being leaked through accidental disconnects. And like other virtual private networks, it also has paid plans that start at $4/month and go all the way to $24/month.

Download Proton VPN from App Store

6. Speedify

Speedify (iPhone-iPad)

Size14.3 MB
Ratings (US)3.8
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginUS
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac, Linux

As the name suggests, Speedify is one of the fastest free VPNs for iPhone and iPad in the App Store. It offers 2 GB of free data per month and allows you to choose servers from 30+ countries like Australia, Brazil, Japan, Russia, UAE, Spain, and many others.

Like the rest of the VPNs on this list, Speedify also promises a no-logging policy, meaning it provides full anonymity online. It also has a Kill Switch feature that can disable all the internet traffic if Speedify gets disconnected so that your real IP address is not exposed.

In case the 2 GB data is not enough for you, then you can always upgrade to a paid plan that starts at $5.99/month if prepay for the entire year.

Download Speedify from App Store

7. Hide.me VPN

Hide.me VPN for iPhone & iPad

Size24.3 MB
Ratings (CA)4.2
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginMalaysia
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac,
Linux, Browser

If you are looking for a VPN app that offers unlimited data usage with a good server speed, then Hide.me is one of the best free unlimited VPNs for iPhone and iPad. However, you can not choose any server manually in a free plan – the app will choose it for you.

On the other hand, your browsing history or any online activities will not be stored on their servers. It will also encrypt your data while web browsing, especially when you are using the public internet.

If you want to use the app at full potential, then you can subscribe to their premium plan, which starts at $99.95/year that will unlock the following features:

  • 24/7 Premium Support
  • 10 devices at the same time
  • Over 1800 servers in 72 locations
  • Apps for all devices
  • Unlimited data transfer

Download Hide.me VPN from App Store

8. Avira Phantom VPN & Wifi Prox‪y

Avira Phantom VPN for iOS & iPadOS

Size58.8 MB
Ratings (IN)4.3
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginGermany
Cross-PlatformAndroid, Windows, Mac

Avira Phantom VPN is one of the cleanest looking and easy-to-use VPN apps in the App Store. You don’t require any signup, just choose the location you want to connect to, and with one tap you can start browsing anonymously. With that, you can now access many geo-restricted websites, watch content on streaming services, and at the same time protect your data.

Like many other free VPN providers on this list, Avira also has a strict no-logging policy. Furthermore, you also get a fast virtual private network so whether you are downloading a file or just surfing the web your speed won’t be affected much.

The only downside of this app is you only get 500 MB of data per month and there is no option to get free data like with the TunnelBear app. However, you can upgrade to Avira Phantom VPN Pro for unlimited data that starts at $5.99/month.

Download Avira Phantom VPN from App Store

What is VPN, and Why VPN is used?

VPN or Virtual Private Network is used to secure your smartphone, tablet, or PC network connection. With the help of a VPN, you can hide your real IP address and connect to any county’s server, which will also help you to get access to any geo-restricted or blocked website.

Also, which site you are visiting or what you are doing on the internet can be seen or spied by your ISP, government agents, or advertisement companies which indirectly puts your privacy at risk. So in this kind of scenario, VPN plays a major role.

How VPN works?

A VPN connects your internet connection to a specially configured remote server run by a VPN host. It then hides your real IP address, which becomes hard for anyone to track your location. Furthermore, it also protects you against external attacks. That’s because only you can access the data in the encrypted tunnel and nobody else can because they don’t have the key.

Are Free VPNs safe?

Yes, and No. Many VPN services genuinely secure your network connection and also have a strict no-logging policy. Using one of the VPN apps listed above is probably safe, although I can’t make any guarantees. However, there are few sketchy VPN providers that say they don’t keep logs but end up storing or selling your logs to third parties, which defeats the whole purpose of using a VPN to stay anonymous. So make sure to check the review of that product online before downloading any free VPN app on mobile.

Which platforms do free VPNs support?

In addition to iPhone and iPad, all the free VPNs on this list also support Windows, Mac, and Android devices. Some even have extensions for various browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera.

Can I use a free VPN for Netflix?

Of course, you can. But there will be few drawbacks when using a free VPN app. Such as most of the free VPN services comes with limited data, so it will not take much time to run out of data.

Besides, some free VPNs will not even allow you to select a location manually so if you want to watch any web series or movies that are exclusive to any country then you won’t be able to watch. In this kind of scenario, free VPN providers like Windscribe VPN might be perfect as it offers a good amount of data and speed, and also allows you to select locations manually from countries like the US, Canada, Hong Kong, etc.

But keep in mind Netflix doesn’t like it when people visit its website/app via a VPN. Therefore, it constantly blocks VPN servers once it identifies them. So whether you are using a free or paid VPN app, this may or may not work.

Will a free VPN keep me safe on public networks?

Yes, whether you are using a free or paid VPN, your connection will be secure. And like I mentioned above, it does by hiding your real IP address and encrypting your network connection. But just make sure the VPN service you are using has a strict no-logging policy or else what’s the point of using a VPN.

Free vs Paid VPN: Which one should I go for?

If you are a light user who just wants to use a VPN for visiting geo-restricted sites, blocked websites, or using public Wi-Fi, then the free iPhone VPN app would be more than enough. On the other hand, if you are a heavy user who wants to watch online videos or movies, regularly download stuff from the internet, and keep your internet connection secure & private then a paid VPN would be the best choice.

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