Best Free VPNs for iOS and Android Phones

Secure Your Phone at No Extra Cost

We can all agree that our lives have been made so much simpler by the internet. Any kind of information you are looking for and you will find it on the internet. And not to mention effective communication with anyone anywhere in the world. But this has not come without its price. Hackers have taken advantage of this and can remotely access your device to get information such as your banking pins and you know how that ends. Which is why we recommend using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

What is a VPN

A VPN is a secure connection that allows you to browse the internet anonymously. Am sure by now you have lost count of how many WiFi networks you have connected to your phone most of which were public networks without actually realizing how vulnerable that makes you. Not only does using a VPN allow you to browse securely both on private and public networks but also allows you to tweak your IP Address to one of a different country thus enabling you to access content that would otherwise be inaccessible due to geo-restrictions. For example, if you are travelling to some countries like China or North Korea where there is extensive internet censorship a VPN will be an excellent way to overcome the limitations.

And the best part is that you can do all this at no cost. Yes, there are absolutely free VPN Providers out there. Of course, they will come with their limitations but they are guaranteed to give you a secure connection. Follow along as I give you the 5 best VPN you can try today.

#NameFree BandwidthServers in (Countries)Maximum Supported DevicesDetails
1TunnelBear500 MB20+5View
2Surfeasy VPN500 MB 285View
3Windscribe VPN10 GB11UnlimitedView
4Hotspot Shield VPN30 GB1UnlimitedView
5Proton VPNUnlimited35View
#1
NameTunnelBear
Free Bandwidth500 MB
Servers in (Countries)20+
Maximum Supported Devices5
DetailsView
#2
NameSurfeasy VPN
Free Bandwidth500 MB
Servers in (Countries) 28
Maximum Supported Devices5
DetailsView
#3
NameWindscribe VPN
Free Bandwidth10 GB
Servers in (Countries)11
Maximum Supported DevicesUnlimited
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#4
NameHotspot Shield VPN
Free Bandwidth30 GB
Servers in (Countries)1
Maximum Supported DevicesUnlimited
DetailsView
#5
NameProton VPN
Free BandwidthUnlimited
Servers in (Countries)3
Maximum Supported Devices5
DetailsView

1. TunnelBear VPN


This is one of the best Free VPN more so now that it has been acquired by Mcafee a name you are already familiar with. With this VPN you will have access to over 20 locations to choose from. Right from the sign-up process, TunnelBear tries to collect as less personal information from you as possible by eliminating the need to provide your first name. Adorable is the unusual but correct name to describe their bear-themed user interface. TunnelBear has a no-logging policy, therefore, you can rest easy knowing your browsing data will not be used against you. On the downside, the providers give you only 500Mb of free traffic which is significantly low even for a mobile phone. However, by just tweeting about the company this is increased to 1.5GB. Also,  Android users will be able to disguise their VPN traffic to look like regular data which is not true for Iphone owners.

Pros

  • User-friendly app
  • 256-bit encryption
  • 20+ locations
  • Disguise VPN traffic to resemble regular data

Cons

  • Limited monthly VPN traffic

2. SurfeasyVPN


This is another VPN that has been receiving great reviews from both Android and iOS users. The app for both operating systems is easily downloadable from their respective stores. Among it’s most notable features includes an ad Tracker Blocker that prevents your browser from releasing cookies that advertisers use to send those annoying ads. Surfeasy guarantees you protection even when connected to those unprotected Wi-Fi networks. You will be able to connect 5 devices simultaneously and have an unlimited access to their over 1000 servers across 16 locations something that is rare with free VPNs. Unfortunately, you are only allowed 500Mb of traffic each month and an extra 250 when you sign up. But you can increase this by inviting your friends to sign up. You will get another 500Mb for each new signup. Another way you can overcome the traffic limitation is by using the Opera Mini browser that comes integrated with the Surfeasy VPN. But this will only guarantee the protection of your browsing activities.

Pros

  • Simple to use
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • Ad blocker
  • Integrated with Opera Mini
  • More locations to choose from

Cons

  • Limited monthly data

3. Windscribe VPN


Windscribe is a relatively new VPN but has steadily built a name for itself as a great VPN provider. One of the major reasons for this is the 10 Gb of VPN data allowed each month as long as you provide them with your email. You will still have access to 2Gb if you opt not to. Other ways to get extra data includes tweeting about the service which earns you an extra 5Gb and inviting your friends which will earn you 1Gb for every friend that signs up. And if any of your referrals upgrades to the pro package you get unlimited data and an increased number of server locations. As a free user, you will have access to 11 locations out of their available 52 countries. It also features an ad-blocker to protect you from those pop-up advertisements. Another notable feature is the compatibility with Netflix. However, the speed is a little bit slow which might hinder your streaming experience plus the fact that it is bound to burn through your 10Gb pretty quick. The apps for both Android and iOS are easily downloadable from their website.

Pros

  • 10Gb monthly data
  • Great speeds
  • Includes a firewall
  • Quick setup
  • Ad-blocker
  • Unlocks Netflix

Cons

  • Cramped interface

4. Hotspot Shield VPN


This is one of the most generous VPN when it comes to the maximum monthly traffic offering a whopping 1GB per day. In case you missed that, it means you have 30Gb of data every month. Hotspot Shield VPN is a great choice for internet security for various reasons, one of which is the no logging policy. The killswitch is also a great feature that automatically disconnects the internet in case the VPN’s connection for some reason hence preventing leaking your IP address. However, you should be prepared to deal with advertisements on their apps as they clearly state that the free VPN version is funded by ads. You will also have access to only the servers based in the US but without the ability to remove geo-restriction from the more popular online streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. Nonetheless, both Android and iOS apps are quite easy to use and guarantee you better speeds than most of the other free VPN providers.

Pros

  • 1GB daily data
  • Great speed
  • Easy user interface
  • No-logging policy
  • Killswitch

Cons

  • Annoying apps

5. Proton VPN


If you have been unimpressed by the network limits imposed by the other VPN providers then it does not get better than the ProtonVPN that comes with an unlimited bandwidth. Yes, you can use as much data as you desire. Android users can easily download the ProtonVPN app from play store but since an official app for iOS has not been developed yet, iPhone users will have to resort to a third-party Open VPN software to connect to the ProtonVPN servers. You can find the setup guide here. Android users can also access an online manual on how to set up their devices using  IKEv2/IPsec instead of OpenVPN. However, just like with most of these free VPNs, you can always expect some limitations that are geared towards making you subscribe to the premium version. In this case, the downside is a deliberately decreased internet speed and limitation to just 3 server locations as opposed to the over 20 servers available. But the speed is still decent for a free VPN. Also, the fact that the provider is based in Sweden means there are under no obligation to reveal your browsing logs to the government.

Pros

  • Great Security
  • Decent speeds
  • No data limits
  • Zero-logging
  • IKEv2/IPsec protocol

Cons

  • Limited Server locations

Conclusion

Now, we could have gone ahead and reviewed the completely free VPN but as you have noticed, our list is composed of paid VPNs that offer a free tier. This normally comes with limitations like a fixed amount of traffic data for each month but at least you will be sure you are really being protected. A wise man once said that there is nothing like a free lunch and I could not agree more. If a VPN provider promises you completely free services then you need to ask yourself where they are getting their operation costs from. They have to maintain their servers and pay the employees right? Selling of data to advertising companies is a booming business and could be how they are making their money. Stay informed.

Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.
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