VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks are incredibly useful tools to have in your networking arsenal. They can keep your identity protected online, allow you to browse safely even on shady WiFi networks, help you circumvent a lot of regional restrictions on websites, access blocked content on the web, and do a lot more. So, if you’re looking to protect your privacy while browsing the internet on your iPhone, here are the best free VPN apps for iPhone that you can use in 2021.
Best Free VPN Apps for iPhone and iPad in 2021
While all the apps mentioned below offer paid options, we are featuring them because of their robust free plans. They each handle their free plans differently. While some will restrict you on usage, some might restrict you to using only a selection of their servers. Others might put cap on the speed of connection. So read the list and find the app whose restriction don’t bother you and go with that one. With that out of the way, let’s get to our list, shall we?
TunnelBear is a very well known VPN app. The TunnelBear app for iOS will allow you to connect to a VPN, and browse securely from a number of locations. You can choose to let the app decide on the best location to VPN from, or you can select the location that you want. In the free plan, TunnelBear offers 500 MB of data per month, which may be quite low but it could be sufficient if you aren’t a heavy user. Moreover, the app provides AES-256 bit encryption and has strong servers in more than 22 countries including the US, UK, Cana, France, and more. In a nutshell, should you want to go for a simple and secure free VPN for your iOS device, TunnelBear can be a strong contender for your needs.
- Pretty neat user-interface
- Provides essential safeguard for personal data
- AES-256 bit encryption
- Offers only 500 MB of data per month in the freemium version
- Servers available only in around 22 countries
Download from the App Store (Free, $4.99/month)
2. VPN by SurfEasy
One of the highest-rated apps on the App Store – VPN by SurfEasy is definitely a good VPN app. By default, the app chooses the most optimum server location to route your traffic through, but if you want, you can change the location to a country that you prefer. Thanks to the reliable no-log policy along with the A-256 bank-grade security, your personal information stays safeguarded. Plus, it provides a handy tracker blocking algorithm that keeps cookies (used by data trackers) at bay so that you can browse the web with the needed security. Add to that the WiFi hotspot protection as well as the support for more than 28 countries and SurfEasy turn into a pretty good VPN that can fit into most people’s needs. But keep in mind, the freemium version of this VPN app has several limitations and you will need to upgrade to the premium ($1.99/month) offering to unlock all the features.
- Fast connection
- Reliable no-log policy
- WiFi hotspot protection
- A-256 bank-grade security
- Feels less responsive at times
- Automatically disconnects from the network sometimes
Download from the App Store (Free, $1.99/month)
3. Hotspot Shield
Hotspot Shield is another iOS VPN app that has received high ratings in the App Store. The app asks you to sign up (or sign in) when you first launch it. You can skip it if you want to use it without creating an account. Apart from offering one of the fastest VPN servers, the app has support for more than 70 locations. Even on the protection front, Hotspot Shield is up to the mark due largely to the military-grade encrypted traffic between the servers and the connected device. What’s more, it’s integrated with 1Password to help you manage your passwords with ease and also keep them away from the prying eyes. But keep in mind, Hotspot Shield’s free version doesn’t have much to offer. So, you will need to subscribe to the pro version (one-year plan: $7.99/month) to use all the features without any restrictions.
- Military-grade encrypted traffic
- Integrated with 1Password
- Has one of the fastest VPN servers
- Not as easy-to-use
- Design language could be a little better
Download from the App Store (Free, $7.99/month – billed annually)
Betternet is a very minimally designed, and easy to use VPN app, with highly positive ratings on the App Store. The freemium version of the app is limited and features ads, which you can get rid of using the in-app purchases ($35.99/year). It encrypts your entire data to keep it protected from data trackers. And with the trusted no-log policy, you shouldn’t worry about your sensitive information being misused. Furthermore, the app has servers in many countries and works pretty well in automatically connecting to the fastest VPN server so that you can browse with the desired speed. Overall, Betternet is, as far as VPN apps go, the easiest to use VPN app that you can get on the App Store.
- Encrypts your entire data
- Automatically connects to the fastest VPN server
- Trusted no-log policy
- The freemium version is quite basic
Download from the App Store (Free, $35.99/year or $11.99/month)
5. VPN in Touch
Another VPN app for the iPhone that you can try, is called VPN in Touch. While it may not be feature-rich, it’s up to the task when it comes to providing the needed protection to your data. One of my favorite features of this app is the data compression algorithm which can be very helpful for the folks who always look for ways to cut down data usage. Furthermore, it also has a reliable ad blocker that ensures you can browse the web smoothly without being entangled into ads. Though this VPN app is available for free, you will have to dole out some bucks ($29.99/year) to access all the goodies without any limitations. Overall, VPN in Touch is one of the most reliable VPN apps for iOS and is definitely worth a try.
- Provides the needed protection to your data
- Good data compression algorithm
- Integrated ad blocker
- The interface looks outdated
- May not appeal to those who look for a more personalized experience
Download from the App Store (Free, $29.99/year – data usage based plans available)
6. VPN Proxy by Seed4.Me
VPN Proxy is another free VPN app for iOS that you can use to protect your privacy online, and to circumvent geo-restricted websites, and content. The app has a straight to the point interface, starting off by letting you select the location you want to VPN from. Once you have done that, you will be asked to install a VPN profile, to enable VPN access from the app. The app works fine, and can surely be used in case you don’t want to use the other apps on this list for some reason. Installation of the VPN profile is done through Safari’s preference. Once you have done that, you will be able to freely browse the internet, without worrying about your privacy online.
- Easy-to-use tools
- Multiple safeguards for protecting privacy online
- No registration and no log kept
- Lags in the performance department
Download from the App Store (Free, $4.99/month)
7. VPN Proxy Master
You can also check out VPN Master Free, for browsing through a VPN network on your iPhone. The app has a very nice interface and works quite fast. By default, it connects you through whatever location it deems best for higher speeds, and stability. However, you can choose from a number of other locations that are available in the app. It’s worth noting that the free version of the app lets you connect to a limited number of locations but you can unlock the VIP plan to get access to a lot of other locations. The VIP service in the app can be subscribed at $11.99 per month.
- Nice interface and fast performance
- Option to choose from a number of other locations
- WiFi hotspot security
- Tracking prevention
- Too many ads in the free version seem to dampen the experience
Download from the App Store (Free, $11.99/ month or $69.99/year – cheaper plans available)
HexaTech, is an easy to use VPN app, that gets the job done. You don’t need to register prior to using the service, and connecting to the VPN server is fast, and straightforward, with just a tap of a button. By default, the app (like many others) connects you to a VPN server based on optimum performance. It lets you connect up to 5 devices at once so that you can browse the web securely on any of your devices. And with the military-grade encryption to boot, it’s second to none when it comes to defending your sensitive information against trackers. Do note that HexaTech doesn’t offer a full-fledged free plan. So, if you want to use this VPN app without any boundaries, you will need to shell out $12.99/month.
- Connects you to a VPN server based on optimum performance
- Connect up to 5 devices at once
- Unlimited bandwidth and connection up-time for premium members
- Doesn’t offer a full-fledged free plan
- At $12.99/month, the premium offering is a tad too expensive
Download from the App Store (Free, $12.99/month – cheaper plans available)
9. Daily VPN
This one is the sort of VPN app that can suit most people’s tastes due largely to the flexibility it offers. First and foremost, the app has a pretty good freemium variant unlike many other rivals in the market. And second, it lets you surf the web anonymously without eating into plenty of bandwidth. As far as the global network is concerned, it’s at par with more than 100 servers across over 20 countries. On top of all. if you ever find the free version not meeting your demands, you can upgrade to the pro version ($12.99/month) to unlock more servers and even remove ads.
- Pretty good freemium variant
- More than 100 servers across over 20 countries
- The app freezes at times due to ads in free version
Download from the App Store (Free, $69.99/year – cheaper plans available)
10. Larva VPN
If I were to pick a VPN app based on a simple interface and easy-to-use tools, “Larva” would probably be the frontrunner. Possibly, the best part about it is that it doesn’t require any registration to get started. Simply open the app, connect to your preferred server and you are ready to go. Furthermore, it provides top-notch geo-streaming servers in more than 40 countries and also works across proxies so that you can browse the web with complete peace of mind. Another area where I have found Larva quite good is blocking ads, malware, and phishing sites. And with the low network of just 2%, it’s also very efficient in terms of reducing the usage of bandwidth.
- Top-notch geo-streaming servers in more than 40 countries
- A comparatively low network of just 2%
- No logs VPN
- Some users have reported dropped connection problems
Download from the App Store (Free, $3.49/month or $24.99/year)
Bonus: Use Cloudflare 184.108.40.206 DNS
Cloudflare has recently launched its 220.127.116.11 free DNS service that’s free for anyone to use. While this isn’t exactly a VPN app, the 18.104.22.168 DNS app (iOS/Android) uses a VPN to route your search traffic to Cloudflare’s free 22.214.171.124 DNS. Cloudflare promises that it will never store your personal information on its servers and that it won’t sell your data to third parties. Plus, there’s no registration required on Cloudflare to use their free DNS, and unlike most VPN services that have monthly usage limits, Cloudflare’s service is completely free for unlimited usage. You can check out our article on how to set up Cloudflare’s 126.96.36.199 DNS in case you don’t want to use the app.
Use These iPhone VPN Apps to Secure Your Online Privacy
While using VPN apps usually slows down the speed with which you can access the web, it’s still advisable to use VPN services (the good ones), especially when you’re browsing on a public network. VPNs can also let you access geo-locked content, that you would otherwise not be able to access. There are a lot of advantages to using a VPN server to browse the internet. So, if you’re even remotely conscious about your privacy online, you should definitely consider using a VPN app for your iPhone. Also, if you know of any other iOS VPN app that you think deserves a place on this list, do let us know about it in the comments section below.