Best VPNs for iPhone
Surfing the web on a public WiFi can be dangerous business, opening your iPhone up to spying eyes. To avoid that, you could use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to encrypt your internet usage and stay private and anonymous online.
A VPN also hides your location, which can allow you to access blocked content and blocked sites such as US Netflix when you are in the UK or BBC iPlayer when you are abroad.
Here we talk you through the best iPhone VPN options, we have a separate article that explains how to use a VPN on an iPhone here.
It's important to note that it is against Netflix, BBC iPlayer and other blocked content's terms and conditions to access them using a VPN, so proceed with caution as you risk getting your account blocked.
If you're concerned and want more advice about using a VPN, read our VPN buying advice here. You might also want to check out our round-up of the best VPN deals, as well as our charts that list the best VPN for Chrome or the best VPN for Android.
There's no doubt that using a VPN can sound like a bit of a daunting and confusing thing to do with lots of technical jargon, but actually they tend to be really easy to install and start using, with no previous knowledge or technical expertise required.
Our pick of the best VPN for iPhone is NordVPN. There are more than 5,100 servers available across 62 countries, and encryption levels are among the highest available in a VPN.
Based in Panama, NordVPN is outside of the jurisdiction of the '14-eyes' (a group of countries that have agreed to collect, analyse and share information, much of which involves internet activity).
You can connect to up to six devices at one time with your NordVPN account. Supported devices include iPhone and iPad, but also Mac, Windows, Linux and Android.
Another popular and trusted VPN option is ExpressVPN, which offers apps for all operating systems including iOS, which means you can use it on your iPhone.
There are more than 2,000 servers available across 94 countries. You can connect to three devices at once, and there's no limit to bandwidth, server switching or speed.
No.2 CyberGhost VPN
CyberGhost is another good, well-priced option. It's headquartered in Romania, which is outside the 14-eyes group of countries that share signals intelligence.
One of the great things about CyberGhost is its ease-of-use. It's simple and intuitive, and does lots of the hard work for you. There are more than 2,790 servers available to connect to 60 different countries.
VyprVPN offers value for families looking for multiple simultaneous connections. If three connections is enough, you're looking at £3.63/$4.79 per month for a year. It's £4.79/$6.32 if you need five.
There are more than 700 servers available to connect to worldwide, and it's quick and easy to set up a high-quality connection. You'll find a kill switch to protect your data should the VPN connection fail, and the iPhone app is simple to use too.
No.4 PrivateInternetAccess VPN
Private Internet Access is another of the best VPNs that also comes a low price tag, and it has one of the highest server numbers at 3,402. That is across 33 countries rather than the wider spread from some rivals, though.
It offers anonymous browsing and access to blocked content including Netflix US so is a recommended VPN for iPhone.
The app is incredibly simple and easy to use, and it's also super-speedy.
IPVanish VPN has an application for iPhone and iPad users. The application is readily available on Apple Store. It is a basic application that allows iOS device users to access content from other parts of the world with geo-restrictions, with a very fast connection. Installation of the application on iOS devices does not allow OpenVPN by default. However, the users have the option to configure the protocol if they prefer it.
OpenVPN is recommended for the users that need fast connections for streaming media, downloading torrents and sharing files. The iOS allows for PPTP and L2TP connection options by default. The users, therefore, have the options to choose from a range of protocols to find the best and most suitable for their use.
IPVanish is one of the best VPN providers out there when it comes to protecting your privacy online. The huge list of 400 servers in 61 countries means that you can keep your location confidential, while shared VPN connections make traffic completely untraceable. Crucially, IPVanish does not keep traffic logs of its user data so you remain completely anonymous.
Importantly, IPVanish is a tier-1 VPN provider, meaning they own their own servers around the world, translating to a more secure network for their customers. They also handle all software development and customer service in-house. IPVanish offers a range of protocols including OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP as well as 256-bit encryption.
For iOS users, the software can be downloaded straight from the Apple Store. It is just as simple to download and install as on any other platform, and you can expect to be connected through their secure VPN connection within minutes of downloading the program. The iOS app also now contains a VPN internet lock, which works in the same way as the kill switch on the desktop versions.
No.7 Trust.Zone VPN
Trust.Zone has pretty much everything most VPN users are looking for: A helpful website, user-friendly apps, and the ability to bypass Netflix geo-blocks.
However, it doesn’t have 24/7 customer support. The choice of protocols is also limited, but since they offer OpenVPN – the favorite protocol for several users – protocol choice isn’t a big problem.
Trust.zone allows 3 devices per license, but it is not compatible with a router. It also has no apps or config files for smart TV.
With 128 servers in 31 countries, Trust.Zone has good speed. Even though the network isn’t large, the company continues to add new servers. It’s also able to access Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and other streaming sites, which is a major feat.
No.8 Private VPN
PrivateVPN is slowly moving up in the VPN market. Its six simultaneous connections, no logs policy, and high speed are what most look for in a VPN.
The installation process is quite easy, and thPrivateVPN's Free Remote Help – which offers virtual help and installation via Team Viewer – is very unique.
PrivateVPN can be installed on Windows, Android, iOS and Linux, and it only takes a few minutes. We also are a big fan of its clean, minimalist website that is easy to navigate (whether in Swedish, German, Dutch, or English).
Like other VPNs, PrivateVPN supports a variety of protocols including OpenVPN, and their encryption is top-notch.
iOS users can browse the web anonymously and securely using the easy to deploy app available on the app store. With AirVPN, all protocols are allowed, as is port forwarding and DDNS. You have the capability to connect to any wireless network without worry about hackers or eavesdropping on your device by the Wi-Fi hotspot.
AirVPN started in 2010, and today the company has more than 80 servers located in 15 datacenters around the world. When you use the service, you are able to hide your IP and get a new IP whenever you are browsing online. This helps to keep you safe from prying eyes, and you do not have to worry about government oversight keeping you away from sites you need to visit.
There is no monitoring or logging of your online activities, and there is no time limit or traffic limit. You can access all the exit nodes, and have the system running on up to five simultaneous connections. You can switch servers as much as you like without charge, and there is no maximum speed limit. The speed is dependent on the server load.
AirVPN works with a wide array of different devices including routers. You can use it with Windows, Linux, OSX, iOS, and Android. With AirVPN, all protocols are allowed, as is port forwarding and DDNS. You have the capability to connect to any wireless network without worrying about hackers or others eavesdropping on your computer via a Wi-Fi hotspot.
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