Best VPN for iOS

Apple production is known for its stability and security without additional software. However, as the cyber-crime level is rapidly growing, there is a need to take extra steps to ensure the security of your device. As we already wrote a review of the best VPNs for Android, it is time to introduce you to the best VPNs for iOs.

As we already wrote in our detailed VPN guide, the three-letter term stands for Virtual Private Network. It will protect and encrypt your data making it almost impossible for hackers to reach it. People use VPNs for different reasons: to unblock content such as Netflix US, for torrenting or simply for safe and private browsing. There are many VPN providers (we know at least 250), but which ones are reliable and worth the money?

In short, here are our TOP 5 best VPN for iOs picks:

#1 NordVPN
#2 ExpressVPN
#3 Surfshark
#4 Hotspot Shield
#5 Cyberghost

Below, you will find our explanation and arguments about why we decided so.

#1 NordVPN – best VPN for iOs

NordVPN received a #1 spot on many of our rankings (except in our best VPN for Kodi table), but it truly is a great and reliable service for iOs users. The app works really great on both – iPhone and iPad devices and is really simple to use.

NordVPN iOS client app

Being based in Panama, the company is outside of the “14-eyes jurisdiction” and that really boosts the trust of the company. NordVPNs has more than 5100 servers in 60 different countries, so you will not have to worry about the load or speeds while browsing the internet. Such a big amount of servers reveals the fact that NordVPN has the biggest user base in the market – they declare to have more than 12 million users.

24/7 customer support in three languages (English, German and French), 30 days money-back guarantee and zero-logs policy is something you would definitely take as a pro compared to other VPN providers.

NordVPN pricing starts from $3.49 (for a three-year plan). You can check all of their available plans here.

#2 ExpressVPN – fast and reliable

ExpressVPN iOS app

ExpressVPN is often named as the main competitor for NordVPN. And this is true. ExpressVPN iOS app is actually a really good option for iOS users, as it has the best speeds between all the providers we tested.

The provider has more than 3000 servers in 94 countries. It is worth to mention that ExpressVPN allows 5 simultaneous connections at the time (e.g. NordVPN allows six) and there are no restrictions for torrenting or speed.

The company is based in The British Virgin Islands (BVI), so it means that they also fall behind “14-eyes” jurisdiction and there are no data retention laws.

ExpressVPN also offers 24/7 customer support and it is doing a great job! We tried to contact them and it took literally less than 5 seconds to receive a real human response!

ExpressVPN received a #2 spot on our ranking simply because NordVPN had an easier and more user-friendly interface.

The pricing starts from is 6.67 USD per month (for a 1-year plan). Unfortunately, the provider does not offer longer subscriptions and the service itself is almost twice as expensive as our #1 rated VPN.

Check available plans here.

#3 Surfshark – an affordable option

Surfshark iOS app

Surfshark is listed as #3 option in our best VPN for iOS for a reason: the client app is fast, easy to use, cheap and, most importantly – reliable. The company was founded only one year ago (in 2018), but it already found a place between the old players of the market. The company is also based in BVI (the same as ExpressVPN) and it ensures zero-log activities.

Surfshark uses the most popular security protocols in the industry: IKEv2/IPsec and OpenVPN. Speaking about the servers, they have 1040+ servers (improving each month) in 60+ countries. It is worth to mention that the provider has quite a few “virtual” servers, which is quite unusual.

The best thing about the product is that the service is fully affordable almost by everyone. Their pricing starts from $1.99/month for a 2-years plan. As you can already see, it is way cheaper than NordVPN or ExpressVPN, but the features and quality of the product does not yield a lot.

Check Surfshark available plans here.

#4 Hotspot Shield – good, but not so much privacy oriented

Hotspot Shield iOS app

The company which stands behind Hotspot Shield is named Anchorfree. It was one of the first VPN providers and is operating successfully for over 12 years. 650 million app installs through various operating systems – that is a really strong number.

One of the best things about Hotspot Shield is that it’s actually one of the fastest VPNs out there. It is simply because of the Hydra Catapult protocol they are using, which was created for speed. We did not face any connection interruptions and the speed was nice as well (you can check speeds we had in our full Hotspot Shield review).

However, there is another side of the provider. When evaluating VPNs we’re always using privacy terms like 9 or 14-Eyes Alliance and the United States (as Anchor free is based there) belongs to that.

If you are concerned about your privacy, this is a red flag. A quick look at the Hotspot Shield privacy policy tells us that VPN will log users’ actual IP addresses, email addresses, hardware type and model, OS version, language, username and also network information. Although the service is really good, you should be careful. 

The most popular 1-year plan will cost you almost 7.99 USD per month which is way above the competition. Even if you are getting a 2-year plan, one month still costs 6.99 USD. And I must say that’s a lot when you consider using a VPN which is based in the US, it partially logs your records.

Check Hotspot Shield available plans here.

#5 Cyberghost – good service, but lacks reliability

Cyberghost iOS app

Three years ago back in 2016, Cyberghost was acquired by Kape Technologies for 10.13 M USD. The company itself was moved to Romania, which, the same as Panama or BVI, do not fall under 14 eyes jurisdiction.

Cyberghost VPN offers a big amount of servers (4000+ in 60 countries). However, during the tests, we found the connection and speeds a little bit unstable and slow. The provider uses the most popular encryptions protocols, such as IPsec, L2TP, and OpenVPN. 

A good thing about Cyberghost is that they do seem to have a good and qualified customer support department. Of course, it is reachable 24/7 via live chat, so you will not have to wait for hours to get a response.
We were surprised by the FAQ’s and guides Cyberghost offers. The majority of problems and questions are stored there, so in some cases, you will not even have to contact real customer support agents.

Cyberghost cheapest and best value plan is $99 for 3 years ($2.75/mo). Their 2-year subscription can be purchased for $88.56 ($3.69/mo) and 1Y plan is available for $71.88 ($5.99/mo).

Check Cyberghost available plans here.

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