The best free VPN app for Apple’s iPhone

“Betternet is a terrific VPN service. It’s perfectly easy to activate on iPhone with one tap and connect to the ‘optimal’ location. If you need to connect to a specific location, you can do so at several areas in the world including multiple U.S. points for a low monthly fee,” George Tinari writes for iPhoneHacks. “It’s secure, fast, and consistently works well.”

“You don’t need to use VPN all the time, but they’re ideal for when you have to use an unsecured public Wi-Fi network or if you can’t access location-restricted websites,” Tinari writes. “On iPhone, the best VPN apps are ones that don’t log your data and invade your privacy — something VPNs are meant to protect — and they have a simple, easy-to-use interface. Our pick for the best free VPN on iPhone is Betternet.”

“Within a few seconds or less, Betternet has you connected and you can already go about browsing. It’s totally free and safe, no questions asked,” Tinari writes. “Betternet does not snoop into your data nor sells it for money… The only ways Betternet make money are through ads within the app — not while you browse — and videos. Every so often to connect to the VPN you’re asked to watch a short advertisement first. The button will say ‘Watch a video and connect’ but within moments, your VPN is active. Of course, there is an easy workaround to this though. Just tap ‘Skip and connect’ right underneath.”

“Betternet offers a premium version of its service,” Tinari writes. “Premium gives you several location options, plus the promise of an even faster connection and prioritized tech support should you need it. It costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 on an annual basis — the latter is a nice 50 percent discount.”

More info and screenshots in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you use Betternet for VPN for your iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch, how do you like it? If you use another VPN app for iOS, let us know below!

Also, remember that you can also use an old Mac to create your very own inexpensive personal VPN.

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Dvorak: You need a VPN, or you’re screwed – March 23, 2016
Why you should avoid free VPNs – January 29, 2016
How to easily turn that old Mac into an inexpensive personal VPN – November 19, 2015
How and why you should use a VPN to protect your data’s final mile – January 16, 2015


  1. Warnings:

    A) There are fraudulent as well as ‘wide-open’ VPNs out there, all of which are garbage. At this time, it’s as if every little rat and mouse is offering a VPN. Therefore, research a VPN before using it. Even then, there are so many little ‘never heard of it’ VPNs around that it can be potentially dangerous.

    Examples of hacked VPNs: Earth VPN and Hola. Don’t touch.

    B) There are several VPNs now offering ‘lifetime’ or multi-year subscriptions for very reasonable prices. But the ‘garbage’ warning still applies.

    I researched proXPN and bought their ‘lifetime’ Premium account with *excellent* results including a wide variety of exit nodes.

    Meanwhile, I got another VPN subscription that was part of a software bundle that turned out to be a total fraud: VPN Forever.

  2. I’ve been very satisfied with Witopia for years, on macOS and iOS. I currently appear to be in Chicago (I’m far from there). Regarding “free” services that purport to have my best interests in mind: NEVER!

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