Surfing the web on a public WiFi can be dangerous business, opening your iPhone or iPad up to spying eyes. To avoid that, you could use a VPN to stay private and anonymous. A VPN also hides your location online, 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 iOS VPN options.
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. If you intend to use a VPN to watch Netflix, click here to find out more.
- RRP: Starting at approximately £4 per month, Approximately US$6 per month
- Buy from NordVPN
Our pick of the best VPN is NordVPN. It is based in Panama, which means it is outside of the jurisdiction of the 'fourteen eyes' which makes it absolutely anonymous unlike some services which still keep logs and records of your internet browsing that they can share should the government asks for it.
There are more than 500 servers available across 51 countries, and encryption levels are among the highest available in a VPN.
You can connect to up to six devices at one time with your NordVPN account, which offers pricing starting at around £4 per month. Supported devices include iPhone and iPad, but also Mac, Windows, Linux and Android.
- RRP: From £6.30 per month, From US$8.42 per month
- Buy from ExpressVPN
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 iPad and iPhone. You can connect to three devices at once, and there's no limit to bandwidth, server switching or speed.
The recommended plan ExpressVPN plan is the year-long subscription, which works out at $8.32 per month and will save you 35% over the less committed month-long option at $12.95. There is, however, a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked.
- RRP: £3.40 per month (yearly plan), £5.45 per month (6-month plan), £6.79 per month (monthly plan) / $4.99 per month (yearly plan), $7.99 per month (6-month plan), $9.99 per month (monthly plan), US$4.99 per month
- Buy from PureVPN
Our third choice, which is right up there with ExpressVPN in terms of security and popularity, is PureVPN. It includes a built-in auto-redial that will automatically reconnect should your connection drop for uninterrupted browsing, and there are more than 500 servers available across 140 countries.
Its iPhone and iPad app is simple and smart, and lets you tailor your connection based on the internet activity you intend to do. To use it, you'll need to sign up to a subscription package starting at $4.99 for the year-long subscription. The money-back guarantee is only seven days here though.
- RRP: Free option available | $7.99 monthly | $49.99 yearly, Free option available | US$7.99 monthly | US$49.99 yearly
- Buy from TunnelBear
TunnelBear offers a limited free version of its VPN service that you can try before you commit to the year-long option for $49.99 which works out to just over $4 per month, or a one month option for $7.99.
Once signed up, you can connect to up to five devices simultaneously, and there are apps available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and PC.
- RRP: £6.30 per month
- Buy from Buffered
Buffered lets you virtually reside in more than 30 countries with no limitations to speed or bandwidth, and you can do so from your iPhone or iPad, or from your Mac, PC or Android device. It's based in Hungary so should be safe from the 'fourteen eyes' but it does keep a record of timestamps and IP addresses so is more for the Netflix explorers than the more privacy-minded among you.
Its app is simple and easy to use though, and it offers brilliantly fast servers with great customer support. Prices start at $8.25 per month.