A VPN is an essential tool for iPad users wanting to watch streaming services in other countries, such as Disney+, Netflix or BBC iPlayer

Plus, when you’re browsing the web using your iPad, your online activity is visible to your internet service provider (ISP), your government, and potentially others. But because a VPN changes your real IP address for a different one and encrypts the data going to and from your iPad, it makes it practically impossible to spy on you.

The new IP address can make it appear you're located somewhere else in the world. That could be in the same country, or it could be half way across the globe.

Therefore, if you’re travelling abroad but missing out on your favourite shows, you can connect to a server in your own country and carry on watching as if you were at home.

We've tested many VPN services, and these are our recommendations for iPad owners.

If you’ve still got some questions and want to find out more, read what is a VPN and are VPNs legal? You can also find some of the best special offers available right now in our round up of the best VPN deals.

You can also learn how to use a VPN on iPad once you've chosen a service.

Best iPad VPN reviews

Surfshark

Surfshark

Surfshark is an easy-to-use and intuitive VPN with a slick iPad app that has more features than you might expect given the low price.

The service now has more than 3200 servers across 60+countries but, importantly, lets you watch Netflix shows, BBC iPlayer and other streaming services that aren't normally available in your region.

You'll find security features including a kill switch and Multi-Hop, which routes your connection through two countries instead of just one. It's located outside of the 14-eyes, has a strict no-logs policy and is one of the members of the VPN Trust Initiative

Despite the low monthly cost, it really is one of the best VPNs around, and also one of the fastest thanks to the use of the WireGuard protocol.

See the current deals on Surfshark's website and read our Surfshark review for more details.

NordVPN

NordVPN

So often, a good VPN service is good no matter which device you're using it on. NordVPN is an excellent choice for iPad owners.

The map view is fun to use on a screen larger than your phone's, and it connects you swiftly to one of Nord's thousands of servers.

It unblocks many services, including Netflix, Disney+, BBC iPlayer and lots more. 

Based in Panama, it's outside of the jurisdiction of the '14-eyes' (a group of countries that have agreed to collect, analyse and share information). 

You can connect up to six devices to NordVPN at once, and there are also apps for iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows and Amazon Fire TV.

As you may know, you can get great discounts by signing up for a couple of years. See the deals on NordVPN's webiste.

You can find out more in our NordVPN review.

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN

Also among our favourite VPNs is ExpressVPN. Like its other apps, the company's iPad app has a new look, but works in exactly the same way as before, connecting you to one of its many servers.

ExpressVPN unblocks more video services than rivals, but this is only a reason to pay the higher monthly prices it charges if you need to watch one or more of those additional services.

It bills itself as the premium option, and justifies this partly with the long list of video services it works with as well as its TrustedServer setup, the 24/7 live chat support and fast speeds using its proprietary Lightway protocol.

As well as using it on your iPad, there are also apps for iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows, Fire TV and more. There's a limit of five devices at once, but that should be plenty for most people.

While not the cheapest, ExpressVPN does run discounts, with the best deal being the one-year subscription, which is almost half price.

You can find out more in our full ExpressVPN review.

CyberGhost

CyberGhost for Mac

CyberGhost is possibly the best-known VPN, and it's still a great choice in 2021.

It's really easy to use and one of the least-expensive services when you sign up for a couple of years. 

CyberGhost has more than 6,700 servers across 88 countries, so you're bound to find a connection that suits your needs.

Of potentially more interest to most people is the fact it's pretty reliable for unblocking streaming services. However, a blot on its copybook was that it wouldn't let us watch iPlayer from France when we tried recently. 

It does, however, unblock Netflix, Disney+, HBOMax, Amazon Prime and others. The iPlayer issue is likely down to the usual cat-and-mouse game where streaming services block certain VPNs, who then sort out other servers to unblock the service.

It's a problem for many VPN services, and CyberGhost may well let you watch iPlayer by the time you read this.

With support for WireGuard, CyberGhost offers speedy connections and one subscription allows you to use the service on up to seven devices at once.

You can sign up for CyberGhost here.

Find out more in our full CyberGhost review.

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access is a well-established VPN service that now operates a mind-boggling 33,000 servers.

The number isn't as important as it might seem, but it's still a sign that this is one of the big boys of the VPN world. The company is keener to point out that its software is open source, so anyone can inspect the code and check there are no problems. That's one reason why it bills itself as the World's Most Trusted VPN service.

PIA, as it's known to most of its users, allows 10 simultaneous connections and is really geared towards offering protection while using the internet.

It isn't the best for unblocking streaming services, though it did let us watch US Netflix and BBC iPlayer when we tested in in June 2021.

Speeds are great thanks to the use of WireGuard, and the iPad app is easy to use.

See the latest deals for Private Internet Access and read our Private Internet Access review for more details.