A VPN is an essential tool for iPad users concerned about privacy, or looking to access foreign media such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer abroad. Here, we round up the best iPad VPN apps to help you find one that suits your needs.
When you’re browsing the web using your iPad, your online activity is being logged by your internet service provider. Beyond that, it’s also vulnerable to spying eyes, particularly if you’re using a public Wi-Fi to surf the web. In order to ensure you are completely anonymous online, it’s recommended you use a VPN.
An added benefit to using a VPN is the ability to access content that would otherwise be blocked in your region. Because a VPN gives you a virtual IP address, you’ll appear to be 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 BBC shows, you can connect to a UK server using your VPN to access BBC iPlayer online, for example.
If a VPN is what you’re looking for, you’ll find one here. We’ve tested all of these VPN services and would recommend them.
If you’ve still got some questions and want to find out more, we’d suggest checking out 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.
We've also got an article that shows you how to use a VPN on iPad once you've chosen one.
Best iPad VPN app reviews
NordVPN's iPad offering is one of the best. With more than 5,500 servers available across 60 countries, you'll be able to find a server that fits your needs in no time.
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), and its encryption levels are among the highest available in a VPN.
You'll be able to connect with up to six devices at once with NordVPN, and it's not just iPads it works on. There's an app for iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows and even routers.
NordVPN is available for as little as £2.29/US$2.99 per month if you sign up for the three year deal (it'll cost $107.55 upfront but you won't need to pay again for three years if you decide you want to continue your subscription after that).
Alternatively there's are one month, one year and two year options available if you don't want to commit to three right away.
Sign up for any one of those plans by visiting the NordVPN webiste.
You can find out more in our NordVPN review.
Also among our favourite VPNs is ExpressVPN. Offering an iPad app as well as iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows and more, you'll be able to connect to three devices at once as part of your subscription.
It's speedy, reliable and offers great customer support should you ever have any trouble connecting to a server that suits you. Its team is online 24/7 to help.
The best deal is the yearly one, which currently earns you an extra three months. That means it works out at £5/$6.67 per month.
You can find out more in our full ExpressVPN review.
PureVPN is a great all-rounder, again offering apps for all devices. It's competitively priced, starting at £2.60/$3.33 if you opt for the special offer, for use on up to five devices simulataneously.
There are more than 2,000 servers available across 141 countries worldwide, all of which are easy to connect to and many of which offer access to geo-blocked sites.
There are plenty of features and modes available, all easy to get to grips with, so it's ideal for those new to the world of VPNs.
You can also read our PureVPN review for more information.
With an app for iPad, it's a great option for Apple tablet users but also offers applications for Mac, Windows, Android and other devices, all of which are covered in one subscription.
CyberGhost is headquartered in Romania so is outside of the '14-eyes', and with more than 3,600 servers across 58 countries you're bound to find a connection that suits your needs.
You can find out more in our CyberGhost review.
Surfshark is a simple and intuitive VPN with a slick iPad app beginners will love.
It offers 800 servers across 50 countries, and works with Netflix, BBC iPlayer and other streaming services.
You'll find privacy features including a Kill Switch and a Double VPN called MultiHop. It's located outside of the 14-eyes, and has a strict no logs policy.
This is one of the cheapest VPNs available at the time of writing, thanks to a special offer that puts it at just £1.59/$1.99 per month. See all of the price plans on the Surfshark website.
Read our Surfshark review.
TunnelBear takes a fun and quirky approach, but beneath that it still offers a reliable and simple VPN.
It offers a selection of 22 countries, works with Netflix (but did struggle with BBC iPlayer during our testing), offers a kill switch and allows up to five simulataneous connections.
There's a free version of TunnelBear available, but you only get 500MB per month with that. Alternatively, the cheapest option is the two year plan for £3.33/$4.17 per month. Sign up here.
Find out more in our TunnelBear review.