Whether you’re trying to access specific content in regions where it is unavailable/restricted, or you are just concerned about security and privacy, a VPN can be quite useful to have on hand. There are a lot of VPN options available for desktop, even some baked right into browsers such as Opera.
But, what if you are on the go, and only have access to your iPad? In the list below we take a look at the best VPN apps for iPad so the content you want, or the security and privacy you desire is always within reach.
[Price: $12.95/month, $99.95/year]
ExpressVPN is fantastic if you want a no-hassle experience to get you connected and browsing within a couple of minutes. The longest amount of time you will spend in this app is creating your account when you first download. The app is simple, yet offers one of, if not the most expansive selection of locations to which you can connect. This includes regions in the U.S., Canada, the UK, France and more.
New users to the app will get a free 7-day trial before having to upgrade to a paid plan. At $100/year, this app falls on the more expensive side which is probably it’s greatest downfall. However, that price is justified by the fact that ExpressVPN offers an app for practically every platform you could imagine – including Windows, Mac, iOS and even Linux. If you’re looking for something that you can use across all platforms to access the content you want, check this one out.
[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
Starting out our list is Betternet’s Free VPN app. If you’re looking for something quick and simple, this is a safe bet. Browsing in private and accessing the content you want is free and unlimited with this app. It’s got an incredibly simple and clean UI and getting set up is a breeze. I personally love how Betternet gives the app a little personality with the smiley face that wakes up when you turn on the VPN.
While the app is very simple, and perfect for users who just want an added layer of security, this isn’t for those of you who want to tinker around and tune everything to your liking. In fact, the free version of the app is quite bare when it comes to front-end, user controlled settings. Without upgrading to premium for $4.99/month, or $29.99/year, you will be limited to the “optimal location” that Betternet determines for your browsing. If you do decide to toss out some bills, you can select from a pretty comprehensive list of servers, including various cities in the U.S., as well as Canada, Germany, Australia, and more.
Opera’s dedicated VPN app launched earlier in the year to a flurry of positive reviews. It’s incredibly simple to use and like other VPN apps, lets you use the internet as if you were in another region. In some countries, services such as Netflix aren’t even available, so it’s crucial to have something simple to get access to the content you want.
Opera’s iOS app works essentially the same as their built-in browser extension, so it’s configurable and even has a built-in ad blocker. The best part of Opera’s app is that unlike other apps on this list, it’s free to use, with unlimited connection. We should note, though, Opera Free VPN does still collect data about how you are using your mobile device and will share this information with third-parties. So if you’re willing to trade some of your privacy, this is one of the best VPN apps for iPad.
[Price: $4.99/month, $49.99/year]
SaferVPN ranks high on the list of best VPN apps for iPad for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s a very well-designed app from end to end. It also has a couple of useful features built-in that you won’t find in some of these others. For instance, SaferVPN’s Auto WiFi Protection feature will automatically secure your connection when you access a public network. These days, you can’t trust all these public networks to be who they say, so this is a welcome feature.
Auto Reconnect will make sure you don’t accidentally lose your protection if/when your WiFi connection is to drop. As the name suggests, it will have your VPN back up and running ASAP. I was also a fan of how SaferVPN shows you the IP Address you’re currently connecting with. This information isn’t incredibly useful, but it does add a sense of confidence that the app is actually doing what it says. On top of these couple of features, SaferVPN has one of the longest list of locations that you can browse from of any of these best VPN apps for iPad. I also love how you can set favorite locations to appear at the top of the list. Anything to make the experience easier is great.
Unfortunately, something this good doesn’t come without a price. You’ll get a free 3-day trial upon creating your account. After that, you’re looking a $4.99/month or $50/year.
[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
TunnelBear is one of the most simple VPN apps available in the app store. When you open up the app, it’s quick and easy to tap your way through getting set up. Just give Tunnel Bear permission to install VPN settings and you’re good to go. From there, you’re taken to cool little map view where you can direct your bear to different locations, aka tunnels.
There aren’t a lot of settings to futz around with in the iOS version, but Tunnel Bear promises privacy and safe browsing, along with fast speeds when connected to their VPN network. For TunnelBear’s services, you can get away with not paying a dime, but you’re limited to 500MB of data for the month. If you need more than that, you can either tweet for an extra GB, or cough up $3.99 for one month of unlimited data.
[Price: $4.99/month, $29.99/year]
VPN in Touch made it’s way on to the best VPN apps for iPad list because it offers a little something more than just private and secure browsing. Similar to Opera’s offering, VPN in Touch offers a simple little switch that will activate an ad blocker for your iPad – no more pesky interstitials. The other interesting addition to this app is the data saving function. If you have an iPad with cellular service, VPN in Touch’s data saving feature does just what the name suggests. According to the app description in the app store, the developers have implemented a “unique data compression algorithm” to decrease the amount of data used.
Though I do find these two feature very practical, I’m disappointed in the experience of the app. I know a VPN app should be a background, “out of sight, out of mind” sort of app, but on the other hand, I’d like the app to instill a bit more confidence that my search is now protected. From the VPN in Touch app, I don’t get that desired sensation by just flipping a few switches.
As with some of the others on this list, you can only use this app for so long before it starts asking for your hard-earned cash. You’re looking at $4.99 per month and $29.99 for the year.
Hopefully our compilation of the best VPN apps for iPad have you feeling all kinds of confident and secure when it comes to browsing on public WiFi. If we missed any VPN apps that you would recommend, be sure to let us know in the comments below!