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5 Best VPNs for iPhone – 2014 Edition

With the release of the iPod, Apple started a technological revolution, and today the sales of smartphones and tablets outweighs that of personal computers.
Initially launched in 2007, the iPhone is now in its seventh generation and, although Android is a worthy competitor, it’s still strongly considered as the better handset.

With over a billion apps available for the iPhone, more and more of us are turning to VPN services to protect our privacy. But how do you decide which is the best? That’s where we come in! We’ve searched high and low to find the best VPN services out there for your portable Apple device (iPhone, iPad) using the following criteria:

  • Speed of service
  • Quality of software
  • Quality of customer service
  • Number of servers/IPs
  • Price

We’ve only considered those with OpenVPN encryption, as the recent Edward Snowden/NSA leaks have given reasonable doubts over the security of others.

The table below provides a quick summary, followed by a more in-depth overview.


VPN for iPhone Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price Grade Link

1

IPVanish VPN for iPhone $6.49/mo 4.954.954.954.954.95
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2

ExpressVPN_Logo $8.32/mo 4.94.94.94.94.9
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3

vyprvpn_logo $6.67/mo 4.854.854.854.854.85
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4

logo $4.95/mo 4.74.74.74.74.7
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5

logo $6.95/mo 4.654.654.654.654.65
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Take a look below to see slightly more detailed reviews on each provider.

Winner

IPVanish

4.954.954.954.954.95 4,9/5

  • PROS
  •  absolutely no logs
  • great speeds
  • excellent support
  • CONS
  • very little

IPVanish has the top-rated iPhone app on the App Store, which shows just how good its app is. But it gets better. IPVanish is one of the largest networking companies online, with its own content delivery network, which means its speeds and latency are unmatched. It can provide the best network architecture and also great iOS software.

What’s more, if you’re looking to use a VPN on more than just your phone, it has amazing software on all platforms, from OSX to Windows to Linux.

Its price point is fairly low too, which is truly impressive for a premium category service. You really can’t go wrong with IPVanish!

Here’s a screenshot of their easy-to-use app:


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2nd place

ExpressVPN

4.94.94.94.94.9 4,8/5

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  • PROS
  • no usage logs
  • great speeds
  • seven-day money-back guarantee
  • superb iOS support
  • CONS
  • very little

ExpressVPN is an outstanding candidate, as not only does it offer great VPN features but also dedicated support for iOS and desktop apps. It has servers in 78 countries, with fast and reliable speeds, plus a 30-day money-back guarantee. Its only downside is its slightly higher price tag. Setup with the beautifully designed app is a breeze. To help you, it provides an auto-configuration utility, but you can also do the setup manually yourself. The latest version of ExpressVPN for iOS v4 uses the certificate-based Cisco-IPsec protocol to provide the best security.

ExpressVPN for iPhone is one of the few VPN apps to let you connect and disconnect from the VPN directly within the app – no need to go to your settings to reach its servers.

Take a look at a screenshot of the app below:

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3rd place

VyprVPN

4.94.94.94.94.9 4,8/5

  • PROS
  • fast
  • 160-bit and 256-bit OpenVPN encryption (Pro only)
  • Android and iOS apps
  • three-day free trial
  • three simultaneous connections
  • P2P
  • CONS
  • based in the US
  • keeps logs for 30 days

We reviewed the Pro and Premium packages only, as the basic package is restricted to the insecure PPTP protocol. These offer a high-security encryption (up to 256-bit OpenVPN) with a fast all-round service (including P2P downloading) and an iOS app (L2TP). The big bonus with VyprVPN is it allows the use of up to three devices simultaneously, catering for all of your devices (Macs included). The only downside is its logging.

It also offers a three-day free trial, so you can see if it’s any good without being charged!

Click the link below, you really can’t go wrong with them!

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4th place

ibVPN

4.854.854.854.854.85 4,9/5

  • PROS
  • cheap
  • no logs (but many caveats)
  • accepts payments via Bitcoins
  • P2P
  • plenty of support for iOS
  • CONS
  • painfully slow on a regular basis
  • many caveats to no logs claim
  • 0 simultaneous connections

ibVPN offers impressive iOS support with a detailed setup guide, a fully featured service, great security settings (PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN) and a 15-day trial service. It’s very cheap and it’s possible to pay by Bitcoin to protect your identity. However, its logging policy is hazy and the usually good connection speeds can be temperamental.

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5th place

Private Internet Access

4.474.474.474.474.47 4,9/5

  • PROS
  • accepts Bitcoin
  • no logs
  • blazingly fast
  • client features port forwarding
  • VPN kill switch and DNS leak protection
  • P2P
  • three simultaneous connections
  • CONS
  • no free trial
  • no server statistics
  • iOS support a bit basic

PIA is somewhat the opposite to ibVPN, as it offers fantastic (and constant) speeds with some killer security features; no logs, shared IPs, Bitcoin payment, leak protection (DNS and IPv6), port forwarding and even a kill switch! As a computer (Windows and OSX) client, it ranks a lot higher, but for iOS it’s let down by its poor and limited setup guides, as well as no available trial period.

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VPNs for iPhone

Since both the computer and the internet started off as government projects, it’s no surprise that the government has always wanted to keep a hold on it and limit the public’s access and use. This remains true to this day. With the recent NSA PSISM and GCHQ spying revelations (most notably as outlined by Edward Snowden), it’s understandable we that we wish to protect ourselves and our basic human rights on all the devices we use.

With our portable devices, we never think twice about connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots, but there are hackers out there who wish to gain our information for personal gain, and this can be very easy to do (see Firesheep).

By using VPNs and encrypted tunnels, it’s possible to protect yourself from both of these foes.

Choosing a VPN protocol

Until the start of 2013, only the built-in VPN client could be used to connect to a server, but this had limited security protocols. In this article, we explain in detail the variations and pros and cons of each, but here’s a brief summary:

  • PPTP – the easiest to set up and most supported, but also the least secure. We therefore don’t recommend it as a stable solution, but as a quick fix for using a public Wi-Fi spot it’s acceptable.
  • L2TP/IPsec – a lot more secure, but it’s trickier to set up due to the need to input a pre-shared IPsec key, although most VPN providers provide detailed guides or even an auto-configuration file to simplify this.
  • OpenVPN – one of the fastest and most secure with the use of the amalgamation of a number of security technologies, but it’s very fiddly to set up and needs third-party software. Until recently, it was only available for jailbrokenphones, but with the release of OpenVPN Connect all iPhones after 3G have this ability. If you read this article carefully, even the setup should be doddle!

The VPN client built into iOS can be found by tapping:

Settings -> General -> Network -> VPN

Your VPN provider will give you instructions for the settings you need to enter. Most providers support either PPTP or L2TP’IPsec, but not always both.

iPhone VPN Server

The VPN icon in the taskbar lets you know the device is connected to a VPN server.

 OpenVPN connect

OpenVPN connect

Although it has taken a while, support for OpenVPN on iPhones via OpenVPN Connect is growing. Even if not explicitly supported, any service that supplies standard OpenVPN configuration files should work with OpenVPN Connect.

Dedicated iOS VPN apps

iPhones and iOS devices are falling behind Android devices in terms of VPN due to their lack of dedicated apps (specifically those that support OpenVPN), but both HideMyASS and NetShade are working towards this. However, this is improving, and the apps we recommend support the setup process.

Number of simultaneous devices

This is the number of devices that you can use at the same time to access the VPN service. Often neglected, but if you’re like us you’ll want your computer, tablet and phone connected all the time without having to switch the VPN on/off constantly.


Conclusion

In conclusion, in today’s ever more public and developing world, it’s important for each and every one of us to protect ourselves against harmful intrusions and protect our internet connections. As summarised in the table below, we’ve shown you the best, whether you’re interested in ease of use or level of security.

Here’s the summary once more:

VPN for iPhone Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price Grade Link

1

IPVanish VPN for iPhone $6.49/mo 4.954.954.954.954.95
Read Review >
Visit Site >

2

ExpressVPN_Logo $8.32/mo 4.94.94.94.94.9
Read Review >
Visit Site >

3

vyprvpn_logo $6.67/mo 4.854.854.854.854.85
Read Review >
Visit Site >

4

logo $4.95/mo 4.74.74.74.74.7
Read Review >
Visit Site>

5

logo $6.95/mo 4.654.654.654.654.65
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Visit Site>

Written by Pete Zaborszky

Pete runs Best VPN and wants to get detailed information to the readers. He is dedicated to being the best and providing the highest quality at anything he does. You can also find him on Twitter or Google+

9 responses to “5 Best VPNs for iPhone – 2014 Edition

  1. Why was Private Internet Access included in this list? I am a customer of PIA and can tell you there is NOTHING about PIA that works well with the iPhone. The lack of iOS support is one of the worst things about PIA.

    1) No iOS native of hybrid client.
    2) No support for OpenDNS (just less secure options).
    3) Required to manually activate PIA VPN every few minutes… yes… its nuts and unrealistic as a solution.
    (and this assumed you made it through the crazy configurations, instructions and support safely)

    What you state about PIA is true, but only for their desktop services and specifically NOT for their support of iOS, so PIA does not belong on this list. More research and personal exposure is needed before writing a post titled “5 Best VPNs for iPhone.”

    Then again, notice that you are paid by VPN providers…

    1. Hi Pixelrogue

      Yes we are paid by VPN Providers in some instances but we are not paid for Top 5 lists and we try to be as impartial and honest about them as possible.
      Personally we had good experiences on iOS with these providers and we are sorry you didn’t experience the same. With the likelyhood of an upcoming iPhone 6 we are likely to refresh this list and we’ll make sure to take your views into consideration and pay special attention to PIA.

      Peter

      1. I’ll just add to Peter’s comments that the list in our’5 Best VPNs for iPhone 5S’ (bestvpncom.wpengine.com/blog/7565/5-best-vpns-iphone-5s/) discusses which providers have dedicated iOS VPN clients…

    2. Private Internet access has no app for iPhone. It is PPTP and L2TP setup at this point. Article does not appear accurate, though I wonder if you were indicating different??

      1. Hi Rach
        While it doesn’t have an app, some people consider this better. The reason for this is that the apps just implement the built in connections anyway and use more resources (drain battery faster). So while you may spend more time setting it up, it has an upside. Not to mention PIA is very cheap and has plenty of servers and good speeds.
        Peter

  2. Don’t want vpn but every since I did the last update for my I pad keeps asking me for my VPN password how do I get it to stop that don’t want anything to do withVPN

    1. Hi Marlene
      Maybe you have a VPN application running on your iPad or maybe someone set it up in the settings, so check those.

  3. I haven’t test usenet, but have been using VPN in Touch over a year.
    They are good in mobile stores but I use their desktop app. They have no restrictions or speed limitations. Good to have a try

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