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  • img Expert
    1. With a fanbase of millions of users and endorsement from CNN and Forbes, this VPN is considered one of the most trusted available
    2. Proprietary server technology guarantees the fastest and most stable connections in over 20 countries internationally
    3. Unlike many other VPN services, this VPN has a diligent customer support team to guarantee your satisfaction with this service

    Reviewed by Laura S on January 11, 2018

  • Jan 20, 2022

    By S. L. Richardson
    Been a good VPN app (with other perk apps) as a premium user for years. It still generally does ok, but I'm noticing a growing number of times where speeds are insufficient for basic video like youtube, facbook watch etc. and fine direct (w/ vpn off). Obviously shouldnt be happening when Im paying for high speed. I have free vpns - tempting as this recurs; Im also paying for pro expertise/support so why is streaming often self-rated low & blocky? Hope this trend turns around soon.
  • Works phenomenally, Literally the BEST VPN!! Nov 10, 2021

    By ANTDAN19
    I’ve been using this VPN since 2017 & I am very satisfied with this products featured services. After a handful of occasions of forgetting to pay my subscription or simply not working it into my budget for the month & suffering the paranoia of unshielded online activity, I decided to pony up the annual fee. There was a bit of a learning curve as I presume is common with all VPN’s but once I figured out how, when & where to use it… let’s just say that I’ve provided some very luxurious services for myself & the group that I was traveling with making undesirable circumstances better than than they were. All in all the app works about 95% of the time for me unless I’m having cellular connection issues. I like the fact that I can have up to five devices covered on my premium acct. switching seamlessly from my cell, PC, tablet or laptop is never an issue. If you’re looking for a fully customizable, versatile VPN that’s reliable & secure… HotspotShield is the way to go in my personal opinion.
  • The BEST hotspot Oct 24, 2019

    By hotbisquiete
    I’m more than happy that I have downloaded this app, and for the free features it has a lot to offer! It’s accurate and doesn’t have any major flaws, practically FLAWLESS. It stays connected and I haven’t had any issues with it. I’m in highschool and as many know it my school blocks data use which forces us to use the school WiFi for even the most basic actions we make on our phones, and of course the WiFi blocks social media or (mostly) anything else that may be a possible distraction in class. I needed social media to keep in contact day to day for more serious situations other than just texting people to text. I needed school information or other important things outside of school and I was desperate for a decent vpn which I went through so many before I found this one and I am nothing other than pleased. If I had the money on pocket all the time I would for sure get premium. One big thumbs up on this one. It’s a keeper👍
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By Caden Van Horn
    I left a 2star reveiw earlier. NOW THIS JUST SUCKS. Theres now a timer. It's compleatly fine but now the connection is so much worse. Take back the update and boost the speed. It rarely even reaches 2. mainly it's below 1! so premium is just useless. Fix this app and make it do what it was made for. And about your website. This vpn is so bad I can't even access it. I can't get onto anything! I can't even check my mail or get onto my classes!
  • Free VPN: what more could you want Oct 30, 2021

    By disssapointment
    This is assuming you are only going to use the free version. I’m sure the premium one is great too, but I only have the free one so that’s what I’m talking about. Okay so basically the free one will give you an ad you can close in five seconds every once in a while when you turn it on, and you can only connect to an American (or maybe just your nation?) server. Otherwise it works like a normal vpn. I use it to bypass my school’s WiFi restrictions, and it ha worked pretty well. In case you don’t have experience with vpn’s, this will never give you an ad while you are in another app or anything; that would make it malware, and it wouldn’t be on the App Store. But yeah, unless you just want to use a VPN to bypass region-locked content, this is a great vpn. Oh and premium let’s you connect to other regions’ servers.
  • A constant battle while in China Jan 12, 2018

    By Jayni123
    The VPN worked fine at home in the US, but not while I actually needed it. In Shanghai and Qingdao I needed to use the VPN for accessing any websites, translator apps, etc. that I could normally from home. It took me at least 10 minutes to get it to work every time, closing and restarting the app, trying from different servers *if* it connected, and often being told I had no internet (with three full WiFi bars) or that they were diagnosing problems & to try again later... which still didn’t work after 24 hours. Overall I was lucky if it even worked at all, let alone for longer than 5 minutes. It would often drop me from my WiFi as it “connected”, repeatedly, and caused me to go back through the whole process mentioned above every five minutes (or less!) I had success with this VPN only twice for 30 minutes; but it was hell to get it there. To think I payed $13 for this kind of hassle. What a waste.
  • Happy I downloaded it. Jun 3, 2019

    By angelaljsutton
    So I’m not the type of person to review much unless I’m buying it but I def have to for this app. I love it. I downloaded 7 or 8 hotspot apps that were rated good but also had good ratings. However every single app (except for this one) required a membership which I did NOT want to pay for. Although this app has a premium offer as well, it is not required like many of the other apps which was a huge necessity for me. I was a little skeptical at first when I used it but it actually works seamlessly, even without the membership! There is all sorts of country’s to chose from and it doesn’t slow you down at all. I’m happy to recommend this to anyone. And if you do subscribe to the premium you will get even faster speeds and all sorts of other features. Definitely the best hotspot app. Highly recommended!
  • Jan 15, 2022

    By Dao & Kevin Mickle
    Works great for accessing your websites securely while traveling as of 1/14/2022 it is working for using your home area VOD services like Prime while abroad. The free version has ads that pop up when you switch apps on screen but it's not inconvenient or excessive like some others I've tried. The paid version has no ads. Since you can't use VOD services only 3 stars but otherwise a great app with good connection speed.
  • Drops Connection Oct 27, 2017

    By Itsyaboydjteach
    When it works this VPN barely hits my performance and I trust their payment model enough to believe they aren’t selling my data. That being said, the VPN itself is so unstable I wonder how much security I’m actually gaining. Two issues here: 1) The VPN randomly drops connection when online, and though it resets, I am obviously losing VPN status which I assume allows the sites I’m visiting to log my IP and activity while it’s down. 2) It’s hard to turn off. There are obviously circumstances where a VPN isn’t needed or desired, especially a free one. However, when I try to turn it off, this VPN often switches back on by itself and I cannot get it to remain off. In fact this is my second download. I deleted it the first time to see if that would fix the issue. However I see that I’m not the only one having that issue. Pro tip: don’t rely on this if you have something truly sensitive flowing over your traffic.
  • Jan 20, 2022

    By S. L. Richardson
    Been a good VPN app (with other perk apps) as a premium user for years. It still generally does ok, but I'm noticing a growing number of times where speeds are insufficient for basic video like youtube, facbook watch etc. and fine direct (w/ vpn off). Obviously shouldnt be happening when Im paying for high speed. I have free vpns - tempting as this recurs; Im also paying for pro expertise/support so why is streaming often self-rated low & blocky? Hope this trend turns around soon.
  • Works phenomenally, Literally the BEST VPN!! Nov 10, 2021

    By ANTDAN19
    I’ve been using this VPN since 2017 & I am very satisfied with this products featured services. After a handful of occasions of forgetting to pay my subscription or simply not working it into my budget for the month & suffering the paranoia of unshielded online activity, I decided to pony up the annual fee. There was a bit of a learning curve as I presume is common with all VPN’s but once I figured out how, when & where to use it… let’s just say that I’ve provided some very luxurious services for myself & the group that I was traveling with making undesirable circumstances better than than they were. All in all the app works about 95% of the time for me unless I’m having cellular connection issues. I like the fact that I can have up to five devices covered on my premium acct. switching seamlessly from my cell, PC, tablet or laptop is never an issue. If you’re looking for a fully customizable, versatile VPN that’s reliable & secure… HotspotShield is the way to go in my personal opinion.
  • The BEST hotspot Oct 24, 2019

    By hotbisquiete
    I’m more than happy that I have downloaded this app, and for the free features it has a lot to offer! It’s accurate and doesn’t have any major flaws, practically FLAWLESS. It stays connected and I haven’t had any issues with it. I’m in highschool and as many know it my school blocks data use which forces us to use the school WiFi for even the most basic actions we make on our phones, and of course the WiFi blocks social media or (mostly) anything else that may be a possible distraction in class. I needed social media to keep in contact day to day for more serious situations other than just texting people to text. I needed school information or other important things outside of school and I was desperate for a decent vpn which I went through so many before I found this one and I am nothing other than pleased. If I had the money on pocket all the time I would for sure get premium. One big thumbs up on this one. It’s a keeper👍
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By Caden Van Horn
    I left a 2star reveiw earlier. NOW THIS JUST SUCKS. Theres now a timer. It's compleatly fine but now the connection is so much worse. Take back the update and boost the speed. It rarely even reaches 2. mainly it's below 1! so premium is just useless. Fix this app and make it do what it was made for. And about your website. This vpn is so bad I can't even access it. I can't get onto anything! I can't even check my mail or get onto my classes!
  • Free VPN: what more could you want Oct 30, 2021

    By disssapointment
    This is assuming you are only going to use the free version. I’m sure the premium one is great too, but I only have the free one so that’s what I’m talking about. Okay so basically the free one will give you an ad you can close in five seconds every once in a while when you turn it on, and you can only connect to an American (or maybe just your nation?) server. Otherwise it works like a normal vpn. I use it to bypass my school’s WiFi restrictions, and it ha worked pretty well. In case you don’t have experience with vpn’s, this will never give you an ad while you are in another app or anything; that would make it malware, and it wouldn’t be on the App Store. But yeah, unless you just want to use a VPN to bypass region-locked content, this is a great vpn. Oh and premium let’s you connect to other regions’ servers.
  • A constant battle while in China Jan 12, 2018

    By Jayni123
    The VPN worked fine at home in the US, but not while I actually needed it. In Shanghai and Qingdao I needed to use the VPN for accessing any websites, translator apps, etc. that I could normally from home. It took me at least 10 minutes to get it to work every time, closing and restarting the app, trying from different servers *if* it connected, and often being told I had no internet (with three full WiFi bars) or that they were diagnosing problems & to try again later... which still didn’t work after 24 hours. Overall I was lucky if it even worked at all, let alone for longer than 5 minutes. It would often drop me from my WiFi as it “connected”, repeatedly, and caused me to go back through the whole process mentioned above every five minutes (or less!) I had success with this VPN only twice for 30 minutes; but it was hell to get it there. To think I payed $13 for this kind of hassle. What a waste.
  • Happy I downloaded it. Jun 3, 2019

    By angelaljsutton
    So I’m not the type of person to review much unless I’m buying it but I def have to for this app. I love it. I downloaded 7 or 8 hotspot apps that were rated good but also had good ratings. However every single app (except for this one) required a membership which I did NOT want to pay for. Although this app has a premium offer as well, it is not required like many of the other apps which was a huge necessity for me. I was a little skeptical at first when I used it but it actually works seamlessly, even without the membership! There is all sorts of country’s to chose from and it doesn’t slow you down at all. I’m happy to recommend this to anyone. And if you do subscribe to the premium you will get even faster speeds and all sorts of other features. Definitely the best hotspot app. Highly recommended!
  • Jan 15, 2022

    By Dao & Kevin Mickle
    Works great for accessing your websites securely while traveling as of 1/14/2022 it is working for using your home area VOD services like Prime while abroad. The free version has ads that pop up when you switch apps on screen but it's not inconvenient or excessive like some others I've tried. The paid version has no ads. Since you can't use VOD services only 3 stars but otherwise a great app with good connection speed.
  • Drops Connection Oct 27, 2017

    By Itsyaboydjteach
    When it works this VPN barely hits my performance and I trust their payment model enough to believe they aren’t selling my data. That being said, the VPN itself is so unstable I wonder how much security I’m actually gaining. Two issues here: 1) The VPN randomly drops connection when online, and though it resets, I am obviously losing VPN status which I assume allows the sites I’m visiting to log my IP and activity while it’s down. 2) It’s hard to turn off. There are obviously circumstances where a VPN isn’t needed or desired, especially a free one. However, when I try to turn it off, this VPN often switches back on by itself and I cannot get it to remain off. In fact this is my second download. I deleted it the first time to see if that would fix the issue. However I see that I’m not the only one having that issue. Pro tip: don’t rely on this if you have something truly sensitive flowing over your traffic.
  • very good app 😁 Nov 11, 2021

    By ✞Jasmine✞
    It is a really good app to get into things that have been blocked like my school WiFi blocks snap, tik tok and all of that stuff and for me before I got this I couldn’t do anything because I don’t have a SIM card well I wanted to try my luck and get this and to my surprise it actually worked! It doesn’t really help connect you to WiFi more but it unblocks stuff and does help with internet traffic the only reason I don’t give it 5 stars is because it’s pretty slow most of the time and it makes me watch a good bit of adds like 4 in a row every once in a while. But I recommend this if you need WiFi access to something and almost everything’s blocked like at school or if you want to at least take more caution in being safe while using others WiFi or hotspots!
  • Jan 23, 2022

    By Feng Yu
    Do they even know how the close button works? Ok. So they ask you to start a trial. Fine. The top of the window shows a close icon. That doesn't work. You have to scroll. Then off the screen there is a button they want you to press. So if the close button doesn't work and is not supposed to work why is it on the screen. It really raises the question but are these guys know what they are actually doing. This thing is really obvious.
  • Jan 11, 2022

    By trinity
    This app used to be very good. Now there's a 15 minute timer and to connect after the time runs out you have to watch another ad. It's clearly a desperate money grab and it's infuriating. Before you used to be able to connect with unlimited time by just watching one ad and it worked great. But now it's just very annoying to use.
  • Jan 8, 2022

    By Abhishek Das
    For free/basic plan you have to see ads and they give you only 15 minutes of VPN service. Inside of that still you can't select choice of your location. For that you have to purchase. Then why the hell you guys mentioned as a free app. Clearly mention for your service we have to pay. Misleading, misinformation. Also there is no option to delete your account.
  • Dec 14, 2021

    By nideaj sirrah
    The app itself was great. I loved the functionality. I was a free member using it at school to keep looking through my stuff. I started getting ads that were longer than 15 seconds for 15 minutes so I decided to get the premium. When I got the premium I can no longer use it at school. The app now has no use to me, so I would either like it to start working soon, or a refund would be nice.
  • Jan 14, 2022

    By Reagan Henry
    I loved this app and I've been using it for years, I updated it a few days ago and now you have to watch an ad for 15 minutes?? This is so unfair and stupid. Don't download this app if you don't wanna watch 28 ads for 7 hours.
  • Used to be Good Oct 1, 2018

    By Hurricaneal3x
    It’s trash now. It used to be simple, reliable, and more importantly versatile (able to be used everywhere) with stable connection. Now they added a fancy button that doesn’t turn off when you want it to. Now it’s connection randomly drops. Now I cant even use it at school anymore. It works for a little bit then it does this annoying thing where it says its connected, but when I go on any app it “freezes” Like there’s a little clock thing in the middle of the button and it works when on the app but it clearly stops when you go off of it. On top of that, it has these fits where it won’t connect at all. Customer Support is a no as well. I understand having special features for premium version but denying people customer service for the app as a whole and not just premium is a scummy thing to do. The app is trash now. The ONLY reason I keep this app is cause it’s pretty much the only one that semi-works. As soon as I find a better one you better believe this is getting deleted.
  • Nov 30, 2021

    By e m
    The new version of the app sucks, I prefer the previous version as it was easier to connect and disconnect from VPN. the new version forces one to stay connected with VPN and not always one wants to stay connected. please fix this. also, the smart vpn option doesn't list all apps available on phone or computer, fix that too! only phone and browser are available
  • Dec 8, 2021

    By Emily Britton
    Used to work really well but this week my connection has been at 0.06 everyday. I've tried everything to get it to work. I've used it for 2 months on the same wifi network and have had no issues until this week. I will be canceling my subscription due to very very poor speed.
  • Please please Hotspot shield VPN developers please fix this serious problems with this app soon May 22, 2019

    By appsucks2020
    Please fix all this issues with this VPN APP please App Developers I am serious Please fix this vpn app I have been using it for a long time and now every time this vpn is turn on for 20 or 30 mins it disconnects and also when my phone is on lock mode it takes time to connect again to the vpn please make this vpn connection much stronger because it keeps on disconnecting and I have tried everything you guys have told me to do Ive tried everything I am serious I’ve tried everything and the problem still persist so please fix this vpn app and make the connection of this vpn app much much stronger and much faster please app developers fix this as soonest possible I would appreciate it so much if it is fix soon also please make this VPN fully encrypted and fully secure with 256 Bit Encryption please make this VPN app fully encrypted with 256 Bit Encryption if you developers fix all this it would be appreciated it a lot
  • Dec 31, 2021

    By Morteza Haghani
    Guys guys, your support is a joke, even for a premium member like me, it's only a bunch of automated or pre prepared replies which won't solve anything, you won't listen to your customer, you just pass some unrelated reply, that's a shame. So don't try to tell me I can have 24/7 support, that's bullocks...!

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  • img Expert
    1. With a fanbase of millions of users and endorsement from CNN and Forbes, this VPN is considered one of the most trusted available
    2. Proprietary server technology guarantees the fastest and most stable connections in over 20 countries internationally
    3. Unlike many other VPN services, this VPN has a diligent customer support team to guarantee your satisfaction with this service

    Reviewed by Laura S on January 11, 2018

  • Works phenomenally, Literally the BEST VPN!! Nov 10, 2021

    By ANTDAN19
    I’ve been using this VPN since 2017 & I am very satisfied with this products featured services. After a handful of occasions of forgetting to pay my subscription or simply not working it into my budget for the month & suffering the paranoia of unshielded online activity, I decided to pony up the annual fee. There was a bit of a learning curve as I presume is common with all VPN’s but once I figured out how, when & where to use it… let’s just say that I’ve provided some very luxurious services for myself & the group that I was traveling with making undesirable circumstances better than than they were. All in all the app works about 95% of the time for me unless I’m having cellular connection issues. I like the fact that I can have up to five devices covered on my premium acct. switching seamlessly from my cell, PC, tablet or laptop is never an issue. If you’re looking for a fully customizable, versatile VPN that’s reliable & secure… HotspotShield is the way to go in my personal opinion.
  • The BEST hotspot Oct 24, 2019

    By hotbisquiete
    I’m more than happy that I have downloaded this app, and for the free features it has a lot to offer! It’s accurate and doesn’t have any major flaws, practically FLAWLESS. It stays connected and I haven’t had any issues with it. I’m in highschool and as many know it my school blocks data use which forces us to use the school WiFi for even the most basic actions we make on our phones, and of course the WiFi blocks social media or (mostly) anything else that may be a possible distraction in class. I needed social media to keep in contact day to day for more serious situations other than just texting people to text. I needed school information or other important things outside of school and I was desperate for a decent vpn which I went through so many before I found this one and I am nothing other than pleased. If I had the money on pocket all the time I would for sure get premium. One big thumbs up on this one. It’s a keeper👍
  • Free VPN: what more could you want Oct 30, 2021

    By disssapointment
    This is assuming you are only going to use the free version. I’m sure the premium one is great too, but I only have the free one so that’s what I’m talking about. Okay so basically the free one will give you an ad you can close in five seconds every once in a while when you turn it on, and you can only connect to an American (or maybe just your nation?) server. Otherwise it works like a normal vpn. I use it to bypass my school’s WiFi restrictions, and it ha worked pretty well. In case you don’t have experience with vpn’s, this will never give you an ad while you are in another app or anything; that would make it malware, and it wouldn’t be on the App Store. But yeah, unless you just want to use a VPN to bypass region-locked content, this is a great vpn. Oh and premium let’s you connect to other regions’ servers.
  • Happy I downloaded it. Jun 3, 2019

    By angelaljsutton
    So I’m not the type of person to review much unless I’m buying it but I def have to for this app. I love it. I downloaded 7 or 8 hotspot apps that were rated good but also had good ratings. However every single app (except for this one) required a membership which I did NOT want to pay for. Although this app has a premium offer as well, it is not required like many of the other apps which was a huge necessity for me. I was a little skeptical at first when I used it but it actually works seamlessly, even without the membership! There is all sorts of country’s to chose from and it doesn’t slow you down at all. I’m happy to recommend this to anyone. And if you do subscribe to the premium you will get even faster speeds and all sorts of other features. Definitely the best hotspot app. Highly recommended!
  • Jan 15, 2022

    By Dao & Kevin Mickle
    Works great for accessing your websites securely while traveling as of 1/14/2022 it is working for using your home area VOD services like Prime while abroad. The free version has ads that pop up when you switch apps on screen but it's not inconvenient or excessive like some others I've tried. The paid version has no ads. Since you can't use VOD services only 3 stars but otherwise a great app with good connection speed.
  • I never write reviews but!! Nov 18, 2020

    By rakhelle
    So I never write reviews at all. This is definitely going to be my first and last🤣 but seriously!! I had to write one for this app. So I’ve moved to a place with extremely slow WiFi, and the WiFi is unstable always turned off and on. I was searching for a vpn and I’ve heard about this but never tried it out, and let me tell y’all!!! When I use it my iPhone works 10 times faster , and WiFi doesn’t lag, and it’s not slow AT ALL anymore. I did not know that VPN can do this bc all the other vpn apps I’ve tried in the past has not worked like this AT ALL, other vpn apps made my WiFi slow. HONESTLY thank you so much I’m so happpyyyyy !!!🥰✨ and I %100 Recommend this vpn app
  • I must thank all the diligent people from HotspotShield! Jan 25, 2020

    By 2020happyuser
    I am now in China, city of Beijing January 24, 2020 and am using HotspotShield app basic free plan to connect with success multiple times to google voice, google search engine, google account sign-in. If no VPN, all these connections failed in Beijing. I also tried some other free VPN apps most of which failed to establish connection to their servers, which probably are blocked by China’s great firewall. HotspotShield app connects with success and high degrees of consistency. Before coming to China, I did huge amount research for free VPN apps and their connectivities in China. The information places high regards to HotspotShield, which is proven by my experience now.
  • China 🇨🇳 and my concern for security. Mar 30, 2019

    By Omaralicea
    On my trip to Beijing, China, I prepared a plan for the whole week and enjoy my holidays to the fullest, but I worry about safety in a different country with other customs, culture and laws totally different to what I may be used to, it was in that moment where insecurity took hold of me. In summary China 🇨🇳 is a country that controls the communication and information of its inhabitants and its visitors under strict laws. Here the questions begin; How do I protect my personal identity information? How do I protect the information I have stored on my phone? How do I protect the banking or government information that I may have stored on my phone or through an application installed on my cell phone? How do I prevent someone from accessing my diary, medical information or malicious intent to track down my location? Questions that we ask ourselves every day, but when you are in another country it is very dangerous. Use between 8 to 10 VPN applications to have the experience and without a doubt, HotspotShield was the only VPN that met my expectations 100%.
  • Dec 20, 2021

    By William Flash
    call a little off guard found this among VPN and security figured I'd give it a try I had several through the years and some work pretty good and others weren't sure they were working at all this one works
  • Happy Jul 26, 2019

    By snafuzz
    It’s a vpn. You have to pay for going to another sever like if you’re from the US, you wanna use Asain servers etc. But it comes with its quirkes. You DONT have to pay to use, you can just use it. There’s unlimited data, so don’t worry about that. And NO and I repeat NO ads. The only thing you have to worry about is Netflix. You can’t watch it. And the only thing you have to (if you want to) pay for is their server change. I think a great addition would be you trying to make Netflix compatible with your app. I love it but anytime I wanna watch Netflix I have turn the app off. Anyways I love the app! Nothing REALLY bad about it. Waiting for the updates!
  • Jan 20, 2022

    By S. L. Richardson
    Been a good VPN app (with other perk apps) as a premium user for years. It still generally does ok, but I'm noticing a growing number of times where speeds are insufficient for basic video like youtube, facbook watch etc. and fine direct (w/ vpn off). Obviously shouldnt be happening when Im paying for high speed. I have free vpns - tempting as this recurs; Im also paying for pro expertise/support so why is streaming often self-rated low & blocky? Hope this trend turns around soon.
  • very good app 😁 Nov 11, 2021

    By ✞Jasmine✞
    It is a really good app to get into things that have been blocked like my school WiFi blocks snap, tik tok and all of that stuff and for me before I got this I couldn’t do anything because I don’t have a SIM card well I wanted to try my luck and get this and to my surprise it actually worked! It doesn’t really help connect you to WiFi more but it unblocks stuff and does help with internet traffic the only reason I don’t give it 5 stars is because it’s pretty slow most of the time and it makes me watch a good bit of adds like 4 in a row every once in a while. But I recommend this if you need WiFi access to something and almost everything’s blocked like at school or if you want to at least take more caution in being safe while using others WiFi or hotspots!
  • The free plan is super nice Jan 13, 2022

    By thankskillingturkie
    Most freemium VPNs have a sub par free plan so that you are urged to go with a pricey plan but HotspotShield has a super nice free plan. They give you 500MB of data per day which is more than enough for anybody who is not streaming movies or shows on their phone. If you do plan on streaming movies or shows you could just turn off the VPN while you do that and then turn it back on after. If you are looking for privacy or just the basic VPN stuff then this one is for you. However if you plan on using a VPN to mask your location than this is not the one for you. It only gives you one server from America is you are doing the free plan, but despite the lack of free servers it is still quite amazing.
  • Not exactly a review but a question for the devs Nov 2, 2021

    By Raichu926
    Hello! The VPN is great and all, but why doesn’t it allow me to use wifi? My phone has unlimited data, but for some apps that I have, wifi is required. So when I go to turn it on and return to the app that requires wifi, it just doesn’t load as if it can’t even connect to the wifi. Is there a way of still having the VPN and the wifi on simultaneously? Or do I have to keep my wifi off in order to use the VPN? Is there a kill switch for internet connection? I’m just confused to why that is. Thanks.
  • Nov 27, 2021

    By James Haller
    Great app, does exactly what you'd expect and has plenty of auto-connect options (on startup, on cellular network, when certain apps open, etc).
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By Caden Van Horn
    I left a 2star reveiw earlier. NOW THIS JUST SUCKS. Theres now a timer. It's compleatly fine but now the connection is so much worse. Take back the update and boost the speed. It rarely even reaches 2. mainly it's below 1! so premium is just useless. Fix this app and make it do what it was made for. And about your website. This vpn is so bad I can't even access it. I can't get onto anything! I can't even check my mail or get onto my classes!
  • A constant battle while in China Jan 12, 2018

    By Jayni123
    The VPN worked fine at home in the US, but not while I actually needed it. In Shanghai and Qingdao I needed to use the VPN for accessing any websites, translator apps, etc. that I could normally from home. It took me at least 10 minutes to get it to work every time, closing and restarting the app, trying from different servers *if* it connected, and often being told I had no internet (with three full WiFi bars) or that they were diagnosing problems & to try again later... which still didn’t work after 24 hours. Overall I was lucky if it even worked at all, let alone for longer than 5 minutes. It would often drop me from my WiFi as it “connected”, repeatedly, and caused me to go back through the whole process mentioned above every five minutes (or less!) I had success with this VPN only twice for 30 minutes; but it was hell to get it there. To think I payed $13 for this kind of hassle. What a waste.
  • Drops Connection Oct 27, 2017

    By Itsyaboydjteach
    When it works this VPN barely hits my performance and I trust their payment model enough to believe they aren’t selling my data. That being said, the VPN itself is so unstable I wonder how much security I’m actually gaining. Two issues here: 1) The VPN randomly drops connection when online, and though it resets, I am obviously losing VPN status which I assume allows the sites I’m visiting to log my IP and activity while it’s down. 2) It’s hard to turn off. There are obviously circumstances where a VPN isn’t needed or desired, especially a free one. However, when I try to turn it off, this VPN often switches back on by itself and I cannot get it to remain off. In fact this is my second download. I deleted it the first time to see if that would fix the issue. However I see that I’m not the only one having that issue. Pro tip: don’t rely on this if you have something truly sensitive flowing over your traffic.
  • old download still available Jul 26, 2021

    By cupcks1973
    unfortunately I was able to register for a free seven day trial and download an older version of the hotspot VPN shield. This version did not have updated locations associated within the United States for their IP addresses. I selected Seattle and the IP address had located in New Jersey. Completely f'd up a project I was working on because of location setting. I contacted customer support and they immediately sent me the updated version of the app, however, why was I able to download an old version in the first place.?? Not only was I able to download it but I was able to subscribe to it. Sounds like there needs to be some maintenance and janitorial work done ASAP so this doesn’t happen to other people. Other than this it’s been a great VPN and it does work very fast and I’m pleased with it since downloading the updated version.
  • Jan 16, 2022

    By A Google user
    Every once in awhile the app takes my payment but downgrades me to basic service. Then I can't even chat with support because I'm not premium. It's very frustrating.
  • Works on my PC, but not on my iPhone and iPad, generally works poor in China Jul 14, 2021

    By Thomasgzt
    As a student living in China usually, getting a vpn has always been crucial for me, since I need to access some particular websites. For me, I prefer VPNs that have a large number of servers globalwide. When I found out that Hotspot Shield VPN satisfies this, I chose this vpn. Nevertheless, as soon as I started to use it, I found out that there was a critical problem. The VPN works on my Windows PC, but only confined to a small range of servers such as New Zealand, Russia and Thailand. Other servers like Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Norway, and even the US server, were not working all the time. Even though I change the VPN protocol, some servers still work poorly. This issue was displayed on my iPhone and iPad either. On my iPhone and iPad, most servers can't be connected quickly. In the iOS app, I found out that I can't change the VPN protocol, which I could do it on my Windows PC. I didn't test how this vpn works when I am outside of China, but this VPN is definitely not friendly to users in China. I hope the developer team fix the stability of the VPN servers in China. Plus, dear developer team, please add the VPN protocol change on the iOS app.
  • Jan 11, 2022

    By trinity
    This app used to be very good. Now there's a 15 minute timer and to connect after the time runs out you have to watch another ad. It's clearly a desperate money grab and it's infuriating. Before you used to be able to connect with unlimited time by just watching one ad and it worked great. But now it's just very annoying to use.
  • Dec 14, 2021

    By nideaj sirrah
    The app itself was great. I loved the functionality. I was a free member using it at school to keep looking through my stuff. I started getting ads that were longer than 15 seconds for 15 minutes so I decided to get the premium. When I got the premium I can no longer use it at school. The app now has no use to me, so I would either like it to start working soon, or a refund would be nice.
  • Nov 30, 2021

    By e m
    The new version of the app sucks, I prefer the previous version as it was easier to connect and disconnect from VPN. the new version forces one to stay connected with VPN and not always one wants to stay connected. please fix this. also, the smart vpn option doesn't list all apps available on phone or computer, fix that too! only phone and browser are available
  • Jan 2, 2022

    By Brent Richards
    Always disconnecting without me knowing, and who knows if it's even working when it supposedly is connected. Notification bar says it's on, alerting notification says it's disconnected. Which one is correct?
  • Dec 28, 2021

    By Lesly Castaneda
    Too many ads and cuts off I liked it whenever it was just a click of a button and then connect rapidly.
  • Dec 8, 2021

    By FBI ***
    Have premium subscription, don't have the benefits, it says I have basic, don't have access to customer support, fix this please..im not paying for premium to get peasant quality
  • Jan 23, 2022

    By Feng Yu
    Do they even know how the close button works? Ok. So they ask you to start a trial. Fine. The top of the window shows a close icon. That doesn't work. You have to scroll. Then off the screen there is a button they want you to press. So if the close button doesn't work and is not supposed to work why is it on the screen. It really raises the question but are these guys know what they are actually doing. This thing is really obvious.
  • Jan 8, 2022

    By Abhishek Das
    For free/basic plan you have to see ads and they give you only 15 minutes of VPN service. Inside of that still you can't select choice of your location. For that you have to purchase. Then why the hell you guys mentioned as a free app. Clearly mention for your service we have to pay. Misleading, misinformation. Also there is no option to delete your account.
  • Jan 14, 2022

    By Reagan Henry
    I loved this app and I've been using it for years, I updated it a few days ago and now you have to watch an ad for 15 minutes?? This is so unfair and stupid. Don't download this app if you don't wanna watch 28 ads for 7 hours.
  • Used to be Good Oct 1, 2018

    By Hurricaneal3x
    It’s trash now. It used to be simple, reliable, and more importantly versatile (able to be used everywhere) with stable connection. Now they added a fancy button that doesn’t turn off when you want it to. Now it’s connection randomly drops. Now I cant even use it at school anymore. It works for a little bit then it does this annoying thing where it says its connected, but when I go on any app it “freezes” Like there’s a little clock thing in the middle of the button and it works when on the app but it clearly stops when you go off of it. On top of that, it has these fits where it won’t connect at all. Customer Support is a no as well. I understand having special features for premium version but denying people customer service for the app as a whole and not just premium is a scummy thing to do. The app is trash now. The ONLY reason I keep this app is cause it’s pretty much the only one that semi-works. As soon as I find a better one you better believe this is getting deleted.
  • Dec 8, 2021

    By Emily Britton
    Used to work really well but this week my connection has been at 0.06 everyday. I've tried everything to get it to work. I've used it for 2 months on the same wifi network and have had no issues until this week. I will be canceling my subscription due to very very poor speed.
  • Please please Hotspot shield VPN developers please fix this serious problems with this app soon May 22, 2019

    By appsucks2020
    Please fix all this issues with this VPN APP please App Developers I am serious Please fix this vpn app I have been using it for a long time and now every time this vpn is turn on for 20 or 30 mins it disconnects and also when my phone is on lock mode it takes time to connect again to the vpn please make this vpn connection much stronger because it keeps on disconnecting and I have tried everything you guys have told me to do Ive tried everything I am serious I’ve tried everything and the problem still persist so please fix this vpn app and make the connection of this vpn app much much stronger and much faster please app developers fix this as soonest possible I would appreciate it so much if it is fix soon also please make this VPN fully encrypted and fully secure with 256 Bit Encryption please make this VPN app fully encrypted with 256 Bit Encryption if you developers fix all this it would be appreciated it a lot
  • Dec 31, 2021

    By Morteza Haghani
    Guys guys, your support is a joke, even for a premium member like me, it's only a bunch of automated or pre prepared replies which won't solve anything, you won't listen to your customer, you just pass some unrelated reply, that's a shame. So don't try to tell me I can have 24/7 support, that's bullocks...!
  • Poor Connection Constantly May 13, 2019

    By 👍❤️😄
    This app is constantly disconnecting and slowing down my apps when I use it. My apps freeze all the time, even shutting down and I pretty much can’t use any app that requires internet connection when I try to have it on. I’ve been using it for quite awhile and it’s slowly been getting worse, to the point that my connection AT SCHOOL where I’ve always had trouble with connection and apps freezing is better than my connection with the VPN on. Honestly its more than of a bother that it is helpful. I saw good reviews when I downloaded it and for the most part it worked pretty well especially compared to other free VPN apps but once it added the premium feature the quality of regular VPN dropped so if you’re looking for a good free VPN this unfortunately isn’t it. It definitely was at one point but if you’re not paying for premium you might as well not even be using VPN because you’ll have a better chance at being able to use your apps.
  • Jan 3, 2022

    By Mateo Aguilar
    used to be so good. but then they added the timer. also the premium is ridiculously expensive.
  • Dec 8, 2021

    By Pondering Paisley
    This "premium" VPN service sucks. The previous Dashlane app had its problems but this VPN drops off repeatedly & you have to notice the little key is gone to know youre not protected.

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