5 Best VPN Apps For iPhone and iOS devices in 2019

VPNs are great for privacy, security, and unblocking content from all over the world, so why not use a VPN on your iPhone! In this article we discuss the best iPhone VPN services and explain how to set up a VPN for iPhone.

An iPhone and a VPN are an excellent combination, they let you:

  • Unblock video content from all over the world.
  • Access websites that are censored.
  • Encrypt your data for extra privacy.
  • Stop your ISP from being able to track what websites you visit.

In this guide, our experts have pinpointed the 5 best iPhone VPN services in 2019, so you can get the best out of your iPhone.

Top 5 VPNs for iPhone

Below you will find detailed comparisons of the best iPhone VPN services. All the VPNs have been thoroughly tested by our experts.

1. NordVPN

When it comes to an iPhone VPN there are few that can compete with NordVPN. Its app for iOS is superb and it is easy to use whether you are new to VPNs or an experienced user. The iOS VPN app has a lot of privacy features, including VPN into Tor, double hop encryption, and a kill switch. This is one of the most fully-featured iPhone VPNs we have ever reviewed.

NordVPN has servers in over 60 countries, and all those servers provide excellent speeds for streaming or gaming. Sites like iPlayer and Netflix US are available with NordVPN. And, this VPN has excellent 24/7 live chat support. Finally, NordVPN implements strong IKv2 encryption and has a zero-logs policy. Try it now thanks to its 30-day money back guarantee!

2. CyberGhost

Cyberghost is a Romanian-based provider that is perfect for iPhone users. The VPN has a zero logs policy and it implements robust military grade encryption. Your data privacy is assured with CyberGhost. The VPN has servers in over 60 countries, perfect for unblocking a vast amount of online content. In addition, this VPN is fast, which means it can handle streaming in HD. Users are permitted to install the VPN on 7 simultaneous devices, which is extremely generous and this VPN has a 45-day money back guarantee. Finally, this VPN unblocks popular services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

3. Ivacy

This excellent VPN is from Singapore, which is superb for privacy. The VPN keeps no logs and the iOS app implements strong IKEv2 encryption. Ivacy is fast, which means it is great for streaming content that you unblock. It also works with Netflix US and other popular streaming services. Torrenting is permitted but the iOS app does not have a killswitch, which means it isn't ideal for downloading pirated content. However, for most people this is a great iPhone VPN that is extremely cheap. Test it now using its 30-day money back guarantee, to see if it suits you.

4. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a provider that has excellent apps for all platforms; including iOS. The iPhone app is fully features and is easy to use. This VPN has a zero-logs policy and implements strong encryption. It also has servers in 94 countries. ExpressVPN unblocks popular services like Netflix US. However, it is a little on the pricey side compared to some other VPNs in this article. You can test it out for free using the 30-day money back guarantee.

5. IPVanish

IPVanish is based in the US. It is a secure VPN with a zero-logs policy and strong VPN encryption. As with all the VPNs in this list; with this VPN you are assured privacy from your ISP and security from hackers on public WiFi. IPVanish has servers in over 60 countries and all those servers provide excellent speeds for streaming unblocked videos. However, IPVanish does not work with Netflix US. A good all-rounder with easy to use software for iPhone. You can compare it to the other VPNs in this guide using its 7-day money back guarantee.

How to set up a VPN on iPhone

Setting up a VPN on an iPhone is extremely easy. The instructions below will let you use an iOS VPN on most iPhone generations! The instructions will also work for other iOS devices such as an iPad. To install a VPN on iPhone or iPad just follow these simple steps:

  1. All of the VPNs for iPhone in this guide have apps for iOS devices. After subscribing to the VPN you prefer - download the software. You can download the app from the iTunes app store or the providers website.
  2. Launch the VPN and sign in using your password. These are the credentials you inputted when you signed up.
  3. Connect to a VPN server. Select the location that you require and Click connect. The VPN will tell you when a connection is established.
  4. Your data will be protected with encryption which stops your ISP tracking you and protects you from hackers. By connecting to different locations you can access restricted content from around the world.

What is an iPhone VPN?

A VPN is essential tool that stops ISPs and governments from performing surveillance. Here is why you need a VPN on an iPhone:

Connecting to a VPN on your iPhone stops ISPs from being able to retain web browsing histories. In the US ISPs are permitted to sell that data which is very bad for citizens privacy. VPN encryption also stops hackers from stealing passwords and logins on public WiFi. In addition, a VPN stops the websites you visit from tracking your real IP address.

how an iPhone VPN works

Unblocking content
Many countries censor websites and services. With a VPN you can bypass all local blocks enforced by ISPs on behalf of the government. You can also access content and web services that are blocked in your country.and bypass geo-restrictions to access streaming sites or any other sites that aren’t available where you are.

If you're new to VPNs and want to find out more, our Beginner's Guide to VPNs is a great place to start!

Potential security issues for iPhone users?

Generally speaking, iOS devices have fewer vulnerabilities than Android devices. Despite this, iPhone and IOS users are still vulnerable to hackers on public WiFi and ISP or government tracking.

It is also worth remembering that accessing restricted or censored content without a VPN could get you in trouble with the authorities - or in hot water with copyright holders. That is why it is essential to always use a VPN with your iPhone if you want water tight privacy.

Are iPhone VPNs anonymous?

An iPhone VPN will provide you with digital privacy not anonymity. 

However, reliable no log VPNs delete all record of what you get up to online. For true online anonymity users must use a service like Tor. Although Tor is excellent and it makes you anonymous, it cannot process data as quickly as a VPN. It also does not permit streaming or downloading via P2P Torrenting.

Will a VPN work on my iPad?

Yes, the services in our best iPhone VPN list will work with most iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Older devices may struggle, but later generations always accept VPN software. So, this article could easily be called the 5 best VPNs for iOS. These iPhone VPNs also permit multiple connections; which means you can use it on a number of Mac devices at the same time.

For more information on using a VPN on other Apple devices and other platforms you might own as well check these guides:


In this article, we have attempted to address every important aspect about iPhone VPN services. However, the following FAQs should help if you are still unclear about something.


Using the table below, compare our 5 best VPNs for iPhone based on their price and our expert scoring system:

  1. NordVPN
  2. CyberGhost
  3. Ivacy
  4. ExpressVPN
  5. IPVanish

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Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 4+ years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, Barrons, the Scottish Herald, ThreatPost, CNET & many more. Ray is currently rated number 1 VPN authority by Agilience.com.


  1. Djimornan

    on July 16, 2018

    C'est genial pour vpn

  2. Zeb VanZandt

    on May 15, 2017

    Hi, could you please offer any info on Australian based VPN's, I'm specifically wanting one service to cater for multiple items. I.e.: 5 x iPhones, 5 x iPads and 5 x PC's. Is this possible. Being new to the VPN world I assume a local hosted service would be beneficial, is this correct or will an offshore host with local servers provide equal performance? Kind regards Zeb.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Zeb VanZandt

      on May 16, 2017

      Hi Zeb, - Please check out 5 Best VPNs for Austalria. One aspect that Ray does not cover in that article is Australia's heavy-handed data retention laws. If you wish to use a VPN to evade government surveillance, then I suggest using VPN server located in Hong Kong. The closer a VPN is to you the better the performance, however (it takes time for data to travel across the world). - Please check out 5 Best VPNs for Simultaneous Connections. LiquidVPN allows a whopping 8 connections at the same time, but most providers only allow around 3 (and sometimes less). If you really do need 10 (or more) you can take out more than one subscription, or you might want to look into business VPN packages.

  3. Guy Haiar

    on May 7, 2017

    Why is Apple disallowing OpenVPN connections within iOS VPN apps? That actually prevents OpenVPN obfuscation on iOS devices.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Guy Haiar

      on May 8, 2017

      Hi Guy, You can use OpenVPN on iOS devices using the OpenVPN Connect app. OpenVPN is also supported by a few custom iOS apps (such as by ExpressVPN).

  4. Reje

    on March 6, 2017

    Have you tried out Betternet , VPN master , or touchVPN? Please let me know which one is a better use ?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Reje

      on March 7, 2017

      Hi Reje, I have a Betternet Review, but please note that Betternet is one of the VPN providers called out by a new research paper which highlights the dangers of many free mobile VPN apps. It has an VirusTotal AV-rank of 13 (1 being best), which is, frankly, shocking. This malware-ridden service should be avoided at all costs. Although the paper researched Android apps in particular, there is no reason to think Betternet's iOS app is any different. I am not familiar with VPN master or touchVPN, and they have not been reviewed by ProPrivacy.com.

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