5 Best VPNs for BlackBerry That Work in 2020

Using a VPN for BlackBerry will vastly improve your online security and ensure that your data is kept private. However, because BlackBerry phones do not support OpenVPN, it can be difficult to find a secure BlackBerry VPN app.

VPN providers have started to support the Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) protocol, which can be used on BlackBerry devices, making it easier to find a secure service that will work with your BlackBerry phone.

In this article, we list the five best BlackBerry VPN services and give you some top tips on what type of VPN encryption you should use on your BlackBerry device.

What is the Best VPN for BlackBerry?

We list the best BlackBerry VPN services below. If you need more information about any of these VPNs, scroll below the list for an in-depth look at each service.

  1. Surfshark - The best VPN for BlackBerry devices, it's the cheapest BlackBerry VPN on the list and has a great Android app.
  2. IPVanish - A high speed polished and privacy friendly VPN service. It can be easily set up manually on BlackBerry OS.
  3. VyprVPN - Has been fully audited by a third-party to prove it is secure and private. Has set up guides for IPsec on BlackBerry devices.
  4. PureVPN - Packed with Features to keep even the most demanding VPN user happy. Easy to follow set up guides on their website.
  5. PrivateVPN - Lives up to it's name as being private. Has easy to follow set up guides and uses IKEv2 encryption on BlackBerry.

All the BlackBerry VPN apps in the list above have the following features:

  • BlackBerry VPN app - manual set up or dedicated client
  • Strong encryption
  •  Servers located worldwide
  • Fast servers

5 Best Blackberry VPN services

We take an in-depth look at the best BlackBerry VPN apps. If you want more information about any of these services check out our detailed VPN reviews.

Surfshark is the best BlackBerry VPN service. It's the cheapest VPN on our list, costing just $2.49 a month. It's packed with features including a Smart DNS, adblocker, and more.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.21 - $12.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Surfshark always surprises us with how much it offers for what is very reasonably priced service. Smart DNS, split tunneling, static IP addresses, DNS ad-blocking, and MultiHop VPN are all part of the deal, and Surfshark will unblock pretty much any streaming service you care to throw at it: including US Netflix. 


Add to this the fact that Surshark is privacy-friendly, with a good no logs policy and great technical security, and there is very little here to not like. There is no BlackBerry-specific support, but the IKEv2 settings provided for manual setup on other devices can be used to configure a BlackBerry 10 device.

IPVanish is a great VPN for BlackBerry, it impresses with its super-fast servers, and it's easy to set up on BlackBerry OS. It's great for streaming as it unblocks loads.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.91 - $10.00
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • Hulu

IPVanish is a US-based VPN provider from Orlando, Florida. It is an established VPN service that is well known for providing a reliable and fast VPN experience.


IPVanish VPN owns and controls almost the entire if its "Tier 1" server network. This is an advantage in terms of both performance and privacy - because it means that no third parties are involved in its infrastructure.


Overall, we consider IPVanish a reliable, value for money VPN, that is good for unblocking a large amount of geo-restricted content.

VyprVPN is a privacy-friendly Swiss based VPN service has a lot to offer. It has been fully audited by a third-party to prove it's secure and it has easy to follow set up guides for BlackBerry.

  • Pricing

    From  $1.66 - $12.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

VyprVPN runs its own server network, and with features such as its Chameleon stealth tech (not, unfortunately, available to BlackBerry users), has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to providing a professional VPN server.


Physically moving to Switzerland and going 100% no logs - a claim it has had independently audited - has elevated what was a good service into a great one. 


VyprVPN offers dedicated BlackBerry 10  setup instructions using IPsec with Cisco Secure PIX Firewall VPN, but we reckon you’re better off using IKEv2 and simply porting the settings from an IKEv2 manual setup guide for another platform.

PureVPN is a VPN for BlackBerry. It has easy to follow set up guides for BlackBerry phones on their website, super-fast servers, and uses strong IKEv2 encryption.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.88 - $10.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

This Hong Kong-based VPN service is particularly known for its ability to unblock streaming services around the world, thanks to its willingness to hand out unique IP addresses that have not been blacklisted. 


And with over 2000 servers in 140 countries, its reach is truly global! Some of these are actually “virtual locations,” but PureVPN is open about which ones these are, and they are hosted on PureVPN;s real bare-metal servers, so this is not a security risk.


Concerns over PureVPN dedication to privacy have now been allayed by the introduction of a robust no logs policy. BlackBerry users will be pleased to note that PureVPN has a detailed guide to configuring BlackBerry 10 devices using IKEv2.

PrivateVPN is a great VPN for BlackBerry users. It lives up to its name as it has great privacy features, strong encryption, and guides on how to set up PrivateVPN with BlackBerry devices.

  • Pricing

    From  $1.89 - $7.12
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

PrivateVPN is a no-logs VPN provider with over 100  servers in 60 countries around the world. In addition to great technical security, we have always been impressed by PrivateVPN’s high level of customer service, which even features remote installation for technophobes!  HTTPS and SOCKS5 proxies are a nice bonus.


PrivateVPN is particularly known for its ability to unblock streaming services, because as with PureVPN, it is happy to issue new dedicated IPs as needed. 


You can use the IKEv2 settings listed in PrivateVPN’s manual Windows IKEv2 setup guide to configure a VPN on your BlackBerry device.

Why do I need a VPN for Blackberry?

By using a VPN on your Blackberry, you are protected from LAN-based attacks over WiFi that try to capture and read your data transmissions. A VPN tunnel encrypts data before it leaves your BlackBerry, therefore securing your blackberry from hackers.

Can I use a free VPN for BlackBerry?

You can use a free VPN for BlackBerry, but only if you know what you're looking for and can deal with a reduced feature set.

The free VPN space is littered with dangerous services that actually compromise your security. Most of these free services promise the world with unlimited connections, uncapped bandwidth, and no logs policies, but you know the saying - if it's too good to be true, it probably isn't. These services not only collect your data, but sell it onto third parties to recuperate the cost of these features. And they rarely have sufficient encryption, if any encryption at all.

In a sea of unreliable and untrustworthy providers, there are several free VPN services we can recommend, but each are limited with fewer servers to choose from, monthly data caps, and reduced bandwidth to prevent server congestion. This is because these free services exist to give a taste of the full premium counterparts, hoping that users will graduate onto a subscription.

If you must choose a free VPN for BlackBerry, please stick with our linked recommendations for your own safety, but otherwise there is more value in trying out any of the best BlackBerry VPNs as each offer a money-back guarantee.

How to set up a VPN on BlackBerry manually

Although BlackBerry users are limited to using the IKEv2 protocol, it is incredibly easy to set up on your device. The process might differ slightly depending on which VPN you choose and many will have specific setup guides available, but the general step-by-step should be similar:

  1. Select and subscribe to a BlackBerry VPN.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Network and Connections > VPN on your BlackBerry device.
  3. Click Add VPN profile.
  4. Use the name of the VPN you've chosen to name your profile and fill out the server address with one provided by your VPN service.
  5. Set the Gateway Type to Microsoft IKEv2 VPN Server, unless your chosen server address states otherwise. Make sure the Authentication Type is set to EAP-MSCHAPv2 and the Authentication ID Type is set to Email Address.
  6. Log in using the email address and password you subscribed with.
  7. There are more settings you can adjust if needed, but you should be good to Save and Connect.

Congratulations! Your BlackBerry is now protected with a VPN. If you have any issues, don't hesitate to get in touch with your respective provider's customer service team.

Encryption on Blackberry VPN services

We've recommended using IKEv2 over other protocols for security purposes. However, many of you may be wondering what exactly IKEv2 is. Essentially, it's just another security protocol.

If you connect your BlackBerry device to WiFi at your home, and can't seem to get IKEv2 working, you may want to check your firewall. Make sure that port 500 isn't blocked since that's the port that IKEv2 uses.

IKEv2 is more secure than PPTP, Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP). It's a more robust protocol and doesn't suffer from the same security flaws as the other alternative protocols. It's faster, too. L2TP and SSTP impose a significant amount of overhead on your internet connection. However, IKEv2 tunnels are extremely fast relative to other security protocols.

Conclusion

My advice is to use IKEv2 on your BlackBerry device whenever possible. It's far superior to - and more secure than - other, weaker protocols. Depending on the device and the provider you choose, it may not be an option. However, please at the very least remember to stay away from PPTP if you can. Though PPTP does provide some weak protection (which is better than no protection) it can be cracked.

If your BlackBerry device runs Android, then the sky's the limit with regards to the protocol options at your disposal. Android devices can run OpenVPN, which is more secure than PPTP and L2TP.

Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 5 years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, The Times, The Washington Post, The Register, CNET & many more. 

19 Comments

Spaceman Spiff
on July 5, 2018
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Hi, Thanks for the enlightening piece - very rarely do you find anything about VPNs with a BB10 focus. Before stumbling upon this article, I bought a 1-month access (via HumbleBundle) from PrivateInternetAccess (luckily they weren't expensive) to try how it works on my phone. Unfortunately, they did not offer any help in setting it up for BB and even if I could run their Android app on BB, I'm very reluctant to (native Android apps are usually battery hogs). Then I found hide.me (like you did), which offers a limited free service and excellent, detailed Blackberry setup instructions. I recommend it to all BB users to give VPN a try. You can even configure the factory VPN app to connect automatically on just selected connections.
alisima allan
on July 1, 2018
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I would lyk to be connected on VPN how can do it
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Douglas Crawford replied to alisima allan
on July 2, 2018
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Hi alisima, What platform are you using?
Doug
on October 24, 2017
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I signed up for Express VPN this morning (October 2017) for my Blackberry Classic so I'm providing some feedback. After signing up I couldn't figure out what to do next. I was given the option of downloading their software for Windows or their software for iOS. I've read on another site that iOS uses IKEv2, but it sounded illogical that iOS software would run on BB10. I contacted the company - they responded immediately by chat - and they said there is no version that I can download and that will work. They are cancelling my payment. Then I searched Blackberry App world on my phone and found a product VPN45 which costs $3/month (I think that's US$) and seems to work (well, at least a key symbol appears in my settings bar when I'm browsing). I had to copy down and follow some detailed instructions in order to install it. The VPN45 advertising material says it makes my browsing invisible; my interest was actually to protect me from hackers when I'm in public places. Hopefully it does both.
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Douglas Crawford replied to Doug
on October 25, 2017
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Hi Doug, Thanks for the feedback. Note that an iOS app will not run a Blackberry Classic (BB10) phone, but it should be possible to manually configure your BlackBerry using IKEv2 settings.
Dave S
on July 4, 2017
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Douglas, I just got the BlackBerry KEYone which is, as I'm sure you know, Android and uses the DTEK 60 security feature. From your article it appears you're recommending VPN's for Android, is that your recommendation for the KEYone also? Thanks for the info!
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Douglas Crawford replied to Dave S
on July 4, 2017
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Hi Dave, The KEYone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with full access to Google Play Store apps. So yes - you will need an Android VPN app (or manually configure Android's built-in VPN app). DTEK 60 looks to be a very interesting security feature, but should have no effect on using a VPN.
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