Stay anonymous online and access blocked content like Netflix when you’re abroad by using one of these VPN services.
A VPN is an essential tool for iPad users concerned about privacy, or looking to access foreign media such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer abroad. Here, we round up the best iPad VPN apps to help you find one that suits your needs.
When you’re browsing the web using your iPad, your online activity is being logged by your internet service provider. Beyond that, it’s also vulnerable to spying eyes, particularly if you’re using a public Wi-Fi to surf the web. In order to ensure you are completely anonymous online, it’s recommended you use a VPN.
An added benefit to using a VPN is the ability to access content that would otherwise be blocked in your region. Because a VPN gives you a virtual IP address, you’ll appear to be located somewhere else in the world. That could be in the same country, or it could be half way across the globe. Therefore, if you’re travelling abroad but missing out on your favourite BBC shows, you can connect to a UK server using your VPN to access BBC iPlayer online, for example.
If a VPN is what you’re looking for, you’ll find one here. We’ve tested all five of these VPN services and would recommend them all.
If you’ve still got some questions and want to find out more, we’d recommend checking out what is a VPN and are VPNs legal? You can also find some of the best special offers available right now in our round up of the best VPN deals.
We’ve also got an article that shows you how to use a VPN on iPad once you’ve chosen one.
Best iPad VPN app reviews
NordVPN’s iPad offering is one of the best. With more than 4,000 servers available across 62 countries, you’ll be able to find a server that fits your needs in no time.
Based in Panama, it’s outside of the jurisdiction of the ’14-eyes’ (a group of countries that have agreed to collect, analyse and share information), and its encryption levels are among the highest available in a VPN.
You’ll be able to connect with up to six devices at once with NordVPN, and it’s not just iPads it works on. There’s an app for iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows and even routers.
NordVPN is available for as little as £2/US$2.75 per month if you sign up for the three year deal (it’ll cost $99 upfront but you won’t need to pay again for three years if you decide you want to continue your subscription after that).
Alternatively there’s a one year option for £4.15/$5.75 per month, a two year option for £2.40/$3.29 per month, or a month-by-month plan for £8.60/$11.95.
Also among our favourite VPNs is ExpressVPN. Offering an iPad app as well as iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows and more, you’ll be able to connect to three devices at once as part of your subscription.
It’s speedy, reliable and offers great customer support should you ever have any trouble connecting to a server that suits you. Its team is online 24/7 to help.
The best deal is the yearly one, which currently earns you an extra three months. That means it works out at £4.90/$6.67 per month.
Additional options include a six month package for $9.99 per month, or a one month package for $19.95. Plus, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.
PureVPN is a great all-rounder, again offering apps for all devices. It’s particularly competitively priced, starting at just £1.40/$1.92 if you opt for the special offer designed for our readers.
There are more than 750 servers available across 141 countries, all of which are easy to connect to and many of which offer access to geo-blocked sites.
There are plenty of features and modes available, all easy to get to grips with, so it’s ideal for those new to the world of VPNs.
In addition to the aforementioned special deal, PureVPN is also available for one year for one year at £3.70/$4.95 per month, or for one month at £8.10/$10.95.
This easy-to-use VPN is aimed at beginners, offering a simple user interface that’ll have you up and running before you know it.
Goose VPN offers an app or interface for all platforms, and you’ll find connections speedy and high quality. There are far fewer servers available than our previous recommendations, though.
The cheapest option is a one month limited plan, which gets you 50GB for £2.99/$4.17.
The one year plan is an alternative option that’ll cost £4.99/$6.97 per month, and there’s an unlimited one month option for £12.99/$18.14.
Our final suggestion here but by no means the last of the VPNs we’ve tried and tested (you can see more of them in our round-up of the best VPN services here) is CyberGhost.
With an app for iPad, it’s a great option for Apple tablet users but also offers applications for Mac, Windows, Android and other devices, all of which are covered in one subscription.
CyberGhost is headquartered in Romania so is outside of the ’14-eyes’, and with more than 1,300 servers across 58 countries you’re bound to find a connection that suits your needs.
You can get CyberGhost for as little as £3/$4.50 if you opt for the one year plan, but there’s also three months for £8.80/$9.99 or one month for £10.50/$11.99.