3 Free iPhone VPN Apps That Works in China
When you live in China you will find it's a funny tug of war between the VPN companies and the Chinese government. On one hand the government has a dedicated force to block global sites like Google and Facebook. But on other hand VPN companies will popup like mushrooms allow you to unblock those global sites. If you are planning for a long term trip then it is mandatory to purchase a VPN service. Those who travel for short business or personal trips can look for free VPN apps for short term use. Here are three such free VPN apps that works in iOS, so you can try it on your iPhone and iPad.
Surprisingly these free apps will work just like that, when paid VPN services like ExpressVPN and VyprVPN fails to connect. So even you have premium service you will definitely need one of these free apps for emergency connection.
Unlimited VPN Proxy Master app has 12+ ratings from the inception. The free app does not need any registration and allows unlimited bandwidth.
Test VIP connection will cost you $2.99 per month which you can test before purchasing.
Hotspot Shield is one of the popular free VPN apps having >29k+ ratings from the time of inception. The only confusion is it has two apps which we don't understand the purpose. The one we have linked here does not need any registration and has unlimited bandwidth.
As far as we have checked the connectivity from China is around 70% and remaining time it will never connect. The free app runs with advertisements and you can upgrade to elite plans starting from $11.99 for speed booster.
Hotspot Shield VPN is developed by a California based company called AnchorFree. It is a private venture-backed company funded by Goldman Sachs and few other popular investors.
Ironically this app is developed by a Chinese developer to pass through the great firewall of China. It does not need any registration. Just install, setup and you are ready to connect.
- You can select the available server from the list. Though there are very less servers in the list, it automatically connects to the fastest server (mostly from United States).
- Get a daily bonus of 10 minutes free time.
- Click advertisements, write review and share to get additional minutes for free.
This app allows up to 10 hours per month for free and the premium plan will cost you $2.99. The developer encourages to click on Google ads to give bonus minutes which is a surprising as it is a violation of Google's policy.
Caution - Use At Your Own Risk
Chinese government formally made an announcement in Jan 2017 that all VPN companies should get prior approval for offering services in China. This made most of the foreign VPN services as illegal. At this point of time PPTP and L2TP tunnel connections are completely blocked by ISPs in China. As already mentioned, on July 2017 Apple removed all foreign VPN services from Chinese App Store including the premium ones like ExpressVPN. So you should connect to some other country's App Store in order to download one of the above mentioned apps.
You can still find hundreds of free and paid VPN services in Chinese App Store offered by local companies. But the language will be in Chinese which will be very difficult for foreigners to use. And the data will be monitored and filtered as those apps should have been authorized by the government.
Remember none of the VPN services in China will work on all platforms like Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. So you need to have multiple services to check which one connects at that point of time. We have used all these three free VPN apps time to time and they all have good customer ratings. But other than the Hotspot Shield, the two other (and many other) apps on the App Store do not even have proper developer website. So you never know the guys behind these apps and the objective. So use these apps at your own risk or purchase a premium VPN services like, VpyrVPN or ExpressVPN before you reach China even for a short term visit. Though the outside apps are removed they will still work but you will not get update from Chinese App Store.