HotspotShield VPN & Wifi Proxy

AnchorFree Inc.

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Productivity 2.0.7 Dec 30, 2013 Jun 15, 2018 6.2 MB iOS 10.10 or later 4+
New in version 2.0.7

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Hotspot Shield VPN is the World’s most trusted security, privacy and access app with top performance on speed, stability and security.


- Access all websites and apps securely and privately at home, school, work or from anywhere in the world.

- Stay private and anonymous online. Prevent anyone from tracking your IP address, identity, and location from websites and online trackers.
Enjoy complete anonymity.


- No Logs Kept: Hotspot Shield doesn’t track or keep any logs of its users and their activities. You are completely private with Hotspot Shield.

- FREE and UNLIMITED: You have the choice to use basic features for free (forever) and unlimited access, or simply upgrade to Elite for more features!

- Trusted by millions: Trusted by more than 500 million global users and featured by Fortune, Forbes, TechCrunch, New York Times and many more renowned media.

- No sign up, registration, or credit cards required: you don’t need to create an account or have a credit card to use the basic features of the app!

- Unparalleled VPN Performance: Hotspot Shield fully own all the VPN servers, which ensures fastest VPN speed, and most stable and secured VPN connections.

- Largest VPN Coverage: Powered by AnchorFree, Hotspot Shield offers largest VPN coverage from more than 20 countries including US, UK, JP, IN, AU, CA, CN, TR, UA and more!

- Support: We are striving to be the best security, privacy and access app, so if you have any questions, simply shoot an email to!

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■ Hotspot Shield Premium (Elite)

- Start 7-day trial - free of charge; no commitment; cancel anytime
- Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the period
- Length of subscription: one month; three months; six months; one year.
- Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Price of subscription: three months - 32.99 dollars; six months - 53.99; one month - 12.99 dollars; one year - 69.99 dollars.
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription perio
- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.

■ ABOUT AnchorFree™

AnchorFree is a privately held, venture-backed company based in the Silicon Valley. Anchorfree believes in placing consumers in control of their personal information online. Anchorfree provides millions of users with online security, privacy and access through its most popular VPN product - Hotspot Shield.

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Caught in a Catch 22
dr.greenlove on 6/19/2018
I live in a sanctioned country, and can’t update the app without a VPN running. But when i have it running, system tells me it can’t update because the extrnsions are in use 🤔🙄😒
it is cool
B n m klr on 6/18/2018
it is good app for VPN i like it
Rubbish nowadays
simadin on 6/16/2018
It says I’m connected to United States, but just a quick IP lookup shows my location is actually Germany. That’s just misleading and wrong.
Works, but sometime caanot connect certain location
riverwater_weiphone on 6/4/2018
The app works most time, but sometime if you choose another location, and the app cannot connect to it, you are in trouble! Please fix this bug, and have people able to pick a location before tap the button to make the connection.
Don’t install this
Nick2131423 on 6/4/2018
I use a macbook air, and all apps that i downloaded work except this one. I can’t even uninstall this and its taking up lots of space. :( ;(
Does what it says it’ll do easily
TedKas on 5/31/2018
I bought this for my iMac and it’s sister version on the iPad/iPhone. All of them work flawlessly. It’s simple, if you need a VPN on your Apple products this one will work and work well. It’s used all the time.
UPDATED 5/25/18: excellent customer service
Comment est-ce que on dit non. on 5/25/2018
UPDATED REVIEW 5/25/2018: Raising rating from 4 to 5 stars. Finally happy to report that I am over 95% satisfied with the performance of this app, and of course remain 100% satisfied with the ongoing excellent customer service. Previously noted issues in my older reviews are now resolved, hopefully for good. If not, I’ll be back here. UPDATED REVIEW 5/16/2018: Previous rogue data dump eating up my cellular data allowance may have been due to OS reporting of statistics, and sharing of ‘crash’ data with app providers. I just disabled these in my ‘System Preferences’ -> ‘Security & Privacy’ -> ‘Privacy’. They were enabled during the recent OS update. The high data stream (in less than a minute: >200MB received, >100MB sent) stopped immediately. Hotspot Shield appears now, so far at least, not to have been the cause so I am restoring my rating back to 4 stars. Still keeping a vigilant eye on data transfers. UPDATED REVIEW 5/11/2018: Just now wtinessed a turn for the worse with return to an old pattern I had previously seen go away. Tracked down a mysterious data transfer exceeding 100MB in only a few minutes. I kept shutting down potential culprit apps until it became clear the problem was due to my use of a US Server through my HotSpot VPN profile. Switching to a different country server caused the problem to stop. Is this malevolent activity? It certainly seems so. Too bad I had to burn 100MB of my cellular data allowance to figure out how to stop it. Anchor Free, please fix this. Maybe your US Server is the culprit, and not you? Please figure it out. Knocking down my rating from 4 to 2 stars. OLD REVIEW:This review ignores some prior trials and tribulations I’ve with the app over several years now as it is very much improved beginning around March 2018. Only two complaints need to be addressed and I will raise my rating from four to five stars: stop asking multiple times for reviews, even though the frequency of these requests is greatly reduced now; address an issue with my iPhone version of the app when it is in enabled-mode and tries unsuccessfully and unrelentingly to connect to a publically available subscription WiFi service that I use, preventing me from using my phone/map apps linkage to find route directions. I have to fiddle with the iPhone, eventually shutting off WiFi in order to get this app to cease and desist. The fiddling takes a frustrating 60 seconds or so. With a consistently strong WiFi signal with or without the app enabled, or with the weaker subject subscription WiFi and the app disabled (defaults to Cellular Data), this issue does not happen.
Annoyed-veryannoyed on 5/5/2018
Copied from another user. My thoughts exactly: Yeah, the VPN work fine and I like it. What I am absolutely sick of is the persistent, annoying, irritating, demanding popup that happens anytime you interact with the program. Look at some other reviews. Other people feel the same way. I don’t do reviews and ratings but I actually gave it a 1 star rating previously just to put an end to the annoying popup. It worked for a while but when the next upgrade happened, it’s back to the nagging and begging. It’s an extra click and an extra 2 seconds every time I use it. I hate this aspect of HotSpot Shield. I have more and better things to do than to than have an application continually push me to give a rating - especially when I have already done so. HotSpot Shield management and developers: you are alienating your customers. Your software is suppsed to serve your customers. We are not here to serve you in your desire for ratings. Your attempts at social engineering of your customer’s behavior demonstrates a profound lack of respect for the people who pay you and who you are supposed to serve. HOTSPOT SHIELD CUSTOMERS - please give HotSpot Shield a 1 star rating until they fix this issue and start displaying a more respectful way of requesting a rating or review.
Deceptive Misleading Unauthroized Subscription
James Young C. Kim on 5/3/2018
Hotspot VPN on the iTunes App Store engages in misleading and deceptive practices that ultimately lead to monthly charges without authorization. The initial install of the app suggests you get a free trial period but then the prompts mislead you into a monthly subscription while making you believe it is a free trial. Before you know it you are being charged a monthly fee.
Tomyatlantis on 5/1/2018
I am seeing all bad reviews about them forcing you to review them. I have been using the old version, with old plans. Not as expensive as the new plans. I am being forced to upgrade now, but I cannot enter my own account to cancel my subscribtion that was recently renewed. This means, they want to charge twice now. I am deleting the whole app from my computer and will install something less intrusive than these guys desperate to get customers in a pushy way.
It just works
11 Bravo on 4/27/2018
Works well from various countries - upgrades over the past year are effective.
Functionality GONE
golf hu$tler on 4/27/2018
The previous app worked fine (and just auto-renewed itself for another year) but now after updating April 27, 2018, pages do not load and app is now utterly useless. Time to find another VPN and no way to get my money back. What a horrific way to end a paying customer’s business and ruin the app. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS APP!!!
BaltimoreDave on 4/24/2018
Good stuff
Robert Benfield on 4/24/2018
Good stuff
Really Great!
ConnorMcCallen on 4/24/2018
I have used this VPN for a while now and its always worked perfectly for me Ive never had any troubles and it works exactly how it is supossed to! I 100% reccommend this VPN!
Review hungry!!!
FireDemond on 4/23/2018
This app is not cheap. So after paying the premium price on it you would expect no pop ups right? WRONG! nearly EVERYTIME u want to interact with the app you get a pop up asking you to review the app on the app and in the itunes store if you guys keep nagging me for a review in this way i’ll keep giving you horrible reviews. I paid for the app. THATS IT! show some class and dont obstruct me from using the app unless i review, thats ridiclous and I’m not gonna ignore them, i will give you the worst rating possible until you stop this ridiculousness.
Works like a charm!
scooterjp on 4/23/2018
HotSpotShield VPN is simple to use and does what it claims to do. I would, however, appreciate a hot-key activation and deactivation feature. Hoping that's to come!
Straight forward protection
BetterintheShade on 4/18/2018
I’ve been so completely and utterly drained by searching for VPN protection that suits my familys needs, spending hours and hours fuming over confusing technicalities and completely unnecessary prices. I downloaded the app and gave the free trial a go and immediately knew I'd found my new service, HotSpotShield is the easiest VPN to operate that I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve noticed absolutely no negative effects on my connections or workflow running on a mid-2010 MacBook Pro 15”. The prices are still a tad steep for long term subscriptions but I’ll make my decision which option fits my budget before this trial is up. You just can’t beat the simplicity IME, Thanks!
Version is free, but doesn’t work - what’s the point?
ADA11500 on 4/16/2018
I downloaded the latest supposedly free version, but it just keep cycling through the options of VPN connections without actually connecting. I wish developers would not say there was a free version if there really isn’t one. This certainly doesn’t encourage me to purchase the paid option.
Lufien on 4/15/2018
*thumbs up*
Moises D on 4/14/2018
what can i say for $100 bucks one time pay is better then paying a mo/ severs it doesnt slow down my speed i havent in counter any issues theres always room for improvements however is just small problem they don’t tell you or shows it on there website hotspot shield doesn’t support ipv6 while connected it disconnect and reconnect it doeesn’t play well it with ipv6 and vpn you must! disable ipv6
100% uptime
arshaparthia on 4/14/2018
Reliable, Fast and generious daily data limit for free version
Sanddunesurfer on 4/13/2018
I have been using this program , now an app as well for many years . Both the elite and free versions are the most reliable VPN you will ever have. I reccomend upgrading , trust me its so worth it !! Altough the free version is so reliable you will thank me for either subscription
Free version with LAN
Z-nizzle on 4/11/2018
The free version works great while connected via LAN with a highspeed fiber optics connection. It was 30mbps rather than 100, but that’s more than enough to stream US netflix while abroad, etc. I would love to try the Elite version at some point.
grand100000 on 4/9/2018
this is nice
best vpn
Smilesforthewin on 4/8/2018
i have gone threw so many vpns and this is by far the easest and fastest that i have come across
Annoying rating requests
EV&KK on 4/8/2018
I like the way this VPN works. It is very user friendly, does the job very well and is very reliable. Would have given it 4 or 5 stars, but the endless requests for reviews are getting to be very annoying, especially since I pay for the elite version of HotSpot Shield. Can’t even disconnect the VPN without giving a rating first.
D100000 on 4/8/2018
Very good!
keeps crashing
Essanusef on 4/7/2018
it doesnt start anymore and keep crashing please update and fix it.
Not working for mac
Adam112m on 4/7/2018
This update is not working for my mac. It opens and then shuts down. Fix it (or at least tell me you’re fixing it) or I will cancel my monthly subscription today.
Doesn’t work anymore
Brandonyony on 4/7/2018
The most recent update prevents the application even opening - even after deleting and reinstalling. Please fix.
new version 2.0.5 is n ot working for mac!!!!!!
Bjoker33 on 4/6/2018
the product is awsome but is not working for my mac rigth now ever sence i updated it it won’t launch it just automatically turns off!! please Fix this !!!!!
Keeps closing after few second
M3iisam on 4/5/2018
please update it, it cannot be open, every time i tried to open it, it closes after few seconds
Hotspot Shield VPN
Mjk42784 on 4/5/2018
Works great I’m in a Japan and am able to watch netflix and amazon prime movies and use products as if I were in the USA. Also gives you the ability to change to other countries any country you are intereseted in using products from you can VPN to. Worth the 13 dollars a month excellent product.
Loai Alyamani on 4/4/2018
Excellant! but please stop asking for review :@
Its Not Working
hosh5 on 4/4/2018
Lately My vpn is not working I am clicking on it which it opens and shut down auto. I uninstall and intall same thing what to do.
No longer works
Lilytozz on 4/3/2018
Worked fine for the first couple of months of paid subscription but is no longer working for Netflix on any of our devices.
Hotspot shield will not work
Guam Diver on 4/1/2018
I have used this app for years on my mac. It is showing on my app page but will not open. I have had this problem for the past two days. I have even paid for the Elite version thru next March. Any suggestions o how to get it to load again? It starts up and immediately disappears without fully opening. Thanks for any suggestions.
Stopped working on mac, now won’t open
Jonathan Yusuf on 3/31/2018
Was working fine, but now when I try to open the app, it will not open.
Nothing happens
RURIGHT on 3/30/2018
Ok so I downloaded, installed and I see the Icon but nothing! Absolute nothing. Is something suppose to open,setup etc. Nothing but the same screen and connections as before. Well someione just got their dollar!
Bahman Adabi on 3/30/2018
It is a great app and I love it! thanks to the developers
Doesnt seem to work with Vuze
Pantoleone on 3/29/2018
As far as I can tell, its utility with Vuze is very limited. I set up the network connections correctly: in Connection | Advanced Network Settings | Bind to Local IP Addr, I used the VPN interface, but it still didnt seem to allow remote connections, and it failed the NAT test. (Running most recent version, 2.0.5b65, on MacOS 10.11 El Capitan)
Dont Use This Application
Victimvic on 3/29/2018
They are Spy your Information and Sell to other this application not safe
Exactly what I needed.
feefeefeefeee on 3/26/2018
Anyone complaining about this app asking for reviews is a baby. The functionality of this app exceeds its value, so i am very hapy
åGood Product, get the Paid Version though …….
Practic245 on 3/24/2018
Hotspot Shield is a Great Product, I use it on, and off for regular surfing, but i recommend getting the paid version for qualify fast surfing the internet with virtually no buffer.
More feature needed
fjwnmne on 3/24/2018
Still missing kill switch
Not working with netflix
Majeedlol on 3/24/2018
I bought HSS just to unblock US Netflix but since Feb, it doesn’t work anymore.
I think it works fine
Karlbopp on 3/22/2018
It works fine for me i love it, it helps me get onto sites faster.
Mac users treated second class
bsm1970 on 3/21/2018
Hotspot has had a free version for years and still has the free ad-supported one available for Windows users, but some time recently decided to no longer offer that for Mac users. Instead they offer a 7-day free trial before they start charging you. Now if that’s going to be their business model going forward, fine. But don’t treat Windows and Mac users differently. Hotspot was nice for the occasional times I needed to use a VPN and it’s just not worth it to me to pay for something monthly that I only use on occasion. That’s why the free version was perfect for me. Bring that option back for Mac users, guys.
fastet ever
Mohammadtm on 3/19/2018
hotspotshield is definately fastest and the best vpn ever
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