HotspotShield VPN Unlimited Privacy Security Proxy

AnchorFree Inc.



This app was last updated on: Jul 19, 2017
TapNova doesn't recommend this version of the app.   
New in version 1.5.2

Bug fixes


World's most popular VPN with over 500 million downloads. Try it for FREE!
The #1 security app on iOS.

* Unblock any websites; unblock Facebook, unblock YouTube or others such as Netflix and Hulu where they are blocked
* Get unrestricted access to VOIP services and messaging apps such as Skype anywhere
* Secure your WiFi connection with HTTPS encryption
* Prevent hackers from stealing your private information
* Browse the web privately & anonymously
* Compatible with Mac OSX 10.9 or later

5 stars- "Control your Privacy and Security - I've now tried them all (VPNs) as I travel 200k miles each year. This is the only VPN that works consistently, especially in MENA and APAC. This is the only one with REAL support. This is the only one with malware protection. This is the only one with data compression, (saving me big money on data roaming). If you want privacy, security (& Pandora when you are outside the US), and data savings, then look no further. JMHO" – Cster

5 stars- "Love it!!! - Thank you, creators of Hotspot Shield!!!! Now I can access US content abroad!!!!! Love it!!!!!" - Xuxubee


* Protect yourself while using Wi-Fi hotspots (VPN encrypts all internet traffic); protect your identity, your IP address and stop unwanted tracking. Share and communicate privately.
* Gives you access to your favorite sites: Unblock any blocked content and services - get Facebook, Skype, BBC, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Viber, VOIP and other services wherever you are: at work, school or while traveling
* Take full control: you can choose country IP to connect, change data compression levels, and if you want to start the VPN automatically or not.

Hotspot Shield Premium (Elite)

* 7-day free 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 - 23.99 dollars; six months - 29.99 dollars; one month - 12.99 dollars; one year - 47.99 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 period
* Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.


If you have any questions about the auto-renewing subscriptions, please email us at More info is also available here:

Hotspot Shield VPN is free to download and available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac OS X.

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Thank you for all the support!

Does it’s job
Bluepooh on 7/19/2017
Good stuff
Works for me
JD Nickname lottery on 7/18/2017
I got a subscription as part a bundle setup, but after some research and trying it out, it works great for my usecase: having a way to tunnel out of my work’s WIFI network. I’ll very likely keep the service after my bundle subscription runs out. The only thing I don’t like all that much is the continued requests to leave a review. I don’t usually leave reviews, but I’m hoping this will stop the nagging.
Best App Ever!!
Djdizzle monster on 7/17/2017
This app is simply a must have...
Great cheap vpn service but too many bugs
Pilot_101 on 7/17/2017
The newest update keeps on dropping the connection and it does that up to three times per hour and it gets so frusting that i turn it off.
Keeps disconnecting
JenAnnerig on 7/16/2017
Every few minutes it is reconnecting and making me start all over...
Good stuff
happygosuperlucky on 7/14/2017
Well worth the money
Not meeting my needs
ohsofinnicky on 7/13/2017
I purchased this service with the goal of being able to watch netflix while I am traveling & working in Europe and it does not allow you to do that. I think this is a general VPN problem.
Does not run on OS 10.11.6
CD3345 on 7/12/2017
I have an old MAC (2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) w OS 10.11.6. Unfortunately it does not work on my computer. The support group basically has me try the same thing over and over. So far they have not taken to higher level of support. I have spoken to the following support people: Victoria Hernandez, Dave Gomez, Carlos Diaz,, Victor Aldona, Rodrigo Sandoval, Ricardo Munoz, Joe Campos. When I look on the web for a phone number to call, there is not one. I found a number for the business, it went to cover. I have not given up yet, but I will soon.
VPN Won’t Connect at All...
BMarieeS on 7/12/2017
I live in China and am trying to test out this service through the free trial. It just spins and spins and continally tries to connect but never succeeds. It’s impossible to force quit the program once it gets stuck as well.
Don’t Download
gjk29382 on 7/11/2017
I would not download this again to use on my computer. I downloaded it for my trip to China, and I was unable to access any internet connection when the VPN was turned on and this was just during the trial period. Still cannot figure out how to cancel the automatic renewal for a subscription.
app works great but asks you to rate it all the time
The Namor Podcast on 7/11/2017
I finally did and probably out of my annoyance i gave it 3 stars. Sometimes i just want it to open and do what I PAID FOR without having to click an extra button that says maybe later when it prompts me to rate it. I get it, you want to be higher on the app store, but how about you just do a good job and people will rate you highly. Bugging me with prompts will get the wrong response.
I like it …
fjc_67 on 7/10/2017
I have to close the app periodically … at times it really slows down activity in my browswer. Otherwise it works fine - pretty happy. EVEN AFTER I SUBMITTED THIS REVIEW, THE APP KEEPS ASKING ME FOR A REVIEW … THIS IS REALLY IRRITATING. PLEASE MAKE IT STOP.
Please be careful
Constantspeed on 7/9/2017
You might be asked to input apple id and password. Don’t input your Apple password then they will chage you whether you are already elite membership or don’t want to. They are so evil company many ways of rip off the money from customer. Why not build their loyal customer rather than stupid some money by tricky terrible ways. I do bless you and we will see what you guys will be….
Great App
3izo911 on 7/9/2017
The New look is great and I really hope they fixed the problems they had before
Not perfect but keeps slowly improving; expensive
Comment est-ce que on dit non. on 7/7/2017
Their support has in the past been responsive and effective. I’ve used this app for years, and recently bought a lifetime license along with the high speed license (about $200 total). The new version user interface looks nicer than the old one but it seems to disconnect more frequently now, and then it reconnects almost immediately which the old app version didn’t do so well. This usually happens a lot when browsing that involves more than 60 seconds of dwell time on a website. It also happens now when I video stream from Netflix, which is something no version ever did do very well — I usually remember to disable the app when video streaming, so the quality of the video isn’t disturbed by the frequent cut-outs. Whether the newest version with high speed option really is speedier than before will have to wait until my next trip to Europe to prove. Europe is where the speed was noticeably slowed before. It still remains true that some websites refuse to allow access when I use this app. I haven’t sorted out whether this is due to a server the app is using being off shore, or just the app itself. I think the only affected sites are US Government sites intended for private access to personal information by private citizens. It is easier for me to just turn the app off than to troubleshoot the root cause. Generally the app delivers what I choose to use it for: encryption between my computer and the first server node. This saves me some worry about eavesdropers hacking my personal information such as passwords or frequent account pages. I am not concerned about government monitoring, per se. I suspect that technologically advanced governments have access to the data stream anyway, maybe through a backdoor, or maybe just through sophisticated decryption routines. Bottom line: it serves my needs but could be significantly improved considering the $200 good faith payment I’ve just made for this app. Stopping the app from disconnecting automatically and reconnecting frequently would be a good start. Allowing continuous seamless use with Netflix would be an even better fix.
Satisfied User Since 2013
Joshua Vaughan on 7/7/2017
This product is one of the best VPN services out there. Over the past couple of years, the reliability has improved drastically and matured into a great application. Unlimited bandwidth and very quick downloads/upload speeds (I can often max out my home 50/50 fiber connection). I am able to use the service on my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro seamlessly with the ability to pick the country where my traffic spills out at the touch of a button. Well worth the yearly cost!
A Little Expensive, but Works Quite Well
DrDave72 on 7/5/2017
This app has many servers in many countries. It doesn’t slow down my speed at all, and I’m able to use it on five devices simultaneously, so I always have it running on my home Mac, my iPad, and iPhone, as well as my travel laptop and my wife’s iPad. It connects seamlessly through virtually every server or hotspot we come in contact with, and just works. I’d like to see a lower price for multiyear purchases like other VPNs have, that would entice me to stay with Hotspot Shield Elite longer. You do have to cancel the service before your renewal date comes up or they will automatically renew your plan on your credit card, but that’s on you. I’ve had nothing but good luck with the app, though. I’m also having trouble getting my home computer to automatically login to Hotspot Shield Elite whenever it restarts, but I’m working on figuring that problem out.
Nice job !
Sina Boromand on 7/5/2017
Its a great app cuz there is no limitation like bandwidth or speed or time trial !
one Of The best VPN providers
Recobaa on 7/4/2017
its One of Fastest vpn providers in the world.
It was good while it lasted
Jozev on 7/3/2017
Everything was working just fine. Now everytime I try to switch my country, I get a message saying I need to upgrade to Elite! Exactly what did I pay for? What’s the point of my subscription? I’ll be requesting a refund.
shockhead on 7/2/2017
This works well as a VPN, as far as I can tell, when it’s connected. But it makes you re-download and re-install a profile every third time you use your computer or change wifi, and it’s so inconvenient you wind up not using it. Ugh.
unauthorized subscription!
Li199348 on 7/1/2017
unauthorized subscription! I didn’t subscribe for any service but later I was charged 2 months of subscription I am so mad.
Newest Version (1.5.1b39) Is a Vast Improvement
AltheDago on 6/30/2017
I was getting a little fed up with the previous version, but this upgrade seems to have addressed previous problems. I use this on my MacBook Pro as well as my iPhone se and have no issues with either.
Great In Afghanistan
Fffstupulapuf on 6/30/2017
Works well on Mac, iPhone and iPad… premium membership is worth it!
not working
Chinese1234567890 on 6/27/2017
Just not working in china.
Partfishh on 6/27/2017
Irrititng Interuptions by moronic staff
Neil Hastings on 6/27/2017
The HSS icon is supposed to inform me as to which country’s server I’m connected to and to be able to change servers, etc. But. Almost every time I click to see my connection all I get is this stupid request to rate HSS (which cannot be dismissed). Do they think we’re morons? I did not wish to rate HSS but I am forced to. They really should think about this method of itrrittion they use on their customers because this brings down their rating massively. I’ve asked about this in the past had had no reply from HSS. I you like to be irritated then get HSS if not then don’t. I’m going to write a review every time I’m asked in the future until they stop this particularly moronic effort at marketing June 27 Update: Even though I’ve rated this app it still mindlessly asks me to rate it. The HSS people must be complete morons.
Absolutely nonsense
看名字干嘛反正你也记不住 on 6/26/2017
the worse vpn ever. i paid $50for three month it never connected since the moment i bought it. the customer service is horrible. they never replied my message
So many problems and inconsistencies
whatever4706 on 6/26/2017
Tried the free trial. I kept getting a message that says my data usage was complete. I signed up for a year subscription which is stated as one price here in the app description details, another price in the app itself, and an even higher price that is actually charged on the website. The website says my subscription is activated but I was still getting the data usage message that kept me from entering websites or completing emails I was trying to send. That finally stopped but I don’t know how I managed that. I’m trying to change the location in the app and it keeps prompting me to upgrade and will not change the location. Looking at my account details in the app, it says I have "0 days" left on “free” subscription. Using the customer service option in the app is ridiculous because it lets you use less characters than twitter to explain the problem and says you’ll hear back in 24 hours but it took 3 days to get a generic response that didn’t help at all and referred me to their help page on the website. Now that page is a whole other story. The photo prompts for the help must be out of date because it is not at all what I see when I do the things they say on my account. The customer service “person” also mentioned to log out and log back in but you can’t do that. There is literally no option to log out. I can quit and I can switch accounts but I can’t log out. I deleted the app from my comp to start over completely but it still remembers me so that’s useless too. Every time I start the app, Apple prompts me to type in my Apple ID and password to download the app. It’s already downloaded. When I comply, it says it’s already downloaded but prompts me to enter my password again and again in an endlessly irritating cycle. So I can’t get help, I’m paying for features I can’t use, I’m paying more than was advertised in the App Store and more than within the app itself…It does seem to hide my real IP address but it’s still within the US which I can’t change. Overall, I would not recommend this hassle to anyone. I’m going to try to get my money back since it says I can get a refund within 30 days, which is the real trial period considering the actual 7 day trial was a joke…And they don’t tell you there is a limit on data, just that it’s 7 days which is seriously not true. UPDATE!! They did an update and told me to delete the app and start over and now it works…sort of. Their customer service took a while to finally get helpful but they did help eventually. And now my problem is STAYING connected. Hotspot is constantly reconnecting and freaking out my Apple TV, which is annoying. But more importantly, VPNs are supposed to mask your activity and I just got a notice from my internet provider about my activity. Is it really worth the money to have a VPN that can’t keep you covered?
Muy buena VPN
Jalejox on 6/26/2017
Excelente VPN me permite estar conectado de forma segura y confiable
Bad. Just bad.
pmakmi on 6/25/2017
Trying to access from China - didn’t work at all. Not once. Prompted me to install the profile repeatedly, was never able to establish a connection, and often it didn’t even react when I hit the button to turn on the connection - it was either unresponsive, or required me to install the profile I had already installed 3 times. Maybe it works in places where the internet is generally accessible already, maybe there it’s able to just reroute the IP address, in which case one could also use various other services or platforms that are free and don’t require any installations or alterations on your computer. But if you’re using a VPN to try and bypass any REAL cyber-obstacles, don’t bother. It’s nowhere near good enough and certainly not worth the price.
kireevco on 6/24/2017
The app was so annoying to remind me to write a review, so I’m writing (and hoping it will stop). It works, speed is decent. Got it as a Parallels bundle.
MOST VPNS are Terrible, this one too
sammy6363 on 6/24/2017
The problem with most VPNs are the free trial period. You have to sign up for the subscription, and then you only find out later that their claims (Netflix works) is not true. Then you have to sort through to talk to customer support and cancel the auto-renew subscription. It’s like a trap, they must rely on some portion of customers to just give up and pay the auto-renew when the customers find out their claims are not true. The same is true for this one. I think if you can deal with a free VPN that is really free, you get what you pay for, lousy speed and so on. This one costs money but it is hardly worth it. Try to use one that a friend recommends, you can’t trust the SEO planted information you read about this app on the internet.
Good but could be better
Pete laHache on 6/23/2017
I have used this app for quite a long time. As far as I can tell, it does provide the level of protection I am looking for but there are a few issues that need attention. For example, I usually have to connect several times before it actually stays connected. This is on initial startup of the application. It detects an insure connection and offers the option to connect, however it disconnects right away and I have to repeat the process a couple of times. Sometimes it causes some pages to load slowly or not connect at all. This has been improved over time though. Hope they keep working on it. I also think the subscription price is a bit too high, but I pay it to get rid of ads, etc. I can live with these problems, but can’t give a 5 unless they are fixed/improved and the cost is lowered.
Long time customer
Strawbarry Fields on 6/23/2017
I’ve had the service for more than 5 years. The few times there was a problem they responded quickly and effectively. Highly recommended.
Easy to use
Dan the Mac user on 6/23/2017
By far the best VPN out there, easy to use have it on my laptop, smart phone and tablets, 5 stars *****.
About as good as VPN gets
RussEFrancis on 6/22/2017
Works very well. As with all VPNs it does impose a speed penalty. Quite a deal since I nabbed a Lifetime membership from StackSocial for $39.99!
New updates don’t allow Netflix, Amazon or Sling to Work abroad
John smith number 4 on 6/20/2017
The app worked great for the last year until the most recent update. Now living abroad I can’t watch any of the varius movie/TV streamers that I have become acustomed to. It get’s 3 stars due to past performance, this recent update would be ZERO stars.
Great service for the value...
Pooya.k on 6/20/2017
I tried many many VPN services over the years, because I am living in a county that imposes some limitations and restrictions over the internet; and one of the few VPN services that worked perfectly with high speed and very low disconnection rate was this app. Highly recommended!
Great application
biru32 on 6/19/2017
This app works as intended and expected. Nothing is perfect and yes it is slow at times, but 98% (and that number isn’t based on anything, except my perception) of the time it works just fine. And it’s better than the garbage VPN built into Avira.
Unusable overseas
NY Greg on 6/19/2017
I work overseas, so I need a VPN for security and access to websites. This service simply doesn’t cut it. It takes too long to connect, then drops very quickly. My advice: look elsewhere.
An OK application- connection very slow at times.
Slow Connections. on 6/18/2017
I have the Elite Version and the only downside of this application is that it is very slow at times. I have a 200Mbps downstream connection and with this app my speed rolls back to dial up days. Very frustrating. I mostly used this app for sensitive communication such banking, e-mail, etc.. I am in the US -West Coast and their only US server is on the East Coast.
Useful tool
Goaigakgslyz on 6/16/2017
Honestly, you could do WAY worse for a VPN, and the paid version is worth the $ by a long shot.
Has a few bugs but works great.
Cross621 on 6/16/2017
The app fails at time, randomly and take a few tries to get it reconnected. Even on autostart some times it will not connect without manual input. But when it works it works great.
Simply Doesn’t Work For Me
gms238 on 6/15/2017
I wanted to like this product, but have found that it doesn’t connect for me, is very sporadic in it’s function and seems to lock out some other programs I depend on I’m afraid I’ll have to delete it, at least until they get it working better. Too bad as I paid for the lifetime subscription.
love it
Whwhittles on 6/14/2017
Very easy to use and set up
its good but there are issues
bigfish114 on 6/14/2017
it works fairly well, although there are times that i have to reboot every so often so that it can get things started
Mohammad abuzaidan on 6/14/2017
app doesnt connect at all even with supportteam help and when i told them that they just said ( im really sorry , just go and re-install app again ) nothing else right after i paid for elite membership
It works as promised, well mostly…I still don’t like it, but I’d buy it again
HotSpot Shield works on 6/13/2017
It works as promised, well mostly…and I would buy it again, but ugh the continual requests to rate your app must stop! My biggest complaint is that it never EVER stops asking you to rate the apps and I have it on 3 devices, so let’s do the math shall we? That's once for mobile, once for tablet, and once for computer. For a total of 3 times multiplited infinitely all of the time. Just about everytime I turn it on it prompts me to rate it. Please take note that this is not a deal-breaker, just a major annoyance. Take the hint Anchor, if I don’t want to rate your product don’t force me to write a review, it can’t end well.
Affordable, Easy to use
Ethiesm on 6/12/2017
At this day in age after Americans lost privacy rights online to BIG tech & communication companies like ATT, Verizon, Time— This gives us our rights back— THANK YOU And no I am not a pirator - I paid for HOTSPOT, paid for Spotify, Paid for Youtube and YES, I cut the cable. Wish they had an LG TV app
Apps from AnchorFree Inc.
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: AnchorFree Inc.
  • Category: Productivity
  • Released: Dec 30, 2013
  • Current Version Released: Jul 19, 2017
  • Version: 1.5.2
  • Size: 6.4 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.10 or later.
  • Recommended Age: 4+
  • Game Center Certified: No
  • Supported Languages: English;