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The best free VPN services

Premium VPNs are more fully featured but you can get by with a free VPN.

Best free VPN overall
Privado VPN
PrivadoVPN
3 out of 5 stars
3
Premium from
US$10.99
/mo
Included data
10GB per 30 days
Server locations
12
Devices
Unlimited
Best free VPN trial
VPN Unlimited - Hero Card
VPN Unlimited
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Premium from
US$9.99
/mo
Included data
Unlimited
Server locations
69
Devices
5
Best free VPN for data
Hotspot Shield
Hotspot Shield
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Premium from
AU$19.99
/mo
Included data
500MB per day
Server locations
1
Devices
1
Best free VPN for speed
atlasvpn
Atlas VPN
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Premium from
AU$17.94
/mo
Included data
5GB per month
Server locations
3
Devices
Unlimited
Best free VPN for streaming
Windscribe
Windscribe VPN
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Premium from
US$9
/mo
Included data
10GB per month
Server locations
10
Devices
Unlimited
Best free VPN for Australia
Tunnel Bear
TunnelBear VPN
2.8 out of 5 stars
2.75
Premium from
US$9.99
/mo
Included data
3GB per month
Server locations
49
Devices
Unlimited
Nathan Lawrence
Mar 03, 2023
bullet5 min read

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The best things in life may be free, but when it comes to virtual private network (VPN) services, we’re big believers in paying for the extra features. Still, for those keen to try before they buy, big names like NordVPN and ExpressVPN require an exchange of payment details before being able to use a “trial” that’s effectively tied up in a money-back guarantee.

That’s not exactly free. Of the almost 20 VPNs we’ve reviewed, there are nine that offer some form of free version, whether that’s a free VPN trial or a completely free version. Admittedly, free VPNs tend to be limited in one way or another: data, speed, locations or the number of simultaneous connections.

We cover all of that and more below in our top picks of the best free VPNs in Australia.


Note that VPN prices (particularly around promotional times), country and location counts, as well as number of global servers tend to change, but this information is accurate as the last page update. 


The best free VPNs compared

Here are the best free VPNs.
Best for
VPN
Monthly premium price
View plans
Included data
Server locations
Devices
Speeds
Best free VPN overall
Privado VPNPrivadoVPN
US
$10.99
10GB per 30 days12UnlimitedUncapped
Best free VPN trial
VPN Unlimited - Hero CardVPN Unlimited
US
$9.99
Unlimited695Uncapped
Best free VPN for data
Hotspot ShieldHotspot Shield VPN
AU
$19.99
500MB per day112Mbps
Best free VPN for speed
atlasvpnAtlas VPN
AU
$17.94
5GB per month3UnlimitedUncapped
Best free VPN for streaming
WindscribeWindscribe VPN
US
$9
10GB per month10UnlimitedUncapped
Best free VPN for Australia
Tunnel BearTunnelBear
US
$9.99
3GB per month49UnlimitedUncapped

PrivadoVPN

Best free VPN overall

Privado VPN
Included data
10GB per 30 days
Server locations
12
Devices
Unlimited
Premium starts at
US$10.99
/mo
pro
Pros
pro Generous data inclusion
pro 12 VPN locations
pro Unlimited devices
con
Cons
con Some connection issues
con Windows app weirdness
con Premium has limited servers, locations

As a free service, PrivadoVPN ticks a lot of the right boxes. Where most free VPNs restrict server locations to a handful, PrivadoVPN offers 12 locations in a range of countries, including the US, UK and Switzerland. Sign up and verify your email address. PrivadoVPN then offers a unique username and secure password, which you should absolutely save with a password manager. Automatically connect to a recommended server or select from the list of free options. You’ll get 10GB to play with each month, and there’s even an internet kill switch to ensure your data is protected whenever you’re connected to a PrivadoVPN server.

For alternatives, consider any of the options listed below or Proton VPN, which has unlimited data.

VPN Unlimited

Best free VPN trial

VPN Unlimited - Hero Card
Included data
Unlimited
Server locations
69
Devices
5
Premium from
US$9.99
/mo
pro
Pros
pro Unlimited data
pro Fast speeds
pro Easy to use
con
Cons
con Only seven-day trial
con Not the best for Aussie streaming
con Comparatively low location count

There are better-ranked VPN trials available, from the likes of NordVPN and ExpressVPN, but they all have one detractor in common: you have to buy before you can try. In VPN land, there’s an unfortunate trend towards making users exchange credit card details to access a trial, which is effectively a money-back guarantee rather than a free trial. VPN Unlimited bucks this trend by offering a truly free trial. While restricted to five devices, you otherwise get access to a speedy VPN service for a full week. It’s a great first-time VPN for newcomers and easy to use for everyone else. If you end up loving VPN Unlimited, hold out for the lifetime subscription to get a discount for lifelong protection.

Alternatively, Surfshark VPN has a seven-day trial on Mac, Android and iOS devices, but you do have to set a calendar reminder as it will charge after the first week. As a workaround, enter an email address and get up to the part where Surfshark asks for money, and you may receive an email shortly after with a discount.

Hotspot Shield VPN

Best free VPN for data

Hotspot Shield
Included data
500MB per day
Server locations
1
Devices
1
Premium from
AU$19.99
/mo
pro
Pros
pro Lots of free data
pro Seven-day trial for free version
pro Easy to use
con
Cons
con 2Mbps speed cap
con Only one device, server location
con Free version has ads

Not so long ago, the free version of Hotspot Shield was (rightly) under scrutiny because of a shaky policy surrounding user data. These days, Hotspot Shield is a great free VPN service that offers the most data of all the options on this page. You get 500MB of data per day, which translates to around 15GB per month if you use up that daily limit. The 2Mbps speed cap for Hotspot Shield free will curb any high-res streaming desires, but if you’re after military-grade encryption with enough data to protect the internet goings-on of one device, 500MB of data per day is plenty to protect browsing, SD video playback and some downloading. If you do like your time with Hotspot Shield, it’s also worth buying a subscription and taking advantage of the generous 45-day money-back guarantee for a more fully featured trial. Note that if you’re a Dashlane Premium or Friends & Families subscriber, you have access to the full version of Hotspot Shield.

Alternatively, go with the VPN Unlimited seven-day trial for unlimited data or Windscribe for 10GB per month.

Atlas VPN

Best free VPN for speed

atlasvpn
Included data
5GB per month
Server locations
3
Devices
Unlimited
Premium from
AU$17.94
/mo
pro
Pros
pro Okay data allowance
pro Unlimited devices
pro Uncapped speeds
con
Cons
con Only three locations
con Light on features
con Premium has limited servers

The truth is most free VPNs don’t have the best speeds. Usually, this is because the limited server selections aren’t particularly close. While that’s true of Atlas VPN—its free servers are in the US, UK and Netherlands—there aren’t any cap speeds, so you can still expect decent download speeds, upload speeds and latencies whenever you’re connected. There’s 5GB to work with each month, too, and you can use your Atlas VPN free account on as many devices as you like. The unlimited devices also mean Atlas VPN is a great choice for protected browsing on supported devices.

Alternatively, connect to an Australian server with the VPN Unlimited trial for the fastest speeds, or pick ones closer to home from PrivadoVPN and Windscribe.

Windscribe VPN

Best free VPN for streaming

Windscribe
Included data
10GB per month
Server locations
10
Devices
Unlimited
Premium from
US$9
/mo
pro
Pros
pro Good data allowance
pro 10 server options
pro Unlimited devices
con
Cons
con 10GB isn’t heaps for streaming
con Sometimes inconsistent international speeds
con Premium has limited servers

There’s a lot to love about the free version of Windscribe. For starters, you can use it on unlimited devices and there’s a generous-by-free-standards option of 10 locations, including the US, UK and Switzerland. That’s great for privacy and security considerations with everyday browsing. But Windscribe is also our top pick as the best VPN for streaming. We test VPN streaming with US and UK services, and Windscribe is the best of the dozen-plus VPNs we’ve tested. You might have to do some server jumping to get Windscribe free to work, but it will play typically geoblocked content. A word to the wise: while Windscribe free starts with 2GB of data, the quota jumps to 10GB if you add your email address. There’s also bonus data for tweeting, plus Discord and Reddit promotions, which can lead to even more monthly streaming.

Alternatively, consider PrivadoVPN or Atlas VPN for occasional streaming.

TunnelBear VPN

Best free VPN for Australia

Tunnel Bear
Included data
3GB per month
Server locations
49
Devices
Unlimited
Premium from
US$9.99
/mo
pro
Pros
pro Australian servers
pro 49 global locations
pro Unlimited devices
con
Cons
con 3GB data isn’t much
con Average pricing for premium
con Slow connection/overall speeds

TunnelBear doesn’t have bragging rights to consistently great connection or download speeds, nor is it great at tackling international streaming services. But what it lacks in those areas, it more than makes up for with a free version that actually offers Australian servers. This is, unfortunately, a rarity among the VPNs we’ve reviewed, so this is more of a default win than anything else. The free version of TunnelBear comes with 3GB of data but you can tweet to get an extra 1GB. There aren’t any location choices for Australia, so you’re stuck with Sydney. But there are, impressively, 48 other countries to choose from in a slow-to-connect but easy-to-use VPN service.

For free VPN alternatives with Australian servers, there’s only one other option: Speedify (which we haven’t reviewed).

What to look for in a free VPN

The first thing to look for in a free VPN is whether it’s actually free. Starting with the bigger names in the biz is where you’ll find the unfortunate trend towards paid trials, encouraging users to reactively take advantage of money-back guarantees in lieu of truly free trials.

We don’t recommend starting with those. Instead, look for a VPN with a truly free version. Some of those are ad-supported (like Hotspot Shield), and all will be limited in one way or another. Hola VPN, for instance, trades free access for sporadically using device system resources. That’s not ideal.

Next ensure that a free VPN gets the basics right: namely, military-grade encryption and a transparent no-long privacy policy. Then see which locations the free VPN offers, as some offer only one option while others offer a better selection. Finally, check how much data you get with the free VPN relative to what you want to use the VPN for. Most free VPNs are great for browsing, some file downloading and basic streaming, but don’t have data caps for a whole lot more.

How we choose the best free VPN

Our comparisons for the best free VPNs are taken from our growing list of full services we’ve reviewed (17 at the time of writing). Because there are lots of dodgy free VPNs out there, we stick to recommending free options that are linked to trusted brands.

While most VPNs offer a money-back guarantee, we restrict our best free VPN picks to those that offer a truly free version where you don’t have to provide payment details. For our specific categories, we compared the eight eligible VPNs across speed, data and location restrictions.

Our top pick is a mix of speed, location count and data allowances, while the more focused categories are representative of the best picks in those areas. We download and test the category winners to confirm their eligibility and ensure they can do what’s advertised.

Best free VPN FAQs

PrivadoVPN is the best free VPN to use in Australia. It comes with 10GB of data, 12 server choices and unlimited devices.
There are several VPNs that can be used for free, but they tend to have data caps. Consider the free versions of PrivadoVPN, Surfshark, Hotspot Shield, Atlas VPN and Windscribe.
Most premium VPNs will offer at least a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try premium features, but you have to pay first and request a refund later. For a truly free VPN (albeit with data caps), start with PrivadoVPN, Surfshark or Hotspot Shield.
Nathan Lawrence
Written by
Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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