Best iPhone VPNs of 2020

If the term virtual private network immediately brings to mind bulky desktop clients and bloated software, I have some good news: Many VPNs are optimized for mobile and far more lightweight and easy to use than those of the past. As general VPN use surges along with more people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the rate of mobile VPN app downloads also continues to grow rapidly.

A 2019 report from research firm Top10VPN found that over 480 million mobile VPN apps were downloaded around the world in the last 12 months, which is 54% more than the year before. While researchers found free services accounted for 84% of all mobile VPN downloads, we recommend avoiding free VPN apps whenever possible. That means getting your money's worth out of a secure, glitch-free VPN app for iPhone ($699 at Apple). You can also check out our picks for the best Android VPNs, too.

This list is effectively a subset of our main best VPN list, focusing on those specifically seeking mobile browsing protection for their iPhones. If and when a service is ranked higher here than on our main list, it's because the mobile app experience was better. Keep in mind that this is an evolving list: We're actively working on more testing and research, and expect this list to change throughout the year.

Here are the top VPN apps for iPhone that we've tested so far this year.

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