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12 Best “Free Trial” VPNs

Rob Mardisalu

Rob Mardisalu

We put together a list of “free trial” VPNs that you can test out before you buy!

We have bought, used, and reviewed over 78 VPN services here at TheBestVPN.

These VPN reviews also have over 1,400 user reviews to give you an idea of what other people (like you) think about them.

The vast majority of these VPNs offer a completely-free plan. But some only give you a limited trial for anywhere from one to thirty days. And, others will require a credit card when signing up.

Don’t worry. We’ll uncover all of these loopholes in this article by analyzing the 12 best free trial VPNs, and let you know if there are any catches to worry about.

Note, that not all VPNs have standard free trials, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try them out. Many premium VPNs encourage users to take advantage of their money-back guarantee, which can be just as good as a free trial. In the end, it’s up to you to decide which option works best for you!

1. NordVPN (No Questions Asked 30-Day Refund Policy)

nordvpn free trial

NordVPN is a VPN market leader with over 5,200+ servers in 60+ countries and unlimited data transfers. They offer a 7-day free trial (no credit card required) for mobile users. If you’re trying to connect from a computer, however, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, which gives you plenty of time to test out the service. You can decide to go with a monthly plan, a 1-year plan, a 2-year plan, or a 3-year plan, and if you’re not fully satisfied, cancel anytime within 30 days for a 100% refund. No questions asked.

  • Duration of trial: 7 – 30 days
  • Credit card needed: Depends on device
  • Number of servers in original plan: 5,200+
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 5,200+
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/1-year/2-years/3-years
  • Renewal price after trial: $3.49 – $11.95 per month depending on renewal duration.
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS.
  • Best for: Apple TV, Torrenting, Netflix

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2. VPNHub

vpnhub free trial page

VPNHub is a recent entrant into the VPN game. Launched by Pornhub (yes, you read that right), this new VPN boasts some impressive features: including 826 servers in different locations, unlimited data, and support for all the major desktop and mobile operating systems. However, their free trial lasts just seven days, and you need a credit card to be able to take advantage of the trial.

  • Duration of trial: 7 days
  • Credit card needed: Yes
  • Number of servers in original plan: 826
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 826
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/Annually
  • Renewal price after trial: $14.99/month if monthly and $7.49/month if annually.
  • Devices supported: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS.
  • Best for: Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS

3. HideMyAss

hidemyass free vpn trial 7 days

HideMyAss is one of the oldest and most popular VPN services out there. They’re also one of the best free VPNs because they offer over 750 servers in 280+ locations, an unlimited data cap, and support for every major OS. They publicly offer a 7-day free trial, and we were able to find a secret link that allows for a 30-days free trial.

hidemyass free trial page 30 days

However, you need a credit card to take advantage of this trial. And you will have to renew annually, too.

  • Duration of trial: 7 days and 30 days
  • Credit card needed: Yes
  • Number of servers in original plan: 750+
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 750+
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Annually
  • Renewal price after trial: $83.88
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android.
  • Best for: Apple TV

4. SaferVPN

safervpn free trial page
You can’t go wrong with SaferVPN, getting access to 700+ servers in over 35 locations, unlimited data transfer, and support for most major devices. The only big issue is the 24-hour trial length. However, what gives SaferVPN an edge above the rest is the fact that you don’t need a credit card to try their free VPN service.

  • Duration of trial: 24 hours
  • Credit card needed: No
  • Number of servers in original plan: 700+
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 700+
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/1-year/2-years
  • Renewal price after trial: $3.29 – $10.99 per month depending on renewal duration.
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOs, Android, iOS.
  • Best for: Netflix, Routers.

5. CactusVPN

cactusvpn free trial page

CactusVPN offers a more limited service compared to the other options on this list (you have access to only 23 servers). But the good news is that they allow you to trial their service for 24 hours without requiring a credit card. Their monthly plans are also cheaper — ranging from $3.25 to $4.99 per month depending on whether you decide to go with an annual or monthly renewal.

  • Duration of trial: 24 hours
  • Credit card needed: No
  • Number of servers in original plan: 23
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 23
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/Quarterly/Annually
  • Renewal price after trial: $3.25 to $4.99 per month depending on renewal duration
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
  • Best for: Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.

6. VyprVPN

vyprvpn free trial page

VyperVPN offers access to 700+ servers in over 70 worldwide locations, unlimited data transfer, and support for every major device. However, you need a credit card to trial their service and it only lasts three days.

  • Duration of trial: 3 days
  • Credit card needed: Yes
  • Number of servers in original plan: 700+
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 700+
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/Annually
  • Renewal price after trial: $5 – $12.95 per month depending on plan and renewal duration.
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS.
  • Best for: Streaming.

7. ProtonVPN

protonvpn free trial page
ProtonVPN has a free limited plan. But, if you’d like to trial their premium service with all the features they have to offer, they allow you to trial their the ProtonVPN Plus plan for three days. You don’t need a credit card for this trial, and you’ll be able to access all of the same features as paying users.

  • Duration of trial: 7 days
  • Credit card needed: No
  • Number of servers in original plan: 299
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 299
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/Annually
  • Renewal price after trial: $8 to $10 monthly depending on renewal duration.
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOs, Linux, Android.
  • Best for: Torrenting, Netflix.

8. SmartyDNS

smartydns free trial page

SmartyDNS allows you to trial their premium service for three days — and they allow you the same access a premium user will have without requiring a credit card. They only have 10 server locations, however, which is much smaller compared to most of the other options on this list.

  • Duration of trial: 3 days
  • Credit card needed: No
  • Number of servers in original plan: 10 locations
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 10 locations
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/Annually/2-years
  • Renewal price after trial: $5.83 – $5.96 per month depending on renewal duration.
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS.
  • Best for: Gaming and Smart TV.

9. Avast SecureLine VPN

avast secureline free trial page

Avast SecureLine VPN has servers in 55 locations, support for most major devices, unlimited data transfer, and a seven-day free trial without needing a credit card. This offering is good, but not as good as some of the others listed ahead on this list.

  • Duration of trial: 7 days
  • Credit card needed: No
  • Number of servers in original plan: 55 locations
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 55 locations
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: 1-year/2-years/3-years
  • Renewal price after trial: $19.99 – $86.66 per year depending on renewal period and number of devices.
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS.
  • Best for: Torrenting.

10. AVG Secure VPN

avg secure free trial page

AVG Secure VPN is offered by the same company behind the renowned AVG antivirus software. They offer a generous 30-day trial that does not require a credit card. It doesn’t even require an email address like most of their competitors. Simply install their software and you are good to go. They only have servers in 55 locations, though, which is much smaller than the other options on this list. But a 30-day trial without requiring a credit card or email address is pretty impressive in our opinion.

  • Duration of trial: 30 days
  • Credit card needed: No
  • Number of servers in original plan: 55 locations
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 55 locations
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Annually
  • Renewal price after trial: $55.99 per year.
  • Devices supported: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS.
  • Best for: Torrenting.

11. CyberGhost

cyberghost free trial page
CyberGhost boasts over 2,700 servers worldwide, support for every major device, and the ability to connect to up to 7 devices at once. While they allow only 24 hours to trial their service (7-days for Android and iOS users), you get access to all the features premium users have access to and do not need a credit card to try out their service.

  • Duration of trial: 1 day for desktop and 7 days for mobile
  • Credit card needed: No
  • Number of servers in original plan: 2,700+
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 2,700+
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/Annually/2-years/3-years
  • Renewal price after trial: $2.75 – $11.99 per month depending on renewal duration.
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux.
  • Best for: Torrenting, Netflix, Kodi, Gaming, Routers.

12. GooseVPN

goosevpn free trial page

GooseVPN also offer a generous 30-day free trial access of their VPN service. However, you need to enter your credit card details to take advantage of their offer. They have servers in 32 locations and support every major device.

  • Duration of trial: 30 days
  • Credit card needed: Yes
  • Number of servers in original plan: 32 locations
  • Number of servers in trial plan: 32 locations
  • Data cap: Unlimited
  • Renewal period after trial: Monthly/Annually
  • Renewal price after trial: $4.99 to $12.99 per month depending on renewal duration.
  • Devices supported: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS.
  • Best for: Torrenting, Netflix.

If you’re looking for a VPN which you’d like to test out first, I recommend you go for VPNHub – it doesn’t have any limitations or data caps, you can use their premium service for 7 days without any fees, although they might charge you after the 7 day window passes.

18 thoughts on “12 Best “Free Trial” VPNs

  1. I feel like free trial is a necessity for any service. How can people know if the product is suitable for their needs before paying? That’s especially important if you don’t have any deals for people to get your product cheaper. For example I use NordVPN and I was happy to find a coupon for two year subscription. I used it and though let’s see if the coupon works only once and it turned out to be an unlimited one. So now all my friends have subscribed to it for much cheaper price and they still had 3days to cancel it if they didn’t like it.

  2. re: AVG
    > “But a 30-day trial without requiring a credit card or email address is pretty impressive in our opinion.”

    …and even more impressive is the way it disappeared as soon as this article was published.

  3. AVast bought AVG — that’s why the their VPN services BOTH have 55 servers — it’s probably the same service

    I was an AVG Premium customer years ago when they partnered with HideMyAss to offer VPN Services — and proceeded to hit me with PopUp messages about me not being protected — even when I was using my HideMyAss account that I already had. Then toss in the PopUps for their overpriced Tune-Up service. I wondered why I was paying them when they were the ones with the annoying PopUps trying to sell me shit.

    I tried the Avast SecureLine offer — download, install, connect. The connect button never connected to anything. After following those instructions I called the phone number listed for help under the instructions. According to the Support Rep I talked to I could download, install, and run the software for 7 days for free, but if I wanted to actually USE the software I’d have to buy a subscription to get a license.

    I had been a HideMyAss subscriber for 3 or 4 years — and every year they screwed up my Auto-Renew AND then ignored their application kill switch when they disabled the VPN on the Laptop sitting at home. Their service did work, but NordVPN was cheaper and allowed more devices.

    I did NOT renew my NordVPN subscription which is why I’m here on this page. Since they started advertising their VPN Services on MSNBC last summer, the service has gone to crap. Before the commercial they had added servers, but those servers wouldn’t allow connections or would connect and then drop — lather, rinse, repeat — but at least the “old servers” still worked great. Then those new servers eventually started to work too. Then after the TV Commercials they added more servers — and ALL SERVERS from DIFFERENT LOCATIONS & INTERNET PROVIDERS (home/xfinity, work, Starbucks/Google-ATT, McDonalds/ATT, and 2 different Library Systems) would either drop out for 10-15 seconds every 2 or 3 minutes — or you might find a server that would work for 10 minutes straight and then drop out for 2 – 3 minutes. I had to disable the NordVPN connection I had setup on my OpenWRT router since the connection drop outs affected video streaming and my Fire TV Menus — along with the pauses for web browsing and FAILED WINDOWS UPDATES. Even with auto-renew disabled on my account, they billed me for another year of (SHIT) service.

    I’m doing the SaferVPN trial right now — and its SLOW. Speedtest.net shows 1/10th the speed with the VPN as it does without. My current 75Mb/s Cable connection WITH SaferVPN now reminds me of my old 6Mb/s DSL connection from 10 years ago. There are NOT a lot of server choices — and it took me me 3 tries to find ONE and HOLD a stable connection. When the connections fail, it seems to hold on to the old failed connections. I showed connections to 2 Canadian Servers while I was actually connected to another server in a different country. I might use some of the 11 hours remaining on my trial and reboot my laptop between connection attempts and see if I can connect to my closest (and hopefully faster servers) that I was never able to connect too last night.

    ProtonVPN has nice looking software and their 7 Day Free Trial worked fine. Servers did “Fill Up” and I’d disconnect and find a new server. Speeds were GREAT from home and a couple different other locations — when the servers didn’t “Fill Up.” Kill Switch seemed to work fine when it did lose a connection (and didn’t succeed in reconnecting). I am keeping the FREE ACCOUNT on my Laptop and might try a 1 month Subscription as another Test (and as a future backup for the next VPN provider who’s service goes to shit after I’ve subscribed).

    It looks like there are a couple more free trials left to try — and then I’ll probably pay for an overpriced 1 month subscription to Private Internet Access and see how their service works before I commit to the more more reasonably priced long term subscription.

    1. Nice work, you’re doing the leg work and helping out others in the process! Thank you for that.

      ProtonVPN is still an infant compared to a lot of the others we’ve reviewed. They are doing exceptionally well, they’ve got a great team of engineers behind them, so they’re definitely worth a shot. You could try out Express as well, they receive the most positive comments from our readers.

    2. Mike, I’ve used PIA for at least 6 years now and so far I haven’t had many issues with them. There was a few days about 2 years ago that I’d get disconnected for unknown reasons but that hasn’t occurred sense updating the VPN software. I’ve also read from some people that the internet speed has slowed for them when using PIA but I personally haven’t had that issue. Streaming movies behind PIA hasn’t been an issue with me. However, I’m now looking into a VPN that is not based in the USA or any of the other “Big Eyes” countries. So far the only one I’ve found is ExpressVPN and they are not a ‘cheap’ VPN provider.

  4. ProtonVPN requires a credit card or PayPal signup before you can download the software. If you know any other way to get the free trial let me know but for now you need to correct your information.

  5. I used ExpressVPN for 6 years, four while working in China – where it was essential to have a good, reliable VPN. Even with all the resources of the CCP, I was pretty much always able to get a VPN connection through the Great China Firewall either by laptop or Android phone. If I ever go back, ExpressVPN is my choice.

    However, when I relocated to Canada, and still had the majority of my year subscription I started running into issues. Large downloads (i.e. movies) seemed to throttle back to silly-slow speeds no matter what server I was on. Software updates came from web pages that were flagged and disallowed by both Chrome and Explorer (work around was provided, but annoying), Netflix access was like whack-a-mole – it seemed each day the server that ExpressVPN claimed as “working” changed or simply didn’t work at all. I would not recommend ExpressVPN outside China. I have let my subscription lapse – however, they were good about refunding my money when an auto-renew kicked in and they changed their security so I could not access my account in time to stop the renewal.

    As a result, I am here, doing research on which VPN I should be using while in Canada!

    1. Hey Christopher,

      Thank you for your input. You’ve probably got a way faster connection in Canada than you had in China, am I right? It might be the servers that cap your download if your connection is lightning fast.

  6. I have left Safer VPN (they allowed me a full refund of my prepayment) afer three years because their Firefox extension failed when Firefox Ver. 66 came in, and after ten days was still broken and out of use. Up until this they had provided a very good service.

    Can anyone please suggest another VPN provider who can offer a reliable, rapid-connection Firefox extension with plenty of IP address locations?

    With thanks,
    Jon

  7. Tested the 24h trial version of SaferVPN configuring Mikrotik router to use OpenVPN and PPTP versions.
    The OpenVPN configuration from SaferVPN is a copy from other configuration in other VPN service.
    PPTP Worked fine (slow @ 8mbps / 6.5mbps max, using a 200/200 bmps fiber link).

    SaferVPN advertised “good for Netflix” but on trial, Netflix realized I was using a Proxy and stopped streaming content.
    SaferVPN is lying when advertising for Netflix.

  8. Safer VPN I used for a 6 month subscription, it has issues when switching devices ( would have to get support to reactivate my account every time I added a device ) very poor for torrenting, all Canadian and American servers were a crawl, like impossible “94 days” download times.

    The only server that was OK for torrents was Netherlands. If you need to torrent I’d give SaferVPN a 4/10. If its for streaming I’d give it 6/10

  9. Once you’ve found what looks like a good VPN candidate, be sure to take it for a trial before you spend any big money. But a short trial can only tell you so much, so once that’s expired, pay for a month, run as many tests as you can, then upgrade to a better value plan (usually yearly) if you’re still happy.

  10. I could not update my ExpressVpn for last six months and even though I have tried everything they recommend and then some, no joy. I have worked with computers since days of COBOL programing so I believe that I know enough to sort out problems. However, they did offer to remotely access my pc to see if they can sort it out but I do NOT wish anyone snooping around my rig. So, in three weeks time it’s going to be good bye EV and as most of them want credit card for “free” trial (which constitutes a risk of my details being compromised with a company that I will not necessarily do business with and therefore do not wish to give them my details) I am in need of reliable VPN for torrenting.
    Decisions, decisions.

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