Free VPN’s for China – Our Top 5
What is a VPN, why do I need one, and which one is the best free VPN for China?
All of these questions, plus much more are answered below!
What is a VPN?
In short, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service that conceals a user’s IP address (i.e. location) to provide private internet access and allow access to otherwise censored or restricted websites and services.
We have a whole host of blog posts relating to VPN’s including one in particular which we get asked about a lot at LTL during school days. How to download a VPN in China?
Why do I need a VPN in China?
In short – you will need a VPN service to access many of your favourite websites.
This is because the “Great Firewall of China” censors or blocks many of these sites.
Whether you’re planning a trip to China or if you’re thinking about coming to work or even take up an internship in China, downloading a VPN beforehand is a must.
Some opt for a paid VPN, however, for those in China for a shorter time, a free VPN service for use in China may be the better option.
In a nutshell – if you plan to spend more than a month in China a PAID VPN is what we’d recommend. Any shorter length of time and you should get by with a FREE VPN.
There are advantages and disadvantages of using a free VPN.
The main one being a lack of privacy when using a free VPN as your information could be sent to third parties.
A quick Google search will leave you inundated with hundreds of different kinds of VPNs – many of them already blocked by China. So how do you know which VPN’s really work in China this 2019?
Quickly before going into our list of FREE VPN’s for China here is one of our favourite paid services which you can’t go far wrong with
Anyway, back to the freebies!
We’ve put together an ultimate list of the 5 best FREE VPNs for use in China that work in 2019:
Free VPN for China
1. Hotspot shield
750 MB per day
US server locations
Pay for more features option
Browsing ✅ / Streaming ❌
This is one of the most popular VPN services used by millions of people throughout the world (over 500 million to be precise).
However, you’ll have a limited amount of data usage per day. The user interface is very easy to use and it has very fast speeds, with many extra features. We think that the limited 750mb is extremely generous.
But if you’re wanting to use it for anything else aside from social media and emails, such as streaming, you may want to look further.
NOTE – It is also important to note that this VPN only allows connections to the US. The US is a popular connection for people living and working in China but sometimes other options provide equally fast, if not faster speeds, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, mainly due to closer proximity.
2GB per month
3 server locations
Speeds above average
The massive 2GB allowance per month for free compensates for the fact that there are only three servers you can access.
Hide Me is also widely regarded to have pretty strong speeds compared to its competitors coming out above average.
Slow VPN speeds can slow you internet connection right down and if this gets you edgy, you’l want to bare that in mind!
500mb per month
Worldwide server locations
Options to pay extra for more services
TunnelBear is a very trusted VPN and if you’re worried about privacy when using a free VPN, look no further.
TunnelBear has one of the best privacy policies – however, this does come at a price with a restriction of 500mb PER MONTH.
This means that if your friends send you a few photos on Facebook messenger it could be wiped out pretty easily.
However, a big advantage is being able to access servers worldwide (apart from Australia). And there are cute bears everywhere!
10GB Per month
Great for streaming due to large allowance
Multiple devices (unlimited!)
Live Chat Support not 24/7
10GB and unlimited devices…?! Yep, you read correctly.
This is THE VPN for those who want to watch private internet access to enjoy Netflix and stream lots of videos on Youtube or download lots of content.
The unbeatable 10GB per month for free definitely sets it apart from any other free VPN for China.
Unlimited monthly data
Great for streaming due to large allowance
Only US servers (paid options available for more features)
This is the perfect free VPN for China for those who want to browse as much as they want without any data restrictions – but this comes at a price.
Betternet is very open about the fact that they keep logs.
If you’re worried about privacy – this is not the VPN for you.
However, if a lack of privacy and occasional pop-up ads don’t bother you, this is a firm choice.
Free VPN for China – Concluding
There are many different factors to consider when picking your free VPN for China.
Ultimately however, only you know what’s important for you in terms of data allowance, privacy or speed.
Pick your VPN according to the factors important to you, whether it be speed, number of devices or privacy, and happy surfing!
NOTE – Remember, we have a strong list of great paid VPN options too which we’d recommend if you are staying in China for longer than a few weeks, here is one more really strong VPN we like a lot, you can sign up with them below:
If you’re already in China and haven’t downloaded a VPN before arriving, it can be a bit trickier to access your favourite websites. Follow our steps for information on how to download a VPN if you’re already in China.
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