Difference between Elite and Free Mode of Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield has 2 modes available: Elite and Free.

Hotspot Shield FREE Mode:

  • Only US Virtual location is available
  • Elite Payment Wall will display when accessing BBC, Netflix, Hulu, Adult content, etc
  • Is ad-supported and displays our sponsors' ads (banners) at the top of the browser
To switch from Free to Elite Mode, sign in to your Elite account through the Hotspot Shield app. Learn how

Hotspot Shield Elite Mode:

When you start Hotspot Shield for the first time, it will be in Free Mode. You must sign in to your Elite account to enjoy Elite features.

 In case you have a free account, you can try an Elite account for free here.


Features/Benefits Hotspot Shield Elite Hotspot Shield Free
Bandwidth Cap Unlimited 500 MB per day
Virtual Locations 24 1 (US)
Ad-free browsing Yes No 
Dedicated Support Team Yes - 24/7 Chat support (coming soon) and priority email support Email support
Unlimited access to geo-restricted sites Yes No
Ability to link up to 5 devices to one Elite account Yes No
Data encryption Yes Yes
Have more questions? Submit a request