Difference between Premium and Free Mode of Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield has 2 modes available: Premium and Free.

Hotspot Shield FREE Mode:

  • Only US Virtual location is available
  • Premium 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 Premium Mode, sign in to your Premium account through the Hotspot Shield app. Learn how

Hotspot Shield Premium Mode:

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

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


Features/Benefits Hotspot Shield Premium  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 Premium account Yes No
Data encryption Yes Yes
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