Difference between Premium and Free Mode of Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield has 2 modes available: Premium and Free. 

Here's how to install Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield FREE Mode:

  • Only US Virtual location is available
  • Premium Payment Wall will display when accessing any streaming content such as BBC, Netflix, Hulu, Adult content, etc
  • Is ad-supported and displays our sponsors' ads (banners) at the top of the browser on Android
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 a Premium account for free here.


Features/Benefits Hotspot Shield Premium  Hotspot Shield Free
Connection speed 4X 1X
Virtual Locations 70+ 1 (US)
Streaming HD (High Definition) SD (Standard Definition)
Dedicated Support Team Yes - 24/7 Chat support and priority email personalized support No, just access to FAQ's
Ability to link up to 5 devices to one Premium account  Yes  No, just 1
Data encryption Yes Yes
 Block phishing Yes Yes