What is the difference between Elite and Free Mode of Hotspot Shield?

Hotspot Shield has 2 Modes Available - FREE and Elite.

Hotspot Shield FREE Mode:
- only has US virtual location available
- will display Elite Payment Wall when trying to access BBC, Netflix, Hulu, Adult content, etc
- is ad-supported and will display our sponsors' ads (banners) at the top of the browser

You switch from FREE Mode to Hotspot Shield Elite Mode by logging in to your Elite Account via the Sign In Button on the Hotspot Shield Panel.

Hotspot Shield Elite Mode:
- offers US (default), UK, Australia, Japan, Germany, Canada, Hong Kong, India and China virtual locations
- will NOT display Payment Wall while trying to access Netflix, Hulu and BBC(UK) sites
- offers ad-free browsing and will not display our sponsors' ads at the top of the browser


When you start Hotspot Shield for the first time, it will be running in Free Mode. You must log in with a valid Elite username/password to enjoy Elite features.

Hotspot Shield Elite for Windows

1. Elite label present on the panel

2. 'Sign Out' button offers option to log off Elite Account

3. Elite membership expiration date displayed 

 

Hotspot Shield FREE for Windows

1. No Elite label present

2. 'Sign In' button offers option to log onto Elite Account

3. Sponsors advertisement banners

Win_elite.png   Win_free.png

 

Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac

1. Elite label present on the panel

2. 'Sign Out' button offers option to log off Elite Account

3. Elite membership expiration date displayed 

 

 

Hotspot Shield FREE for Mac

1. No Elite label present

2. 'Sign In' button offers option to log onto Elite Account

3. Sponsors advertisement banners

Mac_Elite.png    

 

Ad-Free Browsing

There are no ad banners at the top of the browser

 

 

Ad-Supported Browsing

Our sponsors ad banners are present at the top of the browser

 
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