hide.me VPN Review & Test 2020 - Surprisingly Better than Others

Ariel Hochstadt | Ex-Google, International tech speaker
Updated on 23rd November 2020

hide.me is known for speed, security, and transparency. They do not keep logs, which their privacy policy reasonably reliable. Also, with apps for almost all major platforms, they remain a favorite among millions of users. I’ll dive into this more further into the review.

It recently joined the i2Coalition, further evidence of its commitment to internet safety. The i2Coalition is a group of VPN providers that aims to improve online and digital safety worldwide. It also helps to create ethical privacy standards for VPN providers, and ensure the standards are followed.

hide.me has 1,800 servers across 72+ countries, including Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The service uses a wide range of protocols: IKEv2, OpenVPN, Softether, SSTP, and WireGuard. They offer AES-256 encryption and a kill switch for maximum security. The service is compatible with multiple devices including Android, iOS, macOS, Routers, Windows, Windows Phone, Chrome, Firefox, BlackBerry, and Amazon Fire Stick, and allows up to 10 simultaneous connections.

hide.me is also a great choice for streaming. After receiving several complaints from their users, hide.me now offers support for US streaming services. This includes Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, HBO Now, and DAZN. It also unblocks several European services including BBC iPlayer, ITV, and RAI.

hide.me has both a Free plan and several pricing options for Paid plans. While there are some limits to the free plans, there is always the option to upgrade to a paid plan for the best security. hide.me also offers a free anonymous proxy browser to easily access blocked websites, but if you’re already using that, it’s worthwhile to download their free VPN.

hide.me app interface

The best thing about hide.me is that their free VPN is totally free and there are no ads. You also get complete customer support with the free package and access to all protocols. However, you are limited to 10GB per month.

If you decide to move to a paid plan, you can do it risk-free – there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee on all paid plans. hide.me users can get a complete refund within 14 days of buying a subscription if they haven’t used more than 10GB of data.

With both the monthly and annual plans, you can connect to the 1,800 hide.me servers in 72+ countries. All of these now let you access unlimited data, plus 10 device connections on a single account.

hide.me allows torrents and P2P sharing on most of its servers outside the US, UK, and Australia.

With active customer care, zero logs policy, free service, money-back guarantee, multiple apps, cross-platform compatibility, P2P support, and a lot more, hide.me could easily become your favorite VPN provider.

hide.me has recently introduced a split-tunneling feature to its apps. This allows users to choose which apps route their traffic through the VPN and which are directed through the ISP’s servers.

Stealth Guard is a new feature that hide.me is bringing to its users. The setting will let you choose apps that can’t operate unless you’re already connected to a VPN. This helps prevent you from accidentally opening an app or page that would compromise your security without a VPN connection. The feature will help ensure that your traffic always stays hidden from your ISP.

The Stealth Guard feature has the added benefit of hiding your data use while you travel. Once activated, it won’t use up any of your data.

It also offers full IPv6 support, and uses a dual stack configuration system that effortlessly provides safe connections regardless of whether you’re using IPv6 or IPv4.

Bottom line, hide.me has some decent features for a free VPN. If you’re looking for other free VPNs, there are plenty of them out there. There are positives like split tunneling and great privacy, but if you need advanced security features you’ll have to go with a more robust provider like NordVPN.

 

Features Details
Number of countries with servers 72
Number of servers 1800
Does VPN keep logs? No
Does VPN include a kill switch? Yes
Number of devices per license 10

Ease of Use

8.4

hide.me is easy to install and can be used on a number of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, MS Surface, and Windows phone. It can also be configured to work with most routers, Linux, Blackberry, Kodi, and more.

All you need to do to get started is create an account on hide.me, download the file, install it on your device, login with your username and password, and connect.

If you have any questions about setting up hide.me you can use the step-by-step guides on the website to guide you. hide.me also has an active online community that can help you with any problems you might face.

The app will let you connect to the protocol of your choice including PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, SoftEther, SSTP, and OpenVPN. If you’re planning to manually configure the VPN, there’s a separate configuration process for each protocol.

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Pricing

7.6
12 Months + 3 months FREE
$5.33 /month
6 Months
$6.65 /month
1 Month
$12.95 /month

There are three paid packages to choose from: monthly, yearly, and bi-yearly. Payment methods include credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin. It also offers a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

hide.me does offer a very basic free service, but you only have access  three locations and 10GB of data. There is no OpenVPN support for free users.

Reliability & Support

8.4

hide.me offers live chat, email (support@hide.me), Facebook messaging, and a contact form.

The live chat was instant, and we never had to wait more than a minute. Even with 24/7 ticket support, which can take up to two days, we received an answer within five minutes.

There is also an active online community to help you sort out any problems and connect with others.

The Bottom Line

A popular, easy-to-install VPN that offers speed, security, and simplicity

hide.me is a VPN provider that keeps no logs and aims to put safety and security at the top of its priorities. They offer servers in 72+ locations. The speeds are also generally good, faster than many other services we’ve seen, despite the high level (AES-256 bit) encryption that they offer.

You can choose from a wide array of protocols to best suit your needs. They also offer limited free access to five locations, allowing you to test out the system without any time limits.

Money Back Guarantee (Days) : 30
Mobile app :
Number of devices per license : 10

Watch the short video review and tutorial below of hide.me VPN

hide.me VPN User Reviews

6.4
Based on 41 reviews in 7 languages
Not working with my Asus RT-AX88U - 2
Penki

Will not work with Asus routers - Hide.me Service has no Interest in compatibility with Routers. I had to change the Provider from Hide.me to NordVPN and its all OK now. I had a Bad Time and now the sun shines on the VPN Sky - thanks NordVPN.

It WAS Great - 4
AN

Doesn't work anymore in China. It was really fast and much more user-friendly after it had a "Unlimited Free" server option. It was easy to connect. Not anymore. It got blocked recently, around a few days ago.

Been using it for 5 years now. - 10
Anonymous

The windows and android apps are really easy to use. I've hardly ever had issues with it. It's very reasonably priced as well. It does everything i want it to and more for a minor amount of money.

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