How to Setup Hotspot Shield, Free VPN for iPhone


Update 4 (May 26, 2013): Another VPN solution is SunVPN, which has worked very well for people as well. Check it out here. A similar VPN service many have signed up for is NordVPN, which has servers based out of Panama.

Update 3 (June 2, 2012): Looks like Hotspot Shield VPNs have stopped working altogether on iOS devices. One pretty awesome paid VPN alternative is HideMyAss, which is $6/month and works pretty well on iOS and Android devices. Click here to check it out (it’s currently on sale).

Update 2 (Aug. 17, 2011): It appears Hotspot Shield’s iPhone page is no longer supported, but the service still works. Enter the details as shown below. You can also access Netflix USA with your Netflix Canada account by adding this VPN to your iOS devices.

If you’re browsing on your iPhone on an open WiFi network, you might want to secure your connection with a VPN (Virtual Private Network). If you want to access US-only content and have your IP US-based, you can also use a VPN.

We’ve talked about setting up a paid VPN solution via Witopia to use the ABC iPad app in Canada, but there is a free solution via Hotspot Shield. PC and Mac users have used Hotspot Shield for a while now, but there is also a solution for iPhone users.

Here’s how to setup your Hotspot Shield VPN on your iPhone (according to their guide):

1. Turn off WiFi. Then find the VPN settings in
Settings -> General -> Network -> VPN -> Add VPN Configuration:

Enter the following details:

Select the IPSec tab/pane
Description: HotspotShield
Account: n5tfrq
Password: n5tfrq
Use Certificate: OFF
Group Name: hss
Secret: hss

2. Save the settings and hit the “HOME” button to quit. Make sure to turn Wi-Fi back “ON”.

3. To activate Hotspot Shield on your iPhone, the VPN setting needs to be turned on.

Settings –> VPN –> ON

If you entered your info correctly, your status will change to “Connected” and you’ll see a VPN icon appear at the top iPhone tray. If you can’t connect, power down your phone, and turn it back on and try again.

Hotspot Shield worked over both 3G and WiFi.

Accessing US-IP Only Websites

With Hotspot Shield’s VPN enabled, I was able to make better use of the Skyfire app. Watching content from the US such as The Daily Show worked without a problem. I was also able to use Pandora, which is only available in the US App Store and works only in the USA in Canada. I’ll have a brief tutorial on that later.

Hotspot Shield’s VPN did take a couple tries to setup though. There are various login/password accounts provided and if one doesn’t work, try another (you might have to reload the page in a different browser). I did this and it worked for me.

Also, the VPN doesn’t stay on forever as it will turn itself off after a brief period of time. Nonetheless, for a free VPN solution on the iPhone, Hotspot Shield does the job for your immediate needs.

Let me know how Hotspot Shield for the iPhone works for you in the comments!

[Hotspot Shield]


  • Mike

    I use hotspot shield all the time. I like it 😉

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  • Very useful info!

  • Bobafett1998

    welcome to 2008.

  • which web browser is that in the last screenshot?

  • VPN is old news for geeks, but I’m sure a lot of people found this useful.

  • Damien

    Worked the first time! Thanks for the good info.

  • Anonymous

    I got the Daily Show just fine without turning VPN on??
    But it did install fine.
    I’ll try ABC Player with it.
    I tried with VPN on to see if I could watch some TV shows but it said I could not access CBS from my iphone as my carrier does not support it??

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you mean 1998 like your birthday?

  • Anonymous


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  • Big O

    Much appreciated… Kudo’s to all the geeks who already knew this old news…

  • Joie

    Worked awesome thanks so much!

  • TBeats

    Great info! Keep up the good work people!

  • Johnb700

    omg!!! this is aaamazing. it worked right away. i can now use pandora in canada. THX so MUCH.
    I just hope it will continue working

  • 🙂

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  • Chillow Ag

    I used this free mobile VPN service since one month ago:

    It uses PPTP VPN type and works on most smartphones like iPhone, Android phones or tablet like iPad, no software installation is needed. Speed is up to 1.2Mbit/s, very smooth when watching or video 🙂

    Free account/password posted in their web site, every time after VPN is connected, make sure to visit for one time then you will be able to use the free VPN service for 4 hours, it’s network bandwidth and performance is really good 🙂

    Actually it can be used in windows xp/7 or mac osx OS as well 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Goga555


  • Kalandar55

    I want new VPN for free qukkle.

  • john

    I have tried this several times and it keeps not working. I get a VPN icon at the top of the screen, but then there’s no connectivity at all. I can’t check mail, download apps, access websites…. anything. As soon as I disconnect VPN, my connectivity comes back. Note that it doesn’t matter whether I am using 3G or wireless.

    Any suggestions?


  • Bob

    Yes, same it tried with different logins but No connection, Even thought i See the VPN sign on the top of my iPhone. Can anyone help us with that?

  • Bradhebert

    im getting this problem can any one help <<<>>>

  • K Shajakhan

    vpn server did not respond

  • K Shajakhan

    vpn server did not respond

  • jack

    same here 🙁

  • Syl

    Config went well for me on an iPad2. However I think that this is not working when you VPN through a Wifi connection. I suspect the Apps store as well as Safari to privilege the faster Wifi connection rather than the VPN one… Will keep on trying ‘though.

  • Syl

    Config went well for me on an iPad2. However I think that this is not working when you VPN through a Wifi connection. I suspect the Apps store as well as Safari to privilege the faster Wifi connection rather than the VPN one… Will keep on trying ‘though.

  • Taimurimtiaz64

    Its too slow while using hotspot in iphone4.

  • Taimurimtiaz64

    Its too slow while using hotspot in iphone4.

  • B Orandiparia

    i can’t get account id! how did you all get it?!:(( can anyone help me?!

  • B Orandiparia

    i can’t get account id! how did you all get it?!:(( can anyone help me?!

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  • Cute-reem95

    Thx a lot team

  • Cute-reem95

    Thx a lot team

  • Cute-reem95

    Thx a lot team

  • Cute-reem95

    Thx a lot team

  • Cute-reem95

    Thx a lot team

  • Opinionated_sonner

    This worked flawlessly on my Ipod Touch 4G! I can now use the CW full episodes app and the app from Canada! YAY! Thank you sooooooooo much!

  • Anonymous

    It worked on the iPad.

  • Tariqq8

    why it is disconnecting everytime ? i am facing problem with it ……….

  • E Tat

    Very usefull! It solved my problem with VoIP call in vodafone uk!!!!

  • Sash

    Works for a few minutes no more than that. I suspect this service will shut down soon.

  • josef

    hi every body, how can i find or resset my password that i forgoten?!!!!
    and now i c the error diabled cant establish 2 ituns

  • Davidblaine021

    Hey guys, can u give me hss account id & password.. I cant create one, coz’ im working here in UAE, and the site is blocked.. Pls help me.. Thanx and godbless

  • Essadastrenger

    it says vpn account didnt response please help!!!

  • Srayegan

    I used it for months,it was good but from yesterday it says “the vpn server did not respond”.what should i do?

  • nas

    I have used it for months,it was good but from yesterday it says that”the vpn server did not respond”,what should i do?

  • Bob

    Just set this up, VPN accepted and connected but Pandora Internet Radio which is what i set this up for wont connect – are these VPN login details still active?

  • thanks for guiding how to set up VNP account , you are the best hero No.1

  • Alwazeer Monther

    VPN server did not respond

  • Master_ali84

    thanx very good

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  • Farouk

    VPN server did not respond

  • Farouk

    VPN server did not respond

  • Martin

    Brilliant Thanks. Don’t know why others are having problems. For me in Thailand on an iPod 4 worked straight away and doesn’t disconnect.

    Thanks again.

  • Cheers. Glad you were able to follow my instructions properly.

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  • Ivjosh

    This also worked on my ipad.  Thanks!

  • Sam

    Worked ! I now can listen to Pandora from outside of the US.

  • vvnightmarevv

    Awesome. Thank you so much!!

  • Shanawas Rasheed

    It worked thanks… I need to check while I am in roaming. Right now I am in India. I think there will be problem in connecting when I am in Dubai, UAE.

  • H M Hashemi

    The VPN server did not respond

  • Milunita7

    Thank you from Dubai!

  • dince


  • Hey hey guys (John & Bob): There are plenty of iPad VPNs but, I used to have HotSpot Shield for my iPad also and had the same problems (its a bit different form others to use), then I finally got an eye on the list of top 5 iPadVPN services, from which I chose the top ranking “HideMyAss” (a bit expensive than AceVPN but) works 100% excellent.

  • Scorpina76

    Im in Argentina, it says VPN Connection user authentication failed

  • scott

    This is legit, does this work for spotify too?

  • mond_e

    Works for me… I’m based in Vancouver…

  • man i’m having this issue “cannot connect to hhs servers” with iphone, anyone know a fix

  • Aybarrios

    wow … it worked !!!! this is awesome !!!

  • Hsjshs

    Its works boy

  • zahra

    im from iran,bte the wey thank u all so muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch   :)))))))))))))))

  • Mohsendokhtabade

    thanks alot…

  • Sami E320

    I am working in Saudi Arabia I tried it here but it doesn’t connect when I was back home in London it works fine but here in Saudi Arabia it doesn’t work I need your help here is my e mail

  • damy

    thanks so much, its working

  • Munyshot

    worked right away but only seems to last for a minute or two. 

  • Kmap06

    FU”·$ YEAH!!!!! It works!!!! Thanks so much!!

  • Johnnydang191087

    Nice working… Thanks for sharing this method ^^

  • Lily

    I want it for L2TP can you help me ?



  • Guest

    working fine right now!!

  • B.I.G

    VPN server did not respond

  • Don

    download hotspot shield from App store and its really fast.

  • Guest

    Thanks a lot

  • Caha

    Worked thanks!

  • Masuodkh Bargh

    Salam zahra

  • Masuodkh Bargh

    Salam zahra

  • Parvizimanzadeh

    tnx. that was very neccesary for me in iran

  • Guest

    love you 🙂

  • William

    Thank you so much

  • Javadrostami1989

    i’m from iran, thank you for vpn.
    it’s worked…
    slow speed…!

  • Javadrostami1989

    my phone is iPhone4s

  • Alsams6

    Anyway, thank you for your explaination and i did exactly the steps but i got a message saying the VPN server did not respond.  Now, i’m seeking your solution over this issue.

    Your response is highly appreciated.


  • Ramin Rele

    hey ghato vasl mishe

  • Marc Hustler

    kiram b kose maret

  • Golaby_76

    ia from iran your vpn bessssssst

  • Mazumder_123

    Thanking help for as……….I’m roshan

  • Hernico

    my hotspot shield was expired on my iphone 4s and now it’s working again, i’m able to use pandora and i’m in Chile, thank you!!!!!

  • Kimoton

    Do have new number cause this one stopped working pls……

  • Gabrielbicalho-

    Thank you very much!! it was really helpfull! im from Brazil! 

  • Clemens Kyle1996

    Newfoundland Canada n it works does it cost ? Or is the other things I should have and am I able to switch from bell 3G network to the 4th gen network to get faster down upload ?

  • Mregnj


  • Rahuldhiman

    The VPN Server did not respond any fix for that please help

  • my old password no longer works. Hotspot Shield app is available on iTunes as a trial, after 7 days it’s $1.00/month.

  • Pvmani4

    VPN server did not respond..

  • Lynz6891

    I cannot wait to ry this out!!! I hope it works for iHeart radio too….?
    Anyway, the issue i have is- The link you provided to **obtaining  an account for Hotspotshield for iPhone** isn’t working for me????
    Is there an alternative link I could try?
    Please & THANK YOU in advance (:


  • Shahram1037

    Than’s you are gooooooooooood

  • Al-3need_141


  • Joe

    Toronto: I set this VPN up to use pandora from my iphone4. It works great (thanks!!) for about 4-5 songs before shutting off (like you said it might). Is there a free VPN solution for iphones that is more stable? (or does VPN stability come with a monthly fee 😉 ).

  • Zeinoddinh

    Hi there! Im hani from Iran! It works for me.just wanted to say thank you so much????

  • Abdalla20053

    It’s work thank u

  • Dfhht

    Thanks alot, it really helped me 🙂

  • David

    No Internet when wifi is off

  • Flora

    It worked very good but when I turn off and turn on my phone it stopped working what should I do?please!!!!

  • Useful information. I tried on my iPod and worked. Thanks for the post.

  • Fadiasfahan

    VPN is  not working

  • Tmillward

    Will there be a cost for this being used with my wifi

  • My savior 🙂 Thank !

  • Karamblack


  • Se1376khatibi

    I like it

  • Val

    It works perfectly but only for a minute 90 secs tops.. 🙁

  • Suheym

    Same for me VPN server didn’t respond

  • Ddd

    works vell thx

  • Adam Levin16

    it filled the information out but did not save so i turn off and back on and fill out again but still did not work. why will it not save now my iPod is useless

  • Exd38599

    hi i follow that instruction but still not working no network connection available
     what should i do please help me

  • Keyvan Eyvazi


  • Miller Pease

    It use to work on my iPad now the server won’t respond when I try to connect


    the vpn did not respond

  • #1jetsfans

    this ain’t working at all. help me!!

  • Farhadmahneshan

    The VPN server did not respond

  • Farhadmahneshan

    VPN server did not respond

  • asifalisha

    Any VPN address ? for iphone 

  • Anonymous

    Well a month ago this information was working.
    I think tgat it might be expired.
    Hope theres an update for this.

  • Kaka_lol

    ya vpn server did not respond

  • Kaka_lol

    what should i do?

  • Kimia Mohajeri

    Ba Arab bash

  • Kimia

    Ba Adab bash

  • Mostafaecco

    Zahra jan age vpn jadid giravordi begu langam

  • Hasha199

    Not working

  • Tina_elizeh

    Not workingggg 🙁

  • Irm21

    yep! not working anymore! any solution?

  • ?? ?

    not working

  • Zahrahidrees

    Server is not responding… Y is this happening

  • Mmr_sport

    It ‘s not working if there is any new Version please Confirm

  • Kim

    vpn server didi not respond. 🙁

  • Cadamson2011

    It’s no longer working

  • Workunion

    hotspotshield is dead.

  • Sepehr khatibi

    The VPN server did not respond

  • Hani

    Hi there! Im Hani from Iran. I used it and it worked but it doesnt work anymore!well i bought vpn too but it doesnt work at all:'( it drives me crazy.plz tell me what to do.thank u so much <3

  • Pouya

    Chi chi thank you!
    In ke ghat shode

  • Help

    Yeah, it used to work a couple of months ago, but now it’s just saying ‘The VPN Server did not respond’ which sucks. Anyone know why? D:

  • Bella

    I use this but it doeasn’t work anymore what can we do?:(((((((
    In iran most sites are blocked such az facebook,youtube,…!tell us new way tnx!

  • mr.cartman

    does it only work in canada?

  • Hxfu

    I want the c

  • Mehrad

    The VPN server did not respond

  • AMT

    VPN server did not respond

  • Wazza

    The serve is not responding

  • Mohammed

    server is NOt responding at all, it worked for more than a year perfectly, what a pitty its not working now

  • master

    the server did not respond

  • shamus

    do u have a nice ass?

  • ^=_-!`~meh~`!-_=^

    works just fine for me 🙂 nice free vpn option.
    But I suspect it might crap out considering other comments. 😛
    -Ipad 3, 64gb, iOS 5.1.1, wifi only

  • dilan

    VPN sever did not respond

  • abdulla

    hi frinds pls send me vpl setting and account working in july 2012 for iphone thanx….

  • qwala

    is this way working in all world ??? its says
    VPN server did not respond

  • lon

    baba kheili gohiii!

  • Arsalan

    Kimi u yahoo Dari ?

  • Lex

    Looks like they’ve changed it to an app 7 day free trial then they charge.

  • dj man

    VPN server not resond

  • Flame virus

    ????? ????? ??? ?? ?? ??? ????? ????? ???? ????? ??????

  • ????

    ???? ??? ????? ??? ???? ??

  • Yashar

    Salambacheha vpn roy hoshim nasb memishe chekar konam rahnamaeim konid pis

  • Amir

    ??? ?????

  • Ricardo

    olá o meu esta dano como o servidor nao esta respondendo

  • Martin

    Search for “hotspot shield vpn” in app store, download it for free, try it out for FREE for 7 days. After that it’s $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. It will go as fast as your 3G/4G/Wi-Fi can go and comes with UNLIMITED bandwidth!!!! Very easy to set up. Highly recommend this mobile VPN service after trying all the rest.

  • Chuckger

    Nai ka motei duo nema ie lopa renipogate hae pe gane?

  • Meng Rakbanchong

    VPN server did not respond… Is it because I’m not in Canada or U.S.A? thank you

  • Saman

    The VPN server did not respond

  • uu

    this no longer works…

  • mrd677

    hotspot sheild not downloding my iphone4s n pakistan plz send me mail how to install

  • krash

    VPN server did not respond

  • Shawgi Adam

    VPN server did not respond

  • Alirezasafari

    VPN server did not respon

  • me

    vpn server did not respond

  • Dani

    Not working tnx az sar kar gozashtantoon@@@@

  • Ali

    Vpn server did not respond

  • mamboking

    VPN CONNECTION “The VPN server did not respond”.

  • yazdan

    thats not work

  • Duffsurly

    Hotspot shield has a app available to download onto ios devices and is extremely easy to use for VPN. enabling plus only costs $29 for a 12 month subscription.

  • Paniz

    Man VPN mikham

  • Paniz

    Salam kesi inja has k VPN dashte bashe k to Iran kar kone,plz

  • grrrr

    “The VPN server did not respond” again and again and again HEEEELLPPP

  • omid

    i am from iran , and no acces to credit card , now i do???

  • Tracy

    It keeps saying VPN server did not respond.

  • Adam

    I followed the correct steps, but the server didnt respond


    HI ASS

  • Kamran

    With all the described settings, it says “VPN server did not respond”
    Please guide ?

  • Gilang

    VPN server did not respond

  • mustafa tarakai

    VPN server did not respond

  • Tauseef

    Learn here how to setup vpn on iPhone also and this setup guide is only for iPhone.. It is easy to setup and detailed…

  • Yamin Islam


  • Yamin Islam

    I nit uae vpn passed

  • renteria

    Please i have tried this several times but not responding,can you help me connect it is soon as possible?

  • kimberlikristin

    Logged into Ivacy VPN , got access to netflix ! working just fine !

  • Not working it’s showing crashed…


    Some times its not working, It shows that it is working but in reality its not. I have checked it by check-my-location query on google. However if you are considering a vpn service that is free then hotspot is great. In paid service ivacy is considered to be best vpn in the market in a price that is near to free.