Can I Use My Free Trial More Than Once?

It’s theoretically possible to use a free trial more than once, but it would require using new email addresses each time, and potentially deleting your cookies or switching browsers.

In Astrill VPN’s case, all that’s required to use the free trial is an email address. You could just use another email address and sign up again.

However, Astrill’s website uses cookies to identify whether you’ve already registered for the free trial. As such, you may get a different page that doesn’t include the free trial option. To avoid this, delete your cookies or use a different browser.

There’s always the risk the VPN in question is aware of free trial “abuse” and may ban you or stop offering free trials all together.

NordVPN cancelled its free trial on PC and Mac following “abuse” of the service, and PrivateVPN went as far as removing it altogether.

Surfshark VPN lets you use its money-back guarantee twice, so you can actually use Surfshark for free more than once.

Do VPNs Actually Guarantee Your Money-Back?

Most VPNs offer “money-back guarantees”, but potential customers are sometimes concerned they actually won’t get their money back.

The VPNs we recommend that offer money-back guarantees have always refunded us in our tests.

Remember, you must ask for your money back within the designated refund window.

However, buying a VPN through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store means that VPN refund policies don’t apply. That’s because applications purchased through those marketplaces are subject to their refund policies, and not those of the VPN service.

For example, NordVPN includes this information in its terms of service: NordVPN's Terms of Service

In other words: VPNs can’t issue refunds through iTunes/App Store. This also applies to resellers such as Amazon and subscriptions purchased using gift cards.

For this reason, it’s best to subscribe directly from the VPN service’s website. If you sign up via a marketplace, be sure to consult its refund policy as it may not be as good as the VPN provider’s.

Some VPNs are stricter than others, too. If the money-back guarantee is advertised as risk-free, a VPN service may refuse your refund depending on your reason for cancellation or initial payment method.

McAfee Safe Connect, for example, forces you to call customer support and give a reason for cancellation.

For the most part, popular VPNs will honour their money-back guarantees. Very rarely will they deny a refund within the refund period of time.

Which VPN Free Trials Should You Avoid?

While there are many free VPNs you should avoid, the case isn’t the same when it comes to free trials.

Free trials almost always come from reputable VPN companies and are safe to use with no security risks.

Many people avoid free trials that require payment details, because they fear accidentally falling into a long-term VPN contract. HideMyAss, Hotspot Shield, and NordVPN all offer free trials that require you to enter payment details.

As for money-back guarantees, we recommend signing up to the service via the provider’s website, rather than the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Refund policies differ on marketplaces, so it’s best to subscribe via the VPN service’s official website to be covered by the company’s own refund policy.

What's the Best VPN Free Trial for Netflix?

Many people use a VPN to stream Netflix content from other countries.

A VPN free trial is an excellent way to gain temporary access to geo-restricted Netflix libraries, without committing to a full VPN subscription.

A free trial also allows you to test a VPN with Netflix before committing to a long-term plan.

Not all VPNs work with Netflix, though. We’ve tested many popular VPN free trials with Netflix, and we recommend using the below VPNs:

  • ExpressVPN (unblocks 18 Netflix regions)
  • NordVPN (unblocks 17 Netflix regions)
  • PrivateVPN (unblocks 10 Netflix regions)
  • Surfshark (unblocks 9 Netflix regions)

If you take advantage of their money-back guarantees, you get much more time (30 days) than a typical free trial, usually limited to between one and seven days.

Alternatively, try one of the best free VPNs for Netflix, but you’ll be restricted to a few hours of streaming each month due to the VPNs’ data limits.

Does PrivateVPN Still Offer a Free Trial?

Many publications incorrectly state that PrivateVPN offers a genuine seven-day free trial. This has not been the case since May 2022.

Having said that, you can still use PrivateVPN for free by asking for a full refund within 30 days of signing up to the service.