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Hide.me Free Review

Charlotte Darrell
By Charlotte DarrellUpdated
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Hide.me Free: Ranked #57 out of 99 VPNs that we tested

  1. Local downloads of 80Mbps
  2. Strict zero-logs policy
  3. Loads of security extras
  4. Ad-free service
  5. User-friendly custom apps
  1. 2GB monthly data cap
  2. Only five server locations
  3. Bad international performance

Works with

Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, Torrenting, Kodi

Available on

  1. Windows
  2. Mac
  3. Ios
  4. Android
  5. Linux

Speed & Reliability

Incredibly fast downloads of 80Mbps

Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server.

Before using Hide.me Free:

  1. DownloadMbps

    91

  2. UploadMbps

    61

  3. Pingms

    11

When connected to Hide.me Free:

  1. DownloadMbps

    81

  2. UploadMbps

    61

  3. Pingms

    13

Download speed without Hide.me Free: 91Mbps

Download speed with Hide.me Free: 81Mbps

Our download speed loss when Hide.me Free is running: 11%

Overall, we experienced an incredibly minimal drop in speeds while connected. It’s worth noting that we burnt through half of our data allowance running a few speed tests, though, which gives you an idea of how little you’ll be able to do on a monthly basis.

Server Locations

Only five locations to choose from

Globe with a blue flag4Countries
Image of a city landscape5Cities
Image of a pink marker?IP Addresses

Hide.me’s free VPN service is limited to just five server locations: the Netherlands, Canada, Singapore, and the US (with a choice of both East and West Coast).

Hide.me Free servers

While these go some way to cover popular countries in three different continents, it won’t be enough for some, particularly if you live far from the available servers.

Offering such a limited number of server locations is fairly standard for a free service, but even Hide.me’s premium plan offers 56 server locations, which is much better but not competing with the top like HideMyAss! offering up to 190 countries.

Streaming & Torrenting

Not recommended for streaming or torrenting

We absolutely can’t recommend Hide.me’s free service for streaming.

We used to be able to access Netflix through the West Coast US server but this has been blocked for a few months now, and watching BBC iPlayer is impossible as you can’t connect to the UK.

Streaming will burn through your monthly data allowance after just a couple of hours, anyway. If it’s a priority, check out our latest VPN streaming recommendations, or take a look at these VPN services to stream Netflix and to watch BBC iPlayer from anywhere.

Torrenting

Torrenting is permitted on three of the free server locations, but the data cap will be a massive setback once more.

For torrenting we’d suggest looking into other zero-logs providers – one of our favorites is IPVanish.

Bypassing Censorship

Not the most reliable option for China

Hide.me isn’t the most reliable option of China, but offers a couple of possible solutions for bypassing the Great Firewall including SoftEther connections, which use HTTPS to mask the fact you’re using a VPN. It’s worth noting that SoftEther isn’t available for Android or iOS, though.

Users are encouraged to contact tech support before attempting to use the service in the country though, as not all servers will work. The Chinese government has also now blocked Hide.me’s website, meaning you need to download the VPN before you travel.

Platforms & Devices

Available on all major platforms plus routers

Apps

Windows LogoWindows
Mac LogoMac
iOS LogoiOS
Android LogoAndroid
Linux LogoLinux
Router LogoRouter

Hide.me offers custom apps for Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS. It also provides manual setup guides for other platforms such as Linux.

The biggest drawback for those on the free plan is that users can’t protect multiple devices at the same time. It’s possible to install the VPN at router level but the 2GB data limit will be a major hindrance.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

AppleTV LogoAppleTV
Amazon Fire TV LogoAmazon Fire TV
Chromecast LogoChromecast
Nintendo LogoNintendo
PlayStation LogoPlayStation
Roku LogoRoku
Xbox LogoXbox

Hide.me supports Amazon FireTV, Android TV and Roku and its website does provide manual setup guides for a range of platforms including AppleTV, PlayStation 4, and Kodi.

Browser Extensions

Chrome LogoChrome
Firefox LogoFirefox

Hide.me offer browser extensions for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. These add-ons can be installed in a matter of seconds to your browser for a lightweight experience. They also come with WebRTC leak blocking.

Encryption & Security

Just as private and secure as the premium app

Protocol

IKEv2/IPSec

L2TP/IPSec

OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)

PPTP

SSTP

Encryption

AES-256

Security

DNS Leak Blocking

First-party DNS

IPV6 Leak Blocking

Supports TCP Port 443

VPN Kill Switch

Advanced features

Split Tunneling

Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more.

Hide.me Free’s encryption is via AES-256, considered to be the ‘gold standard’, and you can choose between a range of different VPN protocols.

The free apps also offer a VPN kill switch along with first-party DNS servers and built-in DNS/IPv6 leak blocking, which our leak tests confirmed to be working.

Hide.me Free leak test results

We were also pleasantly surprised to see split tunneling included in the Windows app, a feature that allows you to choose which traffic does and doesn’t go through the VPN tunnel. Port randomization offers an extra layer of security, but you can manually select a port if you prefer.

Logging Policy

Minimal logging based in a privacy-friendly jurisdiction

Hide.me doesn’t collect any personally identifiable data, and only maintains non-persistent logs of connection data, including:

  • Randomly generated username
  • Internally assigned IP address
  • Total amount of monthly data traffic

This data is used for troubleshooting purposes and erased every few hours. Even better, it can’t be linked back to individuals and can be deleted upon request.

Jurisdiction

Hide.me is incorporated in Malaysia where there are no data retention laws that require VPN providers to keep persistent logs of customer connections or network activities.

Hide.me states that it will comply with court orders from a recognized legal authority, but can’t be compelled to hand over information that it doesn’t have.

Ease of Use

Simple apps with hassle-free setup

How to Install & Set Up Hide.me Free

Hide.me’s apps are simple enough for VPN newbies, and the advanced features will satisfy more experienced users too. Unlike many free services, there isn’t an ad in sight, which is very refreshing.

The main screen is stripped back to the basics, and you can find the server locations by clicking the ‘Change’ button in the bottom right, with the free locations helpfully displayed at the top of the list. You can find the well-organized settings menu behind the cog symbol in the top-right.

Browser Extensions

Hide.me offers browser extensions for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox free of charge. They include protection against WebRTC leaks, two extra server locations (US and Germany), and don’t come with a data cap.

Hide.me Free browser extension

These are SOCKS proxies rather than full VPN extensions, meaning that while they spoof your IP address they don’t encrypt your traffic unless used alongside the desktop app.

Customer Support

Good online support with 24/7 live chat

24/7 Live chat support
Online Resources

Hide.me’s live chat is available 24/7, and is great for answering any basic questions you may have, but not so effective for more technical queries. For those, you have to email the technical support team, but responses weren’t as quick as we would’ve liked.

Despite this, the support section of the website is well organized and includes a helpful FAQs page and simple setup guides accompanied by screenshots.

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