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Hide.me Review

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Hide.me: Ranked #16 out of 99 VPNs that we tested

  1. Fast speeds - 85Mbps global average
  2. Currently working with Netflix
  3. P2P and torrenting permitted on many servers
  4. Easy-to-use apps. Simple set-up on most devices
  5. Connect securely to 34 countries
  6. SoftEther & Stealth protocols work in China
  1. Premium plan is quite pricey
  2. Limited server network
  3. Data caps on cheaper packages
  4. Live chat agents lack technical knowledge

Works with

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Sky, Now TV, HBO, Sling TV, Torrenting, Kodi

Available on

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

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Speed & Reliability

Reliable and fast VPN great for torrenting

Use the table below to see how Hide.me speeds fare against its top-scoring rivals in 11 locations around the world.

Select server location
Hide.meCyberGhostNordVPN
Download Average85.02 Mbps64.11 Mbps74.89 Mbps
Upload Average29.98 Mbps23.83 Mbps28.70 Mbps
Ping Average139 ms144 ms135 ms

Here are the average speeds you can expect from Hide.me from a handful popular regions.

Europe Server locations include Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and London.Asia Server locations include Singapore and Tokyo.USA Server locations include San Francisco and New York.Australia
Download Average279 Mbps277 Mbps244 Mbps235 Mbps
Upload Average154 Mbps126 Mbps123 Mbps163 Mbps
Ping Average5 ms3 ms14 ms2 ms

Averages are calculated from our test results over the last 4 weeks. To read about our speed testing methodologies, please read How We Test VPN Speed.

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

Before using Hide.me:

  1. DownloadMbps

    80

  2. UploadMbps

    98

  3. Pingms

    2

When connected to Hide.me:

  1. DownloadMbps

    72

  2. UploadMbps

    58

  3. Pingms

    14

Download speed without HideMe: 80Mbps

Download speed with HideMe: 72Mbps

Our download speed loss when HideMe is running 10%

Hide.me is one of the best providers out there in terms of same-country downloads and uploads, alongside reliable global averages – averaging 85Mbps download speeds.

Extremely low latency also makes Hide.me a fantastic choice for gamers and torrenters, even if longer distance connections don’t perform as strongly.

We found Hide.me’s connection to be incredibly reliable with little-to-no connection drops, so you shouldn’t have any issues as long as you’ve got a stable internet connection.

Server Locations

Limited amount of servers, but popular locations are covered

Globe with a blue flag34Countries
Image of a city landscape55Cities
Image of a pink marker1,500+IP Addresses

Hide.me is limited when it comes to server locations. There are only 34 countries and 150 individual servers worldwide, so you might want to look at another provider for more options.

However, most of the popular locations are covered (Europe has the best choice of locations) and new servers are added regularly. Hide.me also 1,500 IP addresses which will help to reduce congestion at busy times.

You can find the complete list of Hide.me server locations by country and city on its website below.

Streaming & Torrenting

Great VPN for torrenting

Hide.me is a solid VPN for Kodi and torrenting, but it is no longer reliable when it comes to Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Other providers like SaferVPN offer dedicated streaming servers and much more consistent access.

Torrenting

Hide.me is a good option for torrenting and P2P due to consistently strong local upload and download speeds. However, be aware that torrenting is not permitted on all Hide.me servers – those that are are clearly marked within the client server list, though.

Bypassing Censorship

Popular choice for China

Hide.me is one of very few services that works within China to access restricted content. It’s been popular with users in China for a number of years, supporting SoftEther connections that bypass firewalls.

Hide.me does encourage its users to contact tech support before using its service in China, though, as not all the servers or protocols will work and it is becoming more difficult since the Chinese government has blocked its website, App Store and Google Play listing. The only way to download the software is from outside the country, or using another VPN provider.

Platforms & Devices

Manual set-ups for routers and gaming consoles

Apps

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

Hide.me offers the usual range of native apps for various popular devices. There are manual step-by-step installation guides on the website, including for configuring compatible routers and manual setup guides for devices such as AppleTV, Sony Playstation, and Kodi.

However, these are Hide.me SOCKS proxy extensions rather than true VPN connections, meaning that they won’t encrypt traffic – they just spoof your IP address. We recommend using them alongside the full-featured desktop apps to encrypt all of your device’s internet traffic.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

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

Hide.me has native apps for Amazon FireTV, AndroidTV and Roku. They also feature on their website there are loads of manual set-up guides for devices such as Apple TV, PlayStation 3 and 4 and Kodi. These are very easy to follow with lots of helpful screenshots to keep you on the right track should you get stuck.

In order to use games consoles or any other streaming devices you’ll have to connect wirelessly via a configured router, or use a crossover cable to a PC or Mac with the VPN software installed. This is not too difficult and means you can protect multiple devices at once.

Browser Extensions

Chrome LogoChrome
Firefox LogoFirefox

Hide.me has a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, which can be quickly installed to your browser for a lightweight experience and the inclusion of protection against WebRTC leaks.

Encryption & Security

Excellent choice for complete privacy

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

SOCKS

Split Tunneling

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

Hide.me is an excellent choice if complete privacy is your priority. OpenVPN is the most secure protocol, and encryption is via the unbreakable AES-256.

There are also numerous advanced privacy features – a VPN kill switch that prevents true IP addresses from being exposed, zero-log DNS servers that avoid third-party servers, and built-in DNS leak protection to keep your activity hidden from your ISP.

Hide.me also has port randomization and a split tunneling feature, which allows you to choose which apps are and aren’t routed through the VPN connection.

Combine these features with strong privacy policy and Hide.me is a real contender for the most private VPN service on the current market.

Logging Policy

Strict no logs makes it impossible to identify you

Hide.me operates a very strict zero-logs policy, maintaining only non-persistent logs of connection data for troubleshooting purposes that are erased every few hours and cannot be used to identify you.

Hide.me’s privacy policy states that monitoring or logging your browsing behavior is made ‘impossible’ by the technical backend, which is good to know.

It should be noted that Hide.me does log the amount of monthly data traffic to maintain a high quality of service and also to properly bill its customers on data-capped plans. However this data is not linked to you in any way and can be deleted on request.

Jurisdiction

Hide.me is incorporated in Malaysia, putting it beyond the reach of US authorities and EU data retention regulations. Malaysian law does not require VPN providers to keep persistent logs of customer connections or network activity, and furthermore Hide.me has reassured its users that if this ever changes they will move jurisdictions or close the service. Even with a valid court order from a legal authority, Hide.me cannot supply a customer identity as there is no stored information to hand over.

Ease of Use

Will satisfy the VPN newbie and experienced user alike

How to Install & Set Up Hide.me

Hide.me offers a well-designed, functional set of easy-to-use apps and with lots of extra features, even if the Android version doesn’t include a kill switch.

The main screen is a simple on/off button, with your chosen location and new IP address. We also like the handy ‘change location’ option.

The settings are numerous and well-organized, separated into tabs like ‘protocol’ and ‘kill switch’ which makes it easy to navigate.

Customer Support

Support could do with improvement

Live chat Support
Online Resources

Hide.me offers decent customer service through a range of online services and a live chat on the website.

Response from support is usually quick, although it frustratingly tends to simply link you to a support page, lacking knowledge concerning technical issues and simply advising you to email support and wait, instead.

The support section offers helpful answers to FAQs which addresses more complex issues with screenshots and videos.

Pricing & Deals

Quite expensive, especially on a monthly basis

Hide.me Coupon

Hide.me Pricing Plan

Hide.me offers a Premium and a Plus plan, but Plus is a very limited package compared to the full accessibility of Premium.

The longer the subscription you opt for, the less you pay on a monthly basis; a single month is the most expensive option at $16.95 but $8.32 on the 12-month plan.

  1. Monthly

    US$16.95/mo

    Billed $16.95 every month
  2. 6 months

    US$11.65/mo

    Billed $69.95 every 6 months
    Save 15%
  3. 12 months

    US$8.32/mo

    Billed $99.95 every 12 months
    Save 15%

All plans have 14-day money-back guarantee

Payment Options

Credit Card
PayPal
Bitcoin

Hide.me accepts a good range of payment options including most major credit and debit cards, PayPal, and loads of different cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Monero and more.

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  1.  100% 

    Great product good and Fast helpdeks

    Verified Purchase

    I had some doubts in the beginning if this would be a good product for me, support explained me exactly how to Reserve an IP which is possible in the Premium plan. An reserved IP adres needs to be available though but i have no problem with that. I use this service for over a year now and i am very satisfied ! I Highly Recomended Hide Me!

  2.  80% 

    fast, safe, and reliable

    My experience with hide.me VPN is seamless so far. The speed is fast depending on your ISP and download speed is good because it has 46 p2p servers. No logs policy ensures your privacy and safety which is an important feature in any VPN.

  3.  100% 

    one of the best VPNs ever used

    Connects fast, and speed is good for most countries. The software offers lot of great features that many VPNs doesn't have. If you don't want hassle of setting up manually you can use the desktop software. Customer support is good if you want to setup manually. Price tag may look little up in the benchmark but it is worth it due to speed, safety, privacy and ease of use.

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