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SkyVPN Review

 Rated 2 out of 5 
3 user reviews
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Simon Migliano

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Our Verdict

How is this calculated?

Our overall rating is reached by combining several subcategories. The subcategories are weighted as follows:

  • Logging & Jurisdiction: 30%
  • Speed & Reliability: 25%
  • Security & Extra Features: 20%
  • Streaming: 10%
  • Torrenting: 5%
  • Ease of Use: 5%
  • Support: 5%

See our full methodology in how we review VPNs.

SkyVPN is one of the worst VPNs we've tested. It should be avoided at all costs. It's an untrustworthy VPN that logs your IP address and other personally-identifiable data. It also fails to access Netflix and it's not safe for torrenting.

Ranked #55 out of 56 VPNs

SkyVPN Category Ratings

  • 0.80.8/10
  • 1.61.6/10
  • 1.21.2/10
  • 1.51.5/10
  • 6.56.5/10
  • 11.0/10
  • 1.51.5/10
  • 22.0/10
  • 1.21.2/10

SkyVPN Pros & Cons

  • Many server locations on desktop

  • Invasive logging policy
  • Chinese ownership
  • Very slow speeds
  • Poor user experience
  • Doesn't bypass censorship
  • Poor customer support

Why Trust Our Review?

We’ve spent thousands of hours testing and reviewing 56 VPN services using our impartial review process to recommend you the best VPN software.

Here are some of our key VPN testing statistics:

Total Hours of Testing30,000+
Weekly Speed Tests3,000+
VPN Services Reviewed56
Streaming Platforms Tested Daily12
IP & DNS Leak Tests Performed9,500+
How Much We've Spent On Testing$25,000+

Although you can subscribe to a premium version of SkyVPN, we will be reviewing the more popular free version.

SkyVPN is truly one of the slowest VPNs we’ve ever tested. It’s also no way near as secure as its competitors.

It also doesn’t let you choose a VPN protocol, or even choose between protocols.

Even though it offers AES-256 encryption, it doesn’t offer any advanced features, like a VPN kill switch or split tunnelling, that can protect your online privacy.

SkyVPN also has poor customer service: just email and sparse online resources.

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SkyVPN Key Data

Data CapUnlimited
Logging PolicyIntrusive Logging
Data LeaksNo
JurisdictionHong Kong
ServersNot disclosed
IP AddressesNot disclosed
US NetflixNo
Simultaneous Connections5
Works In ChinaNo
SupportOnline Resources
Official WebsiteHttps://www.skyVPN.net/

Privacy & Logging Policy

Who is SkyVPN?

How is this calculated?

We dissect the logging and privacy policies of every VPN. A VPN should never log:

  • Your real IP address
  • Connection timestamps
  • DNS requests

A base of operations outside of 14-Eyes or EU jurisdiction is preferable.

SkyVPN will not keep your internet activity private. The VPN logs personally identifiable information, like your IP address and location information. The VPN also has links to China, and the company has confirmed it will hand over user data if it's ever requested.

Ranked #52 out of 56 VPNs for Privacy & Logging Policy

SkyVPN, Inc. is based in Hong Kong with obscure, hidden links to Chinese ownership.

Our free VPN ownership research revealed that SkyVPN Inc. is owned by Tengzhan Hongkong Limited (騰展香港有限公司), which refers to itself as SkyVPN Inc, Secure Sentry Communications, and Dingtone, depending on where you look.

Its corporate address is registered at Rm 2103 Futura Plaza 111 How Ming St, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong.

The Tengzhan Group acquired Dingtone in 2015, according to this Chinese language disclosure document as there is no other reference in English language media. 

Tengzhen Hong Kong Ltd incorporated in December of that year with You Xiumie (游秀妹) as director and sole shareholder.

None of this is easily available to find. There is nothing on SkyVPN’s website that alludes to its ownership or corporate history anywhere. 

You can’t trust this VPN service. The Chinese government could potentially demand logs and information on any of its users whenever it pleased, and SkyVPN would have to cooperate.

Logging Policy

SkyVPN has a huge list of logged data.

Its privacy policy states that it keeps a lot of information.

Screenshot of SkyVPN Privacy Policy

Excerpt from SkyVPN’s Privacy Policy.

SkyVPN collects all this data:

  • Aggregate bandwidth usage
  • Temporary usage data
  • Real-time analysis of internet and data traffic, including originating IP and destination IP
  • Cookies, tracking pixels, and related technologies for targeted ads
  • Email address and contact details
  • Information on support requests
  • “Certain information” from your device
  • Device make and model
  • Mobile web browser type and version
  • IP address
  • Mac address
  • Operating system
  • Location information
  • Mobile Country Code information
  • List of applications installed on your device
  • “Other technical data” from your device

Despite all that SkyVPN claims that unlike many VPNs that track you, “SkyVPN never does like that.” [sic]

SkyVPN is also quite open about how:


“Ads appearing on SkyVPN Software or any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies.” 


We always raise an eyebrow when we read an unspecific statement like “other technical data” and “certain information” which can include anything – a lack of specifics is never good. 

One thing SkyVPN is specific about is how it will hand over your data to whichever court asks for it.


Painfully slow speeds

How is this calculated?

Speed ratings are calculated using upload speeds, download speeds, and ping (latency).

We test average speeds regularly using a dedicated 100Mbps connection in London, UK. Local download speed is considered the most important factor.

SkyVPN is one of the slowest VPNs we've ever tested. Whether you're connecting to a nearby or international server, you can expect to see your internet speed drop by around 90%.

Ranked #53 out of 56 VPNs for Speed

Here are the results we recorded when connected to a nearby SkyVPN server:

Local Speed Test results before using SkyVPN:

  • Download Speed: 94Mbps
  • Upload Speed: 98Mbps
  • Ping: 3ms

Local Speed Test results with SkyVPN:

  • Download Speed: 9Mbps
  • Upload Speed: 9Mbps
  • Ping: 8ms

Download speed loss when SkyVPN is running: 90%

Worldwide Speed Tests

Here are the results from when connected to international SkyVPN server locations:

  • USA:
    • Download: 9Mbps
    • Upload: 9Mbps
  • Germany:
    • Download: 9Mbps
    • Upload: 9Mbps
  • Singapore:
    • Download: 8Mbps
    • Upload: 7Mbps
  • Australia:
    • Download: 8Mbps
    • Upload: 3Mbps

SkyVPN can’t manage more than 10 Mbps in download speeds – it’s one of the worst sets of speeds we’ve ever seen.

Server Locations

Surprisingly decent desktop server list

How is this calculated?

The global spread and coverage of the VPN server network is the most important factor here.

We also consider the number of city-level servers, plus how many IP addresses are maintained.

This rating does not directly contribute to the Overall Rating, but instead makes up a portion of the Security & Features rating.

SkyVPN's server list depends on what device you're using. On the desktop app, you can connect to 18 server locations. This is impressive for a free VPN. On the mobile app, you can only connect to a US server, which is disappointing.

Ranked #44 out of 56 VPNs for Server Locations

Globe with a blue flag
18 Countries
Image of a city landscape
18 Cities
Image of a pink marker
Not DisclosedIP Address

SkyVPN has one US server to connect to when using the ‘Basic’ version on Mobile, including both iOS and Android. You have to pay for more.

Its desktop app, however, is much better, with a surprisingly decent 18 servers available.

These nations include: 

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

For a free VPN, this is a surprisingly diverse and encompassing server list, with representatives from South America, Asia, North America, the Middle East, and Europe. 

Without city-level server choice, you’re stuck with one server to cover large land masses like Canada, Australia and the US, though, and it doesn’t tell you where exactly the servers are based. 

We checked and Canada’s server is in Toronto, New Jersey represents the US, and Brisbane is Australia’s. If you’re not near these places and want to use a SkyVPN local connection, your speeds are going to be even worse than the ones we recorded.


Doesn’t work for streaming

How is this calculated?

Streaming is rated by the number of different services unlocked, how many regional libraries are viewable, and how consistently the VPN can access them.

Netflix, BBC iPlayer, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and more are all tested on a weekly basis.

SkyVPN doesn't unblock any streaming service. You won't be able to access Netflix, BBC iPlayer, or Amazon Prime Video using SkyVPN.

Ranked #47 out of 56 VPNs for Streaming

We tested on the single UK server for BBC iPlayer and found it doesn’t unblock the streaming service.

SkyVPN also fails to unblock any of Netflix’s global libraries.  

Fans of Netflix or BBC iPlayer shouldn’t waste their time with SkyVPN.

That’s especially the case with SkyVPN’s one-server mobile app. It has no UK server and the single US one doesn’t unblock Netflix.


Not recommended for torrenting

How is this calculated?

We calculate the average download bitrate of every VPN using a bespoke torrenting setup.

Testing also factors in the percentage of servers which permit P2P, plus useful features like port forwarding.

Though SkyVPN does allow torrenting, we strongly recommend you avoid it. The VPN logs a lot of data, which makes it easy to identify you from your P2P activity. Its speeds are also very slow, so you'll have to wait a while for any files to download.

Ranked #46 out of 56 VPNs for Torrenting

SkyVPN does allow P2P file-sharing on most of it servers. However, it explicitly states in its Terms of Service that P2P activity is not permitted on some servers, including:

  • Canada
  • France
  • UK
  • US

Therefore you shouldn’t attempt it as you’ll be violating the Usage Policy and could be suspended from using the service.

Torrenting is yet another activity we simply can’t recommend SkyVPN for.

Bypassing Web Censorship

Won’t beat censorship

How is this calculated?

Our remote-access server in Shanghai, China routinely tests if a VPN can beat restrictions and access a free, open internet. Obfuscation technologies and nearby servers are also a contributing factor.

This rating does not directly contribute to the Overall Rating, but instead makes up a portion of the Security & Features rating.

SkyVPN does not work in China or any other countries that block VPNs. Even if it did, we would still not recommend it for bypassing censorship due to its invasive logging policy.

Ranked #50 out of 56 VPNs for Bypassing Web Censorship

SkyVPN has no obfuscation features to hide the fact that you’re using a VPN, and we don’t even know what security protocol it uses — because it won’t tell us.

If you need a VPN to combat internet restrictions, there are far better options. We recommend reading our guides on the best VPNs for the UAE and how to bypass Chinese censorship.

Security & Technical Features

Unknown security implementation

How is this calculated?

Top-rated VPNs offer OpenVPN or WireGuard protocols, AES-256 encryption, and a functional kill switch. We also consider additional security features and the global spread of VPN servers.

SkyVPN is unsafe and lacks transparency. The VPN does not disclose the VPN protocol it uses, so it's impossible to determine how well it's encrypting internet traffic. It also doesn't include a kill switch or any other VPN security features.

Ranked #51 out of 56 VPNs for Security & Technical Features

ProtocolsAvailable in SkyVPN
EncryptionAvailable in SkyVPN
SecurityAvailable in SkyVPN
DNS Leak BlockingNo
First-party DNSNo
IPv6 Leak BlockingNo
Supports TCP Port 443No
VPN Kill SwitchNo
WebRTC Leak BlockingNo
Advanced FeaturesAvailable in SkyVPN
Ad BlockerNo
Dedicated IPNo
Double VPNNo
Smart DNSNo
Static IPNo
Split TunnelingNo
Tor over VPN ServerNo
Tracker BlockerNo

Similar to other low-tier free VPNs such as SuperVPN, SkyVPN reveals hardly any details about encryption or security on its website or app.

Don’t make the same mistake as its millions of users – this is our biggest concern yet.

SkyVPN talks about “military-grade” encryption and we did find mention of the claim it uses 256-bit AES encryption, which is a positive as this is strong encryption.

But there’s no information regarding SkyVPN’s chosen VPN protocol, so we have no idea whether it’s OpenVPN, IKEv2, or possibly something far less secure, such as PPTP. 

We’ve messaged SkyVPN multiple times to ask, but have received no response.

There’s no VPN kill switch, so if the SkyVPN connection was to drop without you noticing your true IP address would be exposed to anyone who wanted to see it.

Device & OS Compatibility

Available on popular devices

How is this rated?

A quality VPN should maintain functional, fully-featured applications and extensions for as many platforms and devices as possible.

This does not directly contribute to the Overall Rating, but instead makes up a portion of the Ease of Use rating.

SkyVPN is available on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. The desktop app is more fully featured than the mobile version, with more server locations and simultaneous connections.


  1. Windows
  2. Mac
  3. iOS
  4. Android

It was originally designed just for mobile, but was later adapted for desktop, which becomes very apparent when you compare the two versions of the app.

Screenshot of SkyVPN Available Devices Taken from the SkyVPN Website

On the free plan it’s only possible to use the VPN on one device at a time, so if you’re looking to protect multiple devices simultaneously you’re out of luck.

Ease of Use

Simple, but cheap & sparse

How is this calculated?

This rating mainly consists of the intuitiveness of setup and everyday use.

Device or platform compatibility and customization options are also a factor.

SkyVPN’s app looks like it was designed without much consideration for the user. The images and text are low-resolution, and there are a lot of adverts. In all, using SkyVPN is not an intuitive or enjoyable experience.

Ranked #55 out of 56 VPNs for Ease of Use

How to Install & Set Up SkyVPN

SkyVPN even claims to have no pop-up ads, which is blatantly false – the free version is packed with them.

Testing our speeds, it wasn’t long before we were told that our “data has been used up” and that we had to upgrade to VIP.

However, if you close that window you can, in fact, reconnect again and continue to use SkyVPN for free.

Screenshot of Illustration Depicting SkyVPN on a Mobile Phone on the SkyVPN Website

It’s simple, with a standard ‘Connect’ button in the middle of the screen and the server list just above, but SkyVPN is so basic it’s essentially stripped of anything useful. 

Customer Support

Barely any help available

How is this calculated?

This rating is based on our assessment of each VPN’s:

  • Email support
  • Live chat support
  • Online resources

Not every VPN offers all of these, and they often vary in quality and response time.

SkyVPN's customer support is poor. There's no option for live chat, and the guides on its website are sparse and not very useful. For most problems, you'll have to use the VPN's slow email support.

Ranked #52 out of 56 VPNs for Customer Support

Customer SupportAvailable in SkyVPN
24/7 Live Chat SupportNo
24/7 Email SupportNo
Live Chat SupportNo
Email Support via Online FormNo
Tutorial VideosNo
Online ResourcesYes

SkyVPN comes with an extremely limited FAQ and an email address for support. 

That’s it

And its answers to the questions are bad.

Screenshot of Sky VPN Customer Support

Excerpt of SkyVPN’s FAQ

We contacted SkyVPN’s support email address multiple times to test how quick and helpful it was, but received no response.

The Bottom Line

Avoid using SkyVPN

SkyVPN is one of the worst VPNs we’ve tested. Avoid it, whatever you do.

Shady ownership, really bad speeds, awful logging policy, no streaming access — there’s nothing it does well at all. 

Consider one of our VPN recommendations below instead. 

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