Get Full Access to the Internet on Restricted Mobile Data Plans with Hotspot Shield

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Hotspot Shield was initially developed to provide Internet security, privacy and access, bypassing censorship and geo-restrictions. However our users continue to teach us about the other benefits that our app has given them. More recently, we’ve heard from our users in various countries that Hotspot Shield has given them full Internet access despite having a limited mobile internet plan.

Common Factors Among Users Who Gain Full Internet Access

According to some of our users, Hotspot Shield can help you get more out of your monthly social data plan. From our understanding so far, you need to meet the following criteria to make it work:

  • Have an Android device
  • Have an active social data plan*
  • Be located in one of these countries: Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand or Turkey
  • Have Hotspot Shield version 3.8.2 or later for Android

*By “social data plan” we mean any mobile internet plan that only gives you access to specific websites or apps. For instance, in certain countries, some data plans only let you access Facebook and Whatsapp.

Step by Step Instructions to Get Full Internet Access

To try this out, you must have an Android device and be subscribed to a social data plan.

  1. Grab your Android device 😉
  2. Download Hotspot Shield for Free from the Google Play Store if you don’t already have Hotspot Shield version 3.8.2 or later. Click here for help with installing the app.
  3. Turn “on” Hotspot Shield on your device.
  4. Now try to access websites that are not included in your social data plan.

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We love to hear our users’ feedback, both positive and negative, as it really helps us improve our products. Your feedback motivates us to wake up everyday with one idea in mind: help more people browse the web securely, privately and free from restrictions.

Please reach out to us with any question or you can visit our Help Center, which is full of helpful resources. Feel free to drop us an email at if you’d like to share with us what Hotspot Shield enables you to do.

Thanks so much to all our AWESOME users!


5 Responses to Get Full Access to the Internet on Restricted Mobile Data Plans with Hotspot Shield

  1. mohammed ahmad abdul hadi March 23, 2016 at 2:41 am #

    does it work on iphone user

    • Levent Sapci
      Levent Sapci March 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Mohammed! This is Levent from the Hotspot Shield Team. To answer your question, as far as we know, only some Android users have been telling us that they were able to get full access to the internet on their initial restricted mobile data plan. So you may try with your iPhone though we haven’t collected any positive feedback for this application from iPhone users.
      Hope this answer your question.
      Regards, Levent form the Hotspot Shield Team

  2. Luis Angel July 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

    We’ll never know. You have to pay for the “free” app in order to try it. Uninstalling.

    • Alex Lloyd July 19, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Luis, you do not have to pay for our premium product. Just click the gray “X” in the top corner when it asks if you want to start your 7-day free trial. Once dismissed, you can then use our ad-supported free version. Our premium product eliminates ads, offers unlimited bandwidth, protection for up to 5 devices, and provides access to 25+ virtual server locations around the world. But again, you can also use our free version.

  3. H Gaafar August 7, 2018 at 12:32 am #

    Works, thanks

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