Ookla adds free VPN to Speedtest app for iOS

A new version of the Speedtest app for iPhone and iPad includes a preview version of its free VPN service.

Speedtest VPN

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are starting to become commonplace as more software and hardware companies add them to their consumer products. Earlier this year, Cloudflare launched WARP VPN for iOS and Android. More recently, Ubiquiti updated its line of AmpliFi consumer Wi-Fi routers to support VPN connections.

The popularity of VPNs has been increasing as more consumers seek to protect their privacy and to defend against hackers on compromised public Wi-Fi networks. VPNs also provide a value-added service to consumers for companies that already make networking-related software or hardware. Additionally, providing VPNs through a freemium model introduces a new revenue stream.

Speedtest VPN Beta

The latest version of Speedtest for iOS (Version 4.1.13) comes with a preview version of its new VPN service. The VPN is currently free and has a data transfer limit of 2GB. It’s unknown if Ookla plans to provide a fee-based version that provides more data and a faster connection like Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 Warp+ Unlimited VPN.

To enable the VPN on an iOS device, the app must first install a Personal VPN profile. After the profile is installed, activating it is as simple as tapping the power toggle.

Speedtest VPN Config
Install Personal VPN configuration profile to activate Speedtest VPN

The VPN beta is only available for iOS, but may be coming to the Android version soon.

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Jon is the founder and Managing Editor of Coywolf. He has over 25 years of experience in web development, SaaS, internet strategy, digital marketing, and entrepreneurship. Follow @henshaw