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Brazil is a really popular place for tourists to go, with great food, climate, vibrant nightlife and loads of different cities to explore. While surfing the internet on your travels, it’s recommended to use a VPN to encrypt and mask your connection.
But are there actually any VPN services that are free that have servers in Brazil? How easy is it to get an IP address in Brazil for accessing accounts and streaming services? For free VPN’s, I’d usually recommend the built in Opera browser VPN or ProtonVPN, but neither of these have Brazilian servers in their free versions.
As per usual with free VPN’s, your workable options with servers in Brazil are quite limited. The current search results on this also aren’t great when I checked, with lots of services titled as “free” that are actually not once you click on the links and check the plans, or just single companies promoting their own service only.
So in this post, we’ll answer the exact question asked, going through a couple of options which truly are 100% free (but not always unlimited) and allow you to have an IP address in Brazil, before moving onto Premium VPN services, which you’ll realistically need for secure long term use in Brazil.
Free Option #1 – PrivadoVPN (Recommended)
PrivadoVPN are a newly added selection to this list, as they’ve only just recently added Brazil to their free server list. PrivadoVPN are a very promising new VPN provider based in Switzerland, with one of the very best selections of free servers and 10 GB/month data limit.
Here are some features of PrivadoVPN free version:
- 10 GB data use per month on the free plan (equates to around 300 MB per day).
- Free servers in 9 countries and 11 locations on the free plan – including Brazil (
- Other free server locations – USA (New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles), UK, Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina.
- Strict zero logs policy, even on the free version
- Based in Switzerland with strong privacy laws
- 1 connection allowed on free version
- Apps for all major devices.
- Email address only required to get free version (verify this email on the same device and you’re ready to go).
- Paid plans start at $2.50/month for a 12 month subscription (half price limited time special offer for our readers only using this link)
Click here to find out more about PrivadoVPN’s free VPN
PrivadoVPN have to be the best option now for free VPN users in Brazil – they’re a totally legit, credible, zero log service with a very generous data allowance of 10 GB/month. We’ll list a few more options below, but they don’t come close to PrivadoVPN in terms of the overall package.
Free Option #2 – Tunnelbear Free Version
This is a great lesser known and under-promoted VPN service. Tunnelbear are a Premium VPN provider primarily, but they do also offer a limited free version of their service with a Brazil server, though it isn’t heavily promoted.
Click here to visit Tunnelbear’s site. Click the Tunnelbear logo on the top left to go back to the homepage, and click on “Plans”. If you sign up for the Free account, you get 500 MB of data to use each month.
The Free plan is buried away somewhat in the menus and not heavily promoted, as for obvious reasons, they’d prefer customers used paid plans, but you can still find it by clicking back to the homepage and finding the Plans page.
Tunnelbear’s got servers in 49 countries, including in Brazil, so it can be a great option for short term/basic usage. I tested the Brazil server from my location in the UK, and it worked fine, with decent page load speeds and videos played fine (though you wouldn’t really want to be using it for this much because of the data cap – see below).
It also feels and works like a proper, secure VPN service, with your own IP and no data logging, unlike some other shared VPN services that I’d never use to enter personal data on.
However, with the free version, you only get 500 MB of data to use per month. You can tweet at them for an extra 1 GB, but this is your main limitation with this service – you don’t get much data/bandwidth to use. Once you open the interface, there is a data counter so you can see how you’ve got left this month.
For clarity, here’s a quick summary of what you can expect different activities to use in terms of data, given the 500 MB monthly cap with Tunnelbear:
- Basic browsing – Doesn’t use much – 10-20 MB per hour.
- Social media – Uses a bit more – 100-150 MB per hour.
- Multiplayer Online gaming – 50-60 MB per hour.
- YouTube Video (10 minutes):
- 480p – 80 MB
- 720p (HD) – 250 MB
- YouTube video (1 hour)
- 480p – 500-700 MB
- 720p (HD) – 1.5-2 GB
- You can change YouTube video quality using the settings cog in the bottom right of videos.
- Netflix movie
- SD – 700 MB per hour.
- HD – 3 GB per hour
- Ultra HD – 7 GB per hour
- See here for source plus how to change Netflix data usage settings.
Here’s what the Tunnelbear free version could be great for:
- Short term holiday/vacation use visiting Brazil – say just logging into your emails once or twice a day and making some purchases online, booking things, checking directions etc. whilst away there for a week.
- Very basic, light browsing (not video streaming). Just logging into emails and other secure accounts, online payments etc. But 500 MB/month won’t go very far – just 16/17 MB per day – and you’ll quickly see your data allowance drain down even with basic browsing.
- Anything where you’ve having to enter sensitive usernames/passwords or payment details – I’d use Tunnelbear only and not any other free shared VPN.
- You can use it to keep your connection secure whilst signing up for an unlimited, Premium VPN service that’ll serve you better long term (see section at the bottom).
Here’s what you can’t really use Tunnelbear free for:
- Videos/streaming services/YouTube – uses too much data as indicated above. You’ll run out of your allowance very quickly
- Social media – might get away with a really small amount, but again it can use up more than you might think.
Overall, Tunnelbear’s free version is an excellent, credible starting point to get an IP address in Brazil and a secure connection whilst there. The data limit is the big downside, but you can complement it with our next option below, or go for a Premium service if you need one.
Free Option #3 – UrbanVPN
Now let’s move to the second major free option I could find, that almost like an inverse of the Tunnelbear service in terms of pro’s/cons – it’s got unlimited use, but the server speeds/reliability and privacy are not as good.
UrbanVPN pride themselves on being a totally free, peer to peer VPN service, using the connections of users to re-route traffic. It’s like the users are each acting as VPN’s for the other users, almost like a crowd-funded VPN service.
They’ve got servers in 80+ countries at present, including in Brazil, an use of all these servers is unlimited and free.
Click here to get started with UrbanVPN
Here are the main benefits of UrbanVPN:
- Totally free to use
- No need to set up any account or provide any details – just download the program/app and get started.
- Totally free and unlimited server use.
- Available for all major browsers, devices and operating systems.
- Has a server in Brazil.
But unfortunately, there are some negatives to the service:
- There are some reviews that report slow and unreliable servers (unfortunately, this is to be expected on free services)
- Zero customer support if the service goes down or you have difficulties (again to be expected with a free service)
- It’s just difficult to know exactly how secure your data is, or where it’s going. Ultimately, security and privacy and too much up-in-the-air with a peer to peer service like this. It’s the same reason I don’t use the Opera browser VPN for logging into really important accounts – I don’t like using generic shared IP address proxies/VPN’s, even if they claim to be “VPN’s”. You don’t know where your data is going, and they don’t offer the same level of security and privacy as a Premium VPN.
UrbanVPN is definitely NOT a 100% confidential, zero-logs VPN:
But some users aren’t bothered about that; they just want a VPN that can give them an IP address in a certain country to access websites, and aren’t super concerned with privacy. If this is you, then UrbanVPN can be a good option.
Here’s what UrbanVPN could be good for:
- Video streaming on sites like YouTube (because bandwidth is unlimited), as long as your connection is good enough for it.
- Possibly logging into streaming services that require a Brazilian IP address, provided you are happy entering login details on a shared/P2P VPN. Be aware though that even some Premium VPN’s struggle to do this consistently with big streaming sites like Netflix, so free VPNs have even less chance. Streaming services are cracking down on VPN usage big time, so it takes more and more sophisticated technology to outwit them.
- Social media account possibly, again if you’re OK with this. Personally I’d only do this if my passwords for these accounts wasn’t used for any other account.
In this way, you could use both Tunnelbear and UrbanVPN or DewVPN below to complement each other – use Tunnelbear for really security-essential stuff like logging into serious accounts and making purchases, and just use UrbanVPN for more bandwidth heavy things like streaming, and possibly logging into less serious accounts like YouTube or streaming services (at your own discretion).
Free Option #4 – DewVPN (Free & Unlimited)
This is another option I found that meets the criteria and works in exactly the same way as UrbanVPN above. It’s like a crowdfunded VPN, with users effectively pooling their connections and routing them through each other to create a VPN network, offering servers to users wherever they are needed.
Here are the benefits to DewVPN
- Totally free to download and use for non commercial users
- Totally unlimited use – great for a free VPN
- Based in British Virgin Islands – with no logging data retention laws.
- Fast servers
- Pays for free service by charging a Premium fee for corporate users.
- Available on on all major platforms
- Has a server in Brazil.
- Early reports indicate it does seem to work for streaming platforms
- See here for a useful review.
- Overall, uses the same model as UrbanVPN, but is a superior option based on features and no logging.
The only possible negative I could find is that I’m personally not so comfortable with peer-to-peer VPN networks, much like I said with UrbanVPN. Although DewVPN’s privacy procedures look far more watertight than UrbanVPN’s, I still much prefer the standard VPN model of connecting directly to a server by yourself and not sharing connections with others.
That’s just a personal preference though, and if this doesn’t bother you, then DewVPN can be a great free, unlimited option for you.
Click here to get started with DewVPN
Some Brazil VPN Options That Aren’t Really Free (Or Have Catches)
Let’s clear up some of the inaccurate information that’s currently showing up in search results for “free” VPN’s with servers in Brazil. We’ll quickly list some VPN services that are showing up on the first page, but don’t meet this criteria, or have significant catches:
- Hide.me – Another excellent long standing VPN service that we’ve recommended elsewhere, but they only have free servers in 5 countries, and Brazil is not one of them. You have to get their Premium plan to get Brazil servers.
- UFO VPN – Again shows up a lot and is titled as a “Free” VPN but you can’t get an Brazil server for free with them; you have to pay for a Premium account. There is a free version but it’s very limited in features and doesn’t have Brazil servers. See here for the differences between their plans.
- VPN Unlimited – Again shows up on the first page, but they don’t offer any free plans. All plans are paid.
- ZenVPN – Again displays prominently in search, but their free version only offers servers in France and the Netherlands, not Brazil. They do offer a 24 hour free trial of their Premium version.
- NordVPN – Has servers in Brazil, but only offer Premium plans. No free plans available.
We’ve tried to stay directly relevant in this article – only suggesting VPN’s that are 100% free, with zero upfront cost, as well as having servers in Brazil on their free versions.
With VPN’s though, you always get what you pay for, and free services are always going to be restricted and restrictive, where it’s with data use (Tunnelbear) or reliability and privacy (UrbanVPN).
To get a proper, unlimited, fully secure VPN service, where you know your connection is going to be fast, unlimited and reliable, and your personal data is going to be safe and private, you need to pay for a Premium service.
Some Premium VPN Services With Servers In Brazil
For any kind of serious or long term browsing in Brazil, you’re realistically going to need a Premium VPN service. The free version of Tunnelbear is great for very limited basic use, but for anything more than, you need a paid plan.
But the good news is you can get really good ones now for even a few dollars a month. Getting a Premium VPN service doesn’t need to be a massive outlay anymore.
We’ve put together a table below of some Premium VPN providers that have servers in Brazil, for you to compare.
Comparison of VPN’s With Brazilian Servers (links are affiliate links)
|Provider||Price (12 months paid in advance)||Number of servers in Brazil||Number of Devices Allowed||Main Benefits|
|Private Internet Access||$3.33/month||1||10||Review here|
|VyprVPN||$3.75/month||1 (São Paulo)||5||Review here|
|ExpressVPN||$8.32/month||2 (Brasilia, São Paulo)||5||Country/location choice|
|NordVPN||$5/month||20+||6||Double Encryption & Server Choice|
|AtlasVPN||$3.29/month||1 (São Paulo)||Unlimited||Cheap no nonsense VPN|
Bottom line – Private Internet Access (PIA) has it covered for cost, NordVPN has it covered for server choice within Brazil (20+). ProtonVPN is the best for the number of devices/simultaneous connections allowed (10). The others don’t stand out specifically in terms of Brazil servers, but are all great, reliable, unlimited VPN services, where you know your connection is going to be secure, and there’s someone to help you if something goes wrong. If I were staying in Brazil long term, I’d get a Premium plan.
Signing up for a VPN is usually very easy. You simply visit their site (click on one of our links above for each provider), sign up, pay your subscription, download their product and boot up the program.
Once running you simply select a preferred server location and open the VPN connection. You now have a secure, encrypted connection that will keep all your browsing and personal data safe over public Wi-Fi networks.
Best Practices For Using The Internet In Brazil
Some quick tips for using the internet in Brazil:
- The internet in Brazil is somewhat regulated, but mostly free overall. Some apps like Whatsapp have been blocked, and a VPN can help access them again.
- Using a VPN is still legal in Brazil, though authorities do sometimes attempt to limit usage of some services/websites etc.
- Do not use Wi-Fi in any public place (cafe, restaurant, internet cafe, co-working space, Hotspot) without having a VPN connection enabled. It will keep your connection and personal data secure.