Can you share a VPN account? Is it safe?

Vlad Constantinescu
by Vlad Constantinescu
VPN Expert & Privacy Advocate
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  • A VPN is one of the most useful tools you can have under your belt if you're constantly online. However, due to costs, you might be tempted to share your VPN account with others.
  • Although many VPN providers will allow you to share your VPN with your family members (or other people), you must be cautious about it.
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Can I share a VPN account?

A VPN is, without a doubt, one of the most useful tools you can have under your belt if you’re constantly online. Even if you’re an occasional web surfer it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to invest in a good VPN.

These times we live in, many want to get their hands on your private data for various reasons. Monitoring your every step, targeting you with ads, stealing your data, and even locking your files behind a ransom wall.

VPNs aren’t universal when it comes to protecting your devices against cyberattacks, but they’re a vital addition. Essentially, they route your data through private tunnels and encrypt it.

Therefore, even if someone were to intercept your Internet traffic, it would all be for nothing.

However, what happens if you have more than just one device you’d like to use a VPN on? Do you have to purchase multiple licenses or can you use several devices on the same account?

Can VPN be used on multiple devices?

Generally speaking, the answer is yes. Every VPN provider allows you to share your account between multiple devices so that you won’t need to purchase additional subscription plans.

However, the maximum number of devices you can use on the same VPN account greatly depends on the provider. Some of them are more generous than others.

So, it’s a matter of who you choose to go with in the long run. As long as you keep the number of devices under the maximum number accepted by your service, things should be good.

Even if you accidentally exceed that number, you’ll be most likely asked to remove one of the previous devices, so as to make room for the new one.

Can I share my VPN with my family?

If your household accommodates more than just one member, you might want to protect your loved ones with a VPN. Many VPN providers are OK with this, especially ones who offer router VPN solutions.

Therefore, you don’t even need to use a VPN on each device. It’s enough to install the VPN on the router (or routers, depending on your setup) that your family members have access to.

More so, some VPN services even provide you with safety instructions on how to use VPN on multiple devices on the same account so that your account won’t be compromised.

Sharing your VPN account with a stranger

You probably considered purchasing a VPN subscription plan and splitting the bill with others, who are not necessarily strangers, but they’re not family members, either.

While that’s a great way to cut costs, since you can split the bill with a bunch of people, it’s worth mentioning that this practice is kind of frowned upon.

Actually, scratch that. VPN providers have nothing against splitting plans with your peers, otherwise, they wouldn’t allow multiple devices on the same account (and so many of them, too).

However, what they do have something against is denying responsibility. So you should know that the person who makes the purchase must claim 100% responsibility for everything that happens on the account.

Thus, if you purchase a plan, split it with your friends, and one of your peers decides to go ahead and engage in unlawful behavior, you’d be responsible.

If you’re using a zero-logging VPN, you should be fine (regarding authorities and whatnot). However, most VPN providers passively monitor some of the traffic and can terminate your account if they detect something fishy on your account, even if it’s not you who did it.

Don’t believe us? Try reading the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use documentation for once. You’ll find it all there.

How many devices can I use with one VPN account?

As we’ve briefly mentioned above, that greatly depends on the generosity of the provider. Below you can find a list of some of the best VPN services, along with the number of maximum devices you can use on the same account.

Product NameMaximum devices per accountCompany Name
Private Internet Access10Kape Technologies
CyberGhost VPN7Kape Technologies
BullGuard VPN6BullGuard
NordVPN6Tefincom & Co., S.A.
Surfshark VPNUnlimitedSurfshark LTD
VyprVPN5Golden Frog GmbH
IPVanish10StackPath, LLC
ExpressVPN5Express VPN International Ltd.
ProtonVPN5Proton Technologies AG
Hide.Me VPN10eVenture Ltd.
Private VPN6Privat Kommunikation Sverige AB
Pure VPN10GZ Systems Limited

You can share a VPN account, but be cautious about it

So, can you share a VPN account safely? We believe so, yes, but you should be extra cautious about it, especially if you don’t plan on sharing it exclusively with your family members.

While some VPN providers will even encourage you to share your VPN account, most of them advise against it and hold you solely responsible for whatever happens on your account.

We strongly advise you to choose a VPN service and give its privacy policy and terms of service documentation a thorough read before attempting to share your account.

You might even end up with your account suspended if you’re not careful enough.

FAQ: Learn more about VPN account sharing

  • Can you share a VPN account?

Yes, many VPN providers allow you to share your account and access it from more than just one device. Make sure to check the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service to see what conditions apply to each provider.

  • Is it okay to share VPN accounts with strangers?

Even if the VPN provider doesn’t explicitly forbid you from sharing your account with strangers, you’ll most likely be held responsible for everything that happens on that account.

  • How many devices can I connect to the same VPN account?

That depends entirely on the VPN service you decided to stick with. PIA, for instance, allows you to connect up to 10 devices on the same account, but other providers have different offers.