Is a free VPN enough to watch Super Bowl 2021? Here's which one to try

Super Bowl Lv
Super Bowl Lv (Image credit: NFL)

Best answer: Yes, though be sure to check out what limitations your free VPN has to see if it is Super Bowl suitable. Most free VPN services have data caps which you may run into during the game. Others have limited server availability which may make catching a CBS or BBC stream impossible. A paid VPN would provide a better experience.

It's very easy to watch Super Bowl 2021 with networks like CBS and the BBC airing the game for free. If there isn't a broadcaster showing the game for free in your region or you want to tune into the broadcast of a different country, you can use a VPN to change your device's location in order to achieve that.

If that's your situation and you want to get a stream of the game without spending a dime, you've probably looked into free VPN services wondering if they will work for the Super Bowl, and now you're reading this article.

The short answer to your query is that technically yes, you can stream the Super Bowl using a free VPN, but only if the circumstances are right. The vast majority of free VPN providers implement some kind of limit on their product in order to incentivize users to upgrade to a paid plan. For an event like the Super Bowl, those limitations can cause a problem if you want a reliable, real-time stream.

If your free VPN has a strict data cap — many allow only 500MB per month — or has a limited number of available server options, then you might not be able to stream the game in its entirety or at all. Some free VPN providers also only offer lower speeds to their free users which is not how you want to experience the biggest sporting event of the year.

We've outlined the best free VPNs for watching the Super Bowl down below, though we strongly recommend going for a paid-for VPN service if you want to have a straightforward, enjoyable experience of the game. There are some great Super Bowl VPN deals around right now so you don't have to spend a lot and most offer money-back guarantees in case they are not the right pick for you.

Best free VPNs for watching Super Bowl LV

We've dismissed any free VPNs with lousy data limitations for this list which is why you won't see some of the most well-known free VPNs below. There's no point getting set up with a free VPN that only has a 500MB data cap as you're going to burn through that long before you hit the half-time show.

If a VPN provider only offers a measly number of servers in obscure locations, we've also left those off as you're going to need to be able to use a server in a location where the Super Bowl is playing free-to-air like the U.S. or UK in order to watch it for free.

Best Paid VPN for watching Super Bowl LV

Going for a paid VPN service is likely to give you a much better experience, and you don't have to shell out a fortune. You also don't have to commit to a long-term plan to make any savings either.

With features like unlimited data, fast speeds, thousands of servers, and 24/7 customer support, the below premium VPNs are likely a better choice for most people. The majority include a money-back guarantee should it not be suitable for your needs and some are super short-term deals so you can use it for the Super Bowl and ditch it soon after should you no longer need it.

If you've considered your options and have decided to opt for a paid-for VPN service, here are the best options for the Super Bowl.

We're expecting an exciting, action-packed, thrilling games and potentially one of the highest-scoring Super Bowls in recent times, so don't miss it.

Adam Oram
Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at [@adamoram](