We’ve updated this free trial hack and can confirm it was successfully tested in January 2020.
NordVPN is one of the biggest paid VPNs on the market today, offering a vast network of over 5,000 servers across 59 countries. It’s known for its beginner-friendly apps and browser extensions as well as strong security and strict no-logs policy. Despite all this, you might not be ready to commit to a service that you’ve never tried.
While some VPNs offer free trials in which you don’t have to pay anything upfront, such offers are increasingly uncommon. Instead, NordVPN includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. The difference is that while you have to pay in advance, you can then get a full refund as long as you cancel within the 30-day period. This essentially makes NordVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee a month-long free trial account.
Here we’ll explain how you can sign up for NordVPN and cancel your account before the free trial period is over.
How to hack NordVPN’s money-back guarantee
Hacking NordVPN’s money-back guarantee is quicker and easier than you might think, making it risk-free. It’s important you remember to cancel the subscription before the 30 days are up. Here’s what you need to do, step-by step:
In order to get your NordVPN 30-day free trial, you’ll need to subscribe to NordVPN.
Here’s how to use the NordVPN free trial hack:
- Go to the NordVPN site and click Get NordVPN. This may be phrased differently (for example “Save 80% Now”) if there’s an active special offer).
- Choose a plan. You have the option of a one-month, one-year, two-year, or three-year plan. Remember, you will be charged the entire sum of the term upfront. While you’ll be cancelling and receiving a full refund, you may prefer to select the one-month plan for the smallest initial payment. If you end up deciding to subscribe to NordVPN long-term, you might want to consider a longer term plan as these work out much cheaper per month.
- Create your account. This requires you to enter your email address as well as a payment method. NordVPN accepts a wide range of payment methods including all major credit cards, Amazon Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Sofort, Alipay, UnionPay, and cryptocurrencies. Below the Continue button it says the following: “You’re 100% backed by our 30-day money-back guarantee.” This money-back guarantee applies to all payment types.
- Once you’ve completed your payment details, you’ll receive an email with confirmation of your account details. Click on the ‘Set Password and Activate Account’ button.
- Create a password for your NordVPN account and click Change Password.
- Now you can download NordVPN to your device. The version shown should match that of the browsing device you’re using. Upon opening the NordVPN app, you’ll be prompted to log in.
- You’re all set! You can now enjoy 30 days of free service without restriction. Remember, the 30-day money-back guarantee lasts for exactly 30 days. For example, if you subscribe at 12 PM on February 1, you’ll have until 12 PM on February 31 to claim your refund.
How to cancel NordVPN free trial
If you decide that NordVPN isn’t for you, you can easily cancel and request a full refund. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:
- Go to the NordVPN website. Click on My Account and enter your login details if you’re not already logged in.
- Under My Services, click on the three dots next to the Change Plan button. Then click on Cancel automatic payments.
- You’ll then be asked to Confirm Cancellation. You’ll also see an option to keep automatic payments in case you’ve changed your mind.
- Automatic payments are now canceled! You’ll also now see that your VPN plan says it will expire soon.
- Next, you’ll need to contact NordVPN’s customer support in order to cancel your account and request a refund. You can do this by clicking on the speech bubble icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Make the refund request via email or live chat. You’ll be asked for some basic information including your payment method, plan type, amount paid, and the date of payment. You will then receive confirmation of cancellation and the refund. Note that it may take a few days for the refund to be processed and for the funds to be returned to you.
VPN money-back guarantees
NordVPN’s money-back guarantee is a great way for you to try out a quality VPN for free for up to 30 days. In fact, some popular VPNs offer even longer money-back guarantees. For example, CyberGhost’s money-back guarantee is 45 days. Unfortunately, some VPNs aren’t quite as reliable when it comes to honouring their own money-back guarantees and use it to lure customers and keep the initial payment.
One of the issues found with some VPN money-back guarantees is that the provider in question is difficult to contact. It may be that contact information is difficult to find or there are simply no replies to emails. There’s no need to worry about this with NordVPN’s money-back guarantee because it offers live chat support that’s easy to find. There’s also the option of email and, in our experience, NordVPN are very quick to reply.
Another problem posed by some VPN money-back guarantees is that there they include some sort of condition hidden in the small print. For example, a VPN provider may state that a certain payment method isn’t covered by the guarantee. There may even be a limit on the resources that can be used during the free trial period in order for the guarantee to be valid. In contrast, NordVPN’s money-back guarantee is transparent with no hidden surprises.
VPN free trials
While a money-back guarantee requires you to make an upfront payment, a free trial doesn’t. As such, a free trial might seem a lot more enticing than a money-back guarantee. However, it’s important to know that free trials have a number of downsides that are also worth considering.
One of the main issues with free trials is that usually only run for a few days. This gives you little time to truly test the service in question. However, money-back guarantees generally run for as many as 30 days which means you have plenty of time to try out the servers at different times of day as well as the various features.
Furthermore, free trials tend to be very limited, offering only the most basic VPN features. For example, you may encounter fewer servers and even bandwidth limits. NordVPN’s money-back guarantee includes unrestricted access to all features, helping you make a more informed decision.