Proton VPN made many users renew their service after it overhauled its brand in March 2022, boasting a new visual appearance and functionality. However, they didn’t back out on their true values, as our Proton VPN review still shows. You still get a free VPN forever with access to Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States, with 1 connection at a time and reduced but sufficient speed. Similarly, you can upgrade to monthly, yearly, and 2-year plans if you like the service. That provides access to 1700+ servers in over 60 countries, 10 concurrent connections, Tor over VPN, torrenting, NetShield feature, and more. To benefit again, you must know how to renew Proton VPN.
1. Renew your Proton VPN subscription by upgrading the current plan
Before we dive into the quick procedure, understand that subscriptions to Proton VPN are automatically renewed at the end of their billing period. To achieve that, the service uses the same payment method and bills you for the same term as the plan (1 month, 1 year, 2 years). You should also remember that if you cancel a paid account, or it expires, the service will degrade your account to the Proton Free level plan.
In contrast, if you cancel after the 30-day money-refund warranty period is over, although not mandatory, the Company can reimburse you based on the remaining days. Similarly, you may get benefits if you renew a service before the plan expires. If unused for over a year, they delete free accounts. With all that acknowledged, follow these instructions to renew your account for Proton VPN:
- Go to the Proton VPN Login page.
- Sign in, then on the “Dashboard” page, click the Upgrade button in the upper right corner.
- In the left sidebar, click on Your current plan.
- You will now see the current plan, which we presume is the free one. Click the Explore other Proton plans link below the plan unless you want the Proton Unlimited one. If you want the latter, select the button stating “From $6.99 a month” (the price may differ when you visit).
- You can now pick one of the available plans, say Proton Plus. Proceed to checkout and choose one of the available options:
- Credit or debit card
- Bank transfer
- You’ll see the due amount in the currency selected in the top right corner. Proceed to pay and your account will be renewed.
Note that Proton VPN remembers details for the debit or credit card you used if you chose to save them. If your payment details changed, enter them after selecting New credit/debit card under “Payment method”.
Can I pay in Bitcoin for Proton VPN?
Yes, you can use Bitcoin to pay for a Proton VPN subscription, but only when upgrading or renewing plans on the website. In other words, if the carrier erased your account, you must make a new one before logging in. Returning users can select Bitcoin as a mode of renewal in method 1, step 5. Then:
- Scan the QR code on a mobile app for cryptocurrency or use the BTC amount and address to send funds from your account.
- Make sure to select the Done button after the payment goes through. Wait for up to 24 hours for a confirmation e-mail address.
- You will get enough Proton account credits that you need to spend on a plan by going to Dashboard → Credits.
Note. Bitcoin and cash cannot be used for auto-renewed, hence you need to do so manually when the plan expires. Bank transfer is, in most cases, also excluded from auto-renewal by Proton VPN. The carrier suggests paying 24 hours before the plan expires at the latest.
Paying from Russia
A slew of companies, including some less-known VPN ones and payment processors/banks have withdrawn support for Russian citizens due to the conflict with Ukraine in 2022. Therefore, many Russian users have had their payment methods and accounts unwillingly canceled or couldn’t justify the increased fees. Because the provider is committed to an open Web and no censorship, they recommend paying via Bitcoin or UnionPay at the time of publication. Additionally, if possible, Russian citizens can do a bank transfer or pay in cash. Proton VPN has set up a temporary page with the latest information at
www.protonvpn.com/support/pay-russia/ to follow the situation.
2. Send cash to Proton VPN in an envelope
Russian users and anyone interested in privacy appreciate the option to pay in cash to avoid auto-renewal and offering personal details. Although you should double-check these details before sending, they haven’t changed in years. You can check the price of the subscription and put money in Swiss francs (CHF), US dollars (USD), or euros (EUR) in an envelope and send it to:
Route de la Galaise 32
Money orders, checks, and other forms other than cash are not allowed. Make sure to put your Proton username on a piece of paper and, if possible, make the envelope trackable. As soon as it arrives at the address, Proton will grant your account enough credits you can spend by going to Dashboard → Credits. Unsurprisingly, this method of renewal doesn’t fall under the 30-day money-back guarantee.
3. Transfer funds via a bank to Proton AG
Performing a bank transfer can bypass payment processor problems and shield identity behind a proxy or a company. This way to renew your Proton VPN subscription includes transferring funds from your bank using these details:
Bank: UBS Switzerland AG
Beneficiary: Proton AG
You can pay in EUR, CHF, or USD, and need to add your Proton username to the description. Depending on the currency, you need to enter this IBAN: