If you want to surf the web completely privately and securely, even when you’re out and about connecting to public WiFi, a VPN is what you’re looking for. Here we round-up the best VPN apps for Android.
You can also use a VPN (which stands for virtual private network) to access blocked content such as BBC iPlayer if you’re outside of the UK, or the American version of Netflix. If you’re looking to do so on your Android phone or tablet, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of great VPN apps for Android.
Please note that it is against Netflix, BBC iPlayer and other blocked content’s terms and conditions to access them using a VPN, so we advise you to do so at your own risk.
If you want to find out more about what a VPN is and how it works, read our VPN buying advice here.
Best Android VPN
PureVPN is our favourite VPN right now, and we’re pleased to report that it’s great on Android too.
PureVPN has a huge number of servers available across 141 countries, and logging is restricted to just the time at which connections are made to keep privacy at the forefront of its service.
There are lots of features and modes available in PureVPN to suit whatever priorities you may have, and it works well with Netflix, too. PureVPN’s Android app is also smart, letting you choose the purpose of your VPN usage and tailoring the connection to match.
You’ll need to sign up to one of PureVPN’s subscription packages in order to use the Android app. You can pay as little as $2.95 if you choose the 24 month package at time of writing, or $11 if you choose the monthly package. There’s also a 7-day money-back guarantee.
NordVPN offers an application for Android, in addition to those for Mac, PC and iOS, and like the other services in this round-up, one subscription well let you use the application on all of those devices rather than limiting you to one.
NordVPN tells us that it keeps no logs at all on its customers, so that combined with its competitive pricing and top security options makes this one of the most attractive offerings for internet users. It’s easy to set up and suitably speedy too.
The most popular plan is the 1-year plan, which is billed annually and works out at around £5 per month.
Also one of our favourite VPNs is CyberGhost, which is a breeze to install on Android. You’ll get 7 days of the Premium service for free on Android, too.
There are some things missing from the Android version of CyberGhost, though, including the activities covering anonymous torrenting and basic website unblocking that you’ll find on the desktop version.
The downside is that CyberGhost had some issues accessing Netflix during our testing. It is continuously working ot add new servers as its current ones become blocked, though, and the same can be said for all other VPN providers, too.
IPVanish is also available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and with a 7-day guarantee you can try it out and see how much you like it.
Prices start at $6.49 per month, but you’ll only get access to servers in just over 60 countries. That said, you are very unlikely to need more than that, and this package is know to be speedy and very secure. Plus, you can have five simultaneous connections on multiple devices.
Popular VPN option ExpressVPN offers apps for all operating systems, including Android. The app opens up the web to get around firewalls and censorship, and also provides protection from hackers and snoops who could be spying on you whilst you’re connected to a public network.
You’ll need to sign up for an ExpressVPN subscription of your choice, then download and install the Android app to your phone or tablet to begin browsing the web freely and safely. Choose between a monthly subscription that’ll cost you $12.95 per month, a 12-month subscription that will cost you $8.32 per month or a 6-month subscription at $9.99 per month. Each option has a 30-day money back guarantee.
Our last option is Tunnelbear, which has a very limited free option in addition to a monthly option or a well priced yearly option that’ll cost you $49.99 for 12 months. You can connect with five devices at once, and that includes your Android phone or tablet.