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The best Android VPN apps to recover your online anonymity
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are among the best security tools a web surfer can have, especially in these trying times. You can use them to surf otherwise seedy public Wi-Fi with more security and privacy. They can even get around firewalls, and the list of potential uses goes on and on. Whatever the reason, VPNs are powerful and popular tools. Here are the best Android VPN apps. We also linked a video just above that explains what a VPN is in case you want to know.
Also read: What is a VPN, and why do you need one?
The best VPN apps for Android:
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $71.88 per year
ProtonVPN is a unicorn when it comes to VPN apps. It hits all of the desirable features. The app boasts unlimited use, a range of servers in various countries, and a robust no-logging policy. It’s among the best for those who are concerned about privacy.
The free version is excellent and should be good enough for most people, but you can also opt for a monthly or yearly subscription. These increase the speeds, number of available servers, number of devices, and even Tor support. It’s top-notch in terms of privacy, and we would put this toward the top of our recommendations.
Price: Free (15GB per month) / $1 per month per location / $9 per month for unlimited locations / $49 per year
Windscribe VPN is an above-average VPN app. It boasts a decent free version with a 15GB data cap per month. That should be more than enough for the occasional public Wi-Fi or airport connection. As you’d expect, the pro version removes the cap. Other features include a strict no-logging policy and the usual VPN encryption goodness.
The premium version has no data caps, unlimited connections, and servers in 63 countries. It worked perfectly fine during our testing, and most Google Play reviews are positive as well.
A unique Windscribe feature involves building your own plan by paying just $1 per month per location. Throw in another dollar for unlimited data and this option is very economical if you don’t need to change your location frequently.
Price: $10.99 per month / $39.42 per year / $71.49 per 3 years
Atlas VPN is a solid VPN that works pretty well. Most use this one to bypass regional streaming restrictions, and it seems to work quite well for that kind of stuff. The app has servers worldwide, so you can choose the ones you want. It also has a simple, friendly UI along with a safe browsing function and a kill switch that prevents things from using the Internet in the event of an Internet disruption. The company has a no-logging policy for better user protection and privacy. It has no free trial anymore, but you get a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month / $95.88 per year
Betternet is one of the more decent VPN apps. The speeds are okay. It maintains a free model by showing video ads and sponsored apps. There is a premium version as well. They’re very transparent about how they make money and their policies. It’s refreshing. It also features a simple, one-touch interface.
More: Why use a VPN?
Paying for premium access will get you access to more locations, no ads, faster speeds, enhanced support, and support for up to five devices.
Price: Seven-day free trial / $12.99 per month / $51.48 per year / $78 per two years / $89.31 per three years
CyberGhost is among the most popular VPN services out there, offering a no-logs policy, well-performing servers, and access to over 8,000 servers worldwide. You’ll also enjoy up to seven simultaneous device connections and apps for every major platform.
Price: $12.95 per month / $59.94 per six months / $80.04 per year
ExpressVPN is one of the most popular VPN services out there, and for good reason. It’s a fast, stable, and reliable VPN with plenty of features. You get IP address masking, over 160 server locations in 94 countries, apps for all major platforms, 24-hour live chat support, high-security encryption, etc.
Our thoughts: Express VPN review
F-Secure Freedome VPN
Price: Five-day free trial / $34.99 per year for three devices / $69.99 per year for seven devices / $89.99 per two years for seven devices
Freedome VPN by F-Secure has bounced on and off of this list multiple times over the years. It seems to have its stuff together right now. The app boasts everything you should need in a VPN, including unlimited bandwidth, and a surprisingly reasonable price tag.
It should be suitable for most VPN use cases, from checking your bank account on public Wi-Fi to streaming Netflix. This one has its ups and downs, but it’s super reliable, and the app works way better than it used to.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month / $95.88 per year
HotspotSield VPN may not be as popular anymore, but it has been in the game for a long time and used to be among the most popular services of its kind. It’s mostly known for its easy-to-use UI. You can easily pick a location and tap a button to turn the VPN on. It helps that there’s a free version of it, too.
Related: What can VPNs do with your data?
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $59.88 per year
Mozilla VPN is by the same developers of Firefox (for those who didn’t already know). This one started out with some huge issues but has turned out to be a pretty good VPN. The app includes WireGuard encryption, a strict no logging and no tracking policy, quick one-tap activation buttons, etc.
The $4.99 price tag (if paid yearly) gives you support for up to five devices, no bandwidth restrictions, and unlimited data. Mozilla is one of the most trustworthy companies on the Internet, and we assume they put that passion into Mozilla VPN as well. There are still some bugs the developers need to hammer out, though, as is evident by the reviews on the Play Store.
Price: $13.99 per month / $83.88 per year
NordVPN is one of the larger VPN services available. It boasts over 5,000 servers in over 60 countries and pretty decent speeds. The app has your usual VPN goodies, including a quick connect button for easy and quick VPN access, a strict no-logging policy, unlimited bandwidth (on premium accounts), and no geo-restrictions.
Our thoughts: NordVPN review
You can also extend your service to VPN extensions on Firefox and Chrome along with native desktop apps as well. You can try the service for free for a week. After that, the prices get a little steep. If you want to commit to this long-term, you save a bunch of money by paying by the year. NordVPN did suffer a data breach in early 2019, but the problem seems fixed now.
OpenVPN for Android
OpenVPN for Android is aimed at those already running their own VPN server. The app itself is based on OpenVPN Connect, another free client that has a lot of the same features. The interface is a bit more friendly than the official app. You’ll still need to learn how to set it up yourself, though. This app makes it look less confusing and more modular to help you make your way around.
At its core, OpenVPN for Android and OpenVPN Connect accomplish the same goals in similar ways, and they’re both free, so you can’t go wrong with either one.
Signal Secure VPN
Price: Free / $11.99 per month / $35.99 per year
Signal Secure VPN (formerly VPN Robot) is another well-known VPN service. It offers over half a dozen countries to choose from. The main selling point is that it doesn’t require a username, login, or account. However, we couldn’t get a bead on their logging practices. It’s not available in China, for what that’s worth.
There is a free version with ads, or you can sign up for the premium version and remove ads. It takes a bite out of their forever free sentence in the Google Play description, but the free version is still decent. This developer also has Snap VPN, which we suspect is the same app.
Price: $5.99 per month / $29.88 per year
SurfEasy VPN is one of the more flashy VPN apps. It has a lot of desirable features and the app has a strict no-logging policy. Additionally, it’s one of the few VPNs that explicitly support torrenting. Add 2,000 servers in 31 countries, and this is actually a feature-packed VPN. The prices are quite reasonable, and you get a 14-day money-back guarantee.
Price: Seven-day free trial / $12.95 per month / $59.76 per year
You’ve probably seen Surfshark VPN featured on many websites and YouTube videos. It’s a top-rated service that has plenty to offer. Of course, you can use it to browse privately and hide your location, but it also has cool features like ad-blocking. Another great advantage is that you can connect an unlimited number of devices with a single account, and prices are very competitive.
Also: How to use a VPN
Thunder VPN is one of the most beloved free VPN services. Even though it costs nothing, it offers a no-log policy, unlimited bandwidth, worldwide servers, and no registration requirements. You really can’t go wrong with it, but it has very few extra features.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $59.88 per year / $120 per three years
TunnelBear VPN is one adorable VPN app. It works like most VPN apps. You connect, it hides your location and your traffic, and that’s that. The free version gives you 500MB per month or 1500MB if you tweet at the company. You can upgrade to unlimited for $9.99 per month or $59.88 per year.
Also read: These are the best cheap VPN services
The company has a no-logging policy as well as 256-bit encryption, two rather essential features. The free version is also an excellent choice if you just want to check your bank statements on public Wi-Fi. The premium version, meanwhile, is probably better if you want to use it for streaming or other intensive tasks. This is one of the most popular VPNs for Android, and it’s a good one.
Price: Three-day free trial / $15.00 per month / $100 per year
VyprVPN is another popular option. It features servers in over 70 countries and the company also maintains its own hardware. Otherwise, it works as expected. You connect and then surf the web. You’ll have to pay for one of the premium plans to get more than a few days of use. Thankfully, it’s unlimited and you get a no-logs policy.
Price: Free / $13.99 per month / $83.88 per year / $119.76 per two years
VPNHub is one of the newer VPN apps for mobile. It boasts no bandwidth limits, so you can do basically whatever you want. However, you also have to pay for it as it has one of the most expensive monthly prices on the list. The good news is that Android users get a free version of it, and the basic features work very well. Getting the service to work on other devices and computers will require a premium subscription, though.
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It works like any other VPN. You choose the server and country you want, connect, and then go about your business. It boasts servers in 60 locations worldwide, encryption, and cross-platform support.
Are you looking to use a VPN for more specific purposes? We’ve compiled a list of the best VPNs for every use case. Check it out to find the right service.