Android is the clear market leader with more than a billion active users globally. Over 76% of all mobile users have Android devices with iOS trailing at 22%. Such a huge user base makes Android devices also a more common target for hackers and criminals who are keen on getting their hands on your personal data that you might share online.
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If you are using an Android device we highly suggest using a good VPN service to protect your privacy and if needed access sites that might otherwise be blocked for you. Most of the big names in the VPN industry offer a dedicated app for Android and iOS devices but there are also a number of VPNs in the Google Play store that you want to stay clear of. Some of them claim to be free but require in-app purchases to use the core features. Some can show you targeted ads that kind of contradicts the whole purpose of a VPN service. Using a VPN on your mobile device is important to hide your online activity from your internet service provider who can sell that data or give it out to government actors. Passing your online traffic through a VPN is much more secure but still, you need to be careful which VPN provider you trust.
We did the hard work for you and compared the apps in the Play Store to find the best VPN for Android.
1. ExpressVPN – Unlimited speeds, great support, excellent App
ExpressVPN is currently the highest-ranked VPN based on all the features, speed test, support, and privacy features.
ExpressVPN has been around for a very long time and gathered praise from BBC, Forbes, TechRadar and many more. It’s based in the British Virgin Islands, a very safe place for a VPN company, and it has a very strict no-logs policy.
It works on most devices from Android to Mac and has both Chrome and Firefox extensions.
ExpressVPN has just a slightly lower score in the Google Play store: 4.2 (96 000 reviews). All issues in the reviews section are answered by ExpressVPN but instead of suggesting a solution for everyone to see (like NordVPN) you are suggested to turn to support.
ExpressVPN had good results in our speed tests and torrenting and Netflix is fully supported if this is what you need.
2. NordVPN – A lot of servers and speed for a very low price
Nord VPN is a highly praised VPN service that is in our TOP3 list of 12 Best VPNs of 2019. It’s very well known for its huge amount of servers around the world with over 5400 servers in 60 countries. It works on most platforms so if you go with NordVPN you can install it on your Android device as well as your Mac or PC, your router or your smart TV.
The app is easy to use and with its 30-day money-back guarantee you have plenty of time to try it out to make sure you are completely happy with it.
NordVPN did very well in our Speed tests and got one of the highest results when testing with the Finnish server with just a 2% drop in download speeds.
The reviews on Google Play store are mostly positive and with ver 135000 reviews the average score is 4.3 NordVPN seems to be very engaged with the reviews and if someone writes a complaint in the review a representative will always respond with a solution to the initial problem.
Why NordVPN places as one of the best VPN for android? The very low price for a 1-year plan makes NordVPn one of the most affordable VPNs out there. You can get it for just 2.99USD per month which is one of the best prices you can get.
3. TunnelBear VPN – Sometimes, free things are good too
TunnelBear has one of the highest review scores in the Google Play store of 4.4 with over 189 000 people leaving their opinion. This score is very hard to get and TunnelBear has done an amazing job providing a stable and secure Android app.
The thing that makes TunnelBear stand out from the crowd and places it in the third place is the fact that it gives you 500MB of free data that for some people might be enough. The free plan is limited to a smaller number of locations but if you only need a VPN a few times a month and don`t use that much data the 500MB free plan for TunnelBear can be a lifesaver.
Our speed tests showed really good results in all locations and it has all the basic features including torrenting support. The VPN Kill Switch and DNS leak protection are key features that you should look for when buying a VPN service and TunnelBear has them covered.
And of course, the UI with the cute bear can melt your heart!
4. HideMyAss! – The fast donkey who doesn`t ask for much
HideMyAss! Or HMA! lands in the fourth place thanks to its large number of servers, great results in our speed test and really cheap yearly plan. You can get your Android device protected for just 2.99USD per month and HMA! Supports up to 5 devices for one account.
Although it doesn`t have as many reviews in Google Play store as some other VPN apps HMA! can brag about their very high average score of 4.5. This is mostly due to the stability of the app and the easy and intuitive interface suitable for everyone.
The few things that we don`t really like is the fact that it`s in UK jurisdiction and the speed was just below some of the more faster VPNs. For example, the Finnish server suffered an 8% drop whereas NordVPNs Finnish server had just a 2% drop in download speeds.
So HideMyAss! Is a great in-the-middle option with an easy-to-use Android app and decent pricing options.
5. CyberGhost VPN – Connect all your devices
CyberGhost has a lot going for them- they are based in Romania (not part of any of the surveillance alliances), they have a generous 45-day money-back guarantee, they have tons of great features and you can connect up to seven devices under one account.
Some of the features include:
- Malicious content blocker
- Live chat customer support
- Strict No Logs Policy
The app is easy to use and the speeds are pretty decent but not as good as NordVPN who is the best VPN for Android in 2019. Although CyberGhost is a very reputable VPN service the Android app has got some negative feedback lately and the review score has dropped to 3.6 but still for $2.75 a month this is a great VPN to keep your Android phone protected.
What we considered for this list.
When compiling this list of Five best VPN for Android we considered a few factors that we believe are the most important:
- Security features
- Ease of use
- Google Play review score
We highly recommend steering clear of most free VPNs that rely on ads for their revenue or especially the ones you can`t figure out how they make money. Ads in the VPN app can be targeted so your online behavior is not completely anonymous. When it comes to online security you can`t play Russian roulette and just pick any free (or paid) VPN that pops up.
We look at the background of the VPN provider, consider the history of the company behind it and compare the most crucial security features.
When using the app, the UI and the ease of use becomes even more important than on a PC or Mac. You really need a simple and clean user interface and get the app running the way you want in just a tap or two.
And naturally, we consider the price and whether you get what you pay for.
The Top 5 VPNs for Android and their prices based on a yearly plan are: