5 Best VPNs on Android Devices in 2019

Using an Android VPN app will greatly improve your privacy and security when using your Android device, it will also help you access the internet more freely and unblock extra streaming content. 

We've been reviewing VPN apps professionally since 2013, and we've looked especially at the best android apps for this article.

5 Best VPN apps for Android

Here's a list of our top picks for the best VPNs to use on Android.

1. ExpressVPN

Pricing

From $6.67 / month

Available on

  • Windows
  • Android
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Linux

Payment Options

  • Visa/MasterCard
  • Amex
  • Cryptocurrency

Express VPN has a well-deserved reputation for providing a popular and polished VPN service. Its Android app has had almost 70,000 downloads from the Play Store, and a rating of 4.0.

An easy-to-use service, the ExpressVPN app pioneered the concept of the one-click connect. It uses the same highly secure OpenVPN encryption that its desktop versions use, making this ideal for Android users in China. They have 24/7 livechat support, and a 30 day moneyback guarantee.

With ExpressVPN, you can get 49% off if you buy a yearly account.

2. NordVPN

Pricing

From $2.99 / month

Available on

  • Windows
  • Android
  • Mac
  • iOS

Payment Options

  • Visa/MasterCard
  • Amex
  • Cryptocurrency

NordVPN is an incredibly popular Android VPN, with over 80,000 installs from the Play Store and a 4.4-star average review rating, you can also download the app direct from the Nord website which will auto-update when new versions become available.

A premium VPN for Android, NordVPN offers 24/7 support and it can unblock iPlayer, Netflix US, hulu, all while keeping your data private and secure both at home and on public WiFi. Try NordVPN today thanks to its 30-day money back guarantee!


3. PrivateVPN

Pricing

From $1.89 / month

Available on

  • Windows
  • Android
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Linux

Payment Options

  • Visa/MasterCard
  • Amex
  • Cryptocurrency

As its name suggests this is privacy focused VPN service. It's an excellent choice as an Android VPN. You get a full-service VPN on your mobile device at an affordable price with super-fast server speed and great encryption.

PrivateVPN is a good choice if you want to watch Netflix on your Android device, it also offers six simultaneous connections, WiFi protection, and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Based in Sweden this easy-to-use app provides Efficient 24/7 Live Chat support if you have any questions.

4. VyprVPN

Pricing

From $4.17 / month

Available on

  • Windows
  • Android
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Linux

Payment Options

  • Visa/MasterCard
  • Amex

This VPN service is based in Switzerland and has recently gone 100% no-logs. It has even been independently audited to confirm this, which is something that no other VPN company can claim. Its Android app has an impressive 43,500 downloads from the Play Store but can also be downloaded from the website. 

A 3-day free trial is available for Android users, but VyprVPN requires confirmation of payment details before this can be activated. VyprVPN's Android VPN app features a killswitch, making it ideal for users in privacy-sensitive regions such as China. It has super-fast connection speeds making it the perfect VPN for streaming and it can also unlock Netflix. 

5. IPVanish

Pricing

From $5.2 / month

Available on

  • Windows
  • Android
  • Mac
  • iOS

Payment Options

  • Visa/MasterCard
  • Amex

IPVanish keeps no logs, and although based in the US, it provides a robust VPN service. In addition to being available via the Play Store, you can also download it from the website. Automatic updates, however, are only available if you download the app via the Play Store.

The app offers a bunch of useful features and if you connect to an unknown WiFi network the app will alert you to this and offer to turn itself on. A fast service, this is ideal for gaming and streaming. Try it free for a week with its 7-day money back guarantee.

Why Should I use a VPN for Android?

VPN apps for Android provide the following benefits:

  • Hides what you get up to online from your internet provider, from your government, and from hackers.
  • Hides your real IP address from websites you visit.
  • By using a VPN Android devices are secure from hackers and untrustworthy WiFi hosts when using public WiFi hotspots.
  • Allows you to spoof your location in order to watch services such BBC iPlayer and US Netflix.
  • Allows you to torrent safely, mainly because it hides your real IP from P2P peers.

If you would like a detailed discussion on how a VPN does these very cool things, please do check out What is a VPN? A Beginner's Guide.

Using a VPN with apps

In general, a VPN for Android works in much the same way it does on any other computer. The problem, however, is apps. These apps often know a great deal about you and your device this can include:

  • Your phone's IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity Number)
  • Your GPS location data
  • Your contact list
  • Your Google Play/iTunes ID

So, what can you do?

If you want to hide your IP from an online service, you should use its web portal via your mobile browser rather than its app. If, for example, you want to browse for certain items on Amazon privately:

  • Do - turn on your VPN and visit the site on your favorite web browser - without logging into your Amazon account, of course!
  • Do not - fire up the Amazon app, or they will know exactly who and where you are.

For more in-depth information on the subject, we now have a page dedicated to setting up a VPN for Android, which includes step-by-step instructions! We recommend following these steps to stop your phone leaking information when using a VPN - particularly useful when trying to unblock US Netflix and other streaming services. For more information, please see our Netflix VPN list.

What features are Important for Android VPNs?

  • Speed: Using VPN apps for Android will slow down your internet somewhat, but if you use a fast VPN service and connect a VPN server located near to you then you are unlikely to ever notice this.
  • Dedicated Android app: A dedicated custom Android app is by far the easiest way to use a VPN on Android, as these are pre-setup for your device.
  • Good technical security: Strong OpenVPN or IKEv2 encryption is more the mark of a good VPN service than a pressing concern for most users.
  • No logs: Not everyone uses a VPN for privacy, but if you do, then pick a company with a no-log VPN.
  • Jurisdiction: Whether a VPN company can offer a no-logs service is often determined by where it is based. Many US-based VPNs, for example, are no logs services, but pervasive NSA spying makes it hard to recommend US VPNs for privacy.
  • WiFi protection: This is a feature we see more and more in Android VPN apps. It detects when you connect to unknown WiFi networks and automatically offers to enable the VPN for your protection.

Can I use a VPN free on Android?

The Google Play Store is awash with free VPN apps for Android, but a great many of these are actively dangerous to use. A 2017 white paper looking at 283 free Android VPN apps available through the Google Play Store found that:

  • 75% of them tracked users across the internet using third-party tracking libraries.
  • 82% of them unnecessarily request permissions to access sensitive data. This included user accounts and text messages.
  • 38% contained some form of malware (adware 43%, trojan 29%, malvertising 17%, riskware 6% and spyware 5%).
  • 18% did not even encrypt users’ data!

Despite these alarming findings, there are some good free Android VPNs out there. Please see Best Free VPNs for more details – all the VPNs we recommend on that page are reputable and offer free Android VPN apps.

FAQs

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Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at ProPrivacy.com. Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.

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