10 Best VPN apps for Android phones and tablets

The quality of VPN software for Android devices has vastly improved in recent years, as VPN services have become more and more popular. However, not all Android VPN services are up to scratch. In fact, the large majority of the 200+ VPN services on the Play Store lack the security features needed to keep users safe. In addition to this, we found that over 40% of free Android VPN apps leak the users' personal data. With these dodgy services, it can make it difficult to find a trustworthy VPN.

In this guide, we list you the best VPNs to use on Android phones and tablets in 2021 and explain the advantages of using one.

What are the best Android VPN apps?

We have searched the VPN market to find the best VPNs for Android, these are listed below:

  1. ExpressVPN - The best VPN for Android. Through the Android app you get lightning fast speeds, a seamless experience & 24/7 live chat support.
  2. NordVPN - An easy to use Android VPN app. The Android app is easy to navigate and the service is secure and fast, plus it accepts bitcoin!
  3. CyberGhost VPN - A great Android VPN app for beginners. A robust VPN service with great value thanks to an amazing selection of features.
  4. Surfshark - The cheapest VPN app for Android on our list. Rated 4+ stars on the Play Store, $2.49 a month, it's fast and packed with features.
  5. VyprVPN - A VPN app that balances privacy and speed. The interface is straightforward to use and the service offers no logs and fast servers.

As avid Android users ourselves, we know how important it is to have apps that are properly optimized for Android devices. As well as a great app, there are several other things that we look for in an Android VPN, these are listed below:

The best VPNs for Android | In-depth analysis

Below, you'll find our full list of the 10 best VPNs for Android - recommended by our experts by for both mobile phones and tablet. All of the services we've hand-picked offer stellar security measures, privacy features, and geo-unblocking powers - as well as myriad other benefits.

ExpressVPN is our #1 best VPN for Android. Combining a well-rounded VPN app with fast speeds and good privacy – you're on to a real winner!

  • Pricing

    From  $6.67 - $12.95
  • Play Store score

    • 4.3 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

ExpressVPN is easily one of the most well-recognised and respected names in the VPN industry - and it's easy to see why. They pioneered the idea of "one-click connect" in its mobile apps, and offers users a now industry-standard 30-day money-back guarantee as well as outstanding 24/7 live chat support.


ExpressVPN has continued to innovate and this why they are our favourite Android VPN app. Recently they have launched their own secure and fast encryption protocol called "lightway". I found the connections when switching between servers using this protocol to be super-slick and it's a welcome addition to their Android app.


The ExpressVPN Android app is especially easy to use and nice to look at! Navigation is simple, and you are can hop between ExpressVPN's servers (in over 90 countries, no less) with just a few taps. Having a kill switch right on your phone was a nice bonus, too, seeing as it kept our data encrypted even when our connection dropped. All in all, the ExpressVPN app is a great reflection of the provider's commitment to privacy.


Another thing I loved was ExpressVPN's "Security Assistant" feature. Within their app ExpressVPN gives users some tips on how they can improving overall online privacy and security, making it great if you want to start taking your online privacy seriously. These tips include things like; how to remove malware from your device, turn off your Google activity, and much more.


ExpressVPN Android app on Pixel 3XL


Its Android app has a 4.1-star rating in the Play Store and is compatible with all Android 5.0+ devices. It can be downloaded from either the Play Store, or, for the more Google-phobic out there, as an APK file for sideloading onto your device. ExpressVPN provides L2TP/IPSec setup instructions for users of Android versions 2, 3, and 4.


The app is easy to use and offers split-tunneling, which allows you to decide which of your apps use the VPN tunnel and which don’t. It also features a kill-switch (called “network protection”), which ensures your data is constantly encrypted even when your internet connection drops. 


ExpressVPN is a no-logs VPN service with servers in over 90 counties and a strong focus on privacy.


Tested on Android mobile and tablet by Hannah

NordVPN is a great pick if you want a VPN app that is chock full of features and is easy to use. A superb VPN at a superb price point, a real solid choice.

  • Pricing

    From  $3.30 - $11.95
  • Play Store score

    • 4.2 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

NordVPN is a no-logs VPN service is based in NSA-free Panama. Its Android app has a very respectable 4.3-star rating on the Google Play Store and is compatible with all Android 5.0+ devices.


NordVPN on Android Pixel 3XL


The app is quite distinctive in the way it looks thanks to its dynamic map of server locations making it easy to switch between servers. It uses OpenVPN in UDP mode by default, although TCP is also an option. Besides this, the app allows you to connect to NordVPN’s special Obfuscated servers, which use XOR encryption to evade VPN blocks.


One of my main considerations when it comes to choosing a VPN for Android is speed. NordVPN is one of the quickest VPN services that I have come across; it seems to be super-quick regardless of where you connect. I also felt really secure using this provider too because CyberSec - NordVPN’s malware/advert blocking technology - is one of the most comprehensive around.


The app also sports a kill-switch and NordVPN’s “CyberSec” feature which I loved. Like on its desktop apps, "CyberSec" uses a DNS blocklist to protect users from malware, help prevent botnet control, and block many intrusive web ads. Their Android app also has a "TapJacking protection" feature which alerts the user if malicious apps try to trick you into clicking a dodgy link. These features vastly improve the user's online security and all you have to do is click a button. Their app also features split-tunneling, this feature is really user friendly as it allows users to search for a particular app. 


As is increasingly common, its APK is also available to download directly from the NordVPN website, which will auto-update when new versions become available. This is perfect for those who wish to avoid the Google Services Spyware Framework.


Tested on Android mobile by Aaron

CyberGhost is a value-packed Android VPN for beginners. It's a feature-rich app that's incredibly easy-to-use, while still offering good levels of customization.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.25 - $12.99
  • Play Store score

    • 3.9 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

If you're looking for a budget-friendly option with great geo-spoofing capabilities and a huge network of servers, then CyberGhost might be the VPN for you. The service is based in Romania, which is great news for anyone looking to avoid the jurisdiction of the 14-Eyes spying alliance. I found the app was really easy to use and it has all of the features you want from an Android VPN service. You'll also be able to unblock a veritable ton of geographically restricted content thanks to servers in key locations around the world. It has a split tunneling feature which can customized and an ad, tracker and malware blocker which can be enabled really easily.


CyberGhost Android App on a Pixel 3XL


In our experience, CyberGhost is ultra-secure and really easy to use, but I think it really excels on the speed front. With CyberGhost’s fast servers, you won’t be waiting on buffering screens. I found the app connected really quickly to servers and unblocked streaming Netflix with ease via the Netflix Android app. Overall, CyberGhost is a high-functioning, low-cost VPN that’s great for newer VPN users.


The Android app uses OpenVPN encryption (which is our recommended protocol for security) and it offers WireGuard which is a great alternative. WireGuard, a relatively new VPN protocol partly designed to improve speeds, used to only be available for Linux Ghosties. But now all you have to do is download the latest version of their Android app, you’ll be able to use it. I have been enjoying the upgrade!


One thing that I would like to see CyberGhost adopt some obfuscation (stealth) measures in the future, but users are still able to cloak their VPN usage by running TCP over port 443. This is especially important if you need a VPN to avoid government surveillance.


Try it for yourself with its generous 45-day money-back guarantee on subscription plans longer than one month.




Tested on Android mobile by Aaron



Surfshark is the cheapest VPN on our Android list. It offers great speeds, versatile unblocking, and strong privacy at a fantastic price point.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.49 - $12.95
  • Play Store score

    • 4.3 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

SurfShark is registered in the British Virgin Islands and offers an Android 5.0 app rated 4.3 stars in the Play Store. I am pleased to see that you can also download the .APK direct from the Surfshark website.


SurfShark VPN on Android Pixel 3XL


Surfshark has always impressed us with the incredible amount of bang it offers for your buck, and its Android app is no different. It includes a kill-switch, split-tunneling (“Whitelister”) for apps you want to exclude from the VPN, a DNS adblocker, an incognito mode for web searches, and even a GPS override feature that ensures your browser's GPS location matches your VPN location. It is also has a fantastic privacy policy and keeps no logs.


The Surfshark Android app uses IKEv2 by default, but also offers OpenVPN (UDP and TCP, although port numbers are not specified). It also offers the Shadowsocks protocol for those who need to evade restrictions on VPN use.


Overall, I found Surfshark’s Android app to be one of the best mobile VPN apps I have ever tried. What really stood out to us was the silky smooth user interface, which was an absolute pleasure to use. I was able to breeze through all the options and settings easily, and never got stuck searching for any particular feature that I wanted to try out. Oh, and the speeds were unbelievable both when connected to wifi and on my mobile network. Top class work here by Surfshark!


Tested on Android mobile and tablet by Attila

VyprVPN is the value lover's choice. It's run on a private network of servers & access to Chameleon privacy technology – all at a great price point.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.50 - $12.95
  • Play Store score

    • 4.0 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

VyprVPN is based in Switzerland and is notable for owning its own server network, which gives it complete control over its infrastructure. It's great for the security-conscious Android user looking for privacy because it keeps no logs. The app supports all versions of Android, but we recommend sticking to 4.0.3 and later.


Vypr Android App on Pixel 3XL


VyprVPN for Android has a somewhat modest 3.9-star rating in the PlayStore, but it has nonetheless always worked flawlessly in our tests. It has a fully-featured app with a kill-switch, DNS leak protection, ad and malware blocking, and public WiFi protection to ensure the VPN connects each time that your device joins a new network.


I really like the fact that VyprVPN owns their own server network too. This is a rarity on the VPN market, with even the priciest providers often renting many - if not all - of their servers. This makes me feel safe when using VyprVPN because I know no third parties will have access to any of the servers I connect to and that these servers will be managed and maintained by VyprVPN staff.


The app uses OpenVPN, and you can switch between ports, which is great. Plus, the Android app offers VyprVPN’s obfuscation feature called Chameleon, which is known to be great at defeating VPN restrictions in countries where VPN use is frowned upon. This is a lot of features for an Android VPN app, and users get the benefit of a large network of servers in over 70 countries; which makes it excellent for unblocking content worldwide.


For ease of access, the app is available as an .APK download in addition to being featured in the Play Store.




Tested on Android mobile by Aaron



IPVanish is a great all around Android VPN. It provides fast speeds, easy to use app that work seamlessly & is packed full of great features.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.40 - $9.99
  • Play Store score

    • 4.1 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

IPVanish is a high-profile no-logs US-based VPN service. Its Android 4.0.3+ app rates 3.9 stars in the Play Store, but, again, has always worked well for us and is packed with useful features. When choosing a server you can filter the servers by county, city, or ping times allowing users to find the best server for them. It has a handy feature called scramble witch adds obfuscation to OpenVPN so users can bypass VPN blocks with confidence. 


IPVanish Android App on a Pixel 3XL


The IPVanish app does not include a built-in kill-switch per se., but on Android 8+ devices it provides instructions for enabling Android’s new built-in kill-switch feature to work with the app.


The app features split tunneling and insecure network notification both of which are super handy features. It uses OpenVPN in either UDP or TCP mode, and you can select which ports it uses which is great for more advanced VPN users. It also offers IKeV2 which is a great alternative to OpenVPN because it's fast.


Overall, I was really amazed by how well the Android app performed on my phone as well as on my tablet. The app looks great and is incredibly easy to use. I found the speeds to be excellent no matter which servers I connected to and regardless of whether I was connecting from home or on the go. I really liked the look of the Android app, the interface is pretty simple, but this made it easy to navigate to what you need. Nothing you need is any more than 3 taps away. I also loved how it shows ping times, this really helped when trying to choose a server. 


And, as with all the Android apps on this list, you can download the .APK from IPVanish’s website for improved privacy.




Tested on Android mobile and tablet by Attila



Ivacy is the cheapest VPN for Android on our list. For $1.50 you can access servers in over 100 countries, decent speeds for streaming and a superb Android app experience.

  • Pricing

    From  $1.00 - $9.95
  • Play Store score

    • 3.6 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

Ivacy VPN is a service based in Singapore that has superb apps for all platforms – including for Android mobiles and tablets. The VPN has everything you would need in a VPN to gain privacy and security on Android both at home and on public WiFi. And, if you want to bypass restrictions on a work or school network – to watch YouTube or access Reddit, for example – this VPN will work perfectly.


I like that the app labels servers by "purposes" so that you can connect to servers for streaming, secure downloading, and unblocking websites. The streaming server list allows you to pick based on what streaming service you want to unblock (as shown in the screen shot below). I used it to access Netflix without issues, which is great.


Ivacy on Android Pixel 3XL


I found this server listing system to be extremely useful, allowing me to find a server that works without scrolling through hundreds of different options to check whether they could unblock our favorite streaming sites. And, this is one of the few VPNs that reliably unblocks Netflix US, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, YouTube TV, and other popular streaming services.


The Android app comes with all the features you need to protect your online activity from your ISP and the government. As a result, you will be able to bypass government censorship, or access restricted torrents or streams in total privacy without being tracked. I also liked that Ivacy has servers in over 100 countries around the world, which is a huge amount of choice – great if you like to experiment with accessing a lot of international content like me. 


Well worth comparing to our other options using its 30-day money-back guarantee. Cheap subscription prices – and can be used on up to 10 devices simultaneously.




Tested on Android mobile by Ray



ProtonVPN is a trusted VPN app for Android users. From the guys behind ProtonMail, this VPN is fast, secure and just as reliable as it is on Windows, macOS and iOS.

  • Free option

    Yes

    Pricing

    From  $3.29 - $5.00
  • Play Store score

    • 4.2 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

ProtonVPN is a superb service that is based in Switzerland – a location that is considered fantastic in terms of data privacy. The VPN can be used for free thanks to its basic subscription plan, however, this is restrictive in terms of server locations and speeds. On the other hand, if you like the service and want to be able to unblock Netflix US with unlimited speeds – you can simply subscribe to a premium subscription plan.


ProtonVPN On an Android Phone Pixel 3XL


I found ProtonVPN's free Android app to be a bit slower than the others mentioned in this list, but that certainly doesn't mean it's not worth checking out. It comes with all the features you need to stay secure when at home and on the go, which is key for a mobile app. I also found it incredibly easy to connect to ProtonVPN's servers, which are scattered across 55 countries. Although this isn't the fastest Android VPN on the market, it will allow you to unblock virtually anything you desire.


I trust this VPN to protect our online habits from snooping WiFi providers and ISPs. All of their apps are open source and they are audited which a massive bonus and proves that they are secure and private. 


A superb all-rounder that comes with great provenance. Well worth taking for a test drive using its 30-day money-back guarantee. 




Tested on Android mobile and tablet by Hannah



PrivateVPN is a great VPN app for Android users looking to stream. This reliable VPN from Sweden has great features for unblocking and speeds that can easily handle HD content.

  • Pricing

    From  $1.89 - $7.12
  • Play Store score

    • 4.2 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

PrivateVPN is a VPN provider from Sweden that is recommended by VPN users worldwide. The VPN is very cheap considering what you get – and it is perfect for unblocking content from all over the world on an Android smartphone or tablet. With PrivateVPN you get apps for all platforms, and you can run it on up to 6 devices simultaneously.


I tested it on an Android tablet and found it to be extremely good for beginners and reliable. Best of all, it comes set up for OpenVPN when you download it, so it is not tricky to set up. That said, I liked that it had plenty of advanced features for those who need them. 


I was impressed that this VPN can unblock more international Netflix catalogs than just about any other VPN service – and it also works with sought-after streaming services like iPlayer, Hulu, YouTube TV, HBO Max, and pretty much anything else you can think of.


PrivateVPN app on Android Pixel 3XL Mobile


Another excellent thing about this service is PrivateVPN’s live chat support. I found their agents to be polite and extremely helpful when testing response time and knowledge. And, with PrivateVPN you get the benefit of a no-logs policy, a kill-switch, port forwarding, and obfuscation – which makes it great for torrenting or engaging in other sensitive online tasks. A superb service that comes at an amazing price point, and you don’t have to take our word for it thanks to its 30-day money-back guarantee.




Tested on Android mobile by Ray



PIA is a great no-logs Android VPN app. It's both affordable and secure, being one of the only providers to have proven its zero-logs policy in court.

  • Pricing

    From  $2.69 - $9.95
  • Play Store score

    • 3.8 stars
  • Integrated kill switch

    • Yes
  • Also available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Linux

Private Internet Access (PIA) offers top-shelf VPN security and features with apps for all platforms, including Android. It’s great for both new and experienced VPN users, offering a simple interface with lots of options for customization. Users can select from a wide range of VPN protocols, including OpenVPN and WireGuard.


Private Internet Access App on Android Mobile Pixel 3XL


PIA provides superb connection speeds, with P2P support and built-in ad-blockers to improve your internet experience. When using this VPN on Android, I was particularly impressed with the fluidity with which the app worked. OpenVPN encryption comes set by default in the Android client, and the secure tunnel connected to its servers quickly from my experience. The VPN provided ample speeds for streaming on YouTube, and also easily unblocked Netflix to watch a few extra shows.


If you’re looking to protect multiple devices, PIA allows for up to 10 simultaneous connections, so you can protect your Android device along with pretty much any other computer or device you own all at the same time.


Test it for yourself, risk-free, with a 30-day no-hassle money-back guarantee.


Tested on Android mobile and tablet by Hannah

Android VPN Speed Comparison

When choosing a VPN app, you should opt for a fast VPN for Android. This is better for streaming, making video calls, playing games, and anything else that requires more data throughput. To help you tell which Android VPN apps are the fastest, we run speed tests three times per day on our top picks and display the results in the table below.

Place Provider Average Speed Max Speed Visit Site
1. 59.48 Mbit/s 83.20 Mbit/s Visit Site
2. 58.47 Mbit/s 76.10 Mbit/s Visit Site
3. 55.15 Mbit/s 81.78 Mbit/s Visit Site
4. 51.27 Mbit/s 88.31 Mbit/s Visit Site
5. 51.11 Mbit/s 71.87 Mbit/s Visit Site
6. 46.06 Mbit/s 55.91 Mbit/s Visit Site
7. 42.89 Mbit/s 61.48 Mbit/s Visit Site
8. 40.89 Mbit/s 51.24 Mbit/s Visit Site
9. 40.34 Mbit/s 61.63 Mbit/s Visit Site
10. 37.56 Mbit/s 66.55 Mbit/s Visit Site

Advantages of using a VPN for Android

Below, we look at how a VPN can help you stay secure online from hackers and snoopers, including your ISP and the Government. But, before we get into the benefits, let's start with the basics...

How does a VPN work on your Android device?

When you access the internet all your data passes over a local network before going through an ISP's gateway servers. This path to getting online creates two potential opportunities for your web visits and data to be tracked and potentially harvested and sold on. Once on the local network, and when you pass through your ISPs gateway.

What a VPN does is it encrypts your data before it leaves your Android device, before routing it to a VPN server. This ensures that nobody can see what you are doing online and prevents websites and online services from detecting your actual IP address.

This setup might sound simple, but it can supercharge your mobile internet experience in the following ways:

The privacy benefits of a VPN for Android users

Compare the privacy features of the best Android VPNs

All of the services we have listed in this article provide users with the best encryption, to ensure that the data on your Android device is kept private and secure. OpenVPN encryption is the gold standard, however, some services also offer some great alternative encryption protocols that are both secure and fast.

Some services on our list also offer ad and malware blocking which vastly improves the users online security and privacy. We have detailed what type of encryption each Android app uses and if they have an ad and Malware blocker built-in to the app in the table below:

VPN Provider OpenVPN WireGuard IKeV2 Ad & Malware Blocker
ExpressVPN Yes Yes No No
NordVPN Yes Yes No Yes
CyberGhost Yes Yes No Yes
SurfShark Yes Yes Yes Yes
VyprVPN Yes Yes No No
IPVanish Yes No Yes No
Ivacy VPN Yes No No No
ProtonVPN Yes No No Yes
PrivateVPN Yes No No No
Private Internet Access Yes Yes No No

Please note that these features are specific to the provider's Android VPN apps and desktop apps may include some features that aren't available to Android users. For more information about encryption, check out our VPN encryption guide. 

Android VPNs for Netflix

That's right, with a VPN, you can "spoof" your geographic location in order to watch streaming services such as the US version of Netflix on your phone or tablet, which has a much larger catalog of titles than paying Netflix customers living elsewhere can access. You can also unblock other free services, for example you can watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK, which are only available in certain countries. For more information about this topic, check out our how to unblock Netflix on Android page.

Android VPNs for Gaming

There are benefits for gamers too. Particularly if you live in a country that restricts access to certain gaming titles. With a VPN, you can change your Google Play region with a VPN to unblock apps that were previously unavailable to you. Or even connect to new servers to play against opponents from other countries.

Beware of some Android apps

If you're an Android user, you must be aware that, while a VPN app will do its job to secure your sessions when using a mobile browser, it can't stop Android apps from sending personal data back to their developers - as well as Google, via the Play Services Framework.

You should therefore always use a service's web portal rather than its Android app whenever possible when you're using your VPN. It's not always an option, but when it is, it's the best way to maximize your privacy.

Setting up a VPN on Android

Using a VPN on an Android device isn’t really much different to using a VPN on any other platform, so if you want to know more about VPNs, in general, then please check out our Beginner's Guide to VPNs for more info on what they are and how they can make your life better.

If you would like help getting set up with your VPN, check out our step-by-step guide on how to install a VPN on Android.

Can I get a free VPN for Android?

There are plenty of free Android VPNs for Android users lurking in the Google Play Store, but don't be lured in - the vast majority of these providers are known to be risky. Studies have revealed that most free VPNs are a scam, designed to harvest user data. Free VPNs have been found to have dangerous privacy policies, critical leaks, unreliable apps, weak encryption, and even adware or spyware.

Running a VPN is an expensive business, and it incurs a lot of costs and upkeep. As such, it's impossible to run a VPN that's entirely free without also creating a revenue stream from user data. Most free VPNs for Android users are, in actuality, a honey pot designed to snoop on you - and that's the exact opposite of what a VPN should do!

The good news is that there are some reputable free VPN services on the market that offer a free plan. These limited free plans cap speeds, limit data usage, and limit the number of servers you can use. Thus, they are only really there to offer a trial version of their service designed to make users upgrade onto a paid subscription. 

Using our recommended VPNs is not dangerous, because other than the limitations they involve, they don't skimp on privacy or security in any way. So, if you do need a free VPN, please be sure to stick to our recommendations. Using other free Android VPN apps on the Play Store is dangerous and will cause you to have your data harvested. In fact, some free VPN services on Google Play can even contain exploits that infect your phone or tablet to steal more data.

Remember, if you are not paying for the product, then you are the product! Nobody is offering a "free" service simply out of the goodness of their hearts.

Want a Free VPN for Android? We Recommend Windscribe (Best Free VPN for Android)

Windscribe is a no-logs, privacy-friendly, Canadian VPN service that offers users 2GB data allowance per month completely free, or a very generous 10GB in exchange for your email address.

Windscribe free VPN android app

Windscribe's speeds are decent for a free service. We achieved 55 Mbit/s download results using a server in our own country (UK), although this will depend on the speed of your raw broadband or 4G connection. 

Free users can connect to servers in ten countries, including the USA, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania. Switzerland, the UK, and Hong Kong. This is actually quite generous for a free service and gives free users plenty of options for unblocking content.

This superb free VPN is offered by Windscribe in order to advertise its full-featured premium plan. By upgrading, you'll be able to access Netflix and other sought-after streaming services from all over the world.

Try an Android VPN without risk

You might be on the fence about VPNs if you've never used one before. And this is totally understandable! After all, you won't know what a VPN can do for you until you try one for yourself. The good news is that you can do just that with all of the VPNs in this guide, thanks to their money-back guarantees. 

This allows you to test the VPN out for unblocking content and gaining privacy online – without actually risking your hard-earned cash. We think once you experience the freedom of being able to access blocked content at work or in school, or experience unrestricted access to geo-restricted services around the world – you will decide to keep your VPN. 

However, don't forget that if you want to, you can try a few different services to see how they each differ. That's the beauty of these refund promises; it allows you to shop around and decide which service you prefer. 

VPN Money-back Guarantee? Duration
ExpressVPN Yes 30 days
NordVPN Yes 30 days
Surfshark Yes 30 days
VyprVPN Yes 30 days
IPVanish Yes 7 days

Google VPN - another option

If you're a Google One user - good news! You'll soon be able to check out a new VPN as part of your subscription, (provided you're paying for one of the higher tiers).

VPN by Google One will be available as part of the $9.99 p/m plan, which also provides an extra 2TB of expanding Drive storage. The VPN is also baked into the 10, 20, and 30TB plans. Keep an eye out for updates over the next few weeks - Google plans to introduce the VPN to Android users in the near future, and it's reported that customers will be able to enable and/or disable the service via their mobile app.

Android VPNs to avoid

There are literally dozens of bad or dangerous VPNs for Android. Far too many to list here. That is why searching for a VPN on the Play Store is so risky. The best advice is to stick only to our recommended VPNs, as those are known to be reliable and secure.   

Paid-for services that also have full desktop VPN support (so are not just otherwise no-name Android apps) are more likely to be trustworthy, but we still recommend hunting down reputable VPN reviews before trusting them with your privacy.

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Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 5 years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, The Times, The Washington Post, The Register, CNET & many more. 

12 Comments

Danila93
on April 24, 2020
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I wonder if you've checked Atlas VPN? I think it really is a good one, seems to do a good job when compared to other VPNs under the same criteria. Well except for the fact that it doesn't support OC, but I've been using it for almost a month now and I am very happy with it, I'd like to see a professional opinion on it
Mary
on April 14, 2020
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Hey, Douglas. I'm completely clueless when it comes to all of this technical stuff. Seriously, I dont know what any of the terms you used in your ratings. I've never used a VPN so I really dont know how to select one. I dont have anyone to help me troubleshoot problems so if i download one, I'm on my on figuring it out. My time spent on my Android phone is mostly looking at news sites, fb, youtube, general browsing. I dont play games. I dont subscribe to Netflix but may in future. I need one that's easy to use and reasonably priced. I watched the video on Ghost. It looked pretty simple. Would you recommend that or a different one? Also I've been using duck duck go. Should I continue to use that with a VPN or should I use firefox or tor? Like I said at the beginning, I'm completely clueless. Thanks for any advise you offer me.
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Douglas Crawford replied to Mary
on April 14, 2020
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Hi Mary. If you hunt around this site then you will find articles that explain all the techier terms used here. All the VPNs recommended in this article are highly recommended, and all work with Netflix (if you mean CyberGhost, then yes, its a good service). For privacy, then yes: a VPN, Firefox, and Duckduckgop (all of them). Don't bother with Tor Browser (unless you really need true anonymity on the net). I'm currently in process of rewriting A Beginner's Guide to Online Security , but it still contains lots of good information on the subject (and watch out for the soon-to-land updated version!). Mission creep means that articles which once explained all our techie VPN terms in one place are now not as clear as I'd like, so this is something I will try to fix in the near future.
Mary replied to Douglas Crawford
on April 14, 2020
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Thank you so much for the advice, Douglas. I'll go with the ghost VPN and Firefox and stick with DDG. Even if you have articles explaining the tech terms it would still be way over my head, lol. I'd need a kindergarten version. Glad I found your site and that you responded so quickly. Thanks.
Mei
on April 4, 2020
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Mullvad, check it out. Wireguard beats OpenVPN any day. 3 times a day.
Patrick Allaire
on March 19, 2020
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I'm kind of new to the internet world and have been recommended VPN Pro by brainlab for the best free VPN. What do you think? I'm surviving on a fix income and can't really afford those VPN deals Thanks
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Douglas Crawford replied to Patrick Allaire
on March 19, 2020
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Hi Patrick. Please see our Best Free VPN List (all of which offer Android apps) for the free VPNs that we recommend. And we also recommend being very careful about using free Android VPN apps from unknown vendors.
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