If you want to surf the web privately and securely, even when you’re out and about connecting to public Wi-Fi, a VPN (virtual private network) is what you’re looking for. You can also use it to access blocked content such as 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 and other blocked content’s terms and conditions to access them using a VPN, so you do so at your own risk.
Here are the Best VPN services for Android
Price: From $2.95 (£2.30)
PureVPN is our favorite VPN right now, and we’re pleased to report that it’s great on Android too. It 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 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 (£8.50) if you choose the monthly package. There’s also a seven-day money-back guarantee.
Price: $3.29 (£2.50) per month
NordVPN offers an application for Android, in addition to those for Mac, PC and iOS, and like the other services here, one subscription will let you use the application on all of those devices rather than limiting you to one.
The provider 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.
Price: From £3.74 per month
Also one of our favorite VPNs, CyberGhost is a breeze to install on Android. You’ll get seven days of the Premium service for free, too. There are some things missing from the Android version 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 to add new servers as its current ones become blocked though, and the same can be said for all other VPN providers, too.
Price: $6.49 (£5) per month
IPVanish comes with a seven-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 known to be speedy and very secure. Plus, you can have five simultaneous connections
on multiple devices.
Price: $8.32 (£6.40)
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 on your phone or tablet to begin browsing the web safely.
Choose between a monthly subscription that will cost you $12.95 (£9.90) per month, a 12-month subscription that will cost you $8.32 per month or a six-month subscription at $9.99 (£7.65) per month. Each option has a 30-day money back guarantee.
6. TunnelBear VPN
Price: Free option available, $4.99 (£3.82) per month
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 will cost you $59.88 (£45.95) for 12 months. You can connect with five devices at once, and that includes your Android phone or tablet