Best VPNs for Android

Best VPNs for Android

Getting a VPN service for your Android phone and/or tablet shouldn’t be hard. And you should demand only the best — after all, those will be your web whereabouts that could be screened by prying eyes. So you don’t want to save on a service that keeps you and your privacy protected.

All services in our list of best 5 VPNs for Android have millions of users and you can hardly go wrong by picking any one of them. But for the best overall experience, get the top service and forget about it. Let it do its magic in the background while you safely and securely browse the web, access streaming services, download files and so on.

So without further ado, here are the best 5 VPNs for Android you can buy today:

1
Hotspot Shield

at HotspotShield.com
Our score:
Price from: $2.99/mo
45-day money-back guarantee

Pros

Cons

  • It's super fast!
  • Works with Netflix, BBC and others
  • Easy to use apps, browser extensions
  • You can try it for free!
  • Some advanced features are not configurable
  • Doesn't work in high-censorship countries

Summary

Hotspot Shield could easily be the fastest VPNs out there with its proprietary technology helping the company deliver blazing-fast download AND upload speeds. Android users will love its mobile app that lets them enjoy a buffer free streaming (Netflix included), fast torrenting and so on.

Your privacy is equally well protected, with the software only collecting some anonymized that to continually improve its service.

There is one caveat though - it won't work that good in high-censorship countries like China. If you don't need that in the first place, we can highly recommend Hotspot Shield to you.

As that's typically the case with most VPN services out there, the longer you commit - the better deal you get. However, what makes Hotspot Shield even better is the fact that it offers a 7-day free trial of its service. A few other top VPN providers do the same. Plus, its money-back guarantee lasts for 45 days, making for a risk-free purchase. Cause, you can always get your money back. Sweet and just the way we like it.
2
ExpressVPN

at ExpressVPN.com
Our score:
Price from: $6.67/mo
30-day money-back guarantee

Pros

Cons

  • Feature-rich yet easy to use
  • Arguably the best VPN around
  • Strong no-logging policy
  • Reliable support you can reach 24/7
  • Limited number of servers in Africa and the Middle East

Summary

What makes ExpressVPN great on Android phones and tablets is the same thing that makes it great across the board — its consistent performance. We would love to be able to rely on other apps as much as we can rely on ExpressVPN for Android. It works every single time for both web browsing as well as for accessing popular streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. The fact that you're travelling shouldn't prevent you from accessing your favorite shows.

On the downside though, ExpressVPN for Android doesn't have all security features found on desktop apps, such as a kill switch. Something's gotta give on the small screen, I guess.

Nonetheless, we still highly recommend ExpressVPN for Android users.
3
NordVPN

at NordVPN.com
Our score:
Price from: $3.49/mo
30-day money-back guarantee

Pros

Cons

  • 5,000+ servers in the network
  • Easy to use - install it and forget it
  • One license is good for up to 6 devices
  • Strict zero-logs policy
  • Chrome extension is just a proxy
  • You can't pay with PayPal

Summary

NordVPN not only shines on Windows and Macs, it also works well with Android devices.

The company's Android app is easy to use, delivering one of the fastest download rates on the market. Once started, you won't even notice that NordVPN is running on your smartphone (or tablet).

Also working in NordVPN's favor are its zero-logs policy and protection against WebRTC leaks, as well as advanced privacy features that put you, the user, in control — rather than major tech giants like Google and Facebook.
4
CyberGhost

at CyberGhostVPN.com
Our score:
Price from: $2.99/mo
45-day money-back guarantee

Pros

Cons

  • Fast download speeds
  • Optimized servers for Netflix
  • One license is good for 7 devices
  • Strict zero-logs policy
  • Some restrictions for torrenting
  • Doesn't work well in China

Summary

CyberGhost is one of the best VPNs for Android users. It won't break your bank, yet you will have an amazing service that offers fast speeds and the ability to watch your favorite Netflix shows while on the go.

Also included are great privacy-protection features — including a zero-logs policy, a VPN kill switch and first-party DNS servers to keep your IP address unknown to third-parties.

In addition, a single CyberGhost license lets you run it on up to 7 devices, which by itself is worth the premium — yet CyberGhost is more affordable that some of its rivals.
5
IPVanish

at IPVanish.com
Our score:
Price from: $6.49/mo
7-day money-back guarantee

Pros

Cons

  • One the best VPNs for torrenting
  • Works well with Netflix
  • Simple setup on all popular devices
  • Strict zero-logs policy
  • Doesn't work with BBC iPlayer
  • Refund period only lasts 7 days
  • Doesn't work in China

Summary

IPVanish works flawlessly on Android, delivering some of the fastest download and upload speeds we've seen when connected to a VPN. Its app is not exactly the prettiest out there, but it gets the job done.

Also, chances are you are not using a VPN service exclusively on your smartphone and/or tablet, so we need to look at the bigger picture. IPVanish will keep your identity protected no matter which device you use, offering fast download and upload speeds, dedicated P2P resources and so much more.

It works with Netflix though there are better options out there. However, when it comes to torrenting - only a few services come close to what IPVanish is offering.