If you want to surf the web completely privately and securely, even when you're out and about connecting to public WiFi, a VPN is what you're looking for. Plus, you can also use a VPN (which stands for virtual private network) to access blocked content such as BBC iPlayer if you're outside of the UK, or 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. Read on for the best Android VPNs.
Please note that it is against Netflix, BBC iPlayer and other blocked content's terms and conditions to access them using a VPN, so we advise you to do so at your own risk.
If you want to find out more about what a VPN is and how it works, read our VPN buying advice here.
Best Android VPN
- RRP: From £5 per month, From US$5.75 per month
NordVPN offers an application for Android, in addition to those for Mac, PC and iOS, and like the other services in this round-up, one subscription well let you use the application on all of those devices rather than limiting you to one.
NordVPN 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.
The most popular plan is the 1-year plan, which is billed annually and works out at $5.75 per month.
- RRP: From £6.50 per month, From US$8.32 per month
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 to your phone or tablet to begin browsing the web freely and safely. Choose between a monthly subscription that'll cost you $12.95 per month, a 12-month subscription that will cost you $8.32 per month or a 6-month subscription at $9.99 per month. Each option has a 30-day money back guarantee.
- RRP: From £2.30 per month, From US$2.95 per month
Another popular choice is PureVPN, which also provides security and a way to get access to blocked content. There's a built-in auto-redial that will automatically reconnect should your connection drop, and there are more than 500 servers available in 140 countries to ensure that the whole of the web's content is accessible to you at any time.
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 s little as $4.99 if you choose the 12 month package, or $9.99 if you choose the monthly package. There's also a 7-day money-back guarantee.
Hide My Ass! Pro VPN
- RRP: £3.99 per month or £6.99 per month for an annual plan
HideMyAss is a UK-based option, and it currently hasa limited time offer with some great savings. Plus, there's also a 30-day money back guarantee. At time of writing, prices start at £3.99 per month, and that'll get you access to a huge number of servers (close to 1000) in more than 350 locations across 190 countries. You'll also get two simultaneous connections so you can share this with a friend or family member, and it's available to install on any device including Android.
- RRP: From £6.30 per month, From US$8.25 per month
Buffered is a Hungary-based VPN service that offers more than 30 countries in which you can virtually reside, with unlimited speed and bandwidth. You can opt for the yearly plan at $8.25 per month, a bi-annual plan for $9.99 per month, or the regular monthly plan for $12.99 per month.
- RRP: From £5 per month, From US$6.49 per month
IPVanish is also available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and with a 7-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 know to be speedy and very secure. Plus, you can have five simultaneous connections on multiple devices.
- RRP: Free option available | $7.99 monthly | $49.99 yearly, Free option available | US$7.99 monthly | $49.99 yearly
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'll cost you $49.99 for 12 months. You can connect with five devices at once, and that includes your Android phone or tablet.