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5 Best Android VPNs – Secure Your Phone or Tablet in 2018

Douglas Crawford

Douglas Crawford

March 5, 2018

Sitting in your pocket is arguably the defining technology of our times. Even the most humble Android handset allows you previously undreamed-of access to all of human knowledge, plus an easy way to communicate with people anywhere in the world. It also lets you share plenty of amusing pictures of cats.

VPN Apps for Android: Side-by-Side Comparison

Check out the table below to see what our experts rated as the best 5 VPNs for Android. Scroll below for information.

A  Virtual Private Network (VPN) for Android can do everything on your phone or tablet that it can on a full desktop computer. There are, however, a couple of caveats to this. I will discuss these after we’ve looked at the BestVPN.com team’s pick of the best VPNs for Android.

How We Picked the Top Android VPN for 2018

Here at BestVPN.com we’re fortunate to have some of the VPN industry’s foremost experts as staff members. Based on our detailed VPN reviews and data collected as part of our BestVPN.com Awards process, we’ve carefully considered a range of factors that go into making a great all-round Android VPN service.

This includes things such as speed performance, encryption strength, privacy policy, legal jurisdiction, price, free trial, any money-back guarantee, and much more.

We recognize that due to the versatility of VPN technology, what makes a great Android VPN for one user may miss the mark for another. As such, these top VPN for Android picks are a consensus choice made after much careful deliberation by the BestVPN.com staff.

For more information about how we review VPNs visit BestVPN.com’s VPN review process.

Android VPN FAQs

What Is a VPN?

A VPN is a way to securely connect your computer or mobile device to a “VPN server” run by a commercial VPN provider. Your device then connects to the internet via this VPN server.

    • Using a VPN is arguably the single most effective measure you can take to improve your online privacy and security.
    • All data passing between your computer (which includes mobile Android devices) and the VPN server is encrypted. This is sometimes referred to as an “encrypted tunnel.” The VPN hides your data from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), so that it cannot spy on what you do online.
    • VPN providers usually run servers in different locations around the world. This is great for avoiding censorship, as you can simply connect to a server located in a country where there is no such censorship.
  • When you connect to the internet via a VPN server, anyone on the internet will see the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the VPN server, not your real IP.

What Is a VPN App for Android?

In order to connect a device to a VPN server, you need to run VPN software on that device. On desktop operating systems such as Windows or macOS, this is usually called a VPN client. On mobile devices, it is called a VPN app.

These apps aren’t really any different to any other app you have on your phone. Most are somewhat lightweight versions of their desktop siblings, but some are surprisingly fully featured.

VPN apps for Android are usually downloaded from the Google Play Store in the regular way, although some providers let you direct-download apk files for manual installation.

Are you wondering how you install a VPN on an Android device? The answer is simple! Simply visit our How to Install a VPN for Android guide and we walk you through it step-by-step.

What Can a VPN App Do on Android?

VPNs are very versatile tools. With a VPN on your Samsung S8, Pixel 2, or Android tablet you can:

Protect Yourself from Hackers When Using Public WiFi

Public WiFi hotspots are a gift to hackers. However, with a VPN connection to a VPN server, your data is encrypted. This makes it is impossible for hackers to intercept your data.

Even if you connect to an “evil-twin” hotspot, or the hotspot leaves your connection unencrypted (and therefore liable to WiFi packet sniffing by hackers), you will be protected.

Similarly, using a VPN on your Android device will stop your Airbnb host, dorm supervisor, or boss from snooping on your browsing habits when connected to a router controlled by them.

It should be noted that the recent KRACK attack is effective against almost all WiFi networks, and Android devices are particularly vulnerable. A VPN will protect you against such an attack.

Spoof Your Location So You Can Watch Services Such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer from Abroad

Although this is not behavior we encourage, many people use VPN connections to access streaming services that are restricted to residents of a certain country, or which offer better catalogs of titles to people in some countries than others.

Hide What You Get up to Online from Your ISP, Mobile Provider and Government

A VPN encrypts all data traveling between your Android device and the VPN server. This means that your ISP cannot see it. In addition, your mobile provider or ISP (if using WiFi) connects you to the VPN server, but after that it cannot see the web addresses of any website you visit.

Thus, using a VPN is a great way to hide everything you do online from your mobile provider and ISP. And because governments usually obtain mass surveillance data directly from ISPs and mobile providers, using a VPN is a very effective way to prevent Big Brother looking over your shoulder.

Hide Your Real Identity (IP Address) from Websites You Visit

Websites routinely log the IP addresses of all visitors. Combined with other data, this allows them to track you as surf the web in order to deliver highly targeted ads to you.

Bypass Censorship

VPNs are a great anti-censorship tool. If a website is blocked in your country, simply connect to a VPN server somewhere it isn’t blocked. This makes VPNs an invaluable tool for those living under the yoke of state censorship. This includes those in China, Iran, and the UAE.

Torrent Safely

BestVPN.com doesn’t condone copyright piracy. Nonetheless, a VPN will protect peer-to-peer (P2P) users when downloading to their Android devices. Please see Five Best VPNs for Torrenting for more details.

What Makes a Good VPN for Android?

For Protecting Yourself from Hackers

Any VPN app will protect you when using public WiFi and in situations where you don’t trust the WiFi operator. It will also protect you against KRACK attacks. Strong encryption is ideal, but even weak encryption should stump most WiFi hackers.

A new feature offered by an increasing number of VPN apps is “WiFi protection.” This detects when you connect to a new WiFi network and offers to enable the VPN in order to protect you.

For Spoofing Your Location

The first consideration, of course, is that the VPN app offers servers in the location you want to spoof! Speed is also important if you want to avoid buffering problems, so try to choose a VPN with the fastest servers.

It’s also important to check that a VPN service works with the content you want to access before you subscribe.

Note that a VPN may or may not work with dedicated streaming apps. As discussed below, apps may use information gathered from your phone to tell their publishers directly where you really are. This makes spoofing your IP rather redundant. You should still be able to access such services, however, via their mobile web portals.

For Hiding Your Online Activity from Your ISP and Government

Any VPN app will hide your online activity from your ISP or mobile provider. If you’re worried about your government (or the NSA) pressuring your VPN provider in some way for this information, be sure to choose a good no logs provider.

Strong technical security isn’t as important for privacy as a VPN’s logging policy, but it is a factor. Most Android apps use OpenVPN, which is good. Note, however, that “256-bit encryption” is widely advertised, but is almost meaningless in and of itself. To understand the encryption terms that do matter, please see VPN Encryption: The Complete Guide.

For Preventing Tracking by Websites

Again, any VPN app will do. However, you should also use privacy browser extensions to give you more complete protection. Most Firefox add-ons are compatible with Firefox for Android.

As discussed below, dedicated apps may blab your real identity to online services. It’s therefore much “safer” to access them via their web portals instead.

For Bypassing Censorship

In most situations, any VPN app will do for bypassing censorship. Just pick an international VPN service and use a VPN server located somewhere that is not censored.

If VPN websites and/or the VPN protocols themselves are blocked where you are, please see How to Bypass VPN Blocks – A Guide. Most of the advice in that article applies just as well to Android phones and tablets as is does to desktop systems.

We don’t usually recommend use of free VPNs, but the economic realities of living under a repressive regime may make Five Best Free VPNs and Five Best Cheap VPNs useful.

For Torrenting

Please check out Five Best VPNs for Torrenting.

How Does a VPN on Android Work?

An Android VPN on your Samsung or HTC phone works in exactly the same way as a desktop VPN client. It securely routes all your internet traffic through a VPN server. It therefore provides all the privacy advantages usually associated with a VPN – except for one kink…

 Avoid Mobile Apps

The benefits of using a VPN app can be rendered useless if an app you’re using sends your phone’s unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, Global Positioning System (GPS) location data, contact lists, Google Play/iTunes ID and more to the app publisher and/or Google.

Many perfectly legitimate apps do this.

In order to gain the full privacy benefits of using a VPN for Android, or if you want to hide your real location, use a service’s web portal via your phone’s mobile browser rather than downloading the app for it.

Say, for example, that you want to browse for certain items on Amazon privately:

  • Do turn on your VPN and visit amazon.com using your favorite web browser (for example, Firefox) – without logging into your account, of course!
  • Don’t fire up the Amazon app, or Amazon will know exactly who and where you are.

The good news is that VPNs will work for the Netflix app if those specific VPN services have not been blocked by Netflix.

Fast VPNs for Android Phones

When it comes to internet speeds, faster is always better! Using an Android VPN will impact your internet speeds, but with a good app this impact can be minimal.

Our new suite of speed tests definitively and scientifically measure VPNs to find out which is the fastest VPN on the market.

In order to improve speeds on your Android device, choose a fast VPN service and connect to a server as close to you as possible. Most VPN services use LZO compression by default. Much like the better known .zip format, this compresses the size of some files types, which can speed up the perceived speed of your connection.

If LZO compression is available as an option in your Android VPN app, be sure to turn it on.

Using an Android VPN at School or Work

Schools and workplaces often block social media platforms on their WiFi networks because they act as a distraction, and other websites because their content is deemed “inappropriate” for one reason or another.

A VPN lets you bypass such restrictions and allows you to Tweet and catch up with cat photos on Facebook to your heart’s content. Schools and offices are aware of this loophole, however, and often take measures to block VPN use. In this case, consult How to Bypass VPN Blocks – A Guide.

Do be aware that your headmaster, dorm supervisor, or boss is unlikely to be impressed if you are caught bypassing their carefully designed blocks…

Can I Use a VPN on a Rooted or Jailbroken Android Phone?

Indeed you can! In fact, if you care about privacy then you should! Android is developed by Google, and Google is in the business of spying on everything you do online so that it can sell you stuff more effectively.

Rooting your Android phone (similar to jailbreaking an iPhone) gives you full control over the device you purchased. Perhaps most importantly, it allows you to banish Google from your life! See below for more on this.

Can I Use a VPN with My Android Tablet?

Most Android tablets work exactly like Android phones. They can use Android apps just like phones do. Just download the VPN app from the Goggle Play Store, and away you go!

A notable exception, however, are Amazon Fire tablets. These use the Amazon App Store to download apps, and not the regular Google Play Store. There are not many VPN apps available on the Amazon store, so this can be a problem. Fortunately, there are ways around this:

      1. If you can get hold of the VPN for Android apk, you can sideload it. Many providers will give you their apk if you ask, or it may be available through online repositories.
      2. Download OpenVPN for Android from the Amazon App Store, and configure it using a provider’s regular OpenVPN configuration files. Most VPN services provide full instruction on how to do this. OpenVPN Connect is also a good app for this, although it’s not open source and is not as fully-featured as OpenVPN for Android.
    1. Root your Fire tablet. You can then either turn it into a regular Android tablet by installing the Google Play store, or replace the Amazon operating system with a custom ROM (see below).

Best Android VPN for China

China is one of the most censored countries in the world. It is therefore great news that VPNs for Android are an effective way to evade the Great Firewall (GFW). China takes great pains to block access to VPNs, but thanks to clever “stealth” VPN technologies, many VPNs work just fine (at least most of the time!).

If possible, it makes life a lot easier to sign up for a VPN service and download its app before entering the country. This is especially true for Android apps, as Google is banned in China!

For an in-depth discussion on this subject, please see Five Best VPNs for China.

How Else Can I Secure My Android Phone?

If you’re using a VPN on your Android device because you want to improve your online privacy and security, that’s a great start! As I discuss in our VPNs for Beginners guide, a VPN is a vital tool in your privacy and security toolkit. It should not, however, be the only tool.

Android phone encryption

Check out How to Encrypt your Android Phone for a full look at pros and cons of taking this step

Below are some ideas for further improving the security, and above all the privacy, of your Android phone.

Use the Firefox Browser with These Privacy Add-ons

The Chrome web browser that comes bundled with all versions of Android is basically spyware for Google. After all, that’s what Google does. Ditch it for open source Firefox, developed by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation.

You can then improve Firefox with the following open source add-ons:

  • uBlock Origin – a lightweight, free and open-source software (FOSS) ad-blocker that does double duty as an anti-tracking add-on.
  • HTTPS Everywhere – developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), this tries to ensure that you always connect to a website using a Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) connection, if one is available.

Note that using any browser add-on makes you more susceptible to being tracked by browser fingerprinting. For more great privacy and security Firefox add-ons that work on Android, see The Complete Firefox Privacy and Security Guide.

Remove Google Play Services

As I hinted at above, Google’s business model is in direct conflict with any notions of privacy. It makes money by harvesting as much information about you as possible. It then uses that data to generate highly targeted advertising revenue.

Although undoubtedly a pain in the rear, it’s therefore worth considering de-Googling your Android phone. Most crucially, you should consider removing the Google Play Services framework. This is closed-source code that allows Google to perform extensive low-level surveillance on almost every Android device.

Note that removing Google Play Services and other Google system apps (Gapps) will prevent other apps from working properly. Thankfully, F-Droid allows you to download many apps that either don’t need Gapps, or have been modified to no longer need them.

Here are some further suggestions on how to get by without Google on your phone.

How to De-Google Your Android Phone

A guide to disabling default system apps (including Google ones) without rooting your phone is available here. If you want to completely remove all Google apps, this can be done using Titanium Backup. This requires rooting your phone.

Another option is to replace the version of Android your phone came with, with a modified version of Android (often called a “custom ROM”) that has already been de-Googled.

CyanogenMod custom ROM

Popular examples of Google-free custom ROMs include LineageOS (above) and, for the really privacy-conscious, Copperhead.

How Do I Set up VPN for Android?

Please check out How to install a VPN on Android. It covers custom VPN apps, OpenVPN for Android, sideloading VPN apps, and manual PPTP and L2TP/IPsec configuration of Android’s built-in VPN client.

What are the Best VPNs for Android?

Check out the providers summaries below for an in-depth view of the best VPNs for Android.

BestVPN Editor's Choice Award
ExpressVPN Homepage
  • Special Offer: 49% off today!
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • No usage logs
  • Servers in 94 countries
  • Great customer service
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P): yes
  • A bit pricey - but worth it!

Great customer service and ease of use are the primary reasons that ExpressVPN remains such a popular choice for Android VPN users. As with its Windows, Mac and iOS clients, the ExpressVPN Android app strips things down to ensure that using it is simplicity itself. This focus on customer satisfaction is also amply demonstrated by ExpressVPN’s 24/7 customer support and industry-leading, 30-day money-back guarantee. Android VPNs expressvpn When reviewing ExpressVPN, we found they keep no usage logs, but it does keep some connection (metadata) logs. It is based in the British Virgin Islands, but how this affects privacy is a little unclear. Users in China will appreciate ExpressVPN’s special “stealth” servers in Hong Kong, which also work using its Android app.

Additional features include three simultaneous connections and free Smart Domain Name System (DNS).

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2nd Place


CyberGhost Homepage
  • Special Offer: 77% off 2-year plans!
  • Great Android app
  • More than 800 servers & global coverage
  • Multiple usage on up to 5 devices
  • No logs guaranteed security and encryption
  • Could be faster

CyberGhost‘s software is easy-to-use while also being veryfully featured. It usesvery strong encryption, and 5 simultaneous connections is generous. Being based in Romania and keeping no meaningful logs is also a big draw. Like ExpressVPN, some minimal statistics are kept, but with no time stamp or IPs recorded, these present no threat to users' privacy.

CyberGhost’s great logging policy, decent local (burst) speeds, and fully featured software are a winning combination. And witha 7-day free premium trial plus 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee, there is zero reason not to give it a whirl.

3rd Place


Buffered Homepage
  • Special Offer: 49% off today!
  • Great customer support
  • Strong privacy policy and OpenVPN encryption
  • 24/7 live chat support
  • Android app
  • Servers in 37 countries
  • No kill switch
  • Some connection logs

Buffered is now based in Gibraltar with its central server located in the Netherlands. It keeps no usage logs (but some connection logs), has servers located in 37 countries worldwide, and even promises to add servers upon request should users need them! It generously permits up to 5 devices to connect at once anf offers 24/7 live chat support.

Buffered's unique “port discovery” feature is intriguing. It searches for open ports, allowing you to login to the WiFi at airports and hotels etc. without having to ask reception for a password.

With a 30-day money-back guarantee on offer (which is valid for ten hours of VPN use), it is easy to trial Bufferedrisk-free. What’s more, Buffered gives automatic refunds to subscribers who don’t use the VPN for the first seven days. All in all, a formidable VPN that is well worth the money if you commit for a year.

4th Place


PrivateVPN Homepage
  • Best value for your money
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • 6 simultaneous connections
  • Great customer service
  • High streaming speeds
  • Strong encryption
  • DNS must be configured manually

Sweden-based VPN provider, PrivateVPN, is an excellent choice for Android VPNs, especially after winning BestVPN.com’s “Best Value VPN” of 2018. Not only do you get a full service VPN on your mobile device at an affordable price, but you get 54 server locations, excellent customer service, super fast server speeds, and great encryption.

PrivateVPN is particularly ideal for getting into Netflix on your Android device; supporting 16 different Netflix regions! PrivateVPN also offers six simultaneous connections, WiFi protection, and a 30-day money-back guarantee for unsatisfied customers.

5th Place


VyprVPN Homepage
  • Very fast due to own infrastructure
  • Servers in over 70 countries
  • Port selection
  • “Chameleon” stealth servers
  • No usage logs
  • Connection (metadata) logs
  • P2P: no

VyprVPN is notable for being one of the rare VPN services to own and control its entire network infrastructure. The result is fantastically fast connection speeds around the world.

We strongly recommend avoiding its PPTP-only basic plan, but VyprVPN otherwise offers a great selection of features, such as a SmartDNS service, robust customer support , port selection, and servers in over 70 countries.

VyprVPNs “Chameleon” stealth technology is great for defeating censorship in places such such as China or Iran. Like ExpressVPN, VyprVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.back guarantee.

Best VPNs for Android: Conclusion

Mobile phones are not privacy-friendly, and never will be. With a VPN and various other steps, however, they can be made much more privacy-friendly, especially if you use online services via their websites rather than their apps.

A VPN will also protect you from public WiFi hackers and allow you to access many services that are otherwise blocked based on where you are.

Given that a good VPN service typically costs just a few bucks each month, it’s silly not to use one!

Best Android VPNs: Summary

Douglas Crawford
March 23rd, 2018

I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. You can now follow me on Twitter - @douglasjcrawf.

34 responses to “5 Best Android VPNs – Secure Your Phone or Tablet in 2018

  1. Sir Rico says:

    First I want to say that this website was God sent.. So much important information and very easy to follow..
    I recently started looking into VPN services when a few apps I use were unreachable through a Pocket WiFi connection at a friends house…
    One of the apps provided a link to Play Store and I discovered **Protect Free VPN+Data Manager** by Onavo.. It seemed to do the trick so I stuck with it for awhile.. I did a little research and read a few comments by Play Store users and noticed that there was more than meets the eye.. After reading their Privacy Policies I discovered that a lot of data can be shared for whatever reason.. I figured well its a “Free” service so I shouldn’t complain.. No biggie because I don’t require to use it so much and I use **Greenify** (with my rooted phone) to keep it from from using my data in the background..
    Well long story short I noticed a mass amount of “Free” VPNs during my Play Store searches and came across **Ultra VPN – Unlimited Proxy & Hide IP** by Digital Seo Web.. Overall it seems to do the job with plenty of countries to chose from..
    Have you had any reviews for this app? I couldn’t find anything searching this site.. Thanks in advance for your professional insight. BestVPN Rocks!!

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Sir rioco,

      I’m g;lad you find this website useful! I am not familiar with the VPN servcice you mention. Unfortunately there are literally hundreds of free Android-only VPN services out there, and most of simply cannot be trusted. We always recommend using a paid-for VPN from a reputable and established provider instead. A quick look tells me the Ultra VPN shows no ads, so you have to ask yourself how it makes money (and it will!). Unlike many more reputable VPNs, it is not being offered for free in the hope that you will upgrade to a more fully-featured premium plan.

  2. Charlie says:

    Your explanation of the advantages of VPN seems to include the following:
    (1) Greater safety from being hacked by those who want to pirate your personal information.
    (2) Greater safety from being detected while hacking, e.g., downloading pirated material.
    I suspect that these different goals are somewhat contradictory, because any party which will help you achieve (2) necessarily operates with a level of closed secrecy which leaves you vulnerable to violation of (1). Moreover, it is natural that criminal hackers would gravitate to operating piracy-enabling systems to attract user-victims because those user-victims would be less likely to report any violations of personal privacy.
    Since long before the internet was even born, some criminals have always specialized in leveraging information about illegal or embarrassing conduct to enrich themselves, and positioned themselves accordingly.
    For this reason, I suspect that relaying communications via Panama is not a good way to ensure your information is kept out of the hands of hackers.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Charlie,

      Um… well, other than the fact that downloading pirated material has got nothing to do with hacking…

      – a VPN will prevent your ISP and governmnet from tracking everything you do online. If you live in the US, it will therefore also prevent your ISP selling your entire browsing history to its advertising partners.
      – a VPN will also help prevent websites you visit from knowing who you and tracking you as you surf the internet in order to target highly personalized ads at you.
      – for the above reasons a huge number of ordinary law abiding internet users are turning to VPNs in order to have some kind of privacy when online.
      – cowboy and criminal VPN services do exist, which is why it is important to use well-established, respected and trustworthy providers whose business model relies on them respecting (and, indeed, protecting) their customers privacy.

  3. Jonx says:

    This list is complete rubbish. Private Internet Access is the best VPN for android

    1. Ray Walsh says:

      Private Internet Access is a good VPN and it is cheap. However, it has been suffering from a lot of complaints about close to none existent support in recent months. For this reason, it has slipped off some of our lists. Android users aren’t always techy minded and do need help at times, and a help service that can take weeks to get back to consumers simply isn’t considered good enough to recommend to Android users at this time.

  4. Dredz says:

    What about VPN Area anyone have any thoughts on them?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi fer,

      But not really. VyprVPN only permits P2P of legal content…

      1. fer says:

        I’m seeding with vyprvpn (openvpn)

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi fer,

          I can only say that downloading copyrighted content is expressly prohibited is VyprVPN’s ToS, and that we have received complaints by readers that their accounts have been blocked for torrenting. Please see the comments section of our VyprVPN Review.

  5. Ernest says:

    Wat about the operating system? Would ios, android or windows be most secured? Thanx..

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Ernest,

      Thanks to its closed eco-system, iOS devices are very secure. But they are not in any way private, as they tell Apple a great deal of information about you. Windows is neither secure nor private and neither is Android by default. You can make Android more private, however, by flahing it with an open source ROM that does not use Google Apps (e.g. Copperhead).

  6. E. Keen says:

    Hi Douglas,
    very informative article, thank you for sharing!
    Just wanted to let you know that the link you’re providing for CyanogenMod is no longer active. They changed CyanogenMod to C-Apps (https://cyngn.com/c-apps).

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi E.Keen,

      Thanks. I am aware that CyanogenMod has been discontinued. Thanks for the link (added to the article).

  7. Diego says:

    Please what of torguard

  8. Nicolaï says:

    Oh…sorry another question, why no mention of HideMyAss VPN?
    …still newbie.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi again Nicolaï,

      In my view HMA is one of the worst VPN services on the market. I finds its software clunky, its encryption to be meh, and connections slow. Even more damning, this UK company keeps details logs and has quite the track record for handing over them over to the authorities.

  9. Nicolaï says:

    Thanks Douglas dor article and others for comments. As a total newbie, I am curious as to why you Douglas emphasize so strongly your opposition to GooglApps but then sign off from Google+ ? Contradiction of terms ?
    Thanks. Peace!

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Nicolaï,

      To some extent I must admit this is a case of “Do what I say, not what I do.” That said, although I work as an editor here at BestVPN.com, I am also a freelance writer. Many clients prefer me to have a G+ plus page as this is great for providing a cross-publication Author’s profile. If you actually visit my G+ page, though, you will see that I do not take much care over its upkeep.

  10. Tay says:

    You’re stup I’d if you think being based in US is not safe and outside US in places like Panama keepa you out of the reach of certain agencies. You have rights as a citizen in anerica. Dumbasaws

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Tay,

      As Snowden proved, the NSA and its ilk do not give a rat’s ass about the constitutional rights of US citizens. At least places such as Panama are outside its ability to directly come and subpoena the VPN company and force it log users’ activity and hand that data over to US authorities.

    2. al says:

      Right to have those “rights” VIOLATED DAILY you brainwashed idiot!

  11. Peter says:

    How is it possible to make a best VPN list without AirVPN? Seriously. ExpressVPN has “connection logs” as one of its cons in your list. But in all other lists, AirVPNs main (and often only) con is “too techy”. What’s most important in a VPN? Too techy or having connection logs? You know the answer.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Peter,

      If you have read any of my stuff, you will know that I am a big AirVPN fan (in fact I use it as my personal VPN). The reason it is not on this Android-specific list is easy – AirVPN does not offer a dedicated Android client. As I also discuss in this article, this is not a major problem, as the OpenVPN for Android app is rather excellent, but it does mean that it does not qualify for this category.

    2. TheMe says:

      Indeed AirVPN gets me quite confused, however I use it on my desktop with OpenVPN, and find it works quite nicely. In addition I have OpenVPN for Android on my phone along with files generated from AirVPN. But I am confused as to whether or not that allows OpenVPN to protect my phone. I know that OpenVPN must be paired with an actual VPN client – do the files from AirVPN cover that, or do I need to use a completely different VPN if I want to make good use of OpenVPN?

      Currently I am using a VPN that does not work with openVPN (but at least I know it is doing something, whereas OpenVPN may or may not be).

      Knowing a definite answer to this literally decides if I Keep AirVPN on the desktop when the time for renewal gets here. Altho at this point I think NordVPN might be the alternative for both desktop and phone.

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi TheMe,

        AirVPN permits 5 simultaneous connections. This means that you can run it on 5 different devices at once – so no, you do not need to get another VPN. Vist the AirVPN website -> sign in -> Enter -> Android – OpenVPN for Android for instructions.

        If you are not sure whether a VPN is working on your phone then connect to a server in a different country and the visit ipleak.net in your phone’s browser. If it is working correctly, you should see ip addresses belong to that country, not yours.

    3. TheMe says:

      I will do that. Thank you!

  12. John Doe says:


    This must be an error?
    “NordVPN does not offer a custom Android app”

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi John and Ronny,

      Thanks. I missed that. NordVPN does indeed offer a dedicated Android app. My bad.

  13. Ronny says:


    I think NordVPN has Android app – at least I’m using such. 🙂


  14. Naina patel says:

    I found flash your device with a more secure custom rom this point is the best i liked and it really worked for me.

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