17 best Android VPN Apps
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F-Secure Freedome VPN
[Price: $4.99 per month / $29.99 per year]
First up is F-Secure Freedome VPN. On top of all of the inherent features that a VPN brings, F-Secure also features a very slick and easy interface for those who may not have a lot of experience with VPNs. It also contains a built-in virus scanner for those who want to kill two birds with one stone. It’s simple and comes with a week’s free trial before you need to get the subscription. It also boasts unlimited bandwidth.
Fast Secure VPN
[Price: Free / $2.5 per month / $7.10 for 3 months / $13.00 for 6 months / $16.70 for 12 months]
Fast Secure VPN is another simple VPN. The interface is self-explanatory even if it is a little bit out-of-date. You can connect to various servers based on country which is great for those who need to get around regional restrictions. There is a free version but it’s bottlenecked. Unlocking all of the features requires dealing with Fast Secure VPN’s admittedly confusing pay structure. It’s good for basic stuff like getting around regional restrictions for a bit but those looking for a full featured VPN may want to look elsewhere.
[Price: Free / $1.61 per month for Pro / $3.21 per month for Premiere]
FinchVPN is another solid VPN option that is somewhat bottlenecked by a complicated pricing scheme. The interface is a splash of Holo which makes FinchVPN easy to use and pleasing to look at. You also get the standard features that all VPN apps get. If you get the pro version, you’ll get 25GB while Premiere members get unlimited. You’ll also get access to the paid servers. There is a free version for those who need basic protection and it has no data restrictions. It’s a solid option.
FlashVPN scales down the VPN experience to its most basic ideas. There is one button to connect and it requires no configuration and you can choose between Japan, England, or US servers. It’s entirely free which is a rarity in the VPN field. Thanks to its bare-bone set up, you won’t get all of the features you may get from larger apps that you have to pay for, but if you just need something simple and quick (and free), this is the ticket.
[Price: Free / $1.00 per 10 hours to $9.50 for 100 hours / $2.90 per month / $24.90 per year]
Hideman VPN is one of the more popular, well-known options. It features a more sleek and simple interface than many and uses a unique but still complicated pay structure. You can pay by the hour if you just need something quick like browsing at the airport or you can engage in subscription services by the month or year. It sounds like a rip off but some people only need VPNs sometimes and Hideman’s ability to let you pay for it only when you actually intend on using it instead of maintaining a subscription for something you may only rarely use. is something unique. It works well for a VPN app and it’s worth checking out.
[Price: Free / $2.99 to remove ads / $19.99 per year for pro version]
Hideninja VPN is another very popular and well-known VPN app on Android and one of the few that carry a very simple pay structure. You can use the free version which gives you access to a limited number of servers with unlimited bandwidth or you can go pro and get everything the app has to offer. The interface is based on Holo so it’s nice and easy to use. The advertising is intentionally and truly obnoxious but if you can get passed that, it’s a decent VPN app.
Hotspot Shield VPN
[Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $29.99 per year]
Hotspot Shield VPN is one of the more complete VPN apps on the list. It has some extra features like Smart protection which automatically connects you to a VPN based on what kind of network you’re on. It has a colorful and simple interface and there is a free version as long as you don’t mind limited bandwidth and advertising. The pro version will get unlimited bandwidth and no advertising. Also, bravo to Hotspot Shield for putting the pricing right on the front page of the app. More VPN apps should do that.
OpenVPN Connect is one of the precious few truly free VPNs available on Android. It’s also open source which is always a plus with security apps like this. Most of the apps so far have been the “fire and forget” variety but OpenVPN Connect requires a little more knowledge and, thus, has quite the learning curve. You can do things like import .ovpn profiles and engage in a number of advanced settings. This VPN also uses PolarSSL which was, most notably, not affected by the Heartbleed issue from months back. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and actually learning the ins and outs of VPNs, this is a fantastic option. Do note that you’ll need to create and set up an OpenVPN server yourself in order to use this application.
OpenVPN for Android
OpenVPN for Android is a branch off of OpenVPN Connect and has a lot of the same functionality. The interface is a bit more friendly compared to the official app but you’ll still need to learn how to set everything up on your own. This app just makes it look less confusing and more modular to help you make your way around. At its very core, OpenVPN for Android and OpenVPN Connect accomplish the same goals in very similar ways and they’re both free so you can’t go wrong with either one. Do note that you’ll need to create and set up an OpenVPN server yourself in order to use this application.
SpeedVPN is another rare option that is totally free to use. It boasts a simple interface, totally free use, and the ability to use the app without signing up for anything. Each connection is 60 minutes and then you’re kicked off but you can extend or reconnect whenever you want. This is so people who aren’t using the service get kicked off to free up bandwidth for others. The developers expressly state that things like torrent use will get your banned so this is for those who just need to browse the web or do other low-bandwidth activities. For most, that’s more than good enough.
[Price: Free / $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year for 5 devices / $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year for 1 mobile device]
SurfEasy VPN is a VPN app with a little bit of flair. When initiated it will show you where you appear to be along with your new IP address which, while not overly functional, is a nice visual touch. Free accounts get 500MB per month which should be good enough if all you do is web surf. You can also earn more through things like referrals. Paid accounts get unlimited bandwidth and ad blocking if you prefer.
[Price: Free / $2.50 for 5GB, $25 for 50GB, $45 for 100GB / $3.50 per month, $10.50 for 3 months, $33.60 per year]
Tigervpns is a “one click” solution that tries to focus on ease of use. Unfortunately, their pricing plans don’t agree with their mission statement but you can get 500MB for free every month if you just need it to surf the web a little bit. It was one of the longer lists of countries available for free users with 11 and the app is easy to use once you figure out how much you plan on paying for it.
[Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $29.99 per year]
TunnelBear VPN is probably the most adorable and most user-friendly VPN available. It shows you what’s going on using an animation of a bear tunneling. It’s great for beginners and is functional. It also has a simple, straightforward pricing structure which is refreshing. Free users get 500MB per month so it’s still great for those who need to browse the web a bit and don’t want to pay for it. If you need something simple with a bit of flair and you like bears, this is the way to go.
VPN by Private Internet Access
[Price: Free / $6.95 per month / $39.95 per year]
VPN by Private Internet Access is a VPN app with a no-frills interface but a lot of features. On top of the standard VPN, the app will also help compress data to make your browsing a bit faster. There is a free option that doesn’t require you to make an account but it is extremely basic and you can’t pick what servers you connect to. For pretty much all of the features, you’ll have to buy a subscription which is a little more strict than most. There are more advanced options for pro users as well for those that need that.
[Price: Free / $2.97 per month / $9.93 for a 6-month subscription]
VPN Master is an app that boasts speed, consistent uptime, and loose restrictions on free users. It’s based on OpenVPN so it carries with it many of the same kind of features minus the need to create your own server. While it does boast fast internet speeds, it does strictly prohibit the download of torrents and the like so this is not the thing you want to use for that. There aren’t a whole bunch of servers but the service seems pretty stable which is a good thing for a VPN app.
[Price: $1 per month / $5 for 6 months / $9.50 for 12 months]
VPN Viatun carries a sleek interface with all of the basic VPN features you need. The only downside is that aside from a free trial (with a 200MB limit), there is no free version of this app. Thankfully the subscription isn’t expensive. The interface is minimal but it gets the job done and the VPN service does actually function. Other than the basics, the app doesn’t offer much so if you’re looking for simplicity and you don’t mind paying for it, this is a good place to start.
[Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $4.99 per month (adds 100GB and one additional user) / $6.99 per month (adds 100GB more GB and one more additional user)]
Last on our list is ZPN Connect. Unlike most VPN apps, ZPN uses a tiered pricing structure like most mobile service carriers. For $3.99 you get 50GB per month and one user, $4.99 gets you 150GB and two users, and $6.99 per month gets you 250GB per month and three users. The app interface is no-frills but it gets the job done and it contains the basic VPN features that most need. It boasts OpenVPN support and no traffic logging. Free accounts still get 3GB per month which is better than most free accounts.