Android is one of the most widely used mobile operating systems and due to this it means you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a VPN.
Simply searching the Google Play Store brings up a wide variety of options and choosing between a free and paid for service or even deciding on which is the best can leave you confused and exhausted.
We’ve done the hard work for you and have been searching through the available VPN apps to help you make a decision.
How to choose the best VPN for Android in 2017
Android support from VPN providers varies in quality and while one app may be fully Android friendly another can leave you frustrated trying to navigate around.
It goes without saying that avoiding “free” VPN services for Android is definitely a must. In a recent report it found that basically all free Android apps lack security, have other unexpected functions built into them such as backdoors and essentially put your privacy more at risk than when not using them.
You want to look for an Android app that is simple to use that you can connect and forget about and one that certainly doesn’t drain your battery due to an overly flashy interface.
There is a lot of choices available but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 best VPN services for Android.
You can’t go wrong by picking one of the following.
VPN Countries : 60 | VPN Servers : 700 | Simultaneous Connections : 5 | Price : $6.49 p/m
No live help
IPVanish is certainly the best overall VPN service I’ve used on my Android device.
Their recently redesigned client is easy enough to operate if you’re a beginner but also has more advanced options if you like to tinker around under the hood.
Both OpenVPN UDP and TCP modes are available allowing you to choose speed or reliability and you can also select different ports.
The app even has the ability to scramble your connection allowing you to bypass firewalls and other workplace or country restrictions.
IPVanish keeps no logs so your browsing and download history on your phone or tablet remains private.
A 7-day money back guarantee is available.
Best no-risk provider
VPN Countries : 87 | VPN Cities : 136 | Simultaneous Connections : 3 | Price : $8.32 p/m
Lots of servers
A little pricey
If you’re looking for a risk free Android option then ExpressVPN is definitely the one to choose.
A full 30-day money back guarantee is available and the ability to sign up for a 3-day trial directly from within the app itself.
The app is really easy to use, press the On button and forget about it. You can, of course, select different servers and speed test them to find the best but if you want no mess then a simple one-click will get you secured.
The app automatically selects if OpenVPN UDP or TCP is best for your connection but if you want control you can manually select your choice.
There aren’t too many options on the app so if you’re a beginner you won’t get confused, although if you’re an expert you might miss some more advanced features.
P2P and torrent use is allowed but we found them to not be quite as fast as IPVanish and although you’re unlikely to notice the speed loss they aren’t our fastest provider.
Best cheapest provider
VPN Countries : 23 | VPN Servers : 45 | Simultaneous Connections : 2 | Price : $5.83 p/m
Not many VPN locations
StrongVPN offers one of the easiest to use apps, similar to the ExpressVPN app a large On and Off button controls your privacy. Click it once and your privacy is protected, again and you’re back to your regular connection.
The thing I liked most about the StrongVPN app is you really don’t need to bother yourself with any set-up. Just click a button and your privacy is protected or you can access geo-blocked websites.
One thing I disliked about the service was the lack of countries to connect to but unless you’re a globe trotter you’re probably unlikely to notice this. If however you’re roaming the world regularly and want to secure your privacy you’ll be better suited sticking with IPVanish.
They’re one of the oldest VPN providers around and the fact they’re still going is testament to the quality of the service and the user base that rely on them.
Best for free trial
VPN Countries : 70 | VPN Servers : 700+ | Simultaneous Connections : 2 – 5 | Price : $6.67 p/m
A little expensive
VyprVPN is great if you want to test the service before paying. You can get a 500mb test account by signing up through the app that will let you trial it before you pay. This is a rare feature and one of the reasons I liked the Android app.
The Android app allows you to use their custom VPN protocol called Chameleon. Chameleon is based around OpenVPN but disguises the headers allowing you to bypass invasive firewalls. This is great news for use in countries like China and Iran and even countries such as Thailand and the Philippines.
The app is really user friendly and has one of the best interfaces on the market, it’s certainly an app that has been well thought out and customised for the Android system. Using the app on either your mobile or tablet will be a breeze.
If you want the same sorts of features that the other providers offer then you’re going to have to pay a higher price tag. VyprVPN costs a few dollars extra per month but the ease of use and the free trial could outweigh this heavier price tag.
Best encryption options
VPN Countries : 58 | VPN Servers : 763 | Simultaneous Connections : 6 | Price : $5.75 p/m
Speeds can be slower
NordVPN’s Android app is really simple to use. I especially liked the custom VPN servers section that helps you make a choice of which server is best for which purpose.
Ultra Fast TV Servers, Anti DDoS Servers, Dedicated IP Servers and a host of other sections help you choose the best server for your purpose without leaving you confused with a large server list.
Payment via Bitcoin is accepted which means you can pay for the service in the most private way which is a great feature. P2P is also allowed over the service so if you like to download torrents or stream movies from torrent sources then you’ll be OK using NordVPN.
The speeds of the servers can be a little hit and miss, while some are super fast, others are average but once you’ve found a server or selection of servers that are suitable you’re unlikely to notice while keeping your Android device protected.