It’s hard to find a VPN you can trust to protect your Android. there are hundreds of fake VPN apps in the Google Play store that can compromise your Android with malware. plus, you can’t rely on most of them to protect you the way they claim to.
My team and I tested more than 100 Android VPNs to find the most secure VPNs that offer full protection. we also tested each one to make sure they had great speed, top-notch security features, and a reliable global network. In addition, every VPN on this list is very easy to use and perfect for streaming on your Android.
My top recommendation for Android is ExpressVPN, which is super fast, has military-grade security features, and thousands of powerful servers that bypass the toughest geographical restrictions. It’s also compatible with all major operating systems and comes with a money-back guarantee. This means you can test all of ExpressVPN’s features on Android completely risk-free. If you’re not satisfied, you have 30 days to request a full refund.
ExpressVPN is my favorite Android VPN in 2022 – it stays extremely fast, offers good streaming and seed download support, includes excellent security features, and offers a very user-friendly Android app.
In my tests, my average speed dropped by only 18 percent, so I was able to watch videos, download files, and play games as if I weren’t connected to a VPN. Since ExpressVPN is the fastest VPN on this list, you can participate in almost any online activity with minimal loss of speed.
ExpressVPN is also the preferred choice for Netflix and other streaming services, supporting P2P traffic on all 3,000+ servers and successfully bypassing firewalls in restrictive countries.
Surfshark’s download speeds vary between 68Mbps and 70Mbps, but are fast and consistent enough that you won’t experience slowdowns or buffering when using this VPN. In addition, you can get unlimited device connections through one account, so everyone in your family can use Surfshark on their phones, tablets, and even home computers.
This VPN is not suitable for streaming applications. It’s better suited for use with devices like Amazon Fire Stick and Roku. It does work if you sign in to your TV streaming service through a web browser. The biggest caveat to Surfshark, however, is its no-logging policy. Although Surfshark is located outside of the United States and has a no-logging policy, it is oddly worded and not at all clear. It sounds and feels as if there is a loophole in the policy that may allow some logs to be kept. Surfshark may not be aware of how confusing its official policy is, and it may not retain any user information at all. I would like to see a clearer write-up of Surfshark’s official policies.
Rounding out the top three is NordVPN, which sits between ExpressVPN and Surfshark in terms of price. With over 5,500 servers in 60 countries, you’ll have plenty of servers to choose from, and with an excellent 4.4/5 rating in the Play Store, users seem to like it as much as our first choice.
Nord’s Android app offers a lot, as do the two above, and it doesn’t skimp on features compared to its desktop sibling. You’ll have standard AES-256 encryption as well as split tunnels, a termination switch (admittedly, we found it a bit too hidden in the settings) and dual VPNs – as well as Nord specialties like Onion over VPN.
You’ll also get Nord’s CyberSec malware and phishing protection, which would be a great option if privacy was a top priority, and it has recently been certified as true zero-logging by a second independent audit.
However, in our NordVPN review, we did find the layout of the app slightly less intuitive than some other providers due to the map interface. While pleasant to use on larger screens, on smaller touchscreens (including its iPhone VPN sibling), we would have preferred to have an organized list of servers right off the bat.
Still, it’s a minor quibble, and streaming enthusiasts will be happy to hear that NordVPN is one of the best Netflix VPN services on the market, with unimpeded access to a wide range of libraries. The speeds that the NordLynx protocol can offer are also excellent – up to 760Mbps, which offers slightly faster peak speeds than ExpressVPN.
Nord also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and a fair price, making it a good middle ground as an Android VPN.
Another service that keeps improving, we found that Windscribe has fixed some of the issues that have held it back in the past. That makes it a new entry in our guide to this best Android VPN.
Interface and features: If you’re used to the Windscribe interface on your Windows browser, you won’t notice any difference: unique background logo, big on/off buttons, new IPs and details on preferred protocols.
In terms of functionality, all Windscibe applications are packed with advanced features that probably most users will never use. These include its R.O.B.E.R.T. system of blocking your chosen IP address and domain on all devices, static IP options, port forwarding, and split tunnels. A nice addition to the Android app is its decoy mode to help dissidents avoid detection in extreme cases. We’ve even tested its tracker and malware blocking system and found it to be very effective.
One of the big wins for IPVanish is its fun, configurable interface, which makes it an ideal client for those interested in learning how VPNs work behind the scenes. With its new app redesigned for Android, IPVanish manages to pack the same extensive suite of digital knobs and dialing into a refreshingly clean mobile interface that produces impressive results.
IPVanish VPN is a great choice if you want to make some precise adjustments to your VPN connection. With a range of switches to control features such as termination switches, split tunnels, VPN protocols and LAN connection allowances, IPVanish is an application for the methodical tech tweaker who likes to have precise control over their mobile Internet traffic.
Its multi-platform flexibility is also perfect for those focused on finding the right VPN for Netflix.
While IPVanish is not the fastest VPN, the 58% speed loss we measured in our recent speed tests was about the same as most VPN providers. However, we note that IPVanish’s Quick Connect feature doesn’t always connect you to the best server available, so you may need to optimize your speed by manually connecting to a less loaded server. In IPVanish’s Android app, you can check the current load on each server by tapping on the location, selecting the city and tapping the number next to each city.
IPVanish’s annual plan is on sale now for $40 for the first year. However, the plan is more than double the regular $90 annual rate for any subsequent year of service. You can also choose a quarterly plan that starts at $13 for the first three months and increases to $30 for each subsequent three-month billing period. The monthly rate for IPVanish is $11 per month, which is roughly comparable to the monthly rates of other providers. The provider offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, but only if you get an annual plan — which may disappoint anyone who buys a monthly subscription and decides they don’t like the service. That said, the company gets kudos for allowing unlimited simultaneous connections. We also like its connection termination switch feature, which is a must for anyone who is serious about staying anonymous while surfing.