Your Android phone contains a lot of sensitive personal information – you need to protect it with a powerful, secure VPN.
There are tons of free VPNs available for the platform, but very few are to be trusted – as we discovered in our recent independent investigation.
We’ve tested out a lot of free apps for Android and rounded up the best ones that offer a private, user-friendly experience without compromising on performance.
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All of our top picks offer simple, user-friendly custom apps for Android, making the installation process as quick and easy as possible.
They all offer fast, reliable performance along with privacy-friendly logging policies to ensure your online activity is protected.
The majority of high-quality free VPNs come with some kind of data cap, so we made sure to only choose those that would least restrict what you can do while connected.
If you’re looking for a VPN service without any sort of restrictions or limitations, check out our best premium VPNs for Android.
All of our recommendations offer custom Android apps, so simply go to the Google Play Store, download your chosen VPN and log in.
If there are any extra privacy features such as a kill switch or protection against DNS and IPv6 leaks, make sure to turn these on before you connect. If it’s possible to manually select your VPN protocol, we’d recommend opting for OpenVPN.
Next you need to choose a VPN server – the closer this is to your physical location, the faster performance will be. Hit connect and you’re up and running.
If you opt for a VPN provider that doesn’t offer a dedicated app for Android, take a look at our step-by-step guide to manually installing a VPN on the device.
To save yourself from fiddly manual configuration, make sure you choose a VPN with a user-friendly app that you can download straight onto your Android device.
The easier it is to use, the more likely you are to use it on a regular basis.
Most decent free VPNs will impose some sort of data cap – it’s down to you to decide how much this will affect your online activity.
If you’re just going to be browsing while connected to the VPN it probably won’t be too much of a problem, but streamers and torrenters should look for the most generous caps out there.
All VPNs will have some sort of impact on your Android’s performance, so choosing the quickest one is very important.
Check out the Speed & Reliability sections of our VPN reviews to take a closer look at how each provider performs on both local and international connections.
You need to choose a VPN server close to your physical location for the best possible performance. Make sure the provider you select offers servers in nearby locations to allow you to get the best out of the service.
Not all VPNs work with popular services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer, and even fewer free VPNS do.
If accessing these sorts of sites is a priority for you, we’d recommend taking a look at our Best VPNs for Streaming.
You trust your VPN provider with all of your online traffic, so you need to be sure it isn’t storing any of your personal information or sharing it with any other third parties.
Choose a VPN with a minimal logging policy, or even better, one that doesn’t collect any logs whatsoever. Avoid those that collect any sort of personally identifiable information, such as your true IP address.