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Global Mobile VPN Report 2019

Over 480 million mobile VPN apps were downloaded around the world in the last 12 months, which is 54% more than the year before. Browse the interactive map to see where the most downloads took place.
Simon Migliano
By Simon Migliano

UPDATED 11/22/19 11:31 GMT to include additional supporting data.

Key Findings

  • 480.1M mobile VPN app downloads globally in last 12 months, a 54% year-over-year increase
  • 75% of all downloads for Android (358.3M). There were 121.9M iOS downloads.
  • Biggest markets: Indonesia (75.5M), US (74.6M), and India (57M)
  • Fastest growing markets: India (405%), Jordan (387%) and Kazakhstan (210%)
  • 84% of all mobile VPN downloads in last 12 months were free services
  • Most popular mobile VPN service: Turbo VPN (51.3M installs Android & iOS, free)
  • Most popular paid mobile VPN service: NordVPN (15.5M installs Android & iOS)

Introduction

The 2019 Global Mobile VPN Report is the first study of its kind and includes app download data for 73 countries, dating back to 2016.

It shows global demand for mobile VPN apps from Apple’s App Store and Google Play is growing rapidly: the number of downloads worldwide has increased by over 50% two years in a row.

As mobile internet users around the world endure the various effects of digital authoritarianism and become more aware of the value of their browsing data, it’s clear that VPN apps are an increasingly mainstream anti-censorship and privacy tool.

This report provides mobile VPN app download data at the global, regional, country and app-level, with a focus on the last 12 months, starting October 2018, compared to the previous period.

We also looked at:

  • The biggest growth markets for mobile VPN
  • Correlations between internet shutdowns and month-to-month surges in downloads
  • Free/paid VPN app distribution
  • The most popular mobile VPN services
  • Fastest growing mobile VPN apps
  • Top mobile VPN apps by platform and country

Global Mobile VPN Downloads

By 12-month Period

Each 12-month download period runs from October to September.

Period Total Downloads Growth (YoY)
2018/19 480.1M 54.3%
2017/18 311.3M 57.2%
2016/17 198M

By Platform

12-month period starting Oct 2018

  • Android: 358.2M (74.6%)
  • iOS: 121.9M (25.4%)

Downloads by Region

 

REGION DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 GROWTH (YOY)
APAC 188.4M 122%
EUROPE 79.6M 20%
LATAM 48.7M 50%
MEA 81.9M 43%
NORTHAM 81.5M 16%

Top 20 Countries by Downloads

Note: China is excluded from this report despite the historic prevalence of VPN use in that country.

This is due to the increased unreliability of download data following the removal of VPN apps from Apple’s App Store in 2017 and the ongoing censorship of all Google services, including the Play Store.

The countries with the most mobile VPNs downloaded over the 12 months starting October 2018 are ranked below. The most rapidly growing markets, such as Indonesia, India and Vietnam are examined in more detail in the next section.

Other countries in the table experienced strong but more stable year-over-year increase in 12-month download totals. In the US and the UK, the collection of consumer browsing data by ISPs for both profit and surveillance continues to drive demand. As do threats to net neutrality in the US.

UAE, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan all operate under highly-censorious, conservative and authoritarian governments.

Meanwhile, Brazil bears a mix of media conservatism and a desire to move away from US telecommunication infrastructure after revelations of US spying surfaced in 2013.

COUNTRY DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 GROWTH (YOY) RANK
Indonesia 75.5M 111% 1
US 74.6M 17% 2
India 57.0M 405% 3
UAE 30.6M 32% 4
Brazil 23.5M 76% 5
Saudi Arabia 19.9M 14% 6
Turkey 16.4M 39% 7
UK 14.0M 33% 8
Russia 10.9M 19% 9
Pakistan 10.4M 60% 10
Mexico 8.2M 27% 11
Philippines 7.9M 28% 12
Canada 6.9M 9% 13
Ukraine 6.4M -18% 14
South Korea 5.8M 65% 15
Egypt 5.8M 95% 16
Vietnam 5.6M 140% 17
Argentina 5.4M 37% 18
Germany 5.3M -1% 19
Colombia 5.3M 51% 20

Jump to full list of countries, alphabetized.

Biggest Markets by Download Growth

The following list is ordered by increase in downloads year-on-year as a percentage. Download period is the 12 months from October to September. Absolute download totals for 2018/19 are in brackets.

  • India – 405% (57.0M)
  • Jordan – 387% (3.6M)
  • Kazakhstan – 210% (4.1M)
  • Algeria – 205% (4.8M)
  • Vietnam – 140% (5.6M)
  • Indonesia – 111% (75.5M)
  • Nigeria – 107% (5.3M)
  • Egypt – 95% (5.8M)
  • Singapore – 83% (1.9M)
  • South Africa – 82% (1.5M)

Note: Countries with less than 1M downloads over last 12 months were excluded from this list

The largest increases in mobile VPN downloads year-over-year, in India, Jordan, Kazakhstan and Algeria, were largely driven by specific spikes in demand in those countries, which we explore in the next section of this report.

Other, more incremental growth markets, shared a common theme surrounding either the introduction or tightening of cybercrime-related legislation.

Vietnam and Singapore both passed new laws in 2019, which allow authorities to censor online content through obliging technology companies to relinquish user information and remove unfavourable posts.

Egyptian authorities made use of their new 2018 Cybercrimes Law , to block 34,000 websites connected to an opposition campaign called, “Void”. The campaign had gained 250,000 signatures against Egypt’s constitutional referendum earlier this year. The referendum extended President el-Sisi’s political reach and presidential term to 2030.

Similarly, Nigeria has ramped up targeted attacks on journalists and publicly critical postings that exposed police brutality, corruption and covert oil blocks in the Niger Delta on the basis of breaching “cybercrime” regulations.

Interestingly, the anamolous case of South Africa created increased VPN downloads because the government was exposed as undertaking mass surveillance on all communications, in breach of their own Regulation of Interception of Communications Act of 2002 (RICA) and the National Security Act of 1994 (NSIA). The government justified the increased surveillance as critical for national security interests, however the High Court concluded the state’s activities as unlawful.

Countries with smaller volumes of total downloads but who also experienced significant year-over-year increases included:

Zimbabwe – There were over 320,000 mobile VPN downloads in last 12 months. This 250% surge compared to the prior year coincided with the suppression of social media access from January 2019 in response to mass unrest prompted by a 150% jump in fuel prices.

The government has also moved to block VPNs that the public were using to bypass website restrictions. Since the shutdown, VPN specific searches from Google also increased by over 850%.

Lebanon – Almost 995,000 mobile VPN apps were downloaded over the last 12 months, an increase of 119% year-on-year. Over the same period, the country experienced a spike in online content-related arrests of citizens, activists and journalists. The LGBTQ community also became a target with arrests relating to LGBTQ content online, while popular LGBTQ app Grindr was blocked in January 2019.

Further, 50 websites have been blocked targeting adult entertainment, illegal gambling and Israel-related content. A law was also passed allowing security officials to have unlimited access to all telecommunications metadata.

Jump to full list of country-level download data, alphabetized

Spikes in VPN Demand

Analysis of monthly download data around the world revealed frequent surges in demand for mobile VPNs. Many of these spikes came in response to internet shutdowns as local internet users sought to circumvent the restrictions imposed upon them. Notable highlights follow:

Oct-Dec 2018, India: increased 66% on average each month for three months. India endured 134 internet shutdowns in 2018 alone, with almost all of them targeting mobile internet services. These came in response to various issues: civil conflicts, local elections, killings of politicians by militant separatists, and, in particular, to control the flow of information regarding the ongoing turmoil in the disputed region of Kashmir. Further, a ban on 827 adult websites in October could also explain the spike in VPN downloads, supported by a correlating surge in VPN related searches in the month following the ban.

Feb 2019, Algeria: 73% increase in downloads, likely due to internet shutdowns taking place during protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika seeking fifth consecutive term.


Feb 2019, South Korea: 75% jump following enforcement of a ban on 895 blacklisted websites by the government. This was shortly followed by a ramp up in government mass surveillance techniques.

May 2019, Indonesia: 126% spike due to bandwidth throttling, slowing speeds to prevent video and photo uploads to Twitter and other social media platforms in the wake of escalating election protests.

May-June 2019, Kazakhstan: 111% climb resulting from multiple short-lived social media blocks and a brief total internet shutdown, surrounding national election unrest. A further 93% spike in June is likely due to continued protests and a root certificate distributed by the government, found to be used for mass-surveillance.


June 2019, Algeria: 263% surge in downloads as social media is blocked to prevent school exam cheating. Internet disruptions also occurred due to ongoing political protests, as Algeria’s former PM and Finance Minister appeared in court.

July 2019, Jordan: 676% spike in downloads in the wake of the controversy surrounding TV show Jinn, much-hyped as the first Arabic Netflix series. Jordan’s conservative government forced Netflix to pull the show for local viewers. This act of censorship took place against a backdrop of increased suppression of freedom of speech online due to growing unrest in the country.

Free VPN vs Paid

In the last 12 months, free VPN app downloads continued to hugely outnumber those of paid services. Over eight in ten mobile VPN installs were for free services.

  • Free downloads as a percentage of all global mobile VPN downloads: 84.3%
  • Regionally that figure is:
    • APAC: 89.8%
    • EUROPE: 77.2%
    • LATAM: 90.3%
    • MEA: 91.0%
    • NORTHAM: 68.1%

The following charts show the free to paid mobile VPN download ratio globally, followed by the distribution of all free downloads by region, then all paid downloads by region.

Free VPN mobile app downloads vs paid VPN charts

Top Mobile VPN Services

Most popular services (i.e. combined across platforms and app versions) and the number of times they were downloaded in the 12 months starting October 2018.

APP NAME DOWNLOADS 2018-2019 PLATFORMS FREE/PAID
TurboVPN 51.3M Android & iOS Free
Hotspot Shield 42.8M Android & iOS Free
Betternet 29.9M Android & iOS Free
Psiphon 25.8M Android & iOS Free
SuperVPN 16.7M Android only Free
NordVPN 15.5M Android & iOS Paid
Hola 14.6M Android & iOS Free
ExpressVPN 14.3M Android & iOS Paid
Proxy Master 11.4M Android only Free
Secure VPN 11.3M Android only Free

Fastest Growing VPN Apps

The following table highlights the 10 VPN apps where the relative increase in the number of downloads over the 12-month period starting October 2018 was most pronounced in comparison with the previous period.

What’s most notable is the lack of established brands among these free VPN services that enjoyed such rising popularity. However, even amongst these lesser-known apps, a handful were also among the most-downloaded apps in the last 12 months on their respective platforms: VPN – Super Unlimited (10.5M, Android), Solo VPN (8.5M, Android), Best Ultimate VPN (6.2M, iOS).

APP NAME VPN Unlimited UAE FastVPN Best Ultimate VPN IndiaVPN Power VPN USA VPN Bot Changer VPN CyberGhost Solo VPN VPN – Super Unlimited
APP ID com.proxyfree.ultimate.vpn com.superapp.uaefastvpn com.open.hotspot.vpn.free free.unblock.proxy.vpnindia.indiavpn com.vpn.powervpn2 com.ow.free.usavpn com.botchanger.vpn 583009522 co.solovpn 1370293473
PLATFORM Android Android Android Android Android Android Android iOS Android iOS
DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 4.1M 1.9M 6.2M 1.1M 2.9M 1.1M 2.2M 5.4M 8.5M 10.5M
DOWNLOADS 2017/2018 12.7K 7.9K 51.1K 10.4K 45.6K 26.2K 0.1M 0.5M 0.8M 1.2M
GROWTH (YOY) 32,229% 23,315% 11,995% 10,475% 6,208% 3,903% 2,053% 1,060% 920% 806%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

To avoid distorting the results, the above table excludes free apps that were downloaded fewer than 1 million times in 2018/19 and paid apps downloaded fewer than 250,000 times over the same period.

Downloads by Country

The following tables show top-level data for each country included in the report. “Downloads” refers to the number of times a VPN app was downloaded in each country over the 12-month period starting October 2018.

Jump to countries I-P
Jump to countries Q-Z

Countries A-H

COUNTRY DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 DOWNLOAD GROWTH YOY FREE DOWNLOADS*
Algeria 4.8M 205% 96%
Argentina 5.4M 37% 94%
Australia 4.1M 32% 56%
Austria 0.5M 1% 65%
Belarus 0.5M 38% 83%
Belgium 0.8M 28% 65%
Brazil 23.5M 76% 90%
Bulgaria 0.3M 36% 72%
Canada 6.9M 9% 70%
Chile 1.9M 30% 87%
Colombia 5.3M 51% 92%
Croatia 0.3M 21% 77%
Czech Republic 0.4M 13% 67%
Denmark 0.5M -3% 50%
Ecuador 2.0M 38% 95%
Egypt 5.8M 95% 95%
Estonia 1.0M 2% 70%
Finland 0.4M 1% 44%
France 4.6M 29% 64%
Germany 5.3M -1% 64%
Greece 0.7M 2% 87%
Hong Kong 1.8M 27% 78%
Hungary 0.5M 34% 74%

*Downloads of free VPN services as a percentage of all mobile VPN app downloads

Countries I-P

COUNTRY DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 DOWNLOAD GROWTH YOY FREE DOWNLOADS*
Iceland 0.8M 55% 69%
India 57.0M 405% 89%
Indonesia 75.5M 111% 96%
Ireland 0.7M 20% 66%
Israel 1.7M 56% 85%
Italy 3.6M 48% 74%
Japan 2.5M 11% 56%
Jordan 3.6M 387% 93%
Kazakhstan 4.1M 210% 95%
Kuwait 1.4M 34% 93%
Latvia 0.1M 10% 77%
Lebanon 1.0M 119% 89%
Lithuania 0.2M 30% 79%
Luxembourg 0.1M 37% 63%
Malaysia 5.0M 50% 85%
Mexico 8.2M 27% 87%
Netherlands 2.2M -3% 69%
New Zealand 1.1M 21% 72%
Nigeria 5.3M 107% 82%
Norway 0.5M 14% 48%
Oman 3.0M 27% 94%
Pakistan 10.4M 60% 89%
Peru 1.5M 2% 90%
Philippines 7.9M 28% 84%
Poland 1.2M 32% 74%
Portugal 0.7M 39% 70%

*Downloads of free VPN services as a percentage of all mobile VPN app downloads

Countries Q-Z

COUNTRY DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 DOWNLOAD GROWTH YOY FREE DOWNLOADS*
Qatar 3.7M 4% 97%
Romania 1.3M 34% 87%
Russia 10.9M 19% 83%
Saudi Arabia 19.9M 14% 95%
Singapore 1.9M 83% 81%
Slovakia 0.2M 29% 71%
Slovenia 0.2M 28% 72%
South Africa 1.5M 82% 83%
South Korea 5.8M 65% 83%
Spain 2.8M 8% 80%
Sweden 1.1M 7% 59%
Switzerland 0.6M 12% 53%
Taiwan 1.8M 25% 72%
Thailand 4.0M -8% 89%
Tunisia 0.9M 116% 91%
Turkey 16.4M 39% 92%
Ukraine 6.4M -18% 93%
UAE 30.6M 32% 88%
UK 14.0M 33% 65%
US 74.6M 17% 68%
Uruguay 0.3M 4% 84%
Venezuela 0.6M 29% 86%
Vietnam 5.6M 140% 86%
Zimbabwe 0.3M 250% 91%

*Downloads of free VPN services as a percentage of all mobile VPN app downloads

Top Mobile VPN Apps: Android

APP NAME TurboVPN Hotspot Shield Free Psiphon Pro Betternet SuperVPN Free Hola ExpressVPN NordVPN Proxy Master Secure VPN Hi VPN Solo VPN VPNHub Thunder VPN Best Ultimate VPN X-VPN Touch VPN AnonyTun VPN Master TunnelBear
APP ID free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn hotspotshield.android.vpn com.psiphon3.subscription com.freevpnintouch com.jrzheng.supervpnfree org.hola com.expressvpn.vpn com.nordvpn.android com.freevpn.unblock.proxy com.fast.free.unblock.secure.vpn com.ehawk.proxy.freevpn co.solovpn com.appatomic.vpnhub com.fast.free.unblock.thunder.vpn com.open.hotspot.vpn.free com.security.xvpn.z35kb com.northghost.touchvpn com.anonytun.android com.vpncapa.vpnmaster.free.unblock.vpn com.tunnelbear.android
DEVELOPER INNOVATIVE CONNECTING AnchorFree GmbH Psiphon Inc. Betternet LLC SuperSoftTech Hola VPN Ltd. ExpressVPN NordVPN Hotspot VPN Signal Lab Hi Security SoloVPN & NCleaner AppAtomic Signal Lab VPN Master LLC Free Connected Limited TouchVPN Inc. Art of Tunnel VPN Capa Team TunnelBear, LLC
FREE/PAID Free Free Free Free Free Free Paid Paid Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 47.6M 26.9M 24.5M 18.7M 16.7M 14.0M 12.0M 11.7M 11.4M 11.3M 9.0M 8.5M 8.2M 7.4M 6.2M 5.4M 5.4M 4.9M 4.5M 4.4M
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Top Mobile VPN Apps: iOS

APP NAME HotspotShield Betternet VPN – Super Unlimited VPN Proxy Master Norton X-VPN CyberGhost VPN 360 Mobile Security NordVPN TurboVPN ExpressVPN VPN 24 VPNhub Free VPN VPN Daily VPN SkyVPN Psiphon UFO VPN
APP ID 443369807 946659216 1370293473 1025707485 1095519285 1250312807 583009522 1193154948 724596345 905953485 1365309175 886492891 1171369916 1353525004 1050171910 1234077393 1421658630 1225558991 1276263909 1436251125
DEVELOPER AnchorFree Inc. Betternet LLC Mobile Jump ALL Connected Co. Symantec Free Connected Limited CyberGhost SRL TouchVPN McAfee, LLC. Tefinkom & CO S.A. INNOVATIVE CONNECTING ExpressVPN 24apps GmbH AppAtomic Free VPN LLC Laofu Wang iSTmedia Sentry Secure Communication Psiphon Inc Dreamfii HK Limited
FREE/PAID Free Free Free Free Paid Free Paid Free Paid Paid Free Paid Free Free Free Free Paid Paid Paid Free
DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 13.3M 11.1M 10.5M 8.6M 6.9M 5.6M 5.3M 5.3M 4.4M 3.8M 3.7M 2.3M 2.3M 2.0M 1.9M 1.6M 1.5M 1.4M 1.2M 1.2M
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Fastest Growing VPN Apps: Free

APP NAME VPN Unlimited UAE FastVPN Best Ultimate VPN IndiaVPN Power VPN USA VPN Bot Changer VPN Solo VPN VPN – Super Unlimited MyMobileSecure
APP ID com.proxyfree.ultimate.vpn com.superapp.uaefastvpn com.open.hotspot.vpn.free free.unblock.proxy.vpnindia.indiavpn com.vpn.powervpn com.ow.free.usavpn com.botchanger.vpn co.solovpn 1370293473 com.voicefive.mms
PLATFORM Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android iOS Android
DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 4.1M 1.9M 6.2M 1.1M 2.9M 1.1M 2.2M 8.5M 10.5M 2.2M
DOWNLOADS 2017/2018 12.7K 7.9K 51.1K 10.4K 45.6K 26.2K 0.1M 0.8M 1.2M 0.3M
GROWTH (YOY) 32,229% 23,315% 11,995% 10,475% 6,207% 3,903% 2,053% 920% 806% 696%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Only free apps that were downloaded at least 1 million times in 2018/19 have been included, to avoid distorting the results. Download period runs from October to September.

Jump to the top apps by download volume and platform over the last 12 months.

Fastest Growing Apps: Paid

APP NAME Surfshark Nano VPN FirstVPN CyberGhost Swift VPN CyberGhost FlyVPN InvinciBull VPN Kaspersky Norton
APP ID com.surfshark.vpnclient.android 1434665029 1403281172 583009522 1419485038 de.mobileconcepts.cyberghost com.fvcorp.flyclient com.finjan.securebrowser 1278886362 1095519285
PLATFORM Android iOS iOS iOS iOS Android Android Android iOS iOS
DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 0.4M 0.3M 0.8M 5.3M 0.3M 2.9M 1.6M 2.0M 0.3M 6.9M
DOWNLOADS 2017/2018 3.5K 6.3K 54.9K 0.5M 38.7K 0.4M 0.2M 0.4M 0.1M 2.6M
GROWTH (YOY) 11,368% 4,315% 1,422% 1,059% 800% 638% 636% 374% 203% 168%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Only paid apps that were downloaded at least 250,000 times in 2018/19 have been included, to avoid distorting the results. Download period runs from October to September.

Jump to the top apps by download volume and platform over the last 12 months.

Top Mobile VPN Apps: US

APP NAME VPN – Super Unlimited HotspotShield Betternet Norton HotspotShield Free CyberGhost NordVPN Betternet X-VPN VPN 360 Norton CyberGhost TurboVPN NordVPN Mobile Security X-VPN VPNHub VPN for iPhone VPN Proxy Master Best Ultimate VPN
APP ID 1370293473 443369807 946659216 1095519285 hotspotshield.android.vpn 583009522 com.nordvpn.android com.freevpnintouch 1250312807 1193154948 com.symantec.securewifi de.mobileconcepts.cyberghost free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn 905953485 724596345 com.security.xvpn.z35kb com.appatomic.vpnhub 1273734740 1025707485 com.open.hotspot.vpn.free
PLATFORM iOS iOS iOS iOS Android iOS Android Android iOS iOS Android Android Android iOS iOS Android Android iOS iOS Android
FREE/PAID Free Free Free Paid Free Paid Paid Free Free Free Paid Paid Free Paid Paid Free Free Free Free Free
DOWNLOADS 2018/2019 7.8M 5.8M 5.2M 4.2M 3.8M 3.6M 3.2M 3.1M 2.4M 1.8M 1.8M 1.4M 1.3M 1.3M 1.3M 1.1M 1.1M 0.9M 0.9M 0.9M
GROWTH (YOY) 740% -24% -31% 168% -14% 2,140% 107% 21% -3% -44% 114% N/A -28% 80% 70% -6% 130% -2% -65% 6,203%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Top Mobile VPN Apps: UK

APP NAME NordVPN HotspotShield VPN 360 CyberGhost Betternet Norton HotspotShield Free Betternet X-VPN NordVPN TurboVPN Best Ultimate VPN VPN Proxy Master Free VPN Mobile Security CyberGhost MyMobile ExpressVPN Secure VPN X-VPN
APP ID com.nordvpn.android 443369807 1193154948 583009522 946659216 1095519285 hotspotshield.android.vpn com.freevpnintouch 1250312807 905953485 free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn com.open.hotspot.vpn.free 1025707485 1050171910 com.wsandroid.suite de.mobileconcepts.cyberghost com.voicefive.mms com.expressvpn.vpn com.fast.free.unblock.secure.vpn com.security.xvpn.z35kb
PLATFORM Android iOS iOS iOS iOS iOS Android Android iOS iOS Android Android iOS iOS Android Android Android Android Android Android
FREE/PAID Paid Free Free Paid Free Paid Free Free Free Paid Free Free Free Free Free Paid Free Paid Free Free
DOWNLOADS 2018-2019 992.6K 931.7K 859.4K 742.1K 722.7K 716.6K 598.6K 570.0K 445.4K 444.9K 436.2K 404.8K 344.8K 290.1K 285.6K 235.2K 224.5K 207.0K 204.1K 199.1K
GROWTH (YOY) 107% 4% 63% 2,136% -32% 606% -4% 53% 12% 203% -27% 8,574% -6% 25% -42% 513% 369% 37% 390% -26%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Top Mobile VPN Apps: Australia

APP NAME Norton HotspotShield NordVPN Betternet NordVPN ExpressVPN HotspotShield Free ExpressVPN X-VPN Betternet VPN Proxy Master VPN 360 TurboVPN Best Ultimate VPN CyberGhost Free VPN Thunder VPN CyberGhost X-VPN Mobile Security
APP ID 1095519285 443369807 com.nordvpn.android 946659216 905953485 com.expressvpn.vpn hotspotshield.android.vpn 886492891 1250312807 com.freevpnintouch 1025707485 1193154948 free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn com.open.hotspot.vpn.free de.mobileconcepts.cyberghost 1050171910 com.fast.free.unblock.thunder.vpn 583009522 com.security.xvpn.z35kb com.wsandroid.suite
PLATFORM iOS iOS Android iOS iOS Android Android iOS iOS Android iOS iOS Android Android Android iOS Android iOS Android Android
FREE/PAID Paid Free Paid Free Paid Paid Free Paid Free Free Free Free Free Free Paid Free Free Paid Free Free
DOWNLOADS 370.6K 336.6K 298.8K 271.7K 219.5K 201.0K 179.0K 170.5K 155.4K 135.8K 120.0K 104.9K 85.3K 72.9K 60.2K 57.0K 48.6K 44.9K 44.0K 38.5K
GROWTH (YOY) 971% -2% 104% -32% 272% 70% 40% 89% -39% 67% -20% 213% -26% 9,450% 666% -4% 322% 333% -54% -46%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Top Mobile VPN Apps: Canada

APP NAME HotspotShield VPN 360 X-VPN Norton Betternet NordVPN HotspotShield Free Betternet X-VPN NordVPN

TurboVPN ExpressVPN Best Ultimate VPN VPN Proxy Master MyMobile Thunder VPN VPN – Super Unlimited ExpressVPN Mobile Security CyberGhost
APP ID 443369807 1193154948 1250312807 1095519285 946659216 com.nordvpn.android hotspotshield.android.vpn com.freevpnintouch com.security.xvpn.z35kb 905953485 free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn com.expressvpn.vpn com.open.hotspot.vpn.free 1025707485 com.voicefive.mms com.fast.free.unblock.thunder.vpn 1370293473 886492891 724596345 de.mobileconcepts.cyberghost
PLATFORM iOS iOS iOS iOS iOS Android Android Android Android iOS Android Android Android iOS Android Android iOS iOS iOS Android
FREE/PAID Free Free Free Paid Free Paid Free Free Free Paid Free Paid Free Free Free Free Free Paid Paid Paid
DOWNLOADS 620.4K 586.6K 493.6K 433.9K 377.3K 366.1K 243.9K 207.9K 189.0K 185.7K 185.5K 181.6K 154.0K 137.4K 130.8K 99.1K 98.5K 89.1K 87.6K 84.2K
GROWTH (YOY) -13% -1% 4% 518% -33% 42% -6% 44% -18% 90% -25% 60% 6,879% -31% 202% 99% 883% 43% 36% 691%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Top Mobile VPN Apps: Indonesia

APP NAME TurboVPN Proxy Master SuperVPN Free Hi VPN Hola Psiphon Pro Hotspot Shield Free VPN Unlimited Unlimited Free VPN Monster AnonyTun Kiwi VPN Thunder VPN Snap VPN Solo VPN VPN Robot ExpressVPN Betternet VPN Proxy App Melon VPN Secure VPN
APP ID free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn com.freevpn.unblock.proxy com.jrzheng.supervpnfree com.ehawk.proxy.freevpn org.hola com.psiphon3.subscription hotspotshield.android.vpn com.proxyfree.ultimate.vpn free.vpn.unblock.proxy.vpnmonster com.anonytun.android com.securevpn.connectip.kiwivpn com.fast.free.unblock.thunder.vpn free.vpn.unblock.proxy.vpnpro co.solovpn free.vpn.unblock.proxy.freenetvpn com.expressvpn.vpn com.freevpnintouch com.master.unblockweb com.vpnbottle.melon.free.unblock.fast.vpn free.vpn.unblock.proxy.securevpn
PLATFORM Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android
FREE/PAID Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Paid Free Free Free Free
DOWNLOADS 2018-2019 20.8M 4.1M 3.5M 3.1M 3.0M 3.0M 2.6M 2.5M 1.7M 1.7M 1.6M 1.4M 1.3M 1.2M 1.2M 1.1M 1.1M 1.1M 1.0M 1.0M
GROWTH (YOY) 185% 340% 51% 30% 52% 101% 0% 20,695% 109% -68% N/A 846% 149% 1,085% 211% 512% 20% 140% N/A 506%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

*N/A indicates that there were no downloads in the previous 12 months (2017-2018)

Top Mobile VPN Apps: India

APP NAME TurboVPN Solo VPN HotspotShield Free SuperVPN Free Secure VPN VPN Master Power VPN Hola ExpressVPN UFO VPN VPNHub Betternet Thunder VPN Proxy Master NordVPN Best Ultimate VPN InvinciBull VPN FlyVPN Touch VPN TunnelBear
APP ID free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn co.solovpn hotspotshield.android.vpn com.jrzheng.supervpnfree com.fast.free.unblock.secure.vpn com.vpncapa.vpnmaster.free.unblock.vpn com.vpn.powervpn2 org.hola com.expressvpn.vpn ufovpn.free.unblock.proxy.vpn com.appatomic.vpnhub com.freevpnintouch com.fast.free.unblock.thunder.vpn com.freevpn.unblock.proxy com.nordvpn.android com.open.hotspot.vpn.free com.finjan.securebrowser com.fvcorp.flyclient com.northghost.touchvpn com.tunnelbear.android
PLATFORM Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android
FREE/PAID Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Paid Free Free Free Free Free Paid Free Paid Paid Free Free
DOWNLOADS 2018-2019 10.8M 4.0M 3.4M 2.9M 2.5M 2.4M 2.0M 1.9M 1.8M 1.7M 1.6M 1.6M 1.4M 1.4M 1.2M 1.2M 1.0M 1.0M 0.7M 0.7M
GROWTH (YOY) 380% 60,889% 230% 235% N/A N/A 11,521% 124% 545% N/A 10,571% 93% 5,459% N/A N/A N/A 929% N/A 684% 2,767%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

*N/A indicates that there were no downloads in the previous 12 months (2017-2018)

Top Mobile VPN Apps: Brazil

APP NAME Psiphon Pro Hotspot Shield Free Betternet Hola TurboVPN Secure VPN ExpressVPN Norton Solo VPN SlowDNS Mobile Security Mobile Security Melon VPN Proxy Master NordVPN CyberGhost Kiwi VPN OpenVPN Connect AnonyTun Betternet
APP ID com.psiphon3.subscription hotspotshield.android.vpn com.freevpnintouch org.hola free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn com.fast.free.unblock.secure.vpn com.expressvpn.vpn 1095519285 co.solovpn com.in.troiddns 724596345 com.wsandroid.suite com.vpnbottle.melon.free.unblock.fast.vpn com.freevpn.unblock.proxy com.nordvpn.android de.mobileconcepts.cyberghost com.securevpn.connectip.kiwivpn net.openvpn.openvpn com.anonytun.android 946659216
PLATFORM Android Android Android Android Android Android Android iOS Android Android iOS Android Android Android Android Android Android Android Android iOS
FREE/PAID Free Free Free Free Free Free Paid Paid Free Free Paid Free Free Free Paid Paid Free Free Free Free
DOWNLOADS 2018-2019 10.7M 1.9M 1.5M 1.5M 1.2M 0.7M 0.6M 0.4M 0.4M 0.4M 0.4M 0.3M 0.3M 0.2M 0.2M 0.2M 0.2M 0.1M 0.1M 0.1M
GROWTH (YOY) 252% 44% 48% 9% 12% 798% 76% 313% 78% -28% 155% -46% N/A 1,023% 3,072% N/A N/A 41% -59% -30%
RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

*N/A indicates that there were no downloads in the previous 12 months (2017-2018)

Methodology

We analyzed every mobile VPN app discoverable in Google Play and Apple’s App Store across multiple locales, for a total of 293 unique apps. Apps were deemed unique based on the app IDs used in the respective stores.

App information and statistics sourced from the Apple App Store, Google Play and App Tweak. App installs are compiled from 73 countries and date back to 2016.

Apps were deemed to be “free” if offered a fully-usable VPN service without providing credit card details. This included any “freemium” services that met that definition.

Download 2016 to 2019 top-level data for the top 250 mobile VPN apps by 2019 downloads as a Google Sheet or as a PDF.


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