If you want to surf the web anonymously and securely, even when you're out and about connecting to public WiFi, a VPN is what you're looking for. Here we round-up the best VPN apps for Android.
You can also use a VPN (virtual private network) to access blocked content such as BBC iPlayer if you're outside of the UK, or the American version of Netflix. We should point out that this is against each service's terms and conditions, though.
Android VPN Reviews
NordVPN is our VPN of choice, offering an app for Android in addition to others for macOS, Windows and iOS. Like the other services here, one subscription will let you use NordVPN on all of those devices rather than limiting you to just one. In fact, you can have six devices connected to the service at the same time.
The company keeps no logs at all, so it has no record of when you used it or how long for. Combined with its good-value pricing, ease of use and loads of servers to choose between, it makes this one of the best choices for Android too.
Talking of servers, there are more than 4,000 servers across 60 countries and - in our tests - they were all nice and speedy.
The cheapest plan is the 3-year plan, which is billed every three years and works out at around £2/US$2.75 per month.
Additional options include the one month plan for $11.95/£9.29, the 6 months plan for $9/£7 per month or the one year plan for $6.99/£5.43 per month.
You can also read our full review of NordVPN.
PureVPN is another one of our favourites.
It has a huge number of servers available across 141 countries, and it recently updated its logging policy so that nothing is recorded or stored whatsoever. It's based in Hong Kong, which is outside of the group of 14 countries which share data with each other.
PureVPN's Android app is smart, letting you choose the purpose of your VPN usage and tailoring the connection to match. For example, you could pick 'stream', 'internet freedom' or 'security / privacy'. Your choice determines which server is used and this ensures you get the best service for what you're trying to do, and we found it worked well with Netflix, too.
You'll need to sign up to one of PureVPN's subscription packages in order to use the Android app. You can pay as little as $1.95/£1.50 per mont if you choose the three year package, or $11/£8.30 if you choose the monthly package. There's also a 7-day money-back guarantee.
Read more in our full PureVPN review.
Another top choice is ExpressVPN, which offers apps for all operating systems, including Android.
It offers over 2000 servers in 148 locations across 94 countries, so you should be able to pick the region you require.
You can save your favourite locations for quicker connection, or let the app's 'Smart Location' feature find the best connection for your needs.
You'll need to sign up for an ExpressVPN subscription of your choice, then download and install the Android app to your phone or tablet to begin browsing the web freely and safely.
Choose between a monthly subscription that'll cost you $12.95/£10, a 15-month subscription that will cost you $6.67/£4.90 per month or a 6-month subscription at $9.99/£7.50 per month. You can sign up here. Each option has a 30-day money back guarantee.
Find out more in our full ExpressVPN review here.
GooseVPN is really easy to use. It's aimed at beginners, and offers a low-cost £2.99 / $2.99 option available for light users.
Choose your country, and GooseVPN will help you find the most appropriate server. There are 77 server locations across 27 countries. We had no problems connecting to streaming services such as Netflix.
In addition to its Android app, GooseVPN is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Android TV and other devices.
In addition to its cheapest package, you can get GooseVPN unlimited for a year for £4.99/$4.99 per month. A monthly plan - i.e. no contract - comes in at £12.99/$12.99.
You can also read our full GooseVPN review here.
TunnelBear is a fun VPN. It's simple and intuitive, offering the features you need without overburdening you with options and choices.
It's well-suited to web browsing, with quick connections and we also experienced no trouble connecting to streaming services.
The downside is that you don't get multiple servers per country with TunnelBear and there are only 22 countries available. If a country's server is at capacity, you may see reduced speeds. It's also based in Canada which may put off some serious privacy advocates.
There is a limited free version available, but you'll probably want to go for the monthly option which costs £7.35/$9.99, or the well-priced yearly option that'll cost you $59.88 for 12 months, which works out at £3.65/$4.99 per month.
You can connect with five devices at once, and that includes your Android phone or tablet.
Find out more in our TunnelBear review.