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. It's against terms and conditions to do so, though, so you'll need to proceed at your own risk.
Android VPN App Reviews
NordVPN is our VPN of choice, offering an app for Android in addition to those for Mac, PC and iOS. Like the other services in this round-up, one subscription will let you use the application on all of those devices rather than limiting you to one.
The company tells us that it keeps no logs at all on its customers, so that combined with its competitive pricing and top security options makes this one of the most attractive offerings for internet users.
It's easy to set up and suitably speedy too, and offers more than 4,000 servers across 60 countries.
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 here.
Another of our VPN recommendations is ExpressVPN, which offers apps for all operating systems, including Android.
It offers servers in 148 locations across 94 countries, so you won't have any trouble connecting to 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 the home user rather than the serious privacy buff, with a cheap and cheerful £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 even KODI boxes.
In addition to its £2.99/$4 offering, you can get GooseVPN unlimited for a year for £4.99/$6.60 per month. A monthly plan comes in at £12.99/$17.20.
You can also read our full GooseVPN review here.
TunnelBear is a good choice. It's simple and intuitive, offering the features you need without overburdening you with options and choices.
It's suited to family browsing, with quick connections and no trouble connecting to streaming services.
The downside is that you won't get a choice of server via TunnelBear and there are only 22 countries available. 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.
PureVPN is another of the best VPN options for Android.
It has a huge number of servers available across 141 countries, and logging is restricted to just the time at which connections are made to keep privacy at the forefront of its service.
There are lots of features and modes available in PureVPN to suit whatever priorities you may have, and it works well with Netflix, too.
PureVPN's Android app is smart, letting you choose the purpose of your VPN usage and tailoring the connection to match.
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.
IPVanish is available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and with a 7-day guarantee you can try it out and see how much you like it.
There are more than 1,000 servers available across over 60 countries, and you can use one account to connect via up to 10 devices at once.
Prices start at £4.90/$6.49 per month, available to sign up for here.
Read our full IPVanish review here.