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 5,600 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 £2.29/US$2.99 per month.
You can also read our full review of NordVPN.
Read our full NordVPN review
Another top choice is ExpressVPN, which offers apps for all operating systems, including Android.
It offers over 3,000 servers 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.
The cheapest option is $6.67/£5 per month for 15 months, charged upfront, but there are alternatives if you don't want to commit right away. You can sign up here.
Read our full ExpressVPN review
PureVPN is another one of our favourites.
It has more than 2,000 servers available across 141 countries, and records no logs 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. The cheapest is £2.60/$3.33 per month iyou opt for the one year package.
Read our full PureVPN review
One of the cheapest VPNs around is CyberGhost, and it's great for newbies, too. Its Android app is easy to use, as are the apps available for other devices. You can connect via up to seven devices at once.
There are more than 3,500 servers to choose from across almost 60 countries, and we found that it works with streaming services without a hitch during our testing.
The cheapest option is £2.10/$2.75 per month if you're willing to commit to three years. You can see the latest deals and sign up on the CyberGhost website.
Read our full CyberGhost review
New to the market but going straight in at number five in our charts is the intuitive, nicely designed and super cheap VPN Surfshark.
It doesn't have quite as many servers as some rivals yet, at 800 across 50 countries, but it worked well in our testing and offers unlimited simultaneous connections.
The apps are easy to use and at just £153/$1.99 per month for the cheapest option, it's worth considering. Subscribe on the Surfshark website here.
Read our full Surfshark review
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 two yearly option for £3.33/$4.17 per month.
You can connect with five devices at once, and that includes your Android phone or tablet.
Read our full TunnelBear review