If you use an Android smartphone or tablet and don’t like the idea of your device or apps giving away your location information all the time, you might want to consider using a VPN or virtual private network. Will a VPN completely eliminate all your privacy concerns on your mobile device? Of course not. But the best Android VPN can give you device-wide protection so that Google can’t see your geographic location, your ISP can’t see your app usage or browsing activity, and owners of your other apps I won’t know what you’re doing outside their app. And that kind of protection is enough to keep you from being low-hanging fruit in an age of constant surveillance and rapidly growing data breaches.
According to the latest Android-specific trend reports AfL downloads accounted for roughly 75% of mobile VPN growth over the past few years. More than 480 million mobile VPN apps were downloaded worldwide in just 12 months between 2019 and 2020, according to research firm Top10VPN. This is about 54% more than a year ago. Although free services accounted for 84% of all mobile VPN downloads, we strongly recommend that you use a tried and true paid VPN and avoid using a free Android VPN whenever possible. It is not about promoting premium services; it’s about security. In the murky world of VPNs, you really do get what you pay for.
However, if you’re trying to save money or just need a temporary VPN on your Android device, we suggest you test one of Our recommended VPN providers with a 30-day money-back guarantee. While it’s not the same as a forever free VPN, most premium VPN providers are more than willing to provide you with a sample of their wares to prove that their service is worthy of a long-term subscription.
Below, you’ll find the best Android VPN options we’ve tested. While CNET’s directory of the best VPN services ranks these apps and others according to how well they stood up during the testing and evaluation process, this list of the best Android VPNs focuses specifically on each VPN service provider’s mobile offerings. CNET regularly tests and rates new VPN apps — so be sure to check back here to get up to speed when new contenders emerge.
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