10 Android VPNs compared · Jan 2017

Android smartphones like the Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, Motorola Moto, etc can all run a VPN client easily, without the need to root the underlying OS. VPNs support one or more major versions of Android releases.

Android 5.0 or 5.1 (Lollipop) is the most popular version and compatible with almost all VPN services. Android 4.4 (KitKat) is also popular, so we show it in the compatibility list below. Android 4.3/4.2/4.1 (Jelly Bean) owners should find VPNs work but take advantage of the moneyback guarantee if the app doesn't behave itself. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) support is more limited and 2.3 (Gingerbread) or 2.2 (Froyo) owners should upgrade before using a VPN.

More modern releases such as 6.0 (Marshmallow) and 7.0 (Nougat) should have no problem with these VPNs.

#1 ExpressVPN

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

100%
coverage rating

Value

84%
value rating

High speed, ultra secure, and easy to use - ExpressVPN describes itself as the fastest VPN on Earth. Watch video from anywhere, unblock websites and regain your online privacy. Setup is easy, whether …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 87 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#2 Private Internet Access

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

Value

74%
value rating

I first joined PIA back in 2012 and was a long-standing customer for many years. The service is simple, straightforward and reliable. The VPN client has come on great and minor bugs were smoothed out …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#3 VPN.ac

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

65%
coverage rating

Value

73%
value rating

VPN.ac focusses on security, speed and reliability developed by a team of security professionals, and skilled support staff with fast replies. Servers are pen-tested and audited for security. Each pla…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#4 LiquidVPN

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Value

72%
value rating

This is the Road Warrior plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#5 LiquidVPN

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Value

72%
value rating

This is the Ultimate plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#6 LiquidVPN

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Value

72%
value rating

This is the Sidekick plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#7 IPVanish

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

Value

72%
value rating

IPVanish is designed to be 'the world's fastest VPN', as well as circumventing censorship filters (by employers, universities or governments) and boasts an impressive number of servers and shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 60 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#8 StrongVPN

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

86%
coverage rating

Value

67%
value rating

StrongVPN, despite the name, is a 'jack of all trades' VPN which promotes security, privacy, speed and ease of use. They have thousands of customer testimonials, even from China, which is promising. …

Things we like...
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
  • VPN settings can trade security for speed
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#9 NordVPN

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

76%
coverage rating

Value

65%
value rating

NordVPN is one of the few 'advanced' VPNs which can back up their claims by using exclusive double data encryption. The DoubleVPN encryption system uses a two-node server link with dual 256-bit AES CB…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 57 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#10 Hide My Ass!

4.4 KitKat

4.4 KitKat

5.0/5.1 Lollipop

5.* Lollipop

6.0 Marsh-mallow

?
6.0 Marsh-mallow

7.0 Nougat

?
7.0 Nougat

Compatibility

62%
coverage rating

Value

62%
value rating

HMA is one of the most popular VPN brands out there, but I can't see what all the excitement is about. Yes it is easy to use and provides good support for mobile devices, but I wasn't impressed with t…

Things we like...
  • 190 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
Look out for...
  • Operated from UK (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

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