Virtual private networks (VPNs) are one of the best security tools for Internet users, especially in these difficult times. You can use them for more security and privacy and to browse otherwise poor-quality public Wi-Fi. They can also be used to bypass firewalls, and the list of their uses is endless. Whatever the reason, VPNs are powerful and popular tools. Here are the best VPN apps for iOS and Android.
ProtonVPN is the perfect app when it comes to VPN applications. It has all the desirable features. The app has unlimited usage, a number of servers in different countries and a strong no-logging policy. It is one of the best apps for those who care about privacy.
The free version is excellent and should be enough for most people, but you can also opt for a monthly or annual subscription. These increase the speed, number of servers available, number of devices and even Tor support. They are also top-notch in terms of privacy and are among our recommendations.
Proton VPN: Private, Secure
Company: Proton Technologies AG
Windscribe VPN is an above-average VPN application, with a decent free version with a data limit of 15 GB per month. This capacity is more than enough for public Wi-Fi and airport connections. As expected, the pro version removes the limitation. Other features include a strict no-logging policy and the usual VPN encryption goodness.
The premium version has no data limit, unlimited connections and servers in 63 countries. It works flawlessly in our tests and most of the reviews on Google Play are positive.
Another unique feature of Windscribe is that you can build your own plan by simply paying $1 per month per location. If you add an extra dollar for unlimited data, this option is very economical if you don't need to change locations often.
Atlas VPN is a solid VPN that works quite well. Most people use it to bypass regional streaming restrictions and it seems to work pretty well for that sort of thing. The app has servers all over the world, so you can choose the one you like best. It also has a simple and friendly user interface, along with a safe browsing feature and a kill switch that turns things off when the Internet is unavailable. The company has a no-registration policy for better user protection and privacy. It no longer has a free trial, but you can get a 30-day money back guarantee.
Atlas VPN: Secure & Fast Proxy
Company: peakstar technologies Inc.
Betternet is one of the most decent VPN applications. Speeds are fair. It maintains its free model by displaying video ads and sponsored apps. There is also a premium version. They are very transparent about how they make money and their policies. It's refreshing. They also have a simple one-touch interface.
Paying for premium access gives you access to more locations, no ads, faster speeds, enhanced support and support for up to five devices.
Betternet VPN - Hotspot Proxy
Company: Betternet LLC
CyberGhost is one of the most popular VPN services, as it offers a no logging policy, best performing servers and access to more than 8,000 servers worldwide. You can also enjoy up to seven simultaneous connections from devices and applications for all major platforms.
VPN by CyberGhost: Secure WiFi
Company: CyberGhost SA
ExpressVPN is one of the most popular VPN services, and for good reason. It's a fast, stable and reliable VPN with many features: you get IP address masking, over 160 server locations in 94 countries, apps for all major platforms, 24-hour live chat support, high-security encryption and much more.
ExpressVPN: Fast VPN & Proxy
F-Secure's Freedome VPN has appeared and disappeared from this list many times over the years. Now, that doesn't seem to be the case. The app has everything you need in a VPN, including unlimited bandwidth, and a surprisingly reasonable price.
It should be adequate for most VPN use cases, from checking your bank account on public Wi-Fi to streaming Netflix. It has its ups and downs, but it's extremely reliable and the app works much better than it used to.
HotspotSield VPN may not be as popular anymore, but it has been in the game for a long time and was once one of the most popular services of its kind. It is known primarily for its easy-to-use user interface. You can easily select a location and tap a button to activate the VPN. There is also a free version to help you out.
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Company: AnchorFree GmbH
Mozilla VPN is from the same developer as Firefox (for those who don't already know). It started out with some major problems, but has turned out to be a pretty good VPN. The app includes WireGuard encryption, a strict do-not-log and do-not-track policy, and a quick one-touch activation button.
For $4.99 (if paid annually), it supports up to five devices, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited data. Mozilla is one of the most trusted companies on the Internet and their passion seems to have been poured into the Mozilla VPN. However, there are still some bugs that the developers need to fix, as the Play Store review points out.
NordVPN is one of the largest VPN services available, with over 5,000 servers in over 60 countries and pretty decent speeds. The app has the usual VPN features, including a quick connect button for easy and fast VPN access, a strict no logging policy, unlimited bandwidth (for premium accounts) and no regional restrictions.
You can also extend the service to native desktop apps, as well as VPN extensions for Firefox and Chrome. You can try the service for free for one week. After that, the prices get a bit higher. If you want to use the service long-term, you can save money by paying annually. NordVPN suffered a data breach in early 2019, but the problem seems to have been fixed now.
OpenVPN for Android
OpenVPN for Android is aimed at people who already have their own VPN server. The app itself is based on OpenVPN Connect, another free client with many of the same features. The interface is a bit friendlier than the official app. However, you have to learn how to configure it yourself. Thanks to this app, you will be able to orient yourself in a less confusing and more modular way.
OpenVPN for Android and OpenVPN Connect achieve the same goals in a similar way, and both are free, so you can't go wrong with either.
OpenVPN for Android
Signal Secure VPN
Signal Secure VPN (formerly VPN Robot) is another well-known VPN service. There are more than half a dozen countries to choose from. Their main selling point is that they don't require a username, login or account. However, we were unable to learn about their logging practices. For what it's worth, it is not available in China.
There is a free version with ads, but you can sign up for the premium version to remove ads. That takes away from its always-free tagline in the Google Play description, but the free version is still decent. The developer also has Snap VPN, which is believed to be the same app.
Signal Secure VPN
SurfEasy VPN is one of the most eye-catching VPN apps. It has a lot of desirable features and the app employs a strict no-logging policy. Plus, it's one of the few VPNs that explicitly supports torrenting: add 2,000 servers in 31 countries and you're dealing with a truly feature-packed VPN. The price is quite reasonable and there is a 14-day money back guarantee.
You've probably seen Surfshark VPN mentioned on many websites and YouTube videos. It's a top-notch service and has a lot to offer. Of course, you can use it for private browsing or to hide your location, but it also has cool features like ad blocking. Another great advantage is that you can connect an unlimited number of devices with a single account and the prices are very competitive.
Surfshark VPN - Private & Safe
Company: Surfshark B.V.
Thunder VPN is one of the most loved free VPN services. Despite being free, this VPN offers a no-logging policy, unlimited bandwidth, worldwide servers and no registration requirements. However, it offers few additional features.
TunnelBear VPN is one of the nicest VPN applications. It works like most VPN apps. You connect, it hides your location and your traffic, and that's it. If you tweet at work, the free version gives you 500MB or 1500MB per month. You can upgrade to unlimited for $9.99 a month or $59.88 a year.
The company has a no-logging policy, as well as 256-bit encryption, both fairly essential features. The free version is the best option if you just want to check your bank statements on a public Wi-Fi network. On the other hand, if you want to use it for streaming or other intensive tasks, the premium version might be a better option. It is one of the most popular VPNs for Android.
VyprVPN is another popular choice: with servers in more than 70 countries, the company also maintains its own hardware. Otherwise, it works as expected. You connect and then surf the net. You'll have to pay for one of the premium plans to get more than a few days of use. Luckily, it's unlimited and you have a no registration policy.
VyprVPN: Private & secure VPN
Company: Golden Frog, GmbH
VPNHub is one of the most recent VPN applications for mobiles. It has no bandwidth limitations, so you can basically do whatever you want. But you also have to pay for it, as it has one of the most expensive monthly fees on the list. The good news is that Android users have a free version and the basic functionality works very well. However, for the service to work on other devices and computers, a premium subscription is required.
It works like any other VPN. You choose the server and country you want, connect and get to work. It has servers, encryption and multiplatform support in 60 locations around the world.