Best VPN ser­vices

Surf the web anony­mously and get ac­cess to US Net­flix in the UK on your An­droid phone or tablet.

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If you want to surf the web pri­vately and se­curely, even when you’re out and about con­nect­ing to pub­lic Wi-Fi, a VPN (vir­tual pri­vate net­work) is what you’re look­ing for. You can also use it to ac­cess blocked con­tent such as the Amer­i­can ver­sion of Net­flix. If you’re look­ing to do so on your An­droid phone or tablet, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of great VPN apps for An­droid.

Please note that it is against Net­flix and other blocked con­tent’s terms and con­di­tions to ac­cess them us­ing a VPN, so you do so at your own risk.

1. PureVPN Price: From $2.95 (£2.30) per month from fave.co/2pY­jebX

PureVPN is our favourite VPN right now, and we’re pleased to re­port that it’s great on An­droid too. 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 to suit what­ever pri­or­i­ties you may have, and it works well with Net­flix, too. PureVPN’s An­droid app is also 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 $2.95 if you choose the 24-month pack­age at time of writ­ing, or $11 (£8.50) if you choose the monthly pack­age. There’s also a seven-day money-back guar­an­tee.

2. NordVPN Price: $3.29 (£2.50) per month from fave.co/2vfaqTt

NordVPN of­fers an ap­pli­ca­tion for An­droid , in ad­di­tion to those for Mac, PC and iOS, and like the

other ser­vices here, one sub­scrip­tion will let you use the ap­pli­ca­tion on all of those de­vices rather than lim­it­ing you to one.

The provider 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.

3. Cy­berGhost Price: From £3.74 per month from tinyurl.com/ycj3z4sb

Also one of our favourite VPNs, Cy­berGhost is a breeze to in­stall on An­droid. You’ll get seven days

of the Pre­mium ser­vice for free, too. There are some things miss­ing from the An­droid ver­sion though, in­clud­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties cov­er­ing anony­mous tor­rent­ing and ba­sic web­site un­block­ing that you’ll find on the desk­top ver­sion.

The down­side is that Cy­berGhost had some is­sues ac­cess­ing Net­flix dur­ing our test­ing. It is con­tin­u­ously work­ing to add new servers as its cur­rent ones be­come blocked though, and the same can be said for all other VPN providers, too.

4. IPVan­ish Price: $6.49 (£5) per month from fave.co/2vfaVwG

IPVan­ish comes with a seven-day guar­an­tee you can try it out and see how much you like it. Prices start at $6.49 per month, but you’ll only get ac­cess

to servers in just over 60 coun­tries. That said, you are very un­likely to need more than that, and this pack­age is know to be speedy and very se­cure. Plus, you can have five si­mul­ta­ne­ous con­nec­tions on mul­ti­ple de­vices.

5. Ex­pressVPN Price: $8.32 (£6.40) per month from fave.co/2wpcxm3

Pop­u­lar VPN op­tion Ex­pressVPN of­fers apps for all op­er­at­ing sys­tems, in­clud­ing An­droid. The app opens up the web to get around fire­walls and cen­sor­ship, and also pro­vides pro­tec­tion from hack­ers and snoops who could be spy­ing on you whilst you’re con­nected to a pub­lic net­work.

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 safely. Choose be­tween a monthly sub­scrip­tion that will cost you $12.95 (£9.90) per month, a 12-month sub­scrip­tion that will cost you $8.32 per month or a six-month sub­scrip­tion at $9.99 (£7.65) per month. Each op­tion has a 30-day money back guar­an­tee.

6. Tun­nelBear VPN Price: Free op­tion avail­able, $4.99 (£3.82) per month from fave.co/2vf81It

Our last op­tion is Tun­nelBear, which has a very lim­ited free op­tion in ad­di­tion to a monthly op­tion or a well priced yearly op­tion that will cost you $59.88 (£45.95) for 12 months. You can con­nect with five de­vices at once, and that in­cludes your An­droid phone or tablet.

NordVPN

Tun­nelBear VPN

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