Best Android VPN for 2021

Looking for a VPN to use on your Android phone or tablet? You've come to the right place. For many of us, working remotely has become the new norm -- which is why using a VPN to secure your privacy online is more important than ever. And I have good news for Android users: VPNs are no longer the exclusive domain of bulky desktop clients and bloated software. It's now possible to find a number of VPNs that are lightweight, easy to use and optimized for mobile.

The download rate of mobile VPN apps has been growing fast. More than 480 million mobile VPN apps were downloaded around the world in the last 12 months, according to a report from research firm Top10VPN, 54% more than the year before. Approximately 75% of those downloads were via an Android phone or another Android device.

While free services accounted for 84% of all mobile VPN downloads, we recommend avoiding free VPN apps and going with a paid VPN whenever possible. That means getting your money's worth out of a glitch-free, secure VPN app for Android. We regularly test and review our featured VPN apps, so be sure to check back here in the future as we update our list.

While our directory of the best VPN services ranks these apps and others by how well they held up during our testing and review process, this list focuses specifically on the mobile offerings of each VPN provider. Each Android VPN app listed here has a cost -- there isn't a free VPN service included. That just means you're going to be paying for connection speed and a secure virtual private network, which is essential on an Android phone, Android tablet or other mobile device. Here are the best Android VPN options we've tested so far this year.

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