As the internet is becoming more & more vulnerable, people are now concerned about their privacy. Many companies and governments might be monitoring your online activity when you’re browsing or using an app. That’s why it becomes essential to use a good VPN app on mobile.

In the Play Store, you will find tons of free VPN apps. However, it comes with many limitations. For example, you would see annoying ads, limited data, slow internet speed, or in the worst case selling your browsing data to third parties. So after testing many free VPN apps, I’ve created this list of the top free VPNs for Android in 2021, based on speed, security, and performance.

And if you are also an iPhone or iPad user, then I would recommend you to check – 8 Best VPN Apps (iPhone/iPad)

Note: All the apps are in random order so you can choose any VPN app as per your requirement.

8 Best Free VPN Apps for Android (2021)

  1. TunnelBear
  2. Avira Phantom VPN
  3. Hide.me VPN
  4. Windscribe VPN
  5. Kaspersky VPN
  6. Proton VPN
  7. Speedify VPN
  8. Hotspot Shield VPN

1. TunnelBear: Secure VPN

TunnelBear (Android)
SizeVaries with device
Downloads10M+
Ratings4.3
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginCanada
Cross-PlatformiOS, Windows, Mac, Browser

TunnelBear by McAfee is one of the best VPNs for Android that will protect your online privacy and help you access restricted websites and apps securely. There are many VPN apps in Play Store which offer completely free or paid VPN services, but with free service, you get only limited country access. Whereas TunnelBear offers a free 500 MB of data usage per month with access to many countries like the United States, United Kingdom, India, Australia, and many others along with fast internet speed.

And if you run out of usage limit, then you can either wait for next month’s renewal or get free 1000 MB data by installing TunnelBear on PC or Mac, inviting a friend, or tweet about TunnelBear.

The best part about the TunnelBear is despite being a free VPN, it doesn’t come with annoying ads and uses strong AES-256 bit encryption to make sure your online activity is safe from hackers, ISPs, and advertisers.

You can also upgrade to their unlimited VPN plans (Price starts at $4.99/month for 1 year) where you get features like (depending on the plans):

  • Unlimited secure browsing
  • 5 connected devices
  • Priority customer service
  • Dedicated account manager
  • Centralized team billing and management

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2. Avira Phantom VPN

Avira Phantom VPN for Android
Size50 MB
Downloads1M+
Ratings4.4
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginGermany
Cross-PlatformiOS, Windows, Mac

Avira Phantom VPN is another best free Android VPN app in the Play Store. The app’s interface is very clean and easy to use. You don’t require sign-up to use Phantom VPN. Just choose the location you want to connect and with one tap you can start browsing anonymously, unblock geo-restricted websites and protect your data.

Also, Avira Phantom VPN has a strict no-logging policy that means your data or browsing history will not be saved on their server or sold to third-party companies. Furthermore, you also get a fast virtual private network so whether you are downloading a file or just surfing the web, your speed won’t be affected much.

The only downside of this app is you only get 500 MB of data per month and there is no option to get free data like with the TunnelBear app. However, you can upgrade to Avira Phantom VPN Pro for unlimited data that starts at $5.99/month.

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3. Hide.me VPN

Hide.me VPN (Android)
SizeVaries with device
Downloads1M+
Ratings4.5
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginMalaysia
Cross-PlatformiOS, Windows, Mac,
Linux, Browser

If you are looking for an unlimited free VPN service, then Hide.me is one of the best Android VPNs in the market. The app comes with no ads, and the UI makes the app easy to use. All you have to do is create an account and with one tap you will be able to browse the internet privately.

The app also does not store logs of your online activity, unlike other free Android VPN apps in the Play Store. In addition to that, it can also encrypt your data while web browsing, especially when you are connected to public Wi-Fi.

On the other hand, you will find several server locations available, but you can’t choose any server in a free plan – the service will choose it for you automatically. This might make most of the users upset, but you can subscribe to their premium plan, which starts at $99.95/year that will unlock the following features:

  • 24/7 Premium Support
  • 10 devices at the same time
  • Over 1800 servers in 72 locations
  • Apps for all devices
  • Unlimited data transfer

4. Windscribe VPN

Windscribe VPN - Best Android VPN
SizeVaries with device
Downloads5M+
Ratings4.4
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginCanada
Cross-PlatformiOS, Windows, Mac,
Linux, Browser

Windcribe VPN is one of those apps that you just can not miss out on. First, the app is offering 2 GB of data per month compared to other free VPN for Android that mostly gives you between 500 MB to 1 GB of data. On top of that, if you register to Windscribe VPN, you will get 10 GB/month.

Second, you can either let the app choose the best and fastest server near your location or manually select locations. In the free plan, you can connect to many popular countries like the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and more.

Third, the app also has a strict no-logging policy so your data or browsing history won’t be saved into their servers, making it one of the best VPN apps for Android.

Fourth, it has a split tunneling feature that allows you to choose which apps to exclude or include from Windscribe when connected.

A few additional features of Windscribe VPN are:

  • Ad-free VPN
  • Always-on VPN
  • Auto-connect on boot
  • GPS Spoofing
  • Multiple languages

And like many virtual private networks, here also you need a paid plan for unlimited data and access to all locations. The price starts at $9 per month but you can bring it down to $4.08/month if you prepay for the entire year.

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5. Kaspersky VPN

Kaspersky VPN - Safest Free Android VPN
SizeVaries with device
Downloads1M+
Ratings4.4
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginSwitzerland
Cross-PlatformiOS, Windows, Mac

Kaspersky VPN is one of the safest free VPNs for Android tablets and phones. The app is very easy to use and with one tap your internet connection will be encrypted. You can then freely surf the internet without any worries about ISP or government agencies might be spying on you. Also, you don’t get any annoying ads even if it is a free VPN app.

The app also has many cool features to further protect your data, such as:

  • It will prompt you to turn on the VPN or connect automatically when your device gets connected to unsecured or public Wi-Fi.
  • It can ask or auto-connect to a virtual private network when you open selected websites & apps.
  • You also get the Kill Switch feature that can cut your internet connection entirely if your VPN connection drops.

There are few things that I don’t like about the Kaspersky VPN, such as instead of giving straight 6 GB data per month, it gives you 200 MB of data per day. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that bad considering some free VPN providers offer only 500 MB/month. But the thing is, 200 MB data will be instantly over even if someone is not a power user.

The second thing I didn’t like is despite having over 300 servers in 25+ countries, I can’t choose any server in the free plan. So basically the app will choose the best server for me. But all those limitations can be lifted by upgrading to the Premium plan, which starts at $4.99/month and $29.99/year ($2.5/month).

6. Proton VPN

Proton VPN - Free Unlimited VPN for Android
SizeVaries with device
Downloads1M+
Ratings4.2
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginSwitzerland
Cross-PlatformiOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

Proton VPN is another best free VPN for android. You can use the VPN as long as you want without worrying about the data limit. On top of that, it has no ads and also lets you choose between three locations that include the US, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Also, when you finished creating your account on Proton VPN, you will receive a 7-day free trial of the Proton VPN Plus plan. During this period, you will have access to all the Proton VPN servers and features.

Last but not least, it has a strict no-logging policy, so you don’t have to worry that your data will be sold to advertisers or companies. Although you are getting a VPN for free with unlimited data, it does reduces the speed during peak times. And like other virtual private networks, it also has paid plans that start at $4/month and go all the way to $24/month.

7. Speedify VPN – Fast & Reliable VPN

Speedify for Android
Size11 MB
Downloads5M+
Ratings4.2
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginUS
Cross-PlatformiOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

As the name suggests, Speedify is one of the fastest free VPNs for Android. You can choose a server from 30+ countries like India, Australia, France, Japan, Russia, United States, and more. So with that, you can any access any geo-restricted content from your Android device.

Furthermore, unlike other so-called free VPN services in the Play Store, it promises not to log your activities. On the other hand, you will get 2 GB of data per month, which I think would be sufficient for many users. If that’s not enough for you, then you can always upgrade to a paid plan that starts at $5.99/month if prepay for the entire year.

There is one feature that most of the free virtual private networks lack, i.e. torrenting. It has a dedicated option to connect to a torrent-friendly server, which makes Speedify one of the best free VPNs for torrenting.

8. Hotspot Shield – Free VPN Proxy & Secure VPN

Hotspot Shield
Size26 MB
Downloads100M+
Ratings4.1
PriceFree, In-App Purchase
OriginSwitzerland
Cross-PlatformiOS, Windows, Mac,
Linux, Browser

Hotspot Shield is the most popular & top free Android VPN in the Play Store but at the same time annoying too. The reason for that is instead of getting a fixed data per day or month, here you have to watch a short ad every time for using a VPN for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, you would be getting at least unlimited data usage in that duration at a speed of around 2 Mbps. Also, despite having VPN coverage from over 80 countries, you can’t select the server you want to connect to in the free plan. So the app will automatically connect to the server for you.

Other features of Hotspot Shield VPN are:

  • Auto-connect to VPN on Android startup, app launch, secured & unsecured Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.
  • Kill Switch feature to stop internet traffic if VPN disconnects unexpectedly.
  • Disable virtual private network when connecting to a trusted Wi-Fi network.
  • No-logging policy
  • Free P2P VPN support

The app also has premium plans that start at $7.99/month and go up to $11.99/month that help you get rid of ads, access to 80+ servers, high internet speed, and more. Overall Hotspot Shield is a good free VPN app despite having few flaws here & there.

What is VPN, and Why VPN is used?

VPN or Virtual Private Network is used to secure your smartphone, tablet, or PC network connection. With the help of a VPN, you can hide your real IP address and connect to any county’s server, which will also help you get access to any geo-restricted or blocked website.

Also, which site you are visiting or what you are doing on the internet can be seen or spied by your ISP, government agents, or advertisement companies, which indirectly puts your privacy at risk. So in this kind of scenario, VPN plays a major role.

How VPN works?

A VPN connects your internet connection to a specially configured remote server run by a VPN host. It then hides your real IP address, which becomes hard for anyone to track your location. Furthermore, it also protects you against external attacks. That’s because only you can access the data in the encrypted tunnel and nobody else can because they don’t have the key.

Are Free VPNs safe?

Yes, and No. Many VPN services genuinely secure your network connection and also have a strict no-logging policy. Using one of the VPN apps listed above is probably safe, although I can’t make any guarantees. However, there are few sketchy VPN providers that say they don’t keep logs but end up storing or selling your logs to third parties, which defeats the whole purpose of using a VPN to stay anonymous. So make sure to check the review of that product online before downloading any free VPN app on mobile.

Which platforms do free VPNs support?

In addition to Android, all the free VPNs on this list also support Windows, Mac, and iOS devices. Some even have extensions for various browsers, including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera.

Can I use a free VPN for Netflix?

Of course, you can. But there will be few drawbacks when using a free VPN app. Such as most of the free VPN services come with limited data, so it will not take much time to run out of data.

Besides, some free VPNs will not even allow you to select a location manually, so if you want to watch any web series or movies that are exclusive to any country, then you won’t be able to watch. In this kind of scenario, free VPN providers like Windscribe VPN might be perfect as it offers a good amount of data and speed and also allows you to select locations manually from countries like the US, Canada, Hong Kong, etc.

But keep in mind, Netflix doesn’t like it when people visit its website/app via a VPN. Therefore, it constantly blocks VPN servers once it identifies them. So whether you are using a free or paid VPN app, this may or may not work.

Will a free VPN keep me safe on public networks?

Yes, whether you are using a free or paid VPN, your connection will be secure. And like I mentioned above, it does by hiding your real IP address and encrypting your network connection. But just make sure the VPN service you are using has a strict no-logging policy or else what’s the point of using a VPN.

Free vs Paid VPN: Which one should I go for?

If you are a light user who just wants to use a VPN for visiting geo-restricted sites, blocked websites, or using public Wi-Fi, then the free Android VPN app would be more than enough.

On the other hand, if you are a heavy user who wants to watch online videos or movies, regularly download stuff from the internet, and keep your internet connection secure & private, then a paid VPN would be the best choice.

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