VPNs are awesome tools that can be used for a variety of awesome purposes. They can be used to secure your Internet traffic from prying eyes, or they can be used to make servers think you’re in another country. The latter is especially useful for spoofing sites like Netflix and Hulu.
The phrase VPNs for smartphones is a little misleading, as technically any VPN can be used on a smartphone that supports VPN use. VPNs can be manually configured into your smartphone by just specifying the server and the login credentials.
However, this task can be a little bit daunting for those who aren’t particularly tech or VPN savvy. Therefore, we’ve decided to have a look at the top VPNs that offer smartphone apps that do the job for you. No configuration necessary except for directly entering your login credentials.
Regardless of whether you’re running iOS or Android, you’ll be able to get VPN support on your phone these days. The apps we’ll be looking at have excellent support for both platforms.
This list will be presented in no particular order, so keep that in mind as you’re looking through.
1. Private Internet Access
Price: $39.95/year with occasional special offers and discounts.
Private Internet Access, or PIA, has servers in a ton of countries, including the US. Not only that, you can run up to 5 devices simultaneously off of one PIA account. That’s pretty sweet for a VPN service.
PIA supports Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. The app is super intuitive and easy to use as well. Just sign in and you’re good to go.
Price: $6.67/month to $10/month for additional connected devices and other bonuses
VyprVPN has some fast speeds and allows up to 3 devices to log in at once. They also provide free cloud storage options for their paying customers and a three-day free trial to try it out.
Price: Free version or $50 per year
PureVPN has servers spread out across 140+ countries, enabling you to choose the one closest to you with ease. The free servers are not slow by design, but due to the heavy load of users they are quite slow, making upgrading worth it.
Price: Free for 500 MB per month. $7/month gets you unlimited use and up to 5 devices
TunnelBear used to be one of the go-to Android VPNs before the days that people are starting releasing VPN apps for smartphones and tablets. TunnelBear offers a no tracking promise and good encryption. They have servers in 15 countries. And it’s a bear. Bonus.
ExpressVPN has servers in more than 100 countries. They vow not to log your traffic or browsing activity. They have a 24-hour free trial to test their services. As a paid VPN, they are one of the more expensive options, so you may want to opt for paying for a whole year at once for a discount.
6. F-Secure Freedome VPN
Price: $36/year for one device. Additional fees apply for additional devices.
F-Secure has a decent range of servers in Europe, NA, and Asia. They have a simple and sleek-looking app as well for mobile devices. The app also simultaneously functions as an anti-virus software, protecting your device from threats.
Price: Free or $6.99 to 10.99/month for premium plans
CyberGhost is a VPN and ad blocker all rolled into one. Additionally, the app takes advantage of data compression technology to help you save on your mobile data. It also helps to secure your privacy by forcing HTTPS connections. The free version includes the VPN only, while the paid versions include additional virus and tracking protection.
Price: 7 euro/month or 54 euro/year
AirVPN offers no logging, dynamic port forwarding, and the ability to view real-time server and user stats. They’re a bit technical, but the setup tends to be easy enough. Their website has guides to get you started. The customization may, however, overwhelm the average user. They’re a little expensive as well, which may turn off some.
Price: $10/month or $77.99/year
IPVanish has been advertised and featured all over the US in magazines and tech websites. They boast super-fast connections and a top-tier network consisting of 40,000 IPs on more than 400 servers across 60 countries.
Price: $4.68/month for servers in US, Canada, Netherlands, and the UK. And, $16.95/month for servers in more than 21 countries
StrongVPN is one of the oldest, having been providing VPN service since 1995. These days, their focus has even been turned to the mobile market, creating some simple apps for connecting to your mobile device. Their encryption is top-notch while their server selection isn’t. It also seems as if their speed has been decreasing recently.