If you are looking for free VPN apps for your Android phone, you must be aware of how limited options are there. Most of the services offer only a free trial for a few days and also ask for your card details, so you cannot use them forever without buying a plan. Anyways, buying a premium VPN plan is always a good move, but if you are still not sure to spend that kind of money, you can go ahead with free ones. Don’t worry, here we have the list of some best VPN apps for your Android that are absolutely free.

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Best Free VPN for Android in 2021

These are some free VPN apps that you can use, however, you will have to bear some ads in some of these. These are basically the limited free versions of premium services, so they have ads and if you don’t want ads, go buy a plan.

1. Turbo VPN

This one VPN app I find works just fine and the best thing about it- you won’t even need to sign up on this app. All you need to do is just connect your network to a VPN and start browsing. Here’s how you can use Turbo VPN for free:

1. Download the Turbo VPN app on your smartphone. The app also has a lite version for low storage phones, which also works just fine.

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2. After installing, open it and close the signup window by tapping the x sign.

3. It will then take you to the connection page, where you can tap “Tap to Connect”, then Ok on confirmation pop-up and that’s it.

You will be connected to most probably the US server (especially if you are in India) and there are some other free locations available. You can change by tapping on the globe icon.

This app also shows ads whenever you connect to a VPN and you can avoid these ads by signing up and buying a plan.

2. Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield is yet another free VPN app that you can use without even signing up. The app will first ask you to buy a membership plan but if you ignore this and want to continue with ads and slow speeds, then you can use this basic free plan.

1. Download the app on your phone and install it.

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2. After installing open the app and slide to the left until you see this option- “Use with Ads and Limits”.

3. Tap on it and it will take you to the connection page.

4. You will then have to watch an ad to earn 15 minutes of browsing time.

5. After the ad closes, tap on the Power icon to connect your network to VPN.

You can again watch an ad, which is usually 15 seconds long and you can increase your time by another 15 minutes. The good thing about this time limit is when you stop and exit the VPN, the timer stops and you can start from where you left.

3. Proton VPN

Proton VPN is another free VPN app that you can use on your phone. However, it requires signup but not any card details. It is also very easy to set up and use. All you need to do is just create an account and start using the free services. The overall performance is average, and the speed can sometimes turn out to cause an issue. Here’s how to use it:

1. Download and install the app on your phone.

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2. Open it and click on “Create a new account”.

3. Click on Sign up and then select the “Free” plan.

4. After that, enter a username and set a password, and enter your email address.

5. Login with your credentials once the account is set up by entering the OTP via email.

After that, it will show you a list of its servers, from where you can select one, tap on “Connect” to start using the VPN.

With the free plan of Proton VPN, you will have access to five servers in three countries: Netherlands, Japan, and the US. However, you can connect multiple devices at once.

4. Windscribe VPN

Windscribe is one of the best Free VPN apps I come across recently. The app offers 10GB of free data per month with unlimited connections. Moreover, it has servers in over 10 locations. And as I mentioned above, this app also doesn’t need your credit card details in order to sign up. You can even use it without creating an account.

1. Download and install the app on your phone.

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2. Open it and tap on “Get Started”.

3. It will then show you the list of its servers, tap on the Power icon to connect.

4. Tap Ok on the confirmation pop-up and that’s it.

The app mostly has the US and Canada-based servers. You can sign up on the app to view your account details by choosing a username and password. Providing an email id is also not mandatory.

5. Speedify

Speedify is one such free app that offers a good VPN connection across its servers, and without compromising on your security. The app offers 10GB of free data every month when you sign up. Again, this app also doesn’t ask for card details.

1. Download and install the app on your phone.

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2. Open the app and scroll the pages until you see “Use Limited Free Version”. Tap on it.

3. It will take you to the connection page, where you can tap on your mobile network name to connect to a VPN.

If you want to change your location, you can tap on the “Connected” bar and then select from the given locations. The app offers free VPN from servers in countries like India, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, etc.

You have 2 GB of free plan data and you can get 10GB if you signup. Please note you’ll have to use your monthly data quota within the 1 month period, and it will not be carried forward. Also, you can see your account statistics after signup.

6. Bonus: Surfshark

Wait! Before you go start using one of the services from our list of the best free VPN apps, you should know that a paid VPN service can also cost as low as Rs. 180 per month. Not to mention, the paid version will give you much better features and protection.

Surfshark is one such paid VPN service that is offering its plans at a very big discount. If you purchase their yearly plan for two years, it will just cost you Rs. 180 per month, and that’s really a very good deal, considering that their monthly premium plan starts at Rs. 947 per month.

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These were some of the best free VPN services for your Android smartphone. Some other such free apps that you can try are TunnelBear, hide.me, PrivateVPN, etc.

What are the limitations of a free VPN?

Free VPNs are actually limited versions of premium services, so they come with some limitations. These services are designed to offer a free trial and then encourage users to upgrade to premium. So limitations of free VPN can be slow speeds, limited data and bandwidth, and even a limited period of unrestricted usage. 

VPNs offer fewer free servers.

Moreover, when you are using a free service, you will have access to very few servers. So if you want the best servers with the best speeds, we’d recommend you to sign up for a paid provider, and if you want to save some money, we have already recommended Surfshark.

Is a free VPN safe to use?

Some free VPN services are not safe to use, even some of the paid VPN services are also not that secure. Free VPN providers do offer you their service for free but they also have to make money, so they use some other ways.

Some free VPNs use relatively harmless methods, like ads, and those are safe to use. Some others are sometimes dangerous and may compromise your online privacy and security, or sell your personal data, and even push malware to your device.

So you might choose wisely when you’re using a free service.

Tell us in the comments which VPN app do you use on your Android? For more such listicles, stay tuned!

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Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.