Android is one of the go-to platforms for Kodi users looking to set up a fully-fledged TV box with all the bells and whistles Kodi has to offer. Taking streaming experience to a new level, Android is ubiquitous, developer-friendly and versatile. It means Kodi on Android enjoys a lot more addons than on the rest of the supported platforms, with Windows closely following suit.

But Android is not without its flaws, most of which revolve around security vulnerabilities. That, and the fact that lawmakers increasingly target Kodi streaming, means you need a good VPN to watch your back while you stream. Without further ado, here are my top picks of free VPNs for Android.


1. TunnelBear

TunnelBear’s Android app is ideal for noobs – it’s simple and robust. Its free plan may not be overly generous at 500MB per month, but a no-logs policy and a network of 900 servers in 22 countries might tempt you into subscribing. And if you tweet or share the news on Facebook, the provider lets you expand your free data allowance by up to 5GB. Its Windows client is easy to use and comes with OpenVPN and 256-bit encryption.

Pros:

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    Up to 5GB/mo for free
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    No logs
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    A sleek Android app, 256-bit encryption
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    Reasonable speeds

Cons:

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    P2P is not allowed
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    Canada-based
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    Check for DNS leaks

2. Windscribe

Windscribe’s free Android app bundles 10GB/month at no cost, which is a generous offer. With access to servers in the UK, US, Canada, and eight countries more, Windscribe’s free plan is something you can actually try for Kodi streaming. No simultaneous connections are allowed in the free plan, but if you want more, its premium plans are wallet-friendly.

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    10GB/mo for free
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    Top-tier privacy
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    Intuitive
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    11 server locations in the free plan

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    Mediocre speeds
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    Canada-based

3. ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN’s free Android app is a sleek, powerful client that comes with no bandwidth limits, ads, or shady data selling behind-the-scenes. It works with IKEv2, which allows it to maintain fairly decent speeds, but its free version is limited to VPN servers in three countries only. The app comes with a kill switch, DNS leak protection, Perfect Forward Secrecy and an ability to create custom profiles.

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    No bandwidth limitations
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    Excellent security specs
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    Robust app

Cons:

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    Limited to servers in three countries

4. Finch VPN

Finch might not boast a large network with only 50 servers in 20 countries, but it has a free plan with 3GB monthly data allowance (and all it requires is your email to sign up). Its Android app supports PPTP and OpenVPN and encrypts your traffic with Blowfish 160-bit encryption. Its free plan comes with a limited number of servers, and speeds may vary, but you are not going to stream the entirety of the Game of Thrones with 3GB anyway.

Pros:

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    Malaysian provider
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    3GB/mo for free
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    $1/1 week trial
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    Fairly decent speeds
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    Anti-DPI protection
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    Allows P2P

Cons:

  • No refund in paid plans
  • May leak DNS
  • Stores connection logs



5. Hide.me

Hide.me runs VPN servers in more than 30 locations, but you only get servers in Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore in its free plan. On the bright side, it comes with 2GB data cap per month. Its free Android app does not require registration and offers fairly decent download speeds, supporting IKEv2 protocol and auto-reconnect.

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    Robust security, Malaysia-based
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    No logs
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    2GB/mo for free
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    Decent speeds

Cons:

  • No free servers in the US or UK