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Free VPN for Android — online privacy when on the go
It’s great to see public Wi-Fi hotspots popping up at an increasing number of places. It means you can go online more frequently and at no cost when on the move, saving you your precious data allowance. Whether on the train, at the airport, or at hotels, cafés, or in public places — mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are often the number one choice to access open Wi-Fi hotspots. However, these Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured and transmit data unencrypted, allowing cybercriminals on the same network to intercept or manipulate this data, such as through a man-in-the-middle attack.
That’s a risk, particularly when you’re entering sensitive information, such as your credit card information or banking details, when banking or shopping online. With our free VPN for Android you can encrypt online data traffic on your smartphone or tablet, protecting your sensitive information and email communications, plus mask your IP address and surf anonymously.
How does Avira Phantom VPN for Android work?
The mobile VPN (short for virtual private network) app creates a virtual tunnel between your Android device and one of our VPN servers, through which the data is transmitted in an encrypted form. The VPN server also assigns your smartphone or tablet a different IP address and, in doing so, a new virtual location so your online activities cannot be traced back to you and advertisers cannot create user profiles of you. Check out our blogpost to learn more about how a VPN works.
What are the benefits of using a VPN for Android?
By downloading our free VPN app, you can strengthen your online privacy on your Android smartphone or tablet and surf more securely and anonymously on the go. Thanks to Avira Phantom VPN for Android, you can:
- Protect your data traffic on unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots: Thanks to the VPN, your data is transmitted in an encrypted form using bank-grade security so you can prevent cybercriminals from accessing it.
- Access your favorite services more securely on the move: Avira Phantom VPN offers many benefits, including allowing you to stream apps and media libraries just as you would at home.
- Access VPN servers in 37 countries: Choose between 1,400 servers around the world, including in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.
Is Avira Phantom VPN for Android compatible with my device?
Got a smartphone or tablet running Android 6 or higher? Great, then there’s nothing preventing you from downloading our free VPN for Android. Our VPN app is compatible with all current smartphones and tablets from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Sony, HTC, Xiaomi, Oppo, and many others.. Simply visit theGoogle Play Store to download the VPN app for Android for free.
Avira Phantom VPN is available as a free download for the following operating systems:
- Android 6.0 – 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), October 2015
- Android 7.0 & 7.1 – 7.1.2 (Nougat), August 2016 & October 2016
- Android 8.0 & 8.1 (Oreo), August 2017 & December 2017
- Android 9 (Pie), August 2018
- Android 10, September 2019
- Android 11, September 2020
- Android 12 & 12L/12.1, October 2021 & March 2022
- Android 13, August 2022
- Android 14, September 2023
How do I use the free Android VPN on my smartphone or tablet?
After installing Avira Phantom VPN on your Android device, simply open the app, choose your desired virtual location, and start the VPN with a single tap. From that point on, you’ll be surfing like a phantom and leaving no traces on the internet. Our free VPN app gives you 500 MB per month of data. If you register for a free My Avira Account you can up this limit to 1 GB. And if that’s still not enough, you can always switch to Avira Phantom VPN Pro for unlimited anonymous surfing (via an in-app purchase).
If you’d like virus protection, additional security functions, and various tune-up features on your Android device in addition to the free VPN, download our all-in-one app Avira Antivirus Security for Android.
FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions
Avira Phantom VPN for Android is really easy to use. Simply download the VPN app from Google Play and open it once installed. Then select the virtual location you want to use, and turn on the VPN. All the data you send and receive on your Android smartphone or tablet will then be encrypted, and your IP address will be concealed so you can surf securely and anonymously.
You should use a VPN, such as Avira Phantom VPN, on your Android device to protect your sensitive data from cybercriminals and mask your online activities. The free VPN app for Android encrypts everything you send and receive using bank-grade security, assigning you a new virtual location by changing your Android device’s IP address. This means you can surf securely and anonymously, and all your data is better protected on public Wi-Fi hotspots. That’s critical especially since these open networks are usually unsecured, often transmitting your data unencrypted, making it easy for hackers to intercept it.
We do not track the websites you visit nor any info that can link activities back to you.
We do measure how much traffic is consumed, and collect some diagnostic data (e.g. bugs), which you can disable from within the product.
To calculate our costs for hosting the infrastructure.
Think of it as a secure piping service: we offer the infrastructure (“VPN tunnels”), you decide how you use it (streaming, shopping, gaming, etc.), and all we know is how much volume flows through it.
Avira Phantom VPN uses AES 256 (Advanced Encryption Standard), which is currently the global norm. This is a symmetric encryption scheme that’s one of the most widely used and secure encryption methods. The number 256 refers to the key length in bits. The higher the number, the more possible combinations of digits there are — in this case 2^256. In the USA, for example, AES 256 is approved for government documents with the highest level of secrecy.