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VPN Free - Betternet Hotspot VPN & Private Browser for Android

By Betternet Technologies Inc. Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Apr 13, 2018

Betternet's VPN for Android is quick to set up and promises a secure connection through public networks.


Free version: The free version of Betternet offers unlimited data, and Betternet is transparent about how it makes money from its free VPN, although it no longer displays the chart of monthly revenue and expenses it mentions on the page.

Pay and choose your region: For free accounts, the VPN service randomly assigns you to a server. With a paid subscription ($11.99 per month, $23.94 for six months, or $35.88 per year), you can select a server in one of 10 regions: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom, or the United States. Betternet offers a free seven-day trial to help you decide.

Speedy enough: Betternet's speeds can vary, because the service doesn't cap how many users can simultaneously connect to its free servers. But Betternet does have dedicated servers for subscribers and limits the users on those, so their connection rates can be quicker.


Suspect logging activity: The company says it does not collect, log, store, or share user data logs. Researchers and independent testing sites, however, see problems with Betternet's logging practices. For example, That One Privacy Site, an independent VPN testing site, has concerns about Betternet's logging practices and approach to privacy and security. That One Privacy Site also notes that Betternet does not use the open source OpenVPN to create secure connections. The only information we could find on the company's website about which VPN software and encryption tools it uses dates back to 2015.

CSIRO (short for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, an independent scientific research agency of the Australian Federal Government) found that Betternet had 14 third-party tracking libraries, the highest number of embedded tracking libraries of the 283 Android VPNs it examined. CSIRO also detected unusually high potential malware activity with Betternet's VPN. Be aware that using a VPN doesn't necessarily guarantee your Internet activities will be secure. Questionable VPN providers overpromise and underprotect. Choose a trustworthy VPN to protect your networking communications, bypass geoblocking, and dodge government filtering and censorship.

Requests access to track your app usage: Betternet requests permission to track which apps you use and how often you use them, which it claims it needs to know to provide optimal performance. While Betternet states it "does not use this data for any other purposes," we are wary of granting this kind of access. You can navigate back out of this window to use Betternet's VPN, but it's not immediately obvious that you have any way to dismiss this window beyond granting permission.

Limited free location: With a free account, you are randomly assigned to a server based on traffic. With a paid account, you can pick a server in a specific country or region. Betternet has fewer regional choices than other VPNs.

Bottom Line

Available in free and paid editions, Betternet offers a way of creating a private connection over a public network. Independent researchers and testers, however, have raised red flags about Betternet's logging and security practices. If you are looking for a trusted way to stay secure and private on the Internet, you may want to look elsewhere for a reputable VPN.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.3.3

We're always working to improve Betternet with bug fixes and optimizations. Whenever we add awesome new features, we'll let you know!


Release November 12, 2018
Date Added November 12, 2018
Version 4.3.3

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Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

Betternet VPN is a free and unlimited VPN (Virtual Private Network) proxy for Android devices. Betternet VPN masks your IP address, encrypt your internet traffic, turns public Wi-Fi into a private network and helps unblock sites and apps on your Android phone so that you can access any restricted contect safely and anonymously.

VPN (Virtual Private Network) works just like Tor proxy, also known as "the Onion Router", to hide IP address and bypass internet censorship, to overcome geo-restriction and access the desired content. VPN (Virtual Private Network), however, has a much faster connection speed, and better privacy and security protection than Tor (the Onion Router).

Three main features of a VPN (Virtual Private Network):

- Incognito Browsing: using a VPN you don't even have to install any incognito browser. Simply turn on your VPN and all of your Internet traffic is completely encrypted. Your online activities are completely anonymous.

- Wifi Safety: because all your online traffic is encrypted through a VPN, whatever public WiFi hotspot you are trying to access, you will be shielded from public Wifi risks and enjoy complete Wifi security.

- Location Spoofer: VPN hides your IP address so that your location is masked and you are able to bypass geo-restrictions to access any content anywhere.

Install Betternet VPN Now to:

> Unblock Websites and Apps

You can unblock any apps or websites using Betternet free & unlimited VPN. Bypass government censorship and geo-restrictions to access social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Snapchat, etc. or any other blocked websites from anywhere!

> Anonymous Connection and Privacy Protection

Using a VPN, your IP and location will be masked and your activities can no longer be tracked on the Internet. Betternet VPN service is your privacy guard and better than web proxy servers.

> Secure Your Device

Betternet secures your Android device's connection while you're connected to public WiFi hotspots or cellular data networks. It works just like a free Tor proxy (the Onion Router) but it's even more secured. Your password and your personal data are secured and you are protected from hacker attacks.

> Surf anonymously at Fast Speed

Betternet is fast! It detects your location automatically and connects you to the nearest and fastest server. As a result, your connection will be much faster than any other VPN or proxy providers.

> Shield WiFi Hotspot

Public Wi-Fi hotspots are perfect places for hackers and if they happen to get a hold of your personal information, you could very well be the next victim of identity theft! Betternet VPN proxy uses advanced VPN technology to encrypt your network traffic, enabling you to connect to a website via HTTPS, providing a secured shield to your WiFi hotspot.

Betternet VPN free version shows ads. Upgrade to premium to enjoy unlimited and ad-free VPN!

Contact us

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to reach us on support@betternet.co or visit our website https://www.betternet.co for more information.

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