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TunnelBear VPN for Android

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Key Details of TunnelBear VPN

  • Access any Web site privately and securely.
  • Last updated on 11/12/2019
  • There have been 2 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

TunnelBear VPN has a welcoming take on networking security and privacy, guarding your data with a bear-themed virtual private network.


A friendly face on privacy: TunnelBear employs a cartoon bear -- and bear puns -- throughout its app and website to give encryption a welcoming appearance. The company goes so far as to let you pay with jars of honey, along with credit cards and Bitcoin.

Generous free data: The TunnelBear team offers 500MB of free VPN data each month, which is more than enough to see if you like the service. And TunnelBear says it doesn't throttle throughput on its free offering. (And if you are feeling the squeeze, you can tweet @theTunnelBear to get 1GB of free data for a month.)

Affordable subscription rates: A 30-day subscription is $9.99, and the annual subscription is $59.88. A subscription covers five devices.

Private and security: TunnelBear uses the open-source OpenVPN to implement its VPN and AES-256 encryption to keep a secure connection.

No logging: TunnelBear says it has a no-logging policy and goes into detail on its privacy page about how it handles personal information. (Note: TunnelBear was acquired by the security company McAfee in March 2018, and the TunnelBear team immediately addressed concerns that its logging practices may change with the acquisition: "We'll also continue to collect the minimum amount of data possible to operate our service," the company said.

Servers across the globe:TunnelBear offers exit servers in 20 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, and the United Kingdom. If your goal is to skirt content filtering or government censorship, you can use the company's GhostBear VPN option to scramble your communications and make VPN data packets harder to detect.

SEE: The 9 Best Paid and Free Android VPNs You Can Trust


Maybe too much fun: If you're more businesslike, TunnelBear might not be button-down enough for you, with its playful animations and growling bears.

Limited subscription plans: Unlike plans from other VPN services, which range from a day and a week to a year, TunnelBear gives you the choice of signing up between one month and 12.

Bottom Line

With a generous free plan and a cartoonish presentation, the TunnelBear VPN is an excellent choice for staying secure online and keeping your networking private.

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This release includes updated security certificates so your Bear can keep on tunnelling into 2019 and beyond! We also made a couple of fixes:

- Fixed an issue where the map might not display properly on large format devices

- Fixed an issue where an error might occur when controlling TunnelBear via Quick Settings on Android 9

- 11% more Bears

November 11, 2018
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Developer's Description

Access any Web site privately and securely.

TunnelBear VPN is a free, incredibly simple app to browse the Internet privately and securely.

The beautiful TunnelBear app protects your online privacy, lets you access your favourite websites & apps, and secures your connection on public WiFi hotspots.

Try TunnelBear for free with 500MB of browsing data every month. No credit card required. In-app purchases available for premium plans, which give you unlimited data.


Put simply, by using TunnelBear, you can browse from anywhere with peace of mind knowing that your online activity is more private from hackers, ISPs, and advertisers.


TunnelBear VPN for Android is a really simple app that encrypts your web browsing and data (making it unreadable) as it leaves your phone or tablet. It makes public Wi-Fi safe and secure, and also keeps your browsing private from ISPs. Websites and advertisers will have a more difficult time tracking your physical location and browsing across the Internet.


Your browsing habits are personal and shouldn't be trusted to just anyone. TunnelBear is proud to be the first and only VPN service in the world that has been independently audited by a 3rd party. You can feel confident that we deliver on our promise to secure your data.


One-tap connect: App so simple, a bear could use it.

A VPN you can trust: Along with a strict no-logging policy, we're the only consumer VPN app to have completed a 3rd party, public security audit.

Global VPN network: With servers in 22+ countries and lightning-fast speeds, access the websites and apps you love. Anytime, anywhere.

Grizzly-grade security: TunnelBear uses strong AES-256 bit encryption by default. Weaker encryption isn't even an option.

No logging. Your browsing stays private.

Helpful support that always responds within 24 hours.


"TunnelBear is an elegant, easy mobile VPN that keeps you safe."

- Lifehacker

"The app is bursting with charm, but it also delivers security at a good price."

- PCMag

"All you have to do is turn the switch to "ON" and you are protected."


"TunnelBear, the gorgeous VPN app that wants to bring online privacy to everyone."

- VentureBeat