PureVPN is one of the best VPN service providers currently available and one of the rare ones that actually improves speeds when used on a desktop computer. It is fast, secure, and reliable, boasting over 180 server locations worldwide. It even offers dozens of servers in Africa, which is something we rarely see in this business.
In October 2015, PureVPN released its redesigned Android app and has been fixing some minor issues regularly since then. If you are interested in getting a VPN for your Android devices, join us as we take a closer look at the PureVPN Android app.
The new design of the PureVPN Android app is pleasing to the eye and definitely works better for the average user than the previous version. The buttons are large, as well as the feature symbols, and although you have numerous options at your disposal, they are all easy to find and use.
The dashboard features a clean design, with easy access to all relevant information, settings, and customization options, neatly organized in one place. The app is now even more user-friendly, with bandwidth use and location information for free users, which makes it easy to keep track of how much free bandwidth is left.
Ease Of Use
What is great about the PureVPN Android app is that it brings you plenty of options while allowing you to use the app with incredible ease. You can quickly log on and off and switch between different accounts. Choosing a server is done by clicking the green plug button, which gives you plenty of possibilities. You can browse servers by region, country or ever city, which is an option that is not often seen in VPN apps.
We also love the Purpose feature, which allows you to tell the app what you want to do, making things even more convenient. There are numerous options, including US and UK TV watching and Unblocking Social Media and even more specific ones like US Netflix. You can mark a certain purpose as your favorite and the app will remember it.
As you can see, you get many choices, but not at the expense of usability. Everything is arranged so it maximizes convenience and enhances the experience of using the VPN.
While the PureVPN Android app can be used for free, with 2 GB of bandwidth and 3 server locations at your disposal, the free version does tend to crash frequently, which can be quite irritating. With the free version, the speeds are far from impressive too. However, this is not the case with the paid version, which brings you above average speeds and smooth performance.
The app is also extremely secure, with advanced options such as kill switch and automatic connection when accessing unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Leak prevention is its strong point as well.
PureVPN offers a mobile plan which allows you to use PureVPN on 5 mobile devices. It costs $4.99 per month with the monthly subscription and $39.99 per year with the annual subscription. There is a 31-day money-back guarantee, so you can change your mind in case you are not satisfied with the app. You can also try out the free version with 2 GB of free bandwidth, although it does not work as well as the paid version. For increased anonymity, you can pay with BitCoin.
We like how the PureVPN Android app allows you to choose servers by city, country, and region. You can determine the purpose of your VPN use too. It also brings you the split tunneling feature, which lets you choose the apps on which you wish to use your VPN, minimizing the impact of the app on the speed, battery, and resource use. P2P sharing is allowed and available with certain servers and the kill switch and auto-connect provide a higher level of security. You also get unlimited bandwidth and 24/7/365 support, which you can contact directly through the app.
We do not like the way PureVPN has handled the free version, as it is really slow and crashes constantly. This is especially bad because it gives the user the wrong impression – the app which works well with a paid subscription seems poor with the free version. The app also lacks an ad blocker.