IPVanish is a well-known VPN with 1300+ servers in 50+ countries. But how does that translate to actual speed? And what about security? Read our IPVanish for Android review to find out.
Why you should use a VPN on your Android device
Before we start with the IPVanish VPN’s Android version, let us give you a few reasons why using a VPN for Android, is a good idea in general.
With a VPN, you can:
- change your IP and fake your location
- unblock geo-restricted content
- watch another country’s Netflix library
- use free wifi hotspots securely
- protect your privacy and anonymity
All of these points are important for most users. Let’s see if IPVanish for Android gives you the full package.
IPVanish’s 1300+ servers in 50+ countries look good among the competition. What’s more, they own all of these servers, something that only VyprVPN can also say about themselves.
The speeds are average, although for nearby connections, they should be good enough. The security is excellent, but privacy enthusiasts should beware that it’s located in the US and has already been caught red-handed logging user data.
Android is only one of the many apps that IPVanish has to offer, adding Linux, Fire TV, Chromebook, and routers. And their support is pretty decent, also including 24/7 live chat.
IPVanish allows up to 10 simultaneous connections – an exceptional number topped only by a few VPN services that offer an unlimited amount of devices.
On the downside, IPVanish offers a 7-day money-back guarantee only. Also, it’s not good for Netflix, which negatively impacts the popularity of this service.
How to download and install IPVanish on Android
Downloading IPVanish on Android is easy, as well as installing it. The whole process takes just a couple of minutes with a decent internet connection. By the way, you should have one because VPNs tend to slow things down, and IPVanish is known for average connection speeds.
You can download the Android client from IPVanish’s website for direct APK install or go to Google Play. The former method is what we prefer because it’s more anonymous.
Account creation requires email address only, but if you choose credit card over PayPal, you will naturally need to provide more personal information. You can do this before you download the app or later afterward.
IPVanish Android TV box
We’ve been concentrating on how to set up on your smartphone, but Android TV users may also want to know how to do that.
Just follow these steps, similar to those above for the smartphone:
- Download and install IPVanish from Goole Play Store
- Open the app and enter your login credentials
- Select the Country, City, and Server from the Quick Connect menu
- Click OK in the Connection request pop-up to allow IPVanish re-route your traffic
Should you encounter any problems during the setup or afterward, feel free to contact IPVanish’s 24/7 live chat as this should give you the quickest answer.
How to use IPVanish on Android
IPVanish for Android uses 256-bit military-grade encryption and OpenVPN protocol, but there are up-to-date manuals on setting up PPTP, L2TP, and IKEv2. It also has a so-called OpenVPN Scramble which adds another obfuscating layer against being detected by firewalls.
When you sign in for the first time, the app will offer a quick tour which we recommend only to the first-time VPN users. The user interface is simple enough to quickly get used to it, although it might not be evident that the Quick Connect Preferences are editable.
You can choose a country, city, and server. While all three are listed A-Z, servers cannot be sorted by latency or load.
IPVanish’s hamburger menu is light on ingredients. Between the Quick Connect (home screen) and the Settings buns, you will find Server spread over Account.
Server list is another version of the list from Quick Connect. This one has country flags with cities representing each column. Finally, you can sort all of them by country, city, and server, and also by ping.
IPVanish for Android settings
Settings are split into General and Connection. The former is self-explanatory, while the latter gives you a choice over OpenVPN’s TCP and UDP (default).
The next option named Scramble is an obfuscation protocol designed to keep you undetected as a VPN user. You can also choose not to route LAN via IPVanish and select the apps that will be connecting to the internet without the VPN. The final section allows for selecting ports.
There’s no option to turn the kill switch on or off, but you can do that with Android’s native Always-on VPN.
To conclude, using IPVanish on Android is really easy, but advanced users might find some options lacking, and everyone would be happy with a more 24intuitive interface.
There are five ways to get help from IPVanish:
- Email support
- 24/7 live chat support
- Call service
While live chat support operates 24/7, the call service is available from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm ET (Monday-Friday) and answers Billing and Payments inquiries only. Some users have complained in the past about the slow and robotic responses by email, but we had a good experience with the live chat that will probably be anyone’s go-to support option.
IPVanish for Android not connecting
The first thing is to check if you can connect to other servers or countries. If you can, it’s probably a temporary server downtime that should be fixed soon. If you can’t, see if your internet connection is working without a VPN. If it does, try rebooting your Android device and relaunching IPVanish.
Still not connecting? Try changing the protocols (OpenVPN’s UDP to TCP or vice versa). If that doesn’t help, contact IPVanish’s 24/7 live chat support – they should be able to provide you with an answer fast.
We can recommend IPVanish for Android to those who are not into Netflix or to those who think that watching movies on your smartphone is an abomination. They will be getting decent speeds and excellent security, which should be enough in most countries except the ones like China. And the best part is that you get to use ten devices at the same time for a lower than expected price.