Windscribe is one of the better VPN services around. But can it be said about its Android version? If you’re going to use VPN on both your computer and smartphone, you’ll have to make sure it fits your needs.
In this article, we present the Android version of Windscribe and review its security, speed, feature list, and ease of use.
Why use a VPN for Android?
You may wonder if you really need to install Windscribe or any other VPN on your Android device. Here are some excellent reasons to do so:
- Spoof your virtual location and IP address
- Access geo-blocked content
- Enjoy geo-restricted online games
- Stream the US Netflix library from your location
- Secure free wifi’s in airports and other public spaces
If you answered NO to all of them, with a VPN, you would be protecting your privacy in general, because all the data that you send and receive will be encrypted and not accessible to third-parties.
Is Windscribe for Android safe?
Windscribe is one of the few VPNs that practice their preached no-logs policy while also offering excellent privacy features, that include military-grade AES-256 cipher, malware and ad-blockers, and static IPs among others.
The Android version of Windscribe lacks these features:
- Firewall (prevents leaks)
- Secure Hotspot (your computer becomes a secure wifi router)
- Proxy Gateway (creating a proxy server on your network)
- WStunnel protocol
Save for the firewall, most users shouldn’t miss these cut-offs. Even without them, Windscribe for Android is a very safe VPN.
Is Windscribe for Android fast enough?
Windscribe for Android is not only safe but also fast, beating even some premium VPN services. While the drop-off that we’ve experienced was pretty high, the speed itself remained good enough to stream in high quality, play online games and do VoIP calls.
We did our test from Europe with our no-VPN speed of 280 Mbps. While the drop-off was significant (50% in the US East Coast and 80% in Japan), the end result was still good.
In any case, you should run a speed test on your own to see what’s possible with Windscribe in your location with your ISP. You can use the free version for this because it doesn’t throttle your connectivity.
Installing and using Windscribe for Android
The Windscribe website allows you to download the .apk installer for added anonymity, so you don’t need to sign in to Google Play first.
Installing is too intuitive to be described in detail – you just follow the on-screen guidelines. Using Windscribe VPN is also a breeze.
The main screen gives the Best location server with all the others placed on a list. You can also add Favorites and see Netflix servers in separate tabs.
The last tab is reserved for static IP connections. To avoid IP blocking and detection, you can get one starting from $2/month.
Another option is Network security, where you can choose trusted networks. When your phone connects to one of them, Windscribe will automatically kill itself. Speaking of killing, the kill switch is not available in this version, so you’ll need to use Android’s Always-on VPN feature. Make sure you do so.
There’s a button for the Newsfeed, but there’s not much new, as the second message wishes you a Happy new year.
Sadly, this news cannot be removed, probably due to their commercial nature.
There’s not much to tweak here compared to the desktop Windscribe version, which is a pro for most users and a con for the experienced ones.
Among the most important options, you will find the Connection Mode, which can be either Auto or Manual, which allows:
- OpenVPN (UDP)
- OpenVPN (TCP)
- 443 (HTTPS)
- 80 (HTTP)
In contrast, the desktop version lets you start Windscribe with your device, toggle the kill switch, change the server order, DNS servers, configure proxy, and access debug options.
Windscribe’s Android client has a live chat support button, but it turns out it’s the infamous bot Garry from the desktop version, which also has trouble fitting in our smartphone screen, making his advice hard to follow. This means that you can either submit a ticket or dig in the Knowledge Base, Setup Guides, and FAQ.
Is Windscribe for Android good for Netflix?
Windscribe can unblock the US, the UK, Canada, and Japan Netflix libraries. It has dedicated WINDFLIX servers for them, which are not encrypted to allow for the best possible speed. This means that you should switch back to a regular server after ending your binge night.
Chances are, you’ll get to see some other countries as well, but don’t count on that as the regular servers can be blocked by Netflix anytime. The same goes for BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime.
Windscribe’s Android app offers excellent security and speed while also unblocking Netflix. Is there more to ask, especially when you can try the free version with ten servers and 10 GBs worth of bandwidth?
Even though Windscribe is not among the best VPNs for Android, it’s still worth your time (and money, if the free version is not enough). If you want to know more about this VPN, read our in-depth Windscribe review.