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VPNs have a wide range of uses
: they offer the advantage of securing your data, making your online activities private, and allowing you to fake being in another country, as well as other innovative uses
Thankfully, for us Android users, one app manages to cut through the clutter and offers a simple and usable VPN.
This app is Rocket VPN. Let’s take a closer look at it.
The first step is to download Rocket VPN from the Play Store, which is a free download. Then you’ll want to install the app and open it.
Rocket VPN should then prompt you to connect to a VPN, and a dialog box will appear verifying that you want to do this, as shown below.
From the list of regions, one should say that it is the optimized choice — typically the one that is closest to you physically. Your best option for a fast connection is to choose that one, though you could choose one from another country if you want apps to think that you’re in that country (more on that later).
A little animation of a person with a jetpack should play, and after a couple seconds, you’re connected!
So that’s all fine and dandy, but what exactly can you do with Rocket VPN? What do you do with any VPN
Actively, not a lot, but in the background, a lot is happening. Your data is encrypted, meaning that you can browse the Internet over unsecured Wi-Fi networks (like at Starbucks) without worrying, or you can rest assured that your ISP isn’t spying on your Web activities.
Secondly, you can bypass geo-restrictions. Americans can access the UK-only BBC iPlayer, Indians can access US-only services< like Netflix, and so on. Not only can your location not be tracked, but the contents of your data can't be either. This will really help you browse the Web anonymously.
One of the downsides to most VPNs is that your data speeds are slowed down a bit. When you’re running all your data through a server that’s pretty far away and encrypting it all, that’s going to slow down your download and upload speeds a bit.
So to see how much Rocket VPN affected my speeds, I connected to my local Wi-Fi network and ran the Speedtest.net app a few times with no VPN, and a few times with Rocket VPN running. Below are the results with no VPN on the left, and Rocket VPN on the right.
As you can see, Rocket VPN did slow down my speeds a bit, but not too badly. I was still able to watch 1080p YouTube videos without much buffering time and browse through articles in Chrome with no problems.
Basically, don’t worry about your speed here. Unless your data speeds are already abysmally slow, Rocket VPN probably isn’t going to have that much of an effect on your speeds.
It’s really nice to see more and more apps incorporating Google’s Material Design
principles. This makes for a more uniform look across Android, as well as prettier apps, like Rocket VPN.
Below, you can see the default screen. You have an options button in the top right, and the orange on/off button hovers to the right. It displays your connection status, virtual location, and bandwidth available.
The bright blue and orange color scheme along with the faceless rocket person really makes for a quirky, yet modern aesthetic. This is undoubtedly a nice-looking app.
If you were thinking that all of this had to cost you something, you were right. While you can use Rocket VPN for free, you’ll only have access to 500MB a month, which really isn’t much at all. For unlimited monthly data, you’ll need to create an account and pay either $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year.
It also says that it will remove ads, but in my testing, I never ran into ads using the free version. Still, a subscription would be worth it simply for the unlimited data, and $2.99 a month is not a bad price.
To pay the subscription fee, you’ll need to either register for an account or connect with Google. You can try it for free for seven days, though, which is a nice trial run to see if it works on your device and with the servers you want to use.
What Do You Think?
There are a lot of great VPN services out there, but if you’re using an Android device and looking for a simple VPN with a clean user interface and cheap subscription price, you’ve found it.
Download: Rocket VPN (Free)
Still, we’d like to know what you think. Have you ever used Rocket VPN? Would you recommend it? Let us know in the comments!