Best privacy apps for Android 2024

Cybercriminals, third-party snoopers, and dodgy websites—this is the reality of the internet today. Thankfully, there's a growing movement around privacy, and there are dozens of useful utilities that are designed to protect your privacy and safeguard your data.

From browsers to password managers, secure mail clients that don't access your data, private messaging services, VPNs that have a good track record of maintaining a zero-logs policy are the best privacy apps you'll find on Android.

The best privacy apps for Android:

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There's never been a better time to switch to a privacy-focused alternative to mainstream services. I've been testing Proton Unlimited for most of the year, and it has proven to be a viable stand-in for Gmail

If you just need an email client, then ProtonMail by itself is an easy recommendation, but if you want a secure cloud storage solution, calendar, VPN, and a password manager all bundled in one package, then Proton Unlimited makes a lot of sense. Sure, you'll need to pay $10 a month to access the service, but it's definitely worth the asking price. 

For browsing needs, I still haven't found a better alternative than DuckDuckGo's browser; it is just as fast and fluid as other Android browsers I tested, and the upside is that it automatically disables websites from tracking you. 

Similarly, Signal is the one of the best messaging apps available on Android. The service used to be barebones in its feature-set, but it has picked up a ton of useful features over the last 18 months, and it has everything you need in a modern messaging utility.

And as for the best VPN, there's no shortage of services available in this category, and if you want one with a proven history of privacy, you should consider Mullvad.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • poodini
    I might be a little jaded and expected this to be a clickbait article, but it actually is a great list and I can personally recommend Mullvad, Syncthing, and Aegis Authenticator. Well done Android Central and Harish!

    One change I might suggest is KeePassXC (and specifically the Keepass2Android app). If you're already set up in the Syncthing environment (or even Dropbox or other sync system), this is a no brainer. Everything I've heard about Bitwarden is positive, but if you Trust No One, KeePass is the way to go.
  • olivera16
    Certainly! Here are some of the best privacy-focused apps for Android:

    Signal Private Messenger: For secure messaging and calls.
    ProtonMail: A private and encrypted email service.
    Orbot: A free proxy app to enhance online privacy.
    NordVPN: A reliable VPN service for anonymous browsing.
    DuckDuckGo: A privacy-focused search engine.
    Blokada: An ad and tracker blocker for improved privacy.
    Authy: For two-factor authentication (2FA) security.
    1Password: A secure password manager.These apps can help you maintain your privacy while using your Android device.