FlashVPN Review: Things you need to know before using |The Comprehensive Guide (2020)

FlashVPN is a completely free mobile phone VPN, it is an easy to use Android application, simple interface, just a click can quickly connect, provide servers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan three countries, does not charge customers any service fees.

Although FlashVPN is a purely free VPN proxy, it hides your real IP, unlocks geographically restricted websites, and offers unlimited access to secure networks.

But, as with all free VPNs, there are usually limitations on what you can do and drawbacks on security. If you’re looking for the ultimate package that has it all, opt for a premium vendor like NordVPN.

Now, I am going to breakdown things I am going to discuss in a simple way that a 10 year old will understand.

Post Overview

Below is the breakdown of what I would be covering:

  1. About the Company (Overview)
  2. Devices you can use FlashVPN on
  3. Speed and Performance
  4. Price (Free or Paid version)
  5. Privacy and Security
  6. How to download and install FlashVPN
  7. Pros and Cons
  8. Conclusion

1. About the Company (Overview)

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Based in the United States, FlashVPN has been around for about 8 years now and is known to help tackle the issues of cybercrime and Internet censorships.

FlashVPN is a completely free mobile phone VPN, it is an easy to use Android application, simple interface, just a click can quickly connect, provide servers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan three countries, does not charge customers any service fees.

Although FlashVPN is a purely free VPN proxy, it hides your real IP, unlocks geographically restricted websites, and offers unlimited access to secure networks.

2. Devices you can use FlashVPN on

In terms of compatibility, the service only supports Android platform. You cannot secure your other devices with FlashVPN be it Windows, Mac, iOS or Linux.

The whole process of installation is simple and does not need any rocket science.

FlashVPN proved to be reasonably successful at site unblocking, with the app allowing us to access BBC iPlayer and US-only YouTube content while we were connected to one of its servers.

Netflix realized we were using a VPN and refused to stream anything at all, but that’s not unusual, even for commercial VPNs.

3. Speed and Performance

Even with the lack of information about security and location, this FlashVPN review could award extra credit for providing a fast, accessible service if that was the case.

When we carried out an Android speed test, the results weren’t that promising. Our normal connection speed of 20 Mbps dropped to under 10 Mbps despite connecting to a nearby server, which wasn’t catastrophic but was by no means great.

So this isn’t a VPN which balances poor security with lightning-fast speeds. It doesn’t really do well on either count.

4. Price (Free or Paid version)

As we noted earlier, FlashVPN is completely free of charge. There’s no need to mess around with Bitcoin or PayPal wallets to make anonymous payments, and you won’t have to read up on the company’s refund policy.

Instead, users can just download the app and get started straight away. In fact, that’s probably the most appealing aspect of this VPN.

5. Privacy and Security

Without encryption, DNS leak protection, solid protocols, and a kill switch, VPNs aren’t really VPNs. And with free VPNs, customers can often get none of these things.

It’s very hard to say what the deal with FlashVPN is there’s no website with fact sheets about the kind of encryption it uses, or its leak protection methods, so all we get is the description on Google Play. This promises:

”Secure VPN encryption”

And that’s it.

What we do know is that the VPN’s app requests numerous permissions that a VPN wouldn’t necessarily need, such as knowledge about incoming calls (potentially a route to capture valuable IMEI codes).

And Flash also asks for access to users’ media libraries, including music files, photos, videos, etc. Why? We have no idea, but it could easily be for malicious purposes.

Features like stealth mode or a kill switch aren’t listed, so it’s safe to assume they aren’t included. And there’s nothing about OpenVPN/IKEv2 or other secure protocols so that users could be relying on outdated formats.

6. How to download and install FlashVPN

The first thing to do is to open the Google Play Store and if you are not already logged in you have to log in with a Google account, which is also the same one used for Gmail since this one is owned by Google as well, so you could use that one. The same thing goes for Youtube accounts, too.

Once you are logged in and you have opened the Google Play Store, simply write “flashvpn” without the quotation marks, and the one that shows a ray icon it’s the one we are looking for.

Simply click on it and then click the “install” sign. It will start downloading the application and it will automatically install, depending on the speed of your internet connection it can take between 1 and 5 minutes.

When the installation is finished you can click on the “open” sign and we can finally get to the app.

7. Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • FlashVPN unblocks many geographically restricted websites like Netflix, Hulu, and BBC from anywhere in the world
  • The app does not require any system root and has no connection time limits.
  • It allows users to stay protected 24/7.

Cons:

  • FlashVPN does not allow P2P/file sharing
  • mediocre speeds
  • lack of server locations,
  • The app requires a high level of access on your Android device

8. Conclusion

Advertised as a “Free VPN Proxy,” FlashVPN is a very basic smartphone privacy app, which makes the usual boilerplate promises about anonymity, unblocking, bypassing censorship, and encrypting user data.

On paper, it talks a good game, which may be why so many Android users have been tempted to give it a try. But when you look deeper, there’s not much there.

FlashVPN offers so little information about how it works, and how it compares to other VPNs, that it may not even function as a “VPN” at all. 

This brings us to the end. Hope I left nothing out?

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FlashVPN

7.5

EASE OF USE

7.5/10

PRICE

8.0/10

SUPPORT

8.0/10

FEATURES

7.0/10

SPEED

7.0/10

Pros

  • It allows users to stay protected
  • It has no connection time limits.
  • Unblocks Netflix

Cons

  • It does not allow P2P/file sharing
  • Lack of server locations
  • Mediocre speeds

24 thoughts on “FlashVPN Review: Things you need to know before using |The Comprehensive Guide (2020)”

  1. I would like for you to elaborate on this ” FlashVPN unblocks many geographically restricted websites like Netflix, Hulu, and BBC from anywhere in the world” unlocks meaning uoh would have to pay the monthly fees?

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  2. Wow this is so lovely. This apps service only supports Android platform. This will help us override the restrictions on my office connection. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I have an iphone so this would not be an option for me. I can see where it would be a great idea for android users, though!

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  4. Wow..it is much helpful and informative.. i haven’t ever knew that it could be like this too..Thanks for this information..it is really very helpful for me as i am using it…

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  5. Thanks for telling us about FlashVPN, I have to check this out as now I want to get a VPN for watching movies from the US.

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