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The ProtonVPN Android app is now available on GitHub

Posted on February 10th, 2020 by in Service Updates.

Illustration of the ProtonVPN Android app on GitHub

 

The ProtonVPN APK is now available to download on GitHub. This makes it easy to download and install ProtonVPN on your Android device even in authoritarian countries where our website is blocked. 

Download ProtonVPN APK on GitHub

Countries including China, Russia, and Iran often block the Google Play Store and our website. However, they rarely block GitHub, a well-known and trusted open source repository. Going forward, all our Android updates will also be shared on GitHub. Making our app open source and placing it on GitHub helps ensure you will be able to access ProtonVPN no matter where you are.

If the Play Store is available in your country, it remains the easiest way to download the ProtonVPN app. You can find links to all our apps on the ProtonVPN download page.

What is an APK?

APK stands for Android Package file. As the name suggests, it contains the code of an app that was designed to run on the Android operating system. Most people never come into contact with APKs because they install all their apps via the Google Play Store, which handles the app installation process automatically.

How to install an APK

When you download an APK, your Android will automatically recognize it, which means you should be able to open it simply by tapping on the icon. However, just like running an unknown .EXE file can put your computer at risk, installing an unknown APK file can compromise your Android device. You should only install APK files from verified, trusted sources. 

For this reason, most Android devices will not let you install downloaded APKs by default. 

Here’s how to bypass this default setting. Note: The titles of these menus and options may vary slightly, depending on your device.

  1. Go to Settings and tap on Security
  2. In the Android Security Settings menu, you will see an option that says Unknown Sources with a checkbox next to it. If it is empty, that means your device will not execute an APK that did not come from the Play Store. Tap the empty box to allow unknown APKs. 
  3. Your device will then show you a disclaimer that you alone are responsible for any damage an APK does to your device. Tap OK

Once this is done, you are ready to install the ProtonVPN APK. Once you download it on your device, you can find the APK file in your Download folder. Once you find the ProtonVPN APK, simply tap it to begin the installation process.

More transparent, more resistant to censorship

Maintaining our apps as open source software is a priority for us. By conducting an independent audit and sharing our code, we are shining a light on how our apps work so that users can verify it for themselves. 

Serving people who live under repressive regimes is a crucial aspect of our mission. In the coming year, we plan to add new features that will help users sign in and use our app even if their government is blocking our services. We also plan to add more of our apps to GitHub, as well as to other app repositories (including F-Droid), to make our service even more widely available — and harder to block.

Thank you for supporting our mission.

Best Regards,
The ProtonVPN Team

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Prior to joining Proton, Richie spent several years working on tech solutions in the developing world. He joined the Proton team to advance the rights of online privacy and freedom.

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10 comments

  1. weber

    Die apk kann ich zwar auf dem Fire Stick 2 installieren aber wenn ich die starte hängt die sich auf…
    Gibt es eine apk für den Amazon Stick die funktioniert ?

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen

  2. Aeodix

    Hi!
    I own a W10 Mobile Phone and I wondered how can I port the Github files into an Windows Phone app.
    Thanks for everyone who respond!

  3. Kaven Hill

    Is there a ProtonVPN Apple iPhone App?

  4. Roxana Zega

    Hi Kaven,

    You can find the ProtonVPN app in the Apple store. Alternatively, use this link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/protonvpn-fast-secure-vpn/id1437005085#?platform=iphone

    Thank you!

  5. Adrian

    What about GPG .sig files and MD5/SHA2 SUMS??

  6. Hisakawa

    That is bloody prodigious! Now (at least) I can worry less about getting blocked and/or redirected while touring (near) countries with poor freedom records like the U.S., China, Putin’s Soviet Union, and others. I appreciate Proton’s thoughtfulness and forethought.

    If these queries have already been asked and answered I apologize in advance:

    Any plans supporting those Pinephones and Librephones running *BSD, GNU/Linux, and/or systemd/Linux with native Proton apps?

    Any time frame on Proton’s along with third party audits on Wireguard now that it has mainlined in Linux kernel 5.6 and other platforms (*BSD, MacOS for Apple devices, and Windows 10/7-Longterm Enterprise) have the go/rust language userland apps? And expanding on that, if/when Proton thinks they might support wireguard and possibly furthers harden the framework (like multi-hop, multi-layer encryption schemes per connection, and other wonderful innovations on the base framework).

    I think some. if not many, would, metaphorically, throw money at Proton for their audits and more for the implementation, especially for mobile users who would relish the power saving with reassurance of at least on-par security and privacy with Openvpn 2.0.

    Sincerely and with thanks,

    Hisakawa

  7. Hawkgirl

    How do i work this silly thing, plz?
    I’ve got it installed on my phone, now what, plz? 😊
    Thx,
    Hawkgirl

  8. someone

    doesnt china block github?

  9. erotavlas

    Great, now you can provide a f-droid version.

  10. pedro

    tiene udp o no ???

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