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Tor Browser for Android

Tor Browser for Android is the only official mobile browser supported and developed by the Tor Project.It is like the desktop Tor Browser, but for your Android mobile device.Some of the prime features of Tor Browser for Android include: reducing tracking across websites, defending against surveillance, resisting browser fingerprinting, and circumventing censorship.

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DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLATION

There exists Tor Browser for Android and Tor Browser for Android (alpha).Non-technical users should get Tor Browser for Android, as this is stable and less prone to errors.Tor Browser for Android is available on Play Store, F-Droid and the Tor Project website.It is very risky to download Tor Browser outside of these three platforms.

Google Play

You can install Tor Browser for Android from Google Play Store.

F-Droid

The Guardian Project provides Tor Browser for Android on their F-Droid repository.If you would prefer installing the app from F-Droid, please follow these steps:

  1. Install the F-Droid app on your Android device from the F-Droid website.

  2. After installing F-Droid, open the app.

  3. At the lower-right-hand corner, open 'Settings'.

  4. Under the 'My Apps' section, open Repositories.

  5. Toggle 'Guardian Project Official Releases' as enabled.

  6. Now F-Droid downloads the list of apps from the Guardian Project's repository (Note: this may take a few minutes).

  7. Tap the Back button at the upper-left-hand corner.

  8. Open 'Latest' at the lower-left-hand corner.

  9. Open the search screen by tapping the magnifying glass at the lower-right side.

  10. Search for 'Tor Browser for Android'.

  11. Open the query result by 'The Tor Project' and install.

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You can also get Tor Browser for Android by downloading and installing the apk from the Tor Project website.

RUNNING TOR BROWSER FOR ANDROID FOR THE FIRST TIME

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When you run Tor Browser for the first time, you will see the option to connect directly to the Tor network, or to configure Tor Browser for your connection with the settings icon.

Connect

In most cases, choosing 'Connect' will allow you to connect to the Tor network without any further configuration.Once tapped, changing sentences will appear at the bottom of the screen, indicating Tor’s connection progress.If you are on a relatively fast connection, but this text seems to get stuck at a certain point, see the Troubleshooting page for help solving the problem.

Configure

If you know that your connection is censored, you should select the settings icon.Tor Browser will take you through a series of configuration options.The first screen will tell you about the status of the Tor Network and provide you the option to configure a Bridge ('Config Bridge').If you know your connection is censored, or you have tried and failed to connect to the Tor network and no other solutions have worked, tap on 'Config Bridge'.You will then be taken to the Circumvention screen to configure a pluggable transport.

CIRCUMVENTION

Bridge relays are Tor relays that are not listed in the public Tor directory.Bridges are useful for Tor users under oppressive regimes, and for people who want an extra layer of security because they're worried somebody will recognize that they are contacting a public Tor relay IP address.

To use a pluggable transport, tap on the settings icon when starting Tor Browser for the first time.The first screen tells you about the status of the Tor network. Tap on 'Config Bridge' to configure a bridge.

The next screen provides the option to either use a built-in bridge or custom bridge.With the 'Use a Bridge' option, you will have two options: 'obfs4' and 'meek-azure'.

If you choose the 'Provide a Bridge I know' option, then you have to enter a bridge address.

MANAGING IDENTITIES

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When Tor Browser is running, you would see so in your phone's notification panel along with the button 'NEW IDENTITY'.Tapping on this button will provide you with a new identity.Unlike in Tor Browser for Desktop, the 'NEW IDENTITY' button in Tor Browser for Android does not prevent your subsequent browser activity from being linkable to what you were doing before.Selecting it will only change your Tor circuit.

SECURITY SETTINGS

Security settings disable certain web features that can be used to compromise your security and anonymity.Tor Browser for Android provides the same three security levels that are available on desktop.You can modify the security level by following given steps:

  • Tap on a button of 3 vertical dots in URL bar.
  • Scroll down and tap on 'Security Settings'.
  • You can now select an option i.e. Standard, Safer or Safest.

UPDATING

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Tor Browser must be kept updated at all times. If you continue to use an outdated version of the software, you may be vulnerable to serious security flaws that compromise your privacy and anonymity.You can update Tor Browser automatically or manually.

Updating Tor Browser for Android automatically

This method assumes that you have either Google Play or F-Droid installed on your mobile device.

Google Play

Tap on the hamburger menu next to the search bar and navigate to 'My apps & games' > 'Updates'.If you find Tor Browser on the list of apps which need updating, select it and tap the 'Update' button.

F-Droid

Tap on 'Settings', then go to 'Manage installed apps'.On the next screen, select Tor Browser and finally tap on the 'Update' button.

Updating Tor Browser for Android manually

Visit the Tor Project website and download a copy of the latest Tor Browser release, then install it as before.In most cases, this latest version of Tor Browser will install over the older version, thereby upgrading the browser.If doing this fails to update the browser, you may have to uninstall Tor Browser before reinstalling it.With Tor Browser closed, remove it from your system by uninstalling it using your device's settings.Depending on your mobile device's brand, navigate to Settings > Apps, then select Tor Browser and tap on the 'Uninstall' button. Afterwards, download the latest Tor Browser release and install it.

UNINSTALLING

Tor Browser for Android can be uninstalled directly from F-Droid, Google Play or from your mobile device's app settings.

Google Play

Tap on the hamburger menu next to the search bar and navigate to 'My apps & games' > 'Installed'.Select Tor Browser from the list of installed apps, then press the 'Uninstall' button.

F-Droid

Tap on 'Settings', then go to 'Manage installed apps'.On the next screen, select Tor Browser and finally tap on the 'Uninstall' button.

Mobile device app settings

Depending on your mobile device's brand, navigate to Settings > Apps, then select Tor Browser and tap on the 'Uninstall' button.

KNOWN ISSUES

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At the moment, there are some features which are not available in Tor Browser for Android, but are currently available in Tor Browser for desktop.

  • You can't see your Tor circuit. #25764
  • Tor Browser for Android does not connect when moved to the SD Card. #31814
  • You can't take screenshots while using Tor Browser for Android. #27987
  • Can't upload files with Tor Browser for Android. #40283

More about Tor on mobile devices

Orfox

Orfox was first released in 2015 by The Guardian Project, with the aim of giving Android users a way to browse the internet over Tor.Over the next three years, Orfox continuously improved and became a popular way for people to browse the internet with more privacy than standard browsers, and Orfox was crucial for helping people circumvent censorship and access blocked sites and critical resources.In 2019, Orfox was sunsetted after the official Tor Browser for Android was released.

Orbot

Orbot is a free proxy app that empowers other apps to use the Tor network.Orbot uses Tor to encrypt your Internet traffic.Then you can use it with other apps installed on your mobile device to circumvent censorship and protect against surveillance.Orbot can be downloaded and installed from Google Play.Check out our Support portal to know if you need both Tor Browser for Android and Orbot or either one.

Tor Browser for iOS

There is no Tor Browser for iOS.We recommend an iOS app called Onion Browser, which is open source, uses Tor routing, and is developed by someone who works closely with the Tor Project.However, Apple requires browsers on iOS to use something called Webkit, which prevents Onion Browser from having the same privacy protections as Tor Browser.

Learn more about Onion Browser.Download Onion Browser from the App Store.

Tor Browser for Windows Phone

There is currently no supported method for running Tor on older Windows Phones but in case of the newer Microsoft-branded/promoted phones, same steps on Tor Browser on Android can be followed.

Tor is a free and open source Internet communication software download filed under vpn and proxy software and made available by Tor Project for Windows.

The review for Tor has not been completed yet, but it was tested by an editor here on a PC.

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Hides your IP address behind several layers of proxies

Tor (or The Onion Router) is a free software for enabling online anonymity. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than four thousand relays to conceal a user's location or usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity, including 'visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms', back to the user and is intended to protect the personal privacy of users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored.

'Onion Routing' refers to the layers of the encryption used. The original data, including its destination, are encrypted and re-encrypted multiple times, and are sent through a virtual circuit comprising successive, randomly selected Tor relays. Each relay decrypts a 'layer' of encryption to reveal only the next relay in the circuit, in order to pass the remaining encrypted data on to it. The final relay decrypts the last layer of encryption and sends the original data, without revealing or even knowing its sender, to the destination. This method reduces the chance of the original data being understood in transit and, more notably, conceals the routing of it.

Tor can hide your true IP address and circumvent state censorship.

Tor 10.0.16 on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs

This download is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system on a laptop or desktop PC from vpn and proxy software without restrictions. Tor 10.0.16 is available to all software users as a free download for Windows. As an open source project, you are free to view the source code and distribute this software application freely.

The program was created by the developer as a freeware product, but donations for the continued development are highly appreciated. You may generally make a donation via the developer's main web site.

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