Tor Browser Arrives on Android

Judy Cobb
September 9, 2018

The release of the alpha version of the Tor Browser for Android devices is accompanied with the release of Tor Browser 8.0, which comes with new user onboarding experience and improved bridge fetching techniques.

The Tor Project announced today that they are launching an official web browser for Android devices. Orfox uses the same source code and has the Tor Project's approval, but will be wound down in 2019 when the Tor Android brower - which is now in alpha - takes hold.

You need to accept the Orbot prompt when you first launch Tor Browser for Android.

First thing you may want to do is load in the browser to verify that the connection flows through the Tor network.

To use Tor browser for Android, you'll have to download an additional free app called Orbot, which lets you connect to the Tor network.

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The Tor Project is now calling on its dedicated fanbase to help test the Android version.

The alpha version of the app is far from ideal. However, the Tor Project says that eventually, Orbot's functionality will get baked-in to the Tor Android app, eliminating the need to have two apps. But soon the browser will itself have this feature.

It is good to see that Tor Browser is coming to Android. Furthermore, you can add new add-ons to the browser by visiting the Mozilla site.

However, the Tor Android browser is now in alpha, which means it will likely feature a lot of bugs and will be missing certain features.

Fingerprinting Protection - Tor Browser for Android makes it hard for users to be fingerprinted based on their browser and device information. The Tor Browser for Android is in an experimental stage, and an alpha version has been released as of now. Alternatively, you can download its APK file from APK Mirror.

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