Last updated: January 27, 2021
In September of 2018, The Tor Project released an alpha version of Tor Browser for Android. On May 21, 2019, The Tor Project released the first stable version for Android — Tor Browser 8.5. Tor Browser protects your personal privacy and freedom to communicate with others on your Android device without fear of being monitored. It connects to the Tor network to anonymize communication, prevent tracking, and prevent fingerprinting. Tor Browser hides your IP address, and only retains cookies for a single session. Follow the steps below to download Tor Browser for Android.
In their May 21 announcement, The Tor Project states: “Mobile browsing is increasing around the world, and in some parts, it is commonly the only way people access the internet. In these same areas, there is often heavy surveillance and censorship online, so we made it a priority to reach these users.” The announcement goes on to say: “…we are confident that Tor Browser for Android provides essentially the same protections that can be found on desktop platforms.”
Download Tor Browser for Android
Step 1. Locate the Tor Browser app in the Google Play Store.
Step 2. Click the Install button. Follow the installation progress bar until it shows 100%.
Step 3. Click the Open button to launch the Tor Browser for Android app.
Step 4. Click the Connect button. Wait while Tor Browser connects to the Tor network.
Step 5. Explore. Privately. Type a web address into the address bar. It is important to note that you will have a more sluggish internet experience within Tor Browser. The Tor network relays your connection through three different servers to anonymize your IP address. Some sites may restrict your access or request a security check to prove you are human.
The Tor Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They receive funding from diverse funding sources and from people like you and me. If you want to stand up for the universal human rights to privacy and freedom, please consider a donation to The Tor Project.
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