Tor Browser is now finally on Android and is now available in alpha on Google Play Store. The browser debut comes from longtime projects of the Tor Project launched its proxy app Orbot and Orfox, an Orbotpowered web browser.
Unlike any other Web Browser, Tor Browser by The Tor Project blocks your identity by default while you browse the Web. Moreover, it also helps you block sites to access your current location as it passes the traffic over the Tor network. However, you will need to install the Orbot proxy app on your Android device to connect the browser with Tor network served by community individuals around the world.
The community is working on to abandon the requirement of orbot app in the final version of Tor Browser for Android
The Tor browser on Android serves the same private browsing experience similar to the existing experience on the Windows, Mac, and Linux. Using the browser, you can access your favorite content anonymously. Additionally, once you exit the browser, it automatically clears all the stored cookies on your device app. It is also stated that traffic passed through the Tor browser is encrypted three-times as it crosses over the Tor Network. However, for now, until the stable version of Tor Browser App arrives, you need to install the Orbot App on your Android Device to aid the Tor Network.
Highlights of Tor Browser:
- Block Trackers
Tor Browser isolates each website you visit so third-party trackers and ads can’t follow you. Any cookies automatically clear when you’re done browsing.
- Defend Against Surveillance
Tor Browser prevents someone watching your connection from knowing what websites you visit. All anyone monitoring your browsing habits can see is that you’re using Tor
- Resist Fingerprinting
Blocks all browser and device information from getting tracked when you use Tor Browser.
- Multi-Layered Encryption
When you browse using Tor Browser for Android, your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network.
- Browse Freely
With Tor Browser for Android, you are free to access sites your local internet service provider may have blocked.
More on Tor Browser for Android:
Talking about its interface, as the Tor Browser for Android is based on Firefox version 60 and thus has a similar interface to any Firefox browser. The browser also comes with NoScript 10.1.9.1 and HTTPS Everywhere extensions. On the homepage, you will find top sites like Wikipedia, Facebook and in the Highlights section shows the links or content you have visited or saved on the browser. It also has a dedicated Bookmark and History tab for Browsing history and bookmarks management.
Like any other web browser, you can browse the web in multiple tabs or use private tabs for enhanced privacy. Adding more to your privacy, you can also enable a quest session to hide all your browsing history and bookmarks. Moreover, if you wish to add more add-ons to the browser, you can do that by visiting the Mozilla site.
As the Tor Browser is currently under the Alpha program, you may face some bug issues in the Tor Browser for Android. These will be fixed in coming app updates, and it is expected to get the stable version of the application in the starting of next year on your Android device.
You can download the alpha version of Tor Browser for Android directly from the Google Play Store with the link given below. The app requires Android v4.1 Jelly Bean and later running on your Android device and is 32MB in size. You can also download its APK file from APK Mirror.
Here is also the link of Orbot Proxy App, you will need to install on your device to leverage the Tor Network.
Due to the mentioned highlights and features of Tor Browser, journalists, activists, and cybercriminals all use Tor.
If you are an iPhone user, you can try the Onion Browser, an app based on Tor Technology for iOS users.