New Alpha Release: Tor Browser for Android

 

Mobile browsing is on the rise 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 in the past year, we’ve focused on better supporting these users.

There’s never been an official Tor Browser on mobile. Until now.

Tor Browser for Android - Alpha

Introducing Tor Browser for Android (alpha), the mobile browser with the highest privacy protections ever available and on par with Tor Browser for desktop. You can download the alpha release on GooglePlay, or you can get the apk directly from our download page. The stable release is slated for early 2019.

Note: For this release, you also need to install Orbot, a proxy application that will connect Tor Browser for Android with the Tor network. For the upcoming Tor Browser for Android stable release, our goal is for Orbot not to be necessary to connect to Tor.

Features

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

Prevent 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

Tor aims to make all users look the same, so Tor Browser for Android makes it difficult for you to be fingerprinted based on your browser and device information.

MULTI-LAYERED ENCRYPTION

When you use Tor Browser for Android, your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network. The network is comprised of thousands of volunteer-run servers known as Tor relays. Watch this animation to learn more about how it works.

BROWSE FREELY

With Tor Browser for Android, you are free to access sites your local internet service provider may have blocked.

What about Orfox?

We're grateful to the Guardian Project for their work developing Orfox, a mobile browser which routes your traffic over the Tor network. With the development of Tor Browser for Android, Orfox will be sunsetted around the time of our stable release, expected in early 2019. You will still be able to use Orbot to route the traffic of all your other apps on Android over Tor.

What about iOS?

There is no official Tor Browser for iOS devices, but we recommend Onion Browser, developed by Mike Tigas.

Help us Improve

Known issue: Our Security Slider is now under ‘Security Settings,’ but because of a small issue, it’s only showing up after you restart the app. We plan on fixing it for the next release.

This is our first version of Tor Browser for Android, so there may be more bugs than usual. If you find a bug or have a suggestion for how we could improve these changes, please let us know. There are several ways you can reach us with feedback about this alpha including commenting on this post, emailing us at frontdesk@torproject.org, or contacting the developers at the tbb-dev mailing list. We track all Tor Browser for Android related issues with the tbb-mobile keyword in our bug tracker and are happy with bug reports, there, too.

Be sure to include as many of these as possible:

    •    Your Android version
    •    Tor Browser version
    •    Step by step of how you got to the issue, so we can reproduce it (e.g. I opened the browser, typed a url, clicked on (i) icon, then my browser crashed)
    •    The debug log
    •    A descriptive subject line (if you're emailing us)

Thank you for your support. Happy private browsing.

Releasing this app on F-Droid is more complicated than uploading onto the website and using Google Play. We do want it to be available from F-Droid in the future, but this will take some time and it wasn't a high priority for the first alpha release. Thanks for your interest in it!

We'll be discuss this on https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/27539

Anonymous

September 07, 2018

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Finally, a Tor browser based on recent Firefox version.

Android Tor browsers are still identifiable because of screen size and color depth. Are there plans to block this method of fingerprinting?

Anonymous

September 07, 2018

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Great news! But for now, which app is considered the most stable/secure/fast ? (Orweb, orfox or alpha?) Obviously it's not alpha yet but I'll give it a shot. Keep doing the great job!

Anonymous

September 08, 2018

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Hey folks! Thanks again for this release especially Igor and Mathew! One question: Will there be an alpha version of the TBA after the final stable release is made (just like with TB for Desktop)?

Anonymous

September 08, 2018

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Does this ship with its own up-to-date CA certificates or does it rely on Android's system-wide preexisting CA certificates?

Anonymous

September 08, 2018

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what happened to new identity button in the top bar? now you have ot go into menu and click on it. usedd to be a new identity restart browser icon for so easier convenience

Anonymous

September 09, 2018

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Hi

I use TOR for political activity on Facebook and Twitter, ... in a dictatorship country, I need the best and the safest settings to apply in TOR desktop version to give me better feel, because I'm worried about the country's thought police and their IT experts, not to trace my activities. Many people like to use TOR, but they worry and don't know the safest settings and useful tips to save them from governmental spies. I know how to work with Tor and checked its settings out, but I need some advice from a Tor expert to give me some guides about privacy and security settings.
Another question I have doubt about it is, Is it safe to use Tor with a VPN program? Is it safe? For getting better safety, Is it good to use another VPN with Tor or not? some guys answer yes, some say no! I'm confused.
Sorry, I ask this question here that is not related to this post, but I need a quick answer and it's vital for me and some people who use Tor for political activity and journalists who I know them and I want to help them as well.

Thank You very much
Best
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You can switch your circuit by clicking on the "i" icon (identity box) on the left site of the URL bar as the 8.0 release blog post, the onboarding in the upper left corner of your starting page and the update notice (in case you updated) on the first page after the update explain.

Anonymous

September 09, 2018

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for some reason the add on tab used be able to search the add on the in the serach field now it pop up new window and shows you the add on based on the serach in the firefox add on site now. used to be able to query the list in the tor browser what is happening?

Anonymous

September 09, 2018

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This is a huge advance for billions of people all over the world, because so many ordinary citizens (and all are at risk from govt/corp surveillance) use either Google or Microsoft smart phones, and now they can protect their friends and family with Tor!

(Tsigas has worked as a tech expert for ProPublica, so even though his TorBrowser is not offically part of the Tor Project, I think its trustworthy.)

Thanks to all who are working on this, and best wishes for future development and adoption at scale. I hope TP's media team is reaching out to reporters at TheRegister, Wired, Arstechnica, The Guardian, The Intercept, to try to ensure that people all over the globe are aware that they can easily protect themselves by using Tor on two of the most widely used smart phones. I'd name media outlets in India, South Asia, Africa, and Latin America, but I'm not sure how many people use these brands of phone there, or which papers if any are courageous enough to popularize Tor usage. But I sense that at least in India and some parts of South America there are enormous opportunities to grow the Tor community and I hope this achievement can be part of how we do that.

Anonymous

September 09, 2018

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How will Tor deal with the rooting vs non-rooting issue? This is something Orbot struggled with before you; do you plan on requiring root or not?

Please don't require root for tor.There are so many android phones and tablets that finding a root method, other than kingroot or kingoroot or something like those apps, is impossible for all of them. If Tor browser for Android will require root some people may not be able to use tor anymore. Everyone can get an Android phone/tablet not everyone can root them, I would say it's better to not require root access.

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