Tor Browser is a privacy-focused browser with PC versions that is now available for Android phones. The application connects to encrypted VPN networks to ensure user anonymity and avoid data collection and regional blocking such as WhatsApp, for example. On the other hand, the connection slows down considerably and sites take longer to load. Also, it is not possible to make screenshots.
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Here's how to use the Tor Browser browser on your smartphone. The procedure was performed on a Moto E5 Plus with Android 8.0 Oreo, but the tips also apply to other devices with the Google system. It is noteworthy that the app is not available to Apple iPhone (iOS) users due to restrictions of the App Store.
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Learn how to use Tor Browser to surf with privacy on Android Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Step 1. Install Tor Browser on your mobile. When you first open your browser, tap "Connect" to have the app connect to an encrypted network. Then go to "about: tor" to reveal the address bar and access websites or do web searches;
Connecting Tor Browser to a Private Network Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Step 2. Tap the right button on the address bar to access the tab manager. From there you can switch between open websites and open new windows by tapping "+". Use the tabs at the top of the screen to toggle between private and normal;
Tor Browser Tab Manager Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Step 3. Access the application menu by tapping the button in the upper right corner of the screen to open new tabs, access your favorites and history, tools, settings and more;
Tor Browser Options Menu Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Step 4. In the notification center, Tor Browser maintains a permanent notification. You can track the speed of the connection and change your identity by tapping "New identity". This makes it even more difficult to track your phone.
Renewing your identity on Tor Browser Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Enjoy tips on using Tor Browser to anonymously browse your Android phone.
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