Opera Max gets a nagging feature

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 1, 2016

The most recent version of Opera Max, a free VPN app for Android, adds time limitations to the service which require users to become active to continue benefiting from Opera Max.

Opera Max is without the shadow of a doubt one of the better free VPN solutions for Android. It is easy to setup and does not limit you in terms of data that you may transfer before you are either asked to pay up or wait for the next period to begin.

The functionality that Opera Max provides goes beyond tunneling your Internet connection through company servers though; the app may reduce bandwidth when you are streaming music or stream video content, ships with a privacy mode that reveals apps that communicate with third-party servers (and may be used to block the communication), and may block any app from Internet access.

The nagging feature

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You could use Opera Max up until now for as long as you liked. Install the app, turn on the data compression feature once and keep it running in the background for days, weeks or longer.

The new version of Opera Max changes that as it limits access to 12 hour periods. While this may sound bad at first, it is not the end of the world either.

When you enable Opera Max after installing or upgrading to the new version, you are informed that you have 11:59:xx hours left. Opera Max notifies you when you are about to run out of time so that you can refresh the time by opening the app and tapping on the "add time" button in the interface.

You are redirected to a new page whenever you do so that informs you about that, and displays an ad to you on top of that.

What's interesting about this is that you can do this repeatedly to add several 12 hour periods to your quota.

Why did Opera make the change?

While Opera did not release a statement why it changed the way Opera Max works, a likely explanation is to increase ad views and thus revenue.

It is clear that the operation of Opera Max is not free and that Opera pays for servers and infrastructure. Since there is no Opera Max Pro version available, Opera Software won't make any money from that which leaves advertisement as the main source of revenue.

The problem was that users did not have to open Opera Max regularly in previous versions. Once installed and enabled, Opera Max could run in the background all the time without the user ever opening the app again.

The new limitation pushes ad views and makes the use of Opera Max less comfortable in the process. This is especially problematic for Android users who use Opera Max all the time, and not only occasionally.

It would not surprise me if Opera Software would introduce Opera Max Pro in the near future that does away with time limited access for a yearly subscription fee.

Now You: Do you use Opera Max or other VPN or proxy solutions?



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  1. Jay said on November 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Dumped Opera Max today when I saw that my Google searches were coming back in Chinese. Did a test search after uninstalling Max, and everything was in English again. Not suspicious at all…

    1. Maria said on November 7, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      They don’t have servers in China. Must’ve gotten your traffic directed through Singapore.

  2. Gabrielle D said on November 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Soo….. I’m guessing this makes Opera Max “just another free VPN” right? or does it? I mean, It was rumored to be the best thing to happen to internet since the Facebook when this first came out earlier this year….but with this move i guess more users are gonna go for paid, but more reliable and definitely, less irritating solutions like Ivacy and Pure. let’s see what happens.

    1. Liv said on November 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      I use Opera Max on my phone but when I got the new update the counter read 90 days, why is that?

      1. Anda said on November 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

        That’s probably because you are an updating user. You get 90 days to smooth the transition.

  3. mwesigwa noah said on November 1, 2016 at 8:48 am

    thanks opera staff but my opera browser for windows 7 home edition kept on showing me not responding every time I trried to open it.

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