Opera for Android gets built-in VPN support

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 7, 2019
Google Android, Opera

Opera Software released a new beta version of the company's mobile browser for Android today that includes support for browser proxy / VPN functionality.

Opera is rolling out the feature to users of the beta version on Android currently; means, you may not see it yet even if you run the latest version of the beta browser.

Do the following to find out if the VPN is available already:

  • Tap on the Opera-icon and select Settings.
  • If you see a VPN listing under Browser near the top it is available.

Just toggle VPN to enable it the mobile browser to test and use the proxy connection. Long-tap on the VPN listing there to display additional options. The VPN is enabled for private tabs only by default; uncheck the option in the VPN settings to enable it for all tabs.

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You may also switch the virtual location to force the browser to connect through servers in Europe, America, or Asia instead of letting Opera decide.

Last but not least, it is possible to activate the VPN for searches as well. Doing so improves privacy but may deliver less relevant search results as the search engine may provide results for another country based on the server you are connected to.

Opera for Android indicates that a VPN is used with an icon in the browser's address bar. Tap on the icon to display the transferred data of the last 30 days and change the connection location right then and there.

The browser proxy has no time or data transfer limit, and Opera Software promises that it is a strict no-log service.

Moreover, our VPN is a no-log service, which means that we will not collect any information that travels through the network servers.

A quick test revealed that the speed is good enough for regular browsing sessions. Note that your mileage may vary based on your location and the server locations you connect to.

Opera Software introduced similar support in the company's desktop browser in 2016. The desktop VPN, which is still available, works similarly in many regards.

Opera users should not confuse the integration in the mobile Opera browser with Opera VPN, a standalone application for Android released in 2016. Opera killed the application in 2018, however.

Closing Words

The integrated proxy is available free or charge, does not restrict bandwidth, and Opera Software promises that it is not logging anything. That's a good deal for users who want to improve privacy by hiding their device's IP address.

The main downside of the solution is that it is limited to the Opera mobile browser, another that the solution is limited to three broad regions with no option to connect to certain countries.

Now You: Do you use a proxy or VPN on your mobile devices?

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  1. Mike M said on May 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m a big fan of Opera’s RSS reader, but I agree it could do with some work! Having the option to detach the Feeds list from the mail reader would be a great start.

    You can however change the update frequency by right clicking a feed in the panel and going to properties.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Mike you are right about the update frequency. It is not really reasonable for me with hundreds of feeds though. Is not there an option to change the frequency for all feeds at once?

  2. operaised said on May 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    For updating all the feeds at once the only option that comes to mind is
    editing the “index.ini” mail file when opera is not working (remember to do a backup before attempting this) )and doing a multiple replace on the “Update Frequency” line, you can find one feed with the update frequency you want (Update Frequency=10800 is three hours) and one with the old update frequency and multiple replace all those values.

    Filters are called “Labels” now since Opera 11 I think, you can again right click on them, select properties and set the settings you want.

    As for autohiding read messages you just depress the “Show read” button in the toolbar above the feed view, if its not there right click the toolbar and select Customize -> Appearance -> Buttons -> Mail view and drag that button on the toolbar.

    And a word of warning, Opera for some time now uses a single file per message (because antivirus programs sometimes block or delete the whole mbs file when finding a virus – the previous version did the weekly per account so you could theoretically lose the whole month of an account). It is however not very efficient and can cause you defrag program to take much longer to finish a defrag.To return to the old type mail store you can enter opera:config#UserPrefs|DefaultMailStoreType in the address bar and select 1 as the value. Do this before subscribing to any feeds because any old feeds already subscribing will retain the previous format.

  3. RP_Joe said on June 15, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I have hundreds of feeds in my Opera reader and I love it.
    If the mail is not configured (no email account) then there is a button on the read toolbar that says “Update all”. But when you config the email client, this button disappears and a spacer appears. I have not figured how to get it back. I do not see any “update all’ buttons anymore.

    Opera 11.11 ,Build 2109, XP, no plugins.

    PS This browser is so far ahead of any others. Amazing.

  4. Feedbro said on April 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Check out Feedbro: fast, easy & feature rich feed reader as #Chrome extension to replace Google Reader.
    Feedbro has an integrated Rule Engine for filtering and highlighting, tag support and many advanced other features.
    Feedbro can also automatically convert Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages into feeds and has super-easy feed autodiscovery builtin.

    Feedbro also has Opera RSS reader style 3-column view (+ Google Reader style views).


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