Running Tor on Android

  1. First, install the Tor proxy service to your system. To do so, open the Play Store and download Orbot.

  2. Once you have done so, launch Orbot.

  3. Next, open the kebab menu in the upper right hand corner and select Settings:

    Orbot menu
  4. Then, make sure the options for Start Orbot on Boot and Allow Background Starts are checked:

    Orbot settings
  5. Go back, and tap start:

    Orbot start
  6. Orbot will start up the Tor service. Once complete, you will see:

    Orbot started
  7. You can now close Orbot. It will continue running in the background.

Setting up Orbot VPN mode

Orbot’s VPN mode allows certain applications to utilize it’s Tor service. To setup:

  1. First disable Private DNS on your device. To do so, navigate to:

    Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced > Private DNS > Off

    Private DNS off

    Toggle Private DNS to “off”

  2. Next, launch Orbot and toggle VPN Mode on while on the main screen:

    Orbot vpn mode

    Toggle VPN Mode to “on”

  3. Under Tor-Enabled Apps, select the gear to add applications that need to be proxied through VPN mode to utilize Tor.

    Orbot apps

Examples of native applications that need this feature are:

  • Bitwarden

  • Zap

  • Zeus

You can also add the following browsers to the Tor-Enabled Apps list to easily access Tor addresses (.onion URLs):

  • Chrome

  • Brave