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Opera Shuts Down Its VPN App for Android and iOS

Dave Parrack 18-04-2018

Opera has announced that it’s shutting down its VPN app at the end of this month. The Opera VPN app, which provided Android and iOS users with a free VPN for their phones, is to be permanently discontinued as of April 30, 2018. Which sucks.


For the past couple of years, Opera has offered its own VPN service. The desktop browser has a free VPN built into it I Switched From Chrome to Opera and I’m Never Going Back Any browser works. There's only one reason to pick one over another: it's more in line with how you like to browse the web. And you might prefer Opera, too. Read More , and the Opera VPN app for Android and iOS welcomed smartphone users to the party as well. But Opera is now scaling back.

The Opera VPN App Is No More

According to the Opera VPN website, Opera is “discontinuing the Opera VPN app for iOS and Android on April 30, 2018”. The Opera VPN app allowed users to connect to countries around the world, with extra tools to prevent tracking and test their security.

As well as the free version, Opera offered an Opera VPN Gold service that increased speeds, added more countries to the mix, and added dedicated customer support, all for $30/year. But both the free version and the Gold version will soon be no more.

Given that some people have paid for this app beyond the end of this month, Opera is offering Opera Gold users a free 1-year subscription to SurfEasy Ultra VPN. And everyone else will be offered an 80 percent discount on SurfEasy Total VPN through the app.


Opera has clarified that it’s only shutting down the Opera VPN app on Android and iOS. Which means that the free VPN built into the desktop browser isn’t for the chop. At least for the time being. Still, there are plenty of other unlimited free VPNs available.

What’s Next on the Chopping Board?

As to why, there is speculation that Opera has discontinued its VPN as a direct result of being owned by a Chinese consortium. VPNs are obviously very popular with Chinese citizens looking to circumvent China’s internet restrictions, hence the speculation.

Opera’s decision to can its VPN app comes just a few months after Opera killed its data-saving app, Opera Max Opera Kills Its Data-Saving App, Opera Max Opera is discontinuing Opera Max, its standalone app designed to save data across your mobile applications. Existing users can carry on using Opera Max, but only for "a period of time". Read More . And once again there was no real reason given for shutting it down. If I was an opera user I’d be worrying about what’s next on the chopping board.

Related topics: Opera Browser, VPN.

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