The Tor Project has released Tor Browser 8.5. And this is the first stable release for Android. In a nutshell this means you can now download the Tor Browser from Google Play and start browsing the internet anonymously. Or visit the deep and dark web.
If you’re not yet up to speed regarding what Tor is then it’s worth educating yourself before blindly diving into using The Onion Router. Therefore, why not read our unofficial user’s guide to Tor followed by our tips for using the Tor Browser safely.
You Can Now Install the Tor Browser on Android
Tor Browser 8.5 brings with it several improvements and bug fixes. But the headline here is that Tor Browser 8.5 is the first stable release for Android. Which means you can download the Tor Browser for Android from Google Play as well as from The Tor Project.
The Tor Browser for Android isn’t perfect. There are a list of bugs and missing features The Tor Project is working to overcome. However, Tor Browser 8.5 is considered the first stable release, which means it’s ready to be used by the general public.
We've got big news.
After months of work, Tor Browser is now stable on Android.
— The Tor Project (@torproject) May 21, 2019
The Tor Project launched Tor Browser for Android in alpha in September 2018. At the time the organization listed its ability to “block trackers,” “defend against surveillance,” “resist fingerprinting,” offer “multi-layered encryption,” and enable users to “browse freely”.
In case you’re wondering, no, there’s no official Tor Browser for iOS, and no plans to release one. The Tor Project claims this is “due to restrictions by Apple”. However, it recommends iOS users keen to browse anonymously use the Onion Browser instead.
Download: Tor Browser for Android
Educate Yourself Before Visiting the Deep Web
It’s important to remember that while using Tor makes it more difficult for authorities to track you, it doesn’t guarantee you anonymity and security. Tor also doesn’t change the legality of certain behaviors, so breaking the law is still breaking the law.
While the primary purpose of the Tor Browser is to enable people to browse the internet without being tracked, it also allows you to access the deep web. So, here’s how to find active Onion sites, and some tips on how to access the dark web safely.