What is Opera Turbo?
Opera Turbo is a free service that speeds up browsing on slow connections. In the best case, it will make a dial-up connection more nearly resemble a broadband line. In cases where the connection speed is variable or in doubt, an automatic setting permits Opera itself to decide if Opera Turbo can be beneficial, and to act accordingly.
See the introductory video Speed up slow connections with Opera Turbo.
How do I turn Opera Turbo on?
To use Opera Turbo, find the Opera Turbo icon on the lower left of the screen, on the left side of the status bar. Hover this icon, and it says "Opera Turbo Off". Click on it, and Opera Turbo is enabled. The icon turns blue, and each time a page is loaded, information is displayed about the network savings.
How do I turn Opera Turbo off?
If Opera Turbo is on, clicking the Opera Turbo icon on the lower left of the screen turns it off again. Rather than turning it on and off all the time, you may prefer to change the setting to "Automatic".
How do I change the settings for Opera Turbo?
To configure Opera Turbo, click the drop-down arrow on the right side of the icon, and select "Configure". Three options are available:
- Enable Opera Turbo only when a slow network is detected
- Optimize pages with Opera Turbo so they load faster on slow networks
- Load pages normally, without Opera Turbo (default)
In case of doubt, select the "Automatic" setting. These options are available also in the Webpages tab of preferences.
The notification about network speed can be turned on or off via the checkbox marked "Notify me about network speed".
How does Opera Turbo work?
The technology behind Opera Turbo is a proxy server with server-side compression of webpages. A compression rate of up to 80% can be achieved, in part by reducing the quality of images. If you want to view an image uncompressed, right-click on the image, and select "Reload Image in Full Quality".