Ad blocker

If you block ads, web pages will load faster and look cleaner. By blocking ads with Opera’s built-in ad blocker, you also block the source of many tracking cookies. The ad blocker also stops cryptocurrency mining scripts.

To block ads:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Under Block ads, turn on Block ads and surf the web up to three times faster.

You can also turn on ad blocker by going to the Easy Setup menu found on the right side of the toolbar.

Click Manage Exceptions to set site-specific preferences. By default, a few sites are not blocked.

On the right side of the combined address and search bar you can see a small badge . Click on the badge for more information, including the number of blocked ads and trackers, and a site-specific switch for unblocking ads or trackers.

To stop cryptocurrency mining, or cryptojacking, from happening on your computer:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Under Block ads, click Manage Lists.
  3. Click the NoCoin (Cryptocurrency Mining Protection) checkbox.

Read more about cryptocurrency mining and how we stop this practice here.

Tracker blocker

Opera’s tracker blocker feature blocks online tracking from analytic scripts, tracking pixels, and other methods of data collection. Removing trackers protects your privacy and data, as well as helps pages load faster. To block trackers:

  1. Go to Settings > Basic > Privacy protection.
  2. Enable Block trackers.

Click Manage Exceptions to change site-specific preferences, or click Manage lists to change or add lists.

You can also turn on the tracker blocker by going to the Easy Setup menu found to the right of the address bar.

On the right side of the combined address and search bar you can see a small badge . Click on the badge for more information, including the number of blocked trackers and ads, and a site-specific switch for unblocking ads or trackers.


Normally, your browser connects directly to websites, allowing websites to identify your IP address and approximate location. With VPN, you connect to websites via a VPN (virtual private network) server. As a result, your apparent location changes to the location of the server.

Before using the free and no-log VPN service in Opera, you need to enable it:

  1. In Opera, go to Settings.
  2. In the sidebar, click Advanced, then click Privacy & security.
  3. Under VPN, click Enable VPN.

You will now see the VPN button on the left side of the combined address and search bar.

Click this button to open the VPN pop-up window. Here you can turn on VPN.

How to set up VPN

Once you’ve turned on VPN, Opera will find the optimal virtual location for you, changing your IP address. Or, you can choose from one of the following VPN server locations on the drop-down menu:

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • the Americas

Learn how VPN and other Opera features protect your privacy and security.

Bypass VPN for default search engines

Using Opera’s VPN changes your virtual location while browsing. This influences your search results when using a search engine, such as Google. For example, if you intend to search for a nearby cafe while in Paris with VPN turned on, you may get attractive but inconvenient cafe recommendations in a faraway country.

Bypass VPN for default search engines allows you to use default search engines to find web inquiries relevant to your actual location with protection in an https:// connection. The VPN service will resume when you navigate to a web page.

If you wish to turn this off:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Advanced, then click Privacy & security.
  3. Under VPN, turn off Bypass VPN for default search engines.

This is not supported in Private Mode.

How do VPNs work?

When you use the internet and you don’t use VPN, you connect to your ISP (internet service provider) which connects to the internet. Websites you visit see your real IP address and location, and the data sent back and forth can be seen.

When you use a VPN service like Opera’s built-in VPN, your client (your VPN software) encrypts your data and sends it through your ISP to a VPN server and finally to the page you’re viewing. This extra step disguises your location. Websites you visit do not see your IP address and location, but that of the VPN server your data goes through. Also, since your VPN client encrypts the data between you and the websites you visit, anyone looking can only see the encrypted data.

VPN is a free service, and the amount of data you are allowed to transfer is unlimited. Read more about how VPN protects your security.

Read more about VPN on the Opera blog.

Paste Protection

Paste Protection is a new feature that makes browsing safer. One potential security risk while browsing is the hijacking of your clipboard to replace a bank account number or crypto wallet identifier with a different one.

Paste Protection protects you from this. When you copy sensitive data in Opera Browser, the data is monitored for changes for some time or until you paste the data. If the data is changed by an external application, a warning is displayed.

How Paste Protection works

When you copy an IBAN, credit card number or crypto wallet number, the Paste Protection icon appears to the right of your address bar along with a notification. For two minutes, or until you paste the data, your clipboard is monitored to ensure the number isn’t changed.

If an external application uses the clipboard during that time, the Paste Protection icon displays a warning. You also receive a notification when the data is pasted.

Currency converter

Whenever you select a text corresponding to a monetary value, such as $3010.50 zł, ¥800, or 2.00 BTC, the search pop-up will convert it to your desired currency.

For the currency converter to work properly, the corresponding currency symbol must be highlighted along with the numerical value.

You can copy the converted value to your clipboard by hovering your pointer over the value and clicking the revealed Copy button.

The currency converter uses your location at the time you installed Opera to determine your currency, but you can disable this function or change your currency on the settings page.

To change your default currency, which all highlighted currencies will convert to:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click Advanced on the left sidebar, and click Features.
  3. Under Search pop-up, select a currency from the dropdown menu.

To disable the currency converter from the search pop-up tool, turn off On text selection, convert currency to.

Here is the list of currencies which Opera can convert:

  • AUD, $ – Australian Dollar
  • BGN, лв – Bulgarian Lev
  • BRL, R$ – Brazilian Real
  • BYN – Belarusian Ruble
  • CAD, $ – Canadian Dollar
  • CHF – Swiss Franc
  • CNY, ¥ – Chinese Yuan
  • CZK, Kč – Czech Koruna
  • DKK, kr – Danish Krone
  • EGP, E£ – Egyptian Pound
  • EUR, € – Euro
  • GBP, £ – British Pound
  • GEL, ლ, ₾ – Georgian Lari
  • HKD, $ – Hong Kong Dollar
  • HRK, kn – Croatian Kuna
  • HUF – Hungarian Forint
  • IDR, Rp – Indonesian Rupiah
  • ILS, ₪ – Israeli New Shekel
  • INR – Indian Rupee
  • JPY, ¥ – Japanese Yen
  • KZT, ₸ – Kazakhstani Tenge
  • KRW, ₩ – South Korean Won
  • MXN, $ – Mexican Peso
  • MYR, RM – Malaysian Ringgit
  • NOK, kr – Norwegian Krone
  • NZD, $ – New Zealand Dollar
  • PHP, ₱ – Philippine Peso
  • PLN, zł – Polish Zloty
  • RON, lei – Romanian Leu
  • RUB, ₽ – Russian Ruble
  • SEK, kr – Swedish Krona
  • SGD, $ – Singapore Dollar
  • THB, ฿ – Thai Baht
  • TRY – Turkish Lira
  • USD, $ – United States Dollar
  • UAH, ₴ – Ukrainian Hryvnia
  • ZAR, R – South African Rand

Please note that currencies which share the $, kr, ¥, and the £ symbols will, by default, convert to the U.S. Dollar, Norwegian Krone, Japanese Yen, and the British Pound, respectively, if no other currency abbreviation is highlighted.

The currency converter can convert these four cryptocurrencies:

  • BTC – Bitcoin
  • BTH – Bitcoin Cash
  • ETH – Ethereum
  • LTC – Litecoin

Currency conversion is based on two reference rates reported either by the European Central Bank (ECB) using EURO as its base currency or the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) using the Hryvnia as its base currency.

The default currency converter option is set to the ECB. According to the ECB, its reference rates are updated on working days, excluding TARGET closing days (generally Saturdays, Sundays and certain holidays). The ECB’s reference rates are based on a regular daily concertation procedure between central banks across Europe. Learn more about the ECB’s policy and exchange rates.

Reference rates using the NBU are updated in two groups, daily or monthly, according to the exchange rates of the Ukrainian Hryvnia against foreign currencies. Read more about NBU exchange rates.

Rates are not verified by Opera and you should confirm current rates with your financial institution before engaging in any transaction.

Unit converter

In the same way as converting currencies, the search pop-up can convert between imperial and metric units of measurement, such as feet ⇄ meters, gallons ⇄ liters, pounds ⇄ grams, and so on. Celsius and Fahrenheit are also included. Whenever a unit of value in either imperial or metric form is highlighted, the corresponding converted value will appear in the search pop-up.

For the unit converter to work properly, the corresponding unit symbol must be highlighted with the number.

You can copy the converted value to your clipboard by hovering your pointer over the value and clicking the revealed Copy button.

Here is the list of units which Opera can convert:

  • lb ⇄ kg
  • °F ⇄ °C
  • oz ⇄ g
  • mph ⇄ km/h
  • mpg ⇄ l/100km
  • gal ⇄ l
  • qt ⇄ l
  • fl ⇄ ml
  • mi ⇄ km
  • yd ⇄ m
  • ft ⇄ m
  • in ⇄ cm
  • in ⇄ mm
  • kW ⇄ hp
  • lb ft ⇄ Nm

Time zone converter

When you come across an unfamiliar time, such as 18:30 KST, the search pop-up can adjust the time to your local time zone.

For the time zone converter to work properly, the time zone abbreviation must be highlighted with the hour and minutes included (see the formats below). You may also highlight an accompanying date, such as 17-10-2017, in addition to the hour and time zone abbreviation, and the converter will adjust the date if necessary.

You can copy the converted value to your clipboard by hovering your pointer over the value and clicking the revealed Copy button.

The time zone converter uses your system’s location at the time you installed Opera to determine your local time zone.

Here is the list of time zones which Opera can convert:

  • PST / PDT: Pacific Standard / Daylight Time
  • MST / MDT: Mountain Standard / Daylight Time
  • CST / CDT: Central Standard / Daylight Time
  • EST / EDT: Eastern Standard / Daylight Time
  • AST / ADT: Atlantic Standard Time / Daylight Time
  • NST / NDT: Newfoundland Standard Time / Daylight Time
  • GMT: Greenwich Mean Time
  • BST: British Summer Time
  • MET: Middle Europe Time
  • CET / CEST: Central Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
  • EET / EEST: Eastern Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
  • WET / WEST: Western Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
  • JST: Japan Standard Time
  • KST: Korean Standard Time
  • IST: Indian Standard Time
  • MSK: Moscow Standard Time

Search highlight

The search pop-up tool is Opera’s utility belt that allows you to search or copy (or share if you’re on a Mac) the text you highlight on a web page. With just one click, your highlighted text opens a new tab and is queried by your default search engine. You can also copy the text to your clipboard to use later on.

Battery saver

Battery saver makes it possible to browse longer when your laptop is unplugged, as demonstrated in the following time-lapse performance test.

The first time your laptop’s power cable is unplugged, the battery saver icon appears next to the search and address field, along with the tip: Save battery and browse longer! If you accept the offer, battery saver will activate every time your laptop is unplugged. If you have not previously enabled ad blocker, you are encouraged to do so; battery saver works better when you also block ads.

If you click on the battery saver icon, a dialog appears with an on/off switch, a link to the battery saver options in Settings, and an estimate of the time remaining.

You can later enable/disable battery saver, select when the feature will activate, and decide to always show the battery saver icon by going to Settings > Advanced > FeaturesBattery saver.

So, how does battery saver work? The secret is that the browser avoids doing more work than it has to, reducing activity in background tabs, pausing plug-ins and animations, rescheduling JavaScript timers, and tuning video-playback parameters. If you’re playing online video games, you might want to switch it off.

Read more about Opera’s battery saver feature.

Video pop-out

Opera’s video pop-out feature allows you to watch videos from YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo – almost any video provider – while browsing in other tabs or even using different applications. 

When using video pop-out, your video will play in an adjustable, movable, floating window. You can drag the window to any part of your computer screen – or even a second screen – as well as resize the video as you please. The window will float above other windows and applications so that you can always have an eye on the action.

How to use video pop-out in Opera

To use video pop-out, start a video in your Opera browser. Next, move your mouse to the top-center of the video frame and the video pop-out button will appear. Click this button to pop the video into a new, adjustable window. 

Adjusting volume, pausing/playing, and advancing to the next video can all be done in the pop-out window. Player controls are found at the bottom of the window. This allows you to control video playback without needing to have the host tab open.

If you wish to quickly return to the tab playing the video, hover your mouse over the title of the video in the window and click Back to tab

Closing the video pop-out window does not stop video playback; the video continues playing in its host tab. You can also close the video pop-out by clicking the pop-out button again at the top of the video. 

To enable or disable the video pop-out feature, go to Setting > Advanced > Video pop out.


Bookmarks are shortcuts you create for your favorite web pages. In Opera, your bookmarks are stored in the Bookmarks manager, where you can access, copy, delete, and edit the names or URLs of bookmarks.

There are three access points to the bookmarks manager in Opera:

  • Sidebar – Click the icon in the sidebar.
  • Bookmarks bar – Right-click or + click the bookmarks bar, then select Bookmarks.
  • Opera Menu – Click the button in the top-left corner of the browser on Windows or Linux, then go to Bookmarks > Bookmarks. On Mac, click Bookmarks in the toolbar, then click Bookmarks.

Turn on the Bookmarks bar

To show the bookmarks bar under your combined address and search bar, go to Easy Setup in the top-right corner of your browser and click Show bookmarks bar, or go to your bookmarks manager and check the show the bookmarks bar box in the top-right corner.

Create bookmarks

To create a bookmark, go to the webpage you want to bookmark and click the icon at the far-right end of the combined address and search bar. You will be prompted to name the bookmark and click done.

Edit bookmarks

To edit a bookmark in the bookmarks manager, hover your mouse over one and click the pen icon. You can now change the name and URL of the bookmark.

To copy a bookmark, right-click or ctrl + click the bookmark and click Copy in the pop-up window.

You can select multiple bookmarks by clicking the checkmark button on each bookmark. The checked bookmarks can be dragged as a group to a new location or copied to your clipboard. To delete a bookmark, click the x button.

Restore bookmarks

Deleted bookmarks are stored in Trash (Bin on Mac) in the left side panel. Open that page to see the bookmarks you have deleted. If you wish to restore a deleted bookmark to your bookmarks manager, hover your mouse over the bookmark and click Undo delete.

Create a bookmarks folder

A bookmark folder holds multiple bookmarks in one place. These folders can be placed in the bookmarks bar or in your bookmarks manager. To create a bookmarks folder:

  1. Go to Bookmarks.
  2. Click the button.
  3. Create a title for your new folder.
  4. Click the pen icon to create the folder.

You can now click and drag bookmarks into your new folder.

You can also click and drag any folder to a different location on the left sidebar. To nest folders, drag one on top of the other.

To edit, delete, or select a bookmark folder, hover your mouse over a folder to reveal the edit, delete, and select icons.

You can select and manage multiple folders by clicking the checkmark icon on each folder. The icon will turn blue when actively selected. Multiple folders can be dragged and placed in a new location.

Similar to individual bookmarks, bookmark folders can be moved or copied to your Speed Dial. They will become Speed Dial folders on your start page.

Use the bar at the top to search for bookmarks by name. Opera will filter bookmarks with each keystroke, looking in every folder, to help you find your page.

The switch on the left side of the search box changes how bookmarks are displayed. Select between a grid of images or a condensed list to better navigate your bookmarks.

Import or export bookmarks from other web browsers

You can import bookmarks from other web browsers to your Opera browser, as well as export bookmarks as an HTML text file from your bookmarks manager. To do so:

  1. Go to Bookmarks.
  2. Click the import/export button on the bottom of the left side panel. 
  3. If you choose import, you will be brought to settings, where you can import bookmarks, as well as browsing history, saved passwords and cookies.
  4. If you choose export, a window will open for you to select the save destination for your HTML text file.


Creating and using an Opera account with our browsers helps sync tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and history across all devices. When you’re signed in successfully, the button will display a green checkmark. This checkmark indicates that Opera is syncing your browsing data to your account.

If you don’t have an Opera account, go to Settings > Synchronization and click Sign in. Then click the Create my Account! button to register.

To sign out of the sync service, click the account button and select Sign out. Once you sign out, any data that is saved to your device’s browser will not be synced with your account. For example, if you add a new bookmark, it will not sync to your other devices until you sign back into your account. Note: Signing out of your account does not remove data from the browser. When you sign out, any data synced to the browser will remain on your device. Similarly, any data synced to your account will remain on Opera servers.

View and manage synced data

Opera syncs your bookmarks, Speed Dial entries, browsing history, passwords, settings, and open tabs with your other Opera browsers through an Opera account. Sign into your Opera account on your home and work computer, your phone and your tablet, and you can pick up where you left off when you switch devices.

Once you sign in, the browser pushes all of your device’s browsing data into your Opera account. The same will happen when you sign in on a different computer, on your phone, or on your tablet.

Your bookmarks, Speed Dial entries, browsing history, passwords, and settings will be merged onto your Opera account and shared between the devices you sign in on. Read more about how Opera manages your Opera account.

To select which kind of browsing data Opera syncs between devices:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Under Synchronization, click Advanced sync settings.
  3. Select the data types you wish to sync.

View and manage synced bookmarks

To view bookmarks from your other devices, go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks from the menu bar on Mac or the  Menu on Windows and Linux.

Opera merges each device’s bookmarks and bookmark folders. The sidebar of the bookmark manager updates automatically when you add new folders or bookmarks on different devices. Any changes you make to your bookmarks in the manager will be synced to your other devices. Read more about bookmarks.

View and manage synced Speed Dials

To view and manage Speed Dial entries from other devices, open the bookmark manager by selecting Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks from the menu bar on Mac or the  Menu on Windows and Linux.

Opera organizes your device’s Speed Dial entries like bookmarks. To view, edit or remove Speed Dial entries on all your devices, click Other Speed Dials on the sidebar.

View and manage synced history

To view your combined browsing history, select History > Show All History (menu bar on Mac; Menu on Windows and Linux). You can also access your History page by clicking on the clock icon on the sidebar from the start page.

Opera merges the history of each of your devices onto the history page. Clearing items from your history clears them from the history of all the devices that you are signed into. Read more about clearing private data.

View and manage synced passwords

By default, your passwords are encrypted using your Opera credentials. Only encrypted password information is stored on Opera’s server and delivered to your devices. Opera uses your account credentials to decrypt passwords when you sign into your account on your other devices. When Opera receives and decrypts synced passwords, they are stored in your computer’s Keychain.

If you do not wish to use your Opera credentials for encrypting passwords, you can assign a master passphrase for your account. When you assign a master passphrase, not only your passwords but all of your synced data will be encrypted. To assign a passphrase:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Under Synchronization, click Advanced sync settings.
  3. Under Encryption options, select Encrypt all synchronized data with your own sync passphrase.
  4. Enter your desired passphrase, confirm the phrase, and click Save.

Synced passwords can be removed from your Opera account through Opera’s password manager. To manage passwords individually:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click Advanced on the left sidebar, and click Privacy and security.
  3. Under Autofill, click Passwords.

Note: Removing passwords from Opera’s password manager and your Opera account does not remove password data from your local machine. Any synced password data will remain on your device and must be managed through your operating system’s password storage.

View open tabs

To view open tabs from other devices, select the Tabs button from the sidebar on the start page. Read more about synced tabs.

Tab snoozing

Tab Snoozing is enabled by default. Tabs that are not actively used will be paused, so they don’t use your computer’s memory. To activate the tab, simply click it.

If you want to disable Tab Snoozing, go to Settings > User Interface.

Duplicate tabs highlighter

Especially if you work with many tabs open, they can sometimes get duplicated. Hover your mouse over one of the tabs, and the Opera browser will highlight the duplicate tabs. To close all duplicate tabs, right-click on one of the tabs and select Close duplicate tabs.


In Opera’s sidebar, you’ll find Player. Listen to your favorite music from services like Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Deezer, and Tidal by opening a simple panel in your Opera sidebar. Log into your existing accounts to listen to music, use the playlists you’ve created, and browse the web while listening to music.

To use your favorite music service in Opera, left-click the Player icon on the sidebar, then select the service you want to log into.

If you want to switch between services, click the drop-down menu in the top left corner and select another service.

In the drop-down menu, you can also go to advanced settings. There you enable/disable Player, and set music to automatically pause when other media starts playing.


Pinboards work like virtual magnetic boards or sticky notes. You can write text, paste links, add images, and even link YouTube videos to share or save for later.

You can share your pinboards with friends, as well as browse any pinboards they send to you. Shared pinboards can be viewed from any device and no login is needed. A rich set of emojis allows you to leave reactions on any pinboard item.

To open Pinboards, select the icon from the left sidebar in the Opera Browser, or type opera://pinboards in the search bar. 

To create a new pinboard, select the New pinboard button in the upper left corner. Fill it with whatever you want. 

To share a pinboard, click the Share button in the upper right corner, and the link will automatically copy to your clipboard. Give the link to anyone you want, and they can access it from any browser.
Learn more at opera://pinboards.

Integrated messengers

Popular messengers can be found within Opera’s sidebar. With these integrated messengers, you can continue chatting with your family and friends in an easy-to-open panel as you browse different web pages. You will no longer need to continually track down and return to the tab with the messenger when responding to a message.

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, and VKontakte are integrated and available in Opera. After logging in with your appropriate account for the messenger, you will find all your contacts and current message threads ready. Having these messengers readily available works great when you want to quickly share a screenshot you’ve created with snapshot.

You can add or remove sidebar messengers from the Sidebar setup panel:

  1. Click the three-dot icon at the bottom of your sidebar.
  2. Under Messengers, check the messengers that you want to add or remove.

You can also manage your messengers in Settings:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Under Sidebar, click Manage Sidebar.
  3. Select which messengers you want available in the sidebar.

Here, you can also enable or disable notification badges for your messengers.

Logging into your messengers


  1. Click the WhatsApp icon in the sidebar. This opens a panel with a QR code and instructions.
  2. Open WhatsApp on your phone or tablet, go to your settings and select WhatsApp Web.
  3. Scan the QR code in the WhatsApp panel in Opera.

Facebook Messenger

  1. Click the Facebook Messenger icon in the sidebar, which opens the messenger’s panel.
  2. Enter your email or phone number, and the password you use for Messenger.
  3. Click Sign In.


  1. Click the Telegram icon in the sidebar. A panel will open up and ask you to sign into your account.
  2. Make sure the correct country is selected, enter the phone number you use for your Telegram account, and click Next.
  3. You’ll be asked to make sure the number is correct. If it is, click OK.
  4. Telegram will send a text to your phone with a Login code. Enter that code in the Telegram panel in your browser. 

VK (VKontakte)

  1. Click the VK icon in the sidebar.
  2. If you already have an account, enter your email or phone number, along with your password, and click Log in
  3. If you don’t have an account, click Sign up for VK and follow the instructions, or log in with your Google or Facebook account.


  1. Click on the Instagram icon in the sidebar, which opens the Instagram panel.
  2. Enter your account information to log in with an existing account, or log in using Facebook.
  3. If you don’t have an account, click Sign up.


  1. Click on the Twitter icon in the sidebar, which opens the Twitter panel.
  2. Enter your phone number, email, or username, along with your password, and click Log in.
  3. If you don’t have an account, click Sign up for Twitter.

Muting, pinning, or logging out of your messengers

Each messenger can be opened by clicking on its icon, and then closed by clicking the icon again.

With one of your messengers open, you will find a   menu in the top-left corner, and a pin icon in the right corner.

Clicking the icon will open the options to mute the messenger of notifications, hide the panel, or log out.

By clicking the pin icon in the top-right corner of the panel, the messenger will remain open as you browse the web. Click the icon again to unpin the messenger.

Personal News

Personal news helps you discover new and trending topics. It is a collection of recommended web content from news to sports to arts, and more. Catch up on your region’s most-read news under Top 50.

Clicking on the newspaper icon in the left sidebar of the start page will take you to the personal news feed. When you find something interesting to read, click on the entry to open the full news article in a new tab.

Opera creates your news feed based on your location. The Top 50 is an aggregation of trending news topics based on region and language. To change and view other regional content:

  1. Go to Personal News > Top 50.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select a region/language.
  3. The news feed will refresh with the latest content.

Create your own list of sources

You can customize the news feed to show you articles from sources you frequent, or from a list of topics you are interested in. Under My Sources, you can find a list of recommended or cataloged topics. To add your own source to the news feed:

  1. Go to Personal News.
  2. From the left panel, select My sources.
  3. Click Add sources.
  4. Search for your source in the text field, or select from the recommended or topical sources below.

Set refresh intervals for your news feed

You can select when Opera’s news feed will refresh with new, trending content. You can select from a frequent 5 minutes, to a longer sixty minutes, or to never. By selecting never, the news feed will refresh only when you reboot the browser.

To change the refresh interval for your personal news feed:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click Advanced in the left sidebar, and click Features.
  3. Under Personal news, select an interval from the Check my sources for new content dropdown menu.

Be notified of available news feed sources

You can be notified if a website you are visiting has an RSS feed available for your news feed. A blue newspaper icon will appear in your address bar.

To be notified of available news feed sources, click the Show available news feeds on address bar checkbox under Settings > AdvancedFeaturesPersonal news.

News on start page

News on the start page provides the most popular news articles from the web according to the languages and regions of your choosing. Scrolling down below your Speed Dial folders will open news dials for you to read. Click on an article dial to open it in a new tab.

To turn on news on the start page:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click Advanced in the left sidebar, and click Features.
  3. Under Personal news, turn on Show news on start page.

Multiple categories can be selected to filter the content you wish to appear on your the start page. While viewing the news on the start page, select All to receive news from all topics, or select individual topics for a personalized news feed.

You can choose multiple languages and regions in the cogwheel icon on the far-right side of the categories bar.


Opera’s snapshot tool is a built-in screenshot feature for your browser, allowing you to capture any part of a web page. Snapshot includes editor tools so you can customize, highlight, and have fun with the screenshots you capture.

To take a screenshot with snapshot:

  1. On a web page, press Shift + Ctrl + 5 (⇧ + ⌘ + 2 on macOS).
  2. Adjust the frame to crop the part of the web page you want to capture.
  3. Click Capture.

You can select Capture Full Screen to take a screenshot of the entire page currently visible on your screen, also known as the viewport, or select Save page as PDF to save the full page, from top to bottom, as a PDF.

Alternatively, you can initiate snapshot by clicking the camera icon on the right side of the toolbar.

Editing your screenshot

Opera’s snapshot feature includes these editing tools, from left to right:

  1. Zoom
  2. Arrow
  3. Blur
  4. Highlight
  5. Pencil
  6. Selfie camera
  7. Emojis
  8. Text

When you are finished editing the screenshot, you can choose to Copy and Close the image or to Save Image.

Clicking Copy and Close will copy the image to your clipboard, ideal for quickly pasting the image to a message in the integrated sidebar messengers.

If you wish to the save the image to your system, click Save Image. The image will be saved as a .png file in a location of your choosing.

My Flow

My Flow is the encrypted space shared between your Opera browsers on desktop, Android and iOS, including Opera Browser, Opera GX and Opera Mini. With My Flow, you can send online content like links, YouTube videos, web images and personal notes, to access them at any time from your connected phone or computer. You can also share your own files, such as pictures and documents, between devices quickly and easily. In My Flow, your content is displayed to help you identify which connected device something was sent from. Content such as videos or audio files can be played within My Flow or opened as a new tab. It’s a great way to keep everything organized and accessible.

My Flow

Enable My Flow

To use My Flow, you need both Opera for Desktop and either Opera Touch for iOS or Opera for Android. In your desktop browser:

  1. Go to the Easy setup menu  and make sure My Flow is enabled.
  2. Click the My Flow icon  in the sidebar and reveal the QR code.
  3. Scan the code with your Opera Touch or Opera for Android browser.

To scan the code with Opera Touch for iOS:

  1. Tap the My Flow icon on your start page or tap the three-dot menu and select My Flow.
  2. Tap the Connect a Computer button and Scan QR Code.

To scan the code with Opera for Android:

  1. Tap the address and search bar on your start page.
  2. Tap the QR code icon on the right side of the bar.

Sending online content to My Flow

Send online content by tapping the button on the right end of your address bar.

Sending documents or pictures to My Flow

To share your own pictures, documents or other files, you can either drag and drop them into My Flow on your computer, or click the upload button and navigate to the file on your device. At the moment, My Flow can save and share files up to 10mb and files will disappear automatically after 48 hours.

Receiving content from other connected devices

A small notification badge appears in the menu bar in My Flow when new content is sent. New content appears in My Flow with information on the device which sent it and a timestamp of its arrival.

Interacting with content in My Flow

Links to web content, videos, and other media in My Flow can be opened in a new tab or interacted with directly there. You can also copy the page’s web address or a note to your device’s clipboard.

Open in a new tab

To open content from My Flow in a new tab, tap the preview image or the text preview.

Play media in My Flow

Media, such as a YouTube video, can be played in My Flow. Tap the embedded media file to play it.


All content in My Flow can be copied to your device’s clipboard. Tap and hold the item to reveal the pop-up button, then tap Copy.

Deleting content from My Flow

Links, videos, photos, or notes in My Flow can be deleted individually or entirely.

To delete an individual item from My Flow: 

  1. Go to My Flow
  2. Tap and hold the page preview image or the device icon next to the item you wish to delete.
  3. Tap Delete from the pop-up.

To delete all content from My Flow: 

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Under Connection, tap Clear My Flow

If new content sent to My Flow does not appear in the panel, you may need to refresh or reset My Flow. To refresh My Flow, click thebutton at the top of the panel.

If refreshing fails, you may need to perform an Emergency Reset. Click the menu and click Emergency Reset.

After the emergency reset, you will need to re-connect My Flow with Opera Touch.

Deleting all user/account data from My Flow

To delete your account and all data associated with it: 

  1. Go to Settings 
  2. Under My Flow, click on Manage devices 
  3. Click on Disconnect all devices 
  4. Confirm by clicking DELETE

All content will be deleted and the connection between phones and computers will be removed.

Search Tabs

The Search Tabs tool is an easy way to find a specific open tab when you have a lot of them in one window. Press Ctrl+Space to bring up the tool, and start typing a keyword to identify the tab. The list will update and narrow down your options as you type.

You can also open Search Tabs by clicking on the magnifying glass icon to the right of your tabs. This icon replaces the previous Tab menu.

Recently closed tabs

You can also view recently closed tabs by pressing Ctrl + Space or clicking the magnifying glass icon to the right of your tabs. To resurrect a closed tab, simply left-click on it.

Easy Files

Easy Files makes it easier to attach and upload files from your computer. When you want to attach a file, Easy Files shows your most recently downloaded files as well as files and images you have recently used in other applications.
If you want to enable or disable Easy Files, go to Settings > User Interface > Show popup with clipboard and recent downloads when uploading files.

Crypto Wallet

Opera is the first major browser to integrate a native crypto wallet. The Ethereum-based wallet makes Opera capable of exploring Web 3.0 while also enabling you to make transactions with cryptocurrency and manage their tokens and collectibles.

Opera Crypto Wallet first launched on Opera for Android in July, 2018, and was added to Opera Touch for iOS in June, 2019. Opera for computers can sync with your Crypto Wallet, allowing you to send and receive cryptocurrency, explore Web 3.0, and manage your ERC20-compliant collectibles and tokens directly from the computer browser. The Crypto Wallet sidebar panel syncs with your Opera for Android or Opera Touch for iOS Crypto Wallet.

You can make transactions with the Crypto Wallet sidebar panel on Opera for computers and confirm the payment with your Opera for Android or Opera Touch for iOS browser.

Your keys, collectibles, and tokens in your Opera Crypto Wallet are accessible on both your Opera computer and mobile browsers. Your wallet keys and its backup phrase never leave your phone and remain secured by your phone’s on-device storage.

Creating an Opera Crypto Wallet

Before using the Crypto Wallet sidebar panel in Opera for computers, you will need to create your own Crypto Wallet in your Opera for Android or Opera Touch for iOS browser.

To create a crypto wallet in Opera for Android:

  1. Open your Opera for Android browser and select the menu in the bottom right-hand corner.
  2. Select Settings, then Crypto Wallet.
  3. Tap the Open Wallet button.

Your crypto wallet is ready. You can now access it from the menu.

To create a Crypto Wallet in Opera Touch for iOS:

  1. Open your Opera Touch browser on your iOS device.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner and select Settings.
  3. Under CRYPTO WALLET, tap the large button that says Activate.

Your Crypto Wallet is ready. Now you can access it directly from the three-dot main menu .

A 12-word backup phrase, also known as a seed phrase, will be created for you. This phrase is used to sign back into your Opera Crypto Wallet. It is very important to keep this phrase safe and secure. Opera will never ask for your backup phrase.

Should you ever lose your phone or have your phone stolen, therefore preventing you from accessing your wallet, this phrase can be used to restore your assets in a new wallet.

Connect your Crypto between your phone and Opera for computers

First, you need to add Crypto Wallet to Opera’s sidebar.

To add Crypto Wallet to Opera’s sidebar, click the Easy Setup button on the far-right edge of your toolbar. Then, under Features in Easy Setup, toggle on Crypto Wallet. Crypto Wallet is now in your sidebar .

Next, open the Crypto Wallet sidebar panel and click Reveal the code.

Now, scan the QR code with your mobile device.

  • On your Opera for Android browser, tap the address bar, and then tap the bar scan icon. (Note: You may need to permit Opera for Android to use your device’s camera.) Scan the revealed code in the Crypto Wallet sidebar panel with your Android device.
  • On your Opera Touch for iOS browser, go to Settings and tap the Connect a Computer button. (Note: You may need to permit Opera Touch to use your device’s camera.) Using your device, scan the revealed code in the Crypto Wallet sidebar panel on your computer.

If the connection is successful, you will see the following pop-up on your Android device:

In the Crypto Wallet sidebar panel, you will see your wallet’s funds, tokens, and collectibles. You can now use your Opera Crypto Wallet on your computer. Awesome, indeed!

How do I make a transaction with my Crypto Wallet on Opera for computers?

All transactions made with your Opera Crypto Wallet, whether by purchasing something or sending to or receiving from another person, must be confirmed with your Opera for Android browser. This acts as a two-step verification process to help protect your funds and keep your wallet keys secure.

When you are ready to make a transaction from Opera for computers, the Crypto Wallet panel will open and the payment confirmation process will begin.

Make cryptocurrency payment

To continue the payment process, open your Opera for Android browser. If your wallet is properly synced, the mobile browser will open the payment confirmation page. Here you can review the details of the pending purchase.

To continue with the transaction, tap Confirm.

Confirm crypto payment

After tapping Confirm, you will be asked to perform your device’s system unlock procedure.

The payment process is complete.

If the purchase is unsuccessful, you will see the screen shown below on your computer browser. You will need to reattempt the purchase.

Crypto payent failed

How do I receive Ethereum (ETH)?

In order to receive Ethereum from a sender, you will need to share your wallet’s address with them.

In the Crypto Wallet sidebar panel, click Copy Address to copy your wallet’s address to your clipboard. You can now paste the address in any send/receive form.

What is Opera’s dApp explorer?

The Opera Crypto Wallet provides a direct link to the Opera dApps Store. Here you can discover Web 3.0 apps such as CryptoKitties, Bitrefill, and other Ethereum-based marketplace and social applications.

To open the Opera dApps Store, open the Opera Crypto Wallet sidebar panel and click the blue dApp button in the bottom-right corner of the panel.

Please visit our Opera Crypto Wallet FAQ page if you have additional questions about the built-in wallet. Read more about the Crypto Wallet for Opera for Android.


Workspaces give you the opportunity to manage tabs for pages related to various topics, e.g. work, planning holidays, shopping. You can keep tabs related to your chosen topic in one workspace and not be distracted by tabs related to another one. Think of workspaces as pockets for tabs – you can keep them empty, or you can fill them.

Your workspaces can be accessed through the workspace icons at the top of your sidebar. Click on the icons to jump between them. To manage your workspaces, click the three-dot menu at the bottom of your sidebar to open the sidebar setup panel. There you can:

  • Turn workspaces on/off
    • Click the toggle-switch
  • Add more workspaces (up to 5 currently)
    • Click Add more next to the + icon
  • Edit the workspace icon or name
    • Click the three-dot icon next to a workspace
    • Select Edit
  • Remove a workspace
    • Click the three-dot icon next to a workspace
    • Select Remove
  • Hide a workspace (not the active workspace)
    • Click on a blue check-mark to hide that workspace
    • Click it again to make it visible
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Move a tab to another workspace (this also works if you Shift-click multiple tabs).

  1. Right-click on a tab to open the Tab Context Menu.
  2. Select Move tab to workspace…
  3. Select the destination workspace.

Other Tab Context Menu items affect the current workspace only. For example, if you select Reload all tabs, only the tabs your current workspace will be reloaded. Equally, if you want to cycle through your tabs (Ctrl+Tab), you will cycle through tabs in your current workspace.

If you want to open a link in a specific workspace, right-click the link, hover Open link in workspace, and select the workspace in which you want to open it.

Continue on Booking on your start page

Once you visit Booking.com and check out at least three hotels there, Opera will create a new Continue on Booking section on your start page, displaying your most frequently and recently viewed hotels on Booking.com.

Opera does not send your Booking.com browsing history to the Opera servers. Continue on Booking works fully within your browser, without any network look-up, and will only appear for active Booking.com users who have looked into at least three different places.

To turn the feature off, simply click x and select Do not show again. To temporarily hide it, choose Remind me later.

Continue Shopping on your start page

Once you visit Amazon.comAliexpress.com, or Otto.de and check out at least three products there, Opera will create a new Continue Shopping section on your start page, displaying your most frequently and recently viewed products on those sites.

Opera does not send your Amazon, AliExpress, or Otto browsing history to the Opera servers. Continue Shopping works fully within your browser, without any network look-up, and will only appear for active Amazon, AliExpress, or Otto users who have looked into at least three different items.

To temporarily hide Continue Shopping, click the arrow icon to fold the section. To turn the feature off completely, simply click x and select Do not show again.

Better Address Bar Experience (BABE)

Note – This feature is currently being tested and is only available to some users.

The BABE feature (Better Address Bar Experience) is a helpful pop-out that appears when you click on your address bar. It provides quick access to:

  • Sites you frequently visit
  • Top Speed Dials
  • Recommendations
  • Newly-added bookmarks
  • Useful browser locations

To enable or disable this feature:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. In the left sidebar, click Advanced then click Features
  3. Scroll down to the Enhanced address bar section
  4. Click Show enhanced address bar

To remove an item: 

  1. Hover your mouse over an item and click the three-dot icon (…) 
  2. Click Discard

You can change the size of the Speed Dials displayed in this feature by clicking the layout icons in the top-right of the pop-out. To close the pop-out, click the X followed by Hide enhanced address bar.

This feature gives you shortcuts and recommendations based on your browsing habits, so if you’ve just started using Opera, it may take some time for the feature to display. Just go about your browsing and it will show up soon.