Frequently asked questions for VPN in Opera for Android

What is the VPN feature in Opera for Android?

It’s a feature designed to empower users to have increased control of their privacy while browsing. When you are loading pages on the internet through our VPN, your Internet Service Provider will not be able to see what you are browsing. In addition, the websites you visit won’t be able to see where you are located unless you allow them to. Having a built-in, free VPN makes it easier for you to enjoy VPN as you don’t need to download additional apps or pay for subscriptions.

In which way does the VPN feature improve my security when connected to an unsecured public Wi-Fi?

When you browse and load pages, Opera sends your requests through a secure tunnel which is established between your device and our VPN servers. This proxy is also used for WebRTC and DNS while browsing, but we do not currently proxy data from the built-in news feature available on Opera’s start page.

How do I turn on VPN?

You can enable VPN either directly on the start page in private mode or by going to Settings from the Opera menu ( or ).

Why don’t I see VPN in settings?

Depending on your country and version of Opera, the VPN might be available only in private mode. In private mode, you will be able to turn the VPN on and off from the private mode start page or from the address bar. The VPN settings are always reachable from the dialog box seen after tapping VPN in the address bar.

What’s the difference between data savings and the VPN feature?

While the data savings feature helps you save data, it doesn’t hide your IP address. Only browsing traffic that can be optimized goes through this proxy. The VPN feature hides the origin for your browsing traffic, but it doesn’t compress the data. When the VPN is activated and the Bypass VPN for search setting is disabled, all page loads go through the VPN proxy. Because both the VPN and data savings features are proxy solutions, you cannot be connected to both at the same time.

Do you track us when using the VPN service?

Our VPN is a no-log service, which means that we do not collect any information that travels through our VPN servers.

Are there any limitations (bandwidth/speed)?

There are no fixed limitations on speed or bandwidth for our VPN feature in Opera for Android. However, browsing speeds will depend on the current server load.

Why do you only provide only 4 locations to choose from?

Our purpose for introducing a built-in VPN in our browser is to improve the privacy of our users and keep their data safe when browsing the web or connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. We provide servers in a few different locations to be able to provide lower latency and a better experience than a single location would be able to globally.