How do I turn on VPN in Opera?

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

To enable Opera’s VPN:

  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.

Opera will find the optimal virtual location for you. Or, you can choose from one of the following server locations:

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • the Americas

Click here to learn how VPN and other Opera features protect your privacy and security.

What does “Bypass VPN for default search engines” mean?

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 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.