Before using the free and no-log VPN service in Opera, you will need to enable it in settings.
To enable Opera’s built-in VPN:
- In Opera, go to Settings.
- In the sidebar, click Advanced, then click Privacy & security.
- 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:
- the Americas
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 VPN service will resume when you navigate to a web page.
If you wish to turn this off:
- Go to Settings.
- In the left sidebar, click Advanced, then click Privacy & security.
- 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.