Quite a while back, I had written a post entitled Accessing Tor on Android Devices, but at present, that post is more or less outdated.
One of the major differences between the new version and the Orbot/Orfox combination is that you don’t need the separate proxy app (Orbot) to connect to Tor anymore.
You simply open the app, and you’ll see an onion icon with a “Connect” button, which will connect you to the Tor network. Screenshot was disabled on the app, but it looks somewhat similar to this:
Tell it to connect, and you’ll get a notification that the app is connecting to the Tor network. It will let you know how much progress it’s made on the bootstrapping process with a small meter. Again, this isn’t the most up-to-date screenshot, but it’s the closest I’ve got:
If you swipe to the left, you can see Tor logs during this process. Once it finishes bootstrapping, you should see this:
Afterward, you’re free to browse .onion sites (or the clearnet, of course) anonymously.
Initially when I tried this app, it crashed continuously (every time I opened it, in fact). I’m pleased to say that that’s no longer the case! I’m assuming that the developers fixed something, although I can’t say specifically what that is. (Can’t even view the changelog on GitHub…why?!)
In any case, the user-end part seems quite simple and self-explanatory. I tested it by going to the site
That site looks like this:
Does anyone have a trick for memorizing v3 onions? Please feel free to share it in the comments, like I always say.
As on other versions of Tor, you can change to a new identity with Tor Browser for Android. Pull down your notifications, and tap “Tor Browser.” There should be a menu option that says “NEW IDENTITY.” Hit that, and it should say “You’ve switched to a new Tor identity!” (i.e. it changed your Torified IP address)
These are the basics of it, although obviously, under the hood, it’s much more complex.
If you like, I can delve into this subject further, of course. I haven’t tried out the iOS versions of Tor much, and would like to!