Hack for Using Tor on Android 2.x

July 28, 2010

I have a new Android smartphone, and I was recently looking into options for anonymous browsing on  it. The Tor Project offers an app called Orbot that enables using the Tor network, but at the moment it only works on Android 1.x because the 2.x OS doesn’t have a way yet for you to set the proxy. While digging around into some phone hacks, however, I discovered that you can use the Voice Dialer app to run certain commands. By saying “proxy,” for example, you get a proxy configuration screen. Interesting enough, this enables you to set a proxy and run Orbot to use Tor on your phone.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Install the Orbot app
  • Pull up the Voice Dialer app, and speak the word “proxy”
  • In the proxy configuration screen, put 127.0.0.1 and port 8118
  • Fire up the Orbot app
  • Your browsing session will now be anonymized via Tor (test it here)
  • When you’re done, pull up the Voice Dialer again and reset the proxy to return to regular browsing

This works for unrooted phones. This only seems to work via the cell’s 3G connection, not over wifi.  It also only anonymizes your browser traffic. For more info, read up on Tor.

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One Response to “Hack for Using Tor on Android 2.x”

  1. n8fr8 Says:

    Thanks again for the tip! This seems to be a quick shortcut to setting the 3G APN’s proxy settings, so it is not a new capability perse, but perhaps an easier way to configure.

    We’ll have a new official release of Orbot/Tor on Android soon. Keep your yes out for it, or if you are eager to try our new release, you can see get dev builds here:

    http://github.com/guardianproject/Orbot/downloads


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