Opened 2 months ago

Last modified 7 days ago

#29800 needs_information defect

Tor for Android????

Reported by: mwolfe Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-mobile
Cc: Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
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Description

A friend asked me to communicate with WeChat. I downloaded the WeChat for Macintosh and Windows, and got a QR image. So I bought an Android phone, scanned the QR, and got an ERR, meaning that WeChat is blocked in the UAE.

So I tried to load Tor for Android, but it could not reach directories, with or without bridges, I get an error that a Firewall is blocking access to the bridges/directory servers.

Is there a version of Tor for Android that works in the UAE? Is it the phone I bought, a Nokia 6.1? Does Tor run on other Android phones?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 2 months ago by gk

Component: ApplicationsApplications/Tor Browser
Keywords: tbb-mobile added; Android removed
Owner: set to tbb-team
Status: newneeds_information

Does our Tor Browser for Android release candidate work for you? You can download it from https://people.torproject.org/~boklm/builds/8.5a9-build2/ (https://people.torproject.org/~boklm/builds/8.5a9-build2/tor-browser-8.5a9-android-armv7-multi-qa.apk). If you are tapping the gear icon you can enable bridges. I think selecting the default obfs4 or meek option should work...

comment:2 Changed 7 days ago by mwolfe

I tried turning on obfs3, obfs4, and meek, but still can't get tor to reliably load on my Nokia 6.1 plus.

One person warned me that Nokia will not run most Android apps, although I looked up 'best cheap smart phones' and the Nokia 6.1 plus was recommended, so I'm not sure if the warning was correct and it is Nokia that is the problem, or if the UAE blocks smartphones better than it blocks OSX and Windows.

I avoided smart phones until my friend asked me to use WeChat which does not work on Windows or OSX, only on iOS and Android, so I found a cheap smart phone, but Tor, Windscribe, and WeChat don't seem to work.

comment:3 in reply to:  2 Changed 7 days ago by gk

Replying to mwolfe:

I tried turning on obfs3, obfs4, and meek, but still can't get tor to reliably load on my Nokia 6.1 plus.

What does that mean? It works sometimes but not always? In cases it does not work swiping to the left should expose some log messages. What do you see in those cases?

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