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Using TOR on your Android device without editing each application individually (or rooting)

posted Jun 11, 2012, 1:10 PM by Leigh Williams   [ updated Jun 14, 2012, 11:08 PM ]
So I was always a big fan of TOR ( for anonymizing internet traffic. I am not referring to my internet traffic, jus
t traffic in general. I've always liked TOR but I've never used it. It's like LSD. I've always like it but I've never used it. But today, I started using you do the math (or meth).
I don't do anything bad on the internet, I am just sick of Google showing me ads of things I actually like and that are relevant to me. I want to see ads about Viagra again like to good old days.

An easy way to anonymize your traffic through 3G is to do the following (assuming you have an Android 3 device but it should be similar for Android 2 an Android 4):
Go to settings > Wireless and Networks>Mobile Networks>Access Point Names>Click on the APN you are currently using and enter or the Proxy (if not used already) and 8118 for the port number (if not used already).

Please also download the Orbot application from the Google Play Store before you do it.

Alternatively, root your device and/or load a ROM that uses IP tables (such as CyanogenMod) and Orbot should automatically add the relevant proxy settings.

You will see a slight increase in latency, but when the connection to the relevant application/website is established, there isn't much difference at all.

I haven't tested this extensively, so please use it with caution.