- Opera is one of the few web browsers to come up with a completely free built-in VPN.
- While using it isn't all the hard, we created a step-by-step guide to explain how you can make the most of it.
- If you like our simplified tutorials, you'll love what else we have in our How-To section as well.
- For more information on various web browsers, visit our dedicated Browsers section instead.
In an age where every bit of information is available to you via the Internet, so is your digital footprint available to those you may not be interested in finding out what you do.
There are plenty of ways you can avoid being tracked, from using a VPN service to accessing websites via specialized web browsers that come with built-in VPNs.
Speaking of which, one browser does manage to stand out in terms of how good it is from a privacy point of view, and that is Opera.
Since there are many of you that haven’t probably tried it yet, we’ve decided to create this step-by-step guide on how you can make use of Opera’s built-in VPN efficiently.
How do I use Opera’s built-in VPN?
- Download and install Opera
- Press the Settings button on the left of the screen
- In the Opera Settings page, scroll down until you find VPN settings
- Move the slider next to Enable VPN to activate it
- Restart your browser
Now that you’ve performed these changes, you should be able to see an extra utility button called VPN appear next to the URL search box whenever you open a new tab.
Whenever you want to access an otherwise restricted location, simply press that button, and select a new Virtual Location.
There are 4 settings to choose from:
Remember that you have unlimited traffic when using Opera’s VPN, so don’t worry about the traffic log that it features, it is just there to inform you how much data was used, nothing else.
By following these steps, you should now be able to efficiently make use of Opera’s VPN, and no longer have to worry about having to pay for a third-party VPN or using free VPNs that aren’t safe just to access content from another region.
Let us know if you found this brief tutorial helpful by leaving us your feedback in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.