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Fix Orbot (Tor) on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Devices

Orbot/Tor is the perfect Android app that lets you protect your privacy and defend yourself against network surveillance and traffic analysis. It prevents anyone from learning your location or browsing habits and provides a complete anonymous browsing experience.

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Unfortunately, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean kind of broke this app and it apparently stopped working with Android users (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Nexus 7) on Jelly Bean. Orbot has not been updated for Android 4.1 compatibility. But oh, we now have a fix for those who would like to use Orbo (Tor) on Android 4.1 devices.

How to Fix Orbot on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Devices

The steps are very simple. You just have make an ‘adjustment’ in the settings of Orbot app and you are good to go, just like how  you used to use Orbot (Tor) on your Android phone or tablet. Follow the  instructions below:

Step 1 – Open Orbot on your Android device. Do not start Tor-ing, yet.

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Step 2 – Go to Settings. From where? Tap the little ‘wrench’ icon on the screen.

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Step 3 – Scroll to the bottom of the Settings screen.

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Step 4 – Look for the “Use Default Iptables” option and check it.

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Step 5 – Now go back and start Tor.

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You are good to go just as it was before with now problems at all. Orbot (Tor) will work perfectly fine on your Android device. Just hope, your phone/tablet kernel supports Iptables.

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Haris Nadeem
Haris lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.
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