I have already attempted to

  • A: Change torrc file located at /data/data/org.torproject.torbrowser/app_torservice/torrc, but this file is rewritten at app launch.
  • B: Do the same but “live”, (i.e. browser running) hoping that when it changes nodes every so often as it does, it will use the new configuration specified.
  • C: Tried editing the apk torrc file located in assets and installing modified apk. But none of these have worked. I read somewhere that what I want to do is “impossible” but I find that hard to believe, usually when I hear people say this it’s usually just cause they don't know how.

Also, I am putting the exit-relay tag since the question is specifically related to exits but there is no exitnode tag.

  • The Tor Browser for Android does not currently allow you to modify the torrc. I suppose one method is to build the app yourself from source with the modifications you want.
    – Steve
    Jul 11, 2020 at 19:03
  • @Steve - Honestly, I have no idea how to build something from source and don't have the ability if it requires anything more than a mobile device. I read the link you posted and had my intrest piqued by the comment "Tor Browser for Android (Alpha) no longer depends upon Orbot", can you explain this?
    – stoneAge
    Jul 13, 2020 at 13:48
  • Earlier alpha versions of Tor Browser for Android used Orbot to connect to the Tor network, but it now uses the actual Tor client instead to connect to the network (like Tor Browser for Windows/Linux/Mac).
    – Steve
    Jul 13, 2020 at 14:05
  • @Steve - I keep looking for information on the difference between using Orbot and Tor client but I can't find anything thats breaks it down. I'm interested because I use Tor browser to get past the censorship where I live but every attempt I've made to use Orbot has not worked. I contacted 5he guardian project but their only suggestion was to try to get a different set of bridges, something I already tried but did not work. Thanks for responding.
    – stoneAge
    Jul 14, 2020 at 18:35
  • I don't use Android so I won't be much help here, so making a new question would be best so that other people can see it. But the Tor Browser (on both PC and Android) embed the Tor client directly into the browser package/app. Orbot is different in that it creates a system-wide proxy for Android phones, so you can use Tor for any app. Before Tor Browser for Android, there was Orfox, which was an Android browser that you could use with Orbot. If you only plan to do web browsing, the Tor Browser app is generally safer than using Orbot + another browser.
    – Steve
    Jul 14, 2020 at 21:46


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