How to Install Tor Browser on Your Chromebook [2 Ways]
Although the Chrome Browser works incredibly well on Chromebooks, some users may wish to install the Tor Browser for additional privacy protection. As you know, Tor is one of the best browsers for privacy that offers a private Tor network to route traffic securely and has many built-in security features. So if you are a privacy conscious user and want to install the Tor Browser on your Chromebook, this guide is exactly what you need. You can either install the Linux version or opt for the Android version of the Tor Browser depending on your needs. So on that note, let’s get to the tutorial.
Install Tor Browser on Your Chromebook (2022)
We have mentioned two ways to install the Tor Browser on your Chromebook. Both methods use the Linux container, so if you have a school Chromebook and Linux is stuck on it, unfortunately you can’t use the Tor browser. That said, let’s first talk about what the Tor Browser is and its features.
What is Tor Browser and why should you use it?
Tor Browser is a highly secure and private browser used by people who want to bypass censorship and protect their identity against tracking and surveillance on the Internet. On top of that, Tor is completely free and open-source. The Tor Browser natively brings a number of privacy protection features, which are not available on other mainstream browsers.
For starters, Tor blocks all third-party trackers and ads by default, and automatically deletes cookies when you’re done browsing. Additionally, it routes all traffic through the encrypted Tor network, led by volunteers from around the world. Not to mention, the Tor Browser has several features that help mitigate fingerprinting, so your anonymity remains intact.
In short, Tor is a browser designed to defeat Internet trackers, surveillance and censorship. So, if you are a privacy-conscious user, download the Tor browser on your Chromebook.
Install Tor Browser via Linux on your Chromebook
1. To download and install the Tor Browser, you must first configure linux on your Chromebook. So head over to our linked guide and install the Linux container.
2. Next, terminal open from your Chromebook’s app drawer. Here run the below command to update the Linux container with the latest packages and dependencies.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
3. Once you have done this, run the command below in the terminal to use the Debian Backports package repository. You can copy the command and right-click in the terminal to paste it.
echo "deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian buster-backports main contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/backports.list
4. After that run the below command to install Tor Browser on your Chromebook.
sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher -t buster-backports -y
5. After installation, you will find the Tor browser shortcut under the linux folder in your app drawer. Click to open the browser.
6. Now it will start pulling the Last update and install the Tor Browser on your Chromebook. Finally, click the same shortcut again and the Tor Browser will be ready to use.
Install the Android Tor Browser app on your Chromebook
If you want to run the Android version of Tor Browser on your Chromebook, you can do that too. But again, you will need to activate and use the Linux container to load the application. Tor Browser is not officially available on the Play Store for Chromebooks. So, to learn more about installing this privacy-focused browser, read on.
1. After setting up Linux, follow our article on how to download Android apps to Chromebooks. This will leave you manually load the Tor Browser APK.
2. After that, download the Tor Browser APK on your Chromebook from the official website using the link here. Most Chromebooks based on Intel or AMD (64-bit) processors will need the
x86_64 APKand you can opt for the
x86 version for 32-bit processors. If you’re using a 64-bit ARM Chromebook, download the
aarch64 APK or opt for the
arm version if you have a 32-bit ARM processor.
3. After downloading the Tor Browser APK, open the “Files” application and move the APK to the “Linux Files” section. Here, rename the file to
tor.apk for convenience in later use.
4. Next, open the Terminal app and run the command below. This will install the Android version of Tor Browser on your Chrome OS device. I assume you have already set up ADB on your Chromebook by following the tutorial linked in method #1.
adb install tor.apk
5. Now open the app drawer and you find Tor browser shortcut. Click to open it, and there you have the Android version of the browser running on your Chromebook.
Two Easy Ways to Download Tor Browser on Chromebooks
So those are the two methods you can use to get the Tor Browser working on your Chromebook. If the Chrome browser doesn’t cut it for you due to privacy concerns, Tor is here for you. Anyway, it all comes from us. If you’re looking for the best Chromebook apps in 2022, head over to our curated list. And for more Chrome OS tips and tricks, follow our guide linked here. Lastly, if you face any issues, let us know in the comments section below.