A fast and lightweight mobile browser
Opera Mini is a free mobile browser that offers data compression and fast performance so you can surf the web easily, even with a poor connection. This app is designed for users who want to save data and enjoy the internet safely and quickly.
Clean, safe, and quick
Opera Mini offers users a safe, fast, and enjoyable web browsing experience. It’s available in more than ninety languages and boasts an attractive set of features for social networking, finding news, and saving your favorite content to your device.
A user-friendly interface
The interface of Opera mini is incredibly user-friendly. It’s easy to search the web, news, Amazon, videos, and images. You can even scan a QR code directly from the homepage. All of the settings are easy to locate, and the layout is aesthetically pleasing.
The design is clean and smooth and feels lighter than a traditional browser. The red and white colors are easy on the eyes. Even while you’re multitasking with many tabs open, it doesn’t look cluttered. The overall usability is straightforward and as quick as you would expect.
You can personalize display settings. Adjust font size to your preferences. You’re also able to take advantage of Opera Mini’s night mode which reduces the brightness of your screen for a more pleasant usability in dark environments. Turn it on and off through the settings menu.
As soon as you open the homepage, you’ll be shown local news and other interesting recommendations in the Discovery section. If you want the browser to recommend stories based on your interest, you can add that through the customization feature.
It’s easy to switch through tabs. Like with Google Chrome, you have the ability to immediately switch to a private tab if you desire.
An added bonus is that you can sync your Opera browsers across devices, so you don’t have to go back to find your place again when you switch from mobile to desktop.
The app has a Speed Dial feature, where you can set one-click shortcuts for your favorite sites. You can keep your bookmarks in folders and view thumbnail previews of the sites.
Opera Mini’s most notable feature is its data compression. The browser shrinks websites up to 10% of their original size, which means it’s faster to navigate when you have a slow connection. The sites are compressed through Opera’s servers, which means it has no impact on your device or your data plan.
In this way, Opera Mini works differently than a conventional web browser like Safari and Mozilla Firefox. Opera Mini fetches all content through a proxy server and reformats it for your smaller screen. The page is compressed and delivered through Opera Binary Markup Language, which makes processing time up to three times faster.
However, Mini doesn’t support HTML5 playback, so you can’t watch videos directly in the browser. However, you can save them and watch them later through a different video player app.
If you’re curious about how much data you’re saving, you can view a graph that will show your usage from over the past five days. This information is then compared to what you would have used weren’t using the browser.
Adblocker and added functionality
Opera Mini also features an ad blocker. When this feature is activated, the servers attempt to filter out advertisements before sending it to your phone. Unfortunately, many sites that rely on advertising have native ads designed to bypass blockers. The Extreme mode will help to eliminate photo ads and banners.
Another excellent feature of Opera Mini is that you can store online videos directly to your device, and stream them afterwards. This is a great way to keep your favorite content organized.
You can download almost any type of file to your phone or tablet’s memory. The selected content will download in the background, even if you don’t have an internet connection. If you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, the browser will hold off on downloading larger files until you are.
It’ll let you know when downloads are complete, you simply have to click on the notification to open it, so you don’t have to deal with searching through folders. Transfer music, photos, and other files up to 300 MBs, which makes it the ideal solution for sharing files. Scan a QR code to share with other users instantly.
Privacy and security
When you’re using this browser, you don’t have to worry about malware or spyware making it’s way to your device. Opera Mini encrypts all connections between your mobile device and the Opera proxy server for security. The browser also supports the latest TLS protocols and advanced modern ciphers.
It’s important to note that Extreme/Mini mode doesn’t offer true end-to-end encryption when you visit HTTPs websites. The ‘High/Turbo mode’.
When you use Private Mode in Opera, you’ll be surfing the web without having the browser track your activity. All data including cookies and history. When you close the browser purposefully to leave private mode, Opera will clear all of your data.
All of the information that is collected through Opera is subject to Norweigan laws. The company doesn’t store or cache any of your private information. Occasionally, they’ll analyze user data to look at trends in terms of the success of Opera Mini, but through aggregated numbers that can’t be linked to a single user.
Save time and data
Due to its large number of features, options, and functionalities, Opera Mini is one of the most preferred web browsers available. The app will save you time and data. Even if it’s not perfect, the ad blocker keeps you from dealing with pesky pop-ups.
The app is regularly updated, and the most recent feature features bug fixes. If you prefer a traditional Android browsing experience, consider downloading alternatives such as Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Dolphin Browser, or Google Chrome.