How to speed up slow internet on computers and phones

Having a slow internet connection can be seriously frustrating. We’re used to being able to instantly access information, connect with people and get things done online. But, sometimes things happen to make your internet connection crawl, such as the broken undersea internet cable in Southeast Asia that is expected to take around 20 days to fix.

Opera browsers can help in areas with slow internet because of the broken undersea internet cable in Southeast Asia.

One of the major undersea internet cables in Southeast Asia is broken and is the cause of slow internet specifically in Brunei, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Opera browsers can help you speed up slow internet connections. Our compression technology speeds up webpage loading in our browsers for computers and phones.

For computers:
When experiencing slow internet conditions, be sure to activate Opera Turbo. You can enable Opera Turbo directly from your Opera browser by clicking Opera > Opera Turbo.

For Java or BlackBerry phones:
If you’re using a Java or BlackBerry phone, try Opera Mini, which has the compression feature enabled by default. There’s no need to search for the option in the menu to turn it on. If you don’t have Opera Mini yet, you can download it for free.

For Android phones:
If you’re using the Opera for Android browser, you can activate the Off-Road compression mode by tapping the Opera logo and turning on Off-Road mode. For older models of Android phones, try Opera Mini, which has compression enabled by default.

For iOS phones:
For Opera Mini for iOS, there are two compression options to choose from. You can activate them by tapping the Opera logo and then selecting Data Savings > Opera Mini or Opera Turbo.
1. Opera Mini mode is the mode to choose when you’re on the go and when connections are slow.
2. Opera Turbo mode provides a full web experience, while still compressing webpages.

Opera Mini beta for Windows Phone

For nearly a decade, Opera Mini has been a trusted mobile browser to millions of mobile phone owners across the world – giving them faster and more affordable internet. We’ve constantly worked to make Opera Mini available on a variety of platforms, based on how our users are accessing the internet. Now, Opera Mini is available for Windows Phone in a beta version.

Adding Opera Mini to yet another platform is a huge commitment, so we’ve decided to launch this beta version to gain valuable feedback from the Windows Phone community.

We’re here for the long run, but we also need to gain experience. We’ve dipped our toes in the “Windows Phone waters”, but this is not the final version, merely the start of an exciting journey that we hope you’ll share with us and enjoy.

Opera Mini beta for Windows phone

Opera Mini beta for Windows phone

5 top features in Opera Mini beta for Windows Phone
This version has the same features as Opera Mini 7.5 for Android, Here are some of the most popular:

Fast browsing – Content-heavy webpages with lots of images and graphics load faster. We make webpages lighter, so you can enjoy the fastest browser for your device.

Data savings – Opera Mini can reduce webpages down to 10% of their normal size. That saves you data, giving you faster, cheaper internet.

Easier navigation – Bigger buttons and a clear layout make Opera Mini easy to use.

Better organization – The Speed Dial in Opera Mini allows you to reach all your favorite websites with one click, from the home screen of the browser. Add as many entries as you like!

Offline reading – The Saved Pages feature allows you to save pages for later reading, or for times you’re not connected to the internet.

Thanks for all your feedback
We’ve received a lot of feedback from the beta testers on the Opera forums, Windows Phone Store reviews and on our social-media profiles. This helps us improve Opera Mini for Windows Phone.

Thank you for testing Opera Mini beta on your Windows Phone. All the reports and comments you provide help us get closer to the final product. We appreciate all feedback.

Download Opera Mini beta for Windows Phone
and enjoy the fastest browser for Windows Phone.

Faster internet with Opera Turbo

This has probably happened to you: you’re on vacation, on a business trip or even just outside your own home, and your internet connection is slow. The flashback to 90’s dial-up overtakes you, and you find yourself at a loss. Well, you can speed up your browsing experience with Opera Turbo.

Get faster internet with Opera Turbo

All you need is the Opera browser, and you can turn on Opera Turbo. It’s easy and available for both Mac and Windows. Simply click on Opera in the top-left corner and select Opera Turbo.

Faster internet with Opera Turbo

How to turn on Opera Turbo

What does Opera Turbo do?

“So, what does this do?” you ask yourself, as you pet your cat ever so gently. Well, my cat-loving friend, Opera Turbo saves data by compressing the pages you view.

Let’s give you an analogy of how we do this. Every character you see on the screen has a name. Say that the letter E is named “01000101”. E is one of the most common letters in the English language, so we change its name to “0101”, assigning it a shorter code. Now, displaying the letter E takes up half the data.

How does data compression help you get faster internet?

Data compression

We do our best to cut away unneeded data that a page tries to send you. Whether that’s in pictures, videos or text, we discard data that humans can’t see or hear and won’t miss.

Less data = faster loading times!

Thanks to Opera Turbo, there’s no more gradual loading of an image – line by line – or waiting for a spinning wheel. Get what you need, right away.

Get Opera for computers and start to experience faster internet.

Browsing securely with Opera for computers

There’s a quick and easy way to check if you’re browsing securely.

The green padlock
Look for the green padlock in the address bar, on the left from the website’s address. If it’s there, this means that your connection has been secured and you can be sure which website you’re visiting.
The green padlock means you're browsing securely

It’s important to make sure the websites you visit are safe when it comes to banking or shopping online, where you have to input personal details such as your bank-card number.

Opera’s fraud and malware protection
Opera’s fraud and malware protection also helps identify known malicious websites. You will be warned if a website tries to defraud you, steal your password, or install a virus.
Opera's malicious site warning also helps you browse securely

Security extension

If you want extra security measures, there are extensions for Opera for computers that check the sites you visit. WOT, for example, gives you a security overview of websites. A green light means you’re browsing securely, while red means many users have given the site bad reviews for security.
Add an Opera extension to make sure you're browsing securely

Make sure you’re browsing securely and try Opera for computers today!
Download Opera for computers to make sure you're browsing securely

Opera Steals the Show with 3 CTIA Wins

On the second day of Super Mobility Week 2014, Opera stole the show when CTIA – The Wireless Association announced its winners. Opera reigned victorious, snagging three highly coveted awards.

The hardware. From right to left: Hot for the Holidays first place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Max, E-Tech Award for Opera Mediaworks "Talk to Me" ad format, and Hot for the Holidays 3rd place award in the productivity category for Opera Coast

The hardware. From right to left: Hot for the Holidays first place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Max, E-Tech Award for Opera Mediaworks “Talk to Me” ad format, and Hot for the Holidays 3rd place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Coast.

Opera Max and Opera Coast dominated the Hot for the Holidays Awards, taking the 1st and 3rd places, respectively, in the Productivity category. The Hot for the Holidays Awards recognize the hottest mobile consumer electronics, including accessories and gadgets, spanning across categories such as Entertainment, Health, Home, Connected Car, and more — just in time for the holiday buying season.

Additionally, Opera Mediaworks brought home a win in the E-Tech Awards Mobile Marketing and Advertising category for the innovative ad format “Talk to Me”. The  E-Tech Awards winners represent the most innovative emerging mobile services, solutions and technology from areas such as the cloud, network equipment, M2M and the Internet of Things.

More than 50 industry experts, analysts and media examined and scored the nearly 300 entries across CTIA’s three programs to determine the finalists and winners. We’re unbelievably proud and excited to be recognized as an industry leader and would like to extend a big “thank you” to our dedicated teams who created these award-winning products.

Opera Mini browser for your iPhone 6

We all knew the next iPhone was on its way. Now, it’s arrived. The iPhone 6 has gotten bigger, but Opera Mini is still the browser that shrinks the webpages you visit, way down to 10% of their size — giving you more cool web stuff on your data plan.

Download Opera Mini for your iPhone 6 (and others) here:Opera Mini for iOS for iPhone 6

Opera for computers now available on the Windows Store

We’re happy to announce that the Opera browser is available for the first time as a desktop app on yet another platform – Windows 8 and 8.1 – starting today, available from the Windows Store.

You can find, download and rate the latest version of Opera for computers, Opera 24, from the Windows Store, for free.

Some of the key features of Opera are:

  • Speed up on slow networks.
  • Search and navigate easily.
  • Browse with style.
  • Find something unexpected with our Discover feature.
  • Organize your favorites with Speed Dial.

What’s new in Opera 24? The desktop browser that was launched earlier this month has:

  • Tab previews: Get a large preview of a webpage when hovering the mouse over a tab.
  • Better hi-res support: Windows users with very dense displays can now enjoy sharper-looking UI, similar to what Opera for Mac users get on Retina screens.
  • Improved private mode: We’ve made private windows more obvious, to help you distinguish these windows from your regular ones.

Opera Desktop on Windows Phone

The Opera app is available in the Windows Store in the following languages: English, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Norwegian and Indonesian. The app will be updated regularly with the most recent versions of Opera for computers.

If you are an Opera fan, go ahead and review us on the Windows Store!

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Personalize Opera in 1000 ways

Did you know that you can personalize your browser in more than 1000 different ways? That’s right, we now have more than 1000 extensions especially made for the Opera browser in our extensions catalog!
1000 and more extensions for Opera browser

What exactly is an extension?
A browser extension is a tiny program (made with web technologies) that extends the functionality of an internet browser. With extensions, users can customize their browser to add new functionality and make it the perfect tool for their everyday online tasks.

Here are the top 10 extensions:
What’s particularly interesting about the current Opera extensions catalog is that almost half of the extensions can’t be found in other extension stores. Some of the most popular unique extensions include:

  • Gismeteo weather forecast in speed-dial: a Russian-language extension (but the icons speak for themselves) that shows you the weather forecast right on your Speed Dial start page.
  • Translate: adds in-page language translation functionality to any webpage.
  • Modern scroll: boosts scrolling performance in Opera.
  • Page Capture: allows you to make a screenshot of a whole page, a selected part or the visible content of a tab, save it to a file or share it via a URL, quickly and easily.
  • Smart RSS : an RSS reader right in your browser; it also requires RSS Detector.
  • Violentmonkey : provides userscript support for Opera, supporting most scripts for Greasemonkey and Tampermonkey.
  • Tab Close Plus : adds a context menu option to close left tabs, close right tabs, close other tabs, close similar tabs and so on.
  • Classic Images : adds a shortcut key to save images and advanced image options to the context menu.
  • Cryptocat : provides an open, accessible instant-messaging client with a transparent layer of encryption.
  • QR Codematic : allows you to easily generate QR codes for any site you visit, even for selected text.

Generate QR codes for any site you visit

Stay secure
At Opera, we take security very seriously. That’s why each of the extensions in our catalog has been vetted by our extension moderators to ensure that it does what it says it will do and no more. If a new version of an extension requires more permissions, you’re prompted to review it and grant permission.

Web developers who want to see the code of an extension before installing it can also do so – using an extension! Extension source viewer adds a button to right of the address bar when an extension file has been detected and allows you to view source or download an extension as a ZIP file, without actually installing it.

Check out our extensions catalog
Whether you want to fix up Facebook, set site-specific preferences, make sure that you automatically get the secure HTTPS version of sites or need the classic Web Developer Toolbar, you’re sure to find something you can’t live without! Get going and visit Opera’s extension catalog today.

Easier online reading with Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad

Reading online and want to check the definition of a word? It’s easier with Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad.

Just tap on a word to highlight it, and you’ll see that you can choose from Copy, Define or Search. If you want a quick answer, tap Define. It takes you to the built-in dictionary from your iPhone or iPad.

If you want a wider selection of answers, tap Search for an online search of the highlighted word.

To see these features working properly, make sure you’ve updated Opera Mini to version 8.0.3. We’re rolling this version out in the App Store today, and it includes these improvements:
- Fixed some UI glitches
- Improved startup performance
- Reduced memory usage
- Resolved private-tab-related issues
- Fixed minor stability and performance issues

If you like Opera Mini, take a moment to rate it or write a review. If you need help with it, check out our FAQ, or ask our community of users at Opera forums.

Tab previews help you find tabs faster in Opera 24

Tabs are so handy and easy to open that we sometimes end up opening too many of them – so many that we don’t know which one is which. If you’ve had this experience and could use a little help with identifying your open tabs, we have awesome news for you.
Find tabs faster with tab preview in Opera for computers

But, even if you are not using many tabs, previews can still come in handy. Do you want to check if something’s new on Facebook quickly, without losing focus on what you are actually doing? The previews are big enough to get a glimpse of your Facebook tab without actually switching over to it.

If you’re on a Windows computer, we think you will also enjoy these improvements:

Crisper look on higher-resolution screens

Opera 24 for Windows makes full use of your higher-resolution, or HiDPI, screens. These screens have more pixels packed into the same area as normal screens, which means that rounded corners and text can look much crisper. Now, our user interface looks crystal clear on such displays. And wait until you can experience your favorite websites in HiDPI. We’re sure you will love it!

Private window color

Private browsing ensures that your internet history and activity are removed as soon as you close all private windows. We’ve made private windows more distinct from normal windows by changing their background color on Windows. Now, you easily can pick out and close all of your private browsing.

Download Opera 24

If you are interested in everything we changed, have a look at the Opera 24 Changelog. See also whats new for web developers.