This month, we finally rolled out our built-in VPN in the stable version of Opera for computers. Woohoo!
Link to Download Opera for computers

It’s free, unlimited and does not require a log-in.

A VPN, like the integrated browser VPN feature in Opera for computers, enhances your online privacy by keeping your personal communications more secure, which is especially useful when surfing on public Wi-Fi networks. It also makes it harder for sites to track you online. If you’d like to get some more background info, check out this article explaining what a VPN is.

This article will help you get started with Opera’s free VPN.

How to set up a free VPN connection on a Mac

If you have recently downloaded Opera 40, activating the VPN is really is easy. Just make sure you have disabled other proxies while using it. 🙂

  1. Go to the Opera menu and select Preferences.
  2. Select Privacy & security and enable the VPN.
  3. Once enabled, you will see a grey button in your browser’s address field.
  4. Click the button to select your virtual location and to review how much data you have used. When the VPN is active, the button will be blue.

How to set up a VPN in the Opera menu

How to set up your free VPN connection on Windows and Linux

  1. Go to Opera’s settings
  2. Select Privacy & security in to enable the VPN.
  3. Once enabled, you will see a grey button in your browser’s address field. Click it to select your virtual location.

Choose where you want to be

Opera 40 now includes Singapore and the Netherlands as locations; the United States, Germany and Canada are still available as choices, which means you can now surf from five different virtual locations!

How to set up a VPN and change your virtual location

While you’re at it…

How to set up a VPN on Android

Why not also set up a free VPN for your mobile phone to be secure on the road! 🙂

Opera VPN is available for Android and iOS. It is also free and unlimited. ❤️

Download Opera for computers and let us know what you think about the VPN, either in the comments or send us a tweet. Happy browsing!! 🙂

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  • Paranam Kid

    Hi Rosette, thanks for this article. So far I have been using Opera Dev because VPN was not included in the stable version yet. Now I would like to make the switch, but don’t feel like setting up Opera all over again. Is there a way to do this? I thought I could just copy the Opera Dev profile folder to Opera stable. But I don’t see a profile folder here C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingOpera SoftwareOpera Developer.

    Or should I copy the complete contents of the Opera Developer folder across?
    Please advise.

    • Marnik Bongers

      If you just download the opera installer and run it you will have the latest version in just seconds. not a single pasword or setting wil be lost. even your tabs are still open when you restart opera

      • Paranam Kid

        Marnik thanks for your quick response. I just want to make sure:
        1. I don’t have to uninstall Opera Dev, I just install Opera Stable “over” it & all will be as before, correct?
        2. What about extensions: will I have to install those Opera Stable or will they be taken over from Opera Dev?

        • Marnik Bongers

          I didn’t delete anything. I downloaded the installer, closed the browser, then i ran the installer and then i had the vpn and some other minor changes.

          • Paranam Kid

            So did you go from Opera Dev to Opera Stable?
            And what about your extensions?

          • Marnik Bongers

            my only exstention is ad block pro. Works just fine. I just went to and clicked on download. now i have version: 40.0.2308.62 updatestream: stable. I don’t know what i was running but i always go for the newest version.

          • Paranam Kid

            So we are not in the same boat. My questions remain regarding a switch from Opera Dev to Opera Stable. But obviously you cannot answer that; I hope someone else can.

  • Hadley Zedras

    Both Opera iOS and Opera VPN for mobile have the ‘Block Ads’ feature……Question: with both toggled ‘On’ will that slow down loading and browsing in general?

  • Aditya agarwal

    Hi Can you also enable India as one of the locations for VPN, i am in USA and i want to browse content that’s blocked in USA due to geographical restrictions.


    • Rosi Opera

      HI Aditya, we are looking into adding more locations at one point so I will pass this on as a request 🙂

  • John Dooe

    Hi! I Have notice since 3 days that when browsing some websites my VPN keep disconnecting.
    Now it completely stop working until i close the webpage!

    I have been using opera beta since the VPN was added and never had that problem.

    My guess is maybe is the website who is forcing my VPN to disconnect!

  • John Taylor

    Nice post!!

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  • Lee Brady

    Works great with Windows 7, however I cannot seem to make it work with my Windows XP. I cannot seem to find any information about that. Help

    • Jeremiah Sherrill

      If you are still using XP smack yourself in the face. If you can’t afford a newer OS download a linux distro like Mint or ubuntu

  • Steffen

    hi just connected to via US server to NBC to watch SNL. nbc tells me>> sorry this video is not available from your location. how would they know my location if i use VPN and US server?????? Opera VPN seems useless.