root - Orbot not starting on rooted Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon)

  • TronicZomB

    I have recently rooted my Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon) using the method found here.

    I am trying to run Orbot(Tor) with the Tor Everything option enabled.

    The application will not get past "Orbot is starting...". I am connected to WiFi and am on Verizon's service.

    Unfortunately I had not tested this prior to rooting so I am not sure if the problems lies with running on an S4 or running on a rooted S4.

    I have tried to uninstall and reinstall Orbot and have not had any luck.

    I have tried to connect to 4G instead of WiFi, no change.

    I have tried to turn off the Request Root Access, no change.

    What is causing Orbot to not connect to the Tor Network?

  • Answers
  • geffchang

    I just installed Orbot awhile ago, and I got it working on my rooted Samsung Galaxy S4. You need to set the proxy for your APN.

    Go to System Settings > More networks > Mobile networks > APN. Open your existing APN, and take note of the settings. You need to make a clone of this APN (so that you will still have the original APN, and have another APN that goes through TOR). Go back to the APNs page, and create a new APN, copying the settings from the other APN.

    Then, set these:

    • Proxy: localhost
    • Port: 8118

    After that, make sure you select the newly-created APN as your new APN. Your network will refresh in a bit. Open your browser and open If it was successful, you should see something like this:

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    WARNING: If you use the GMail app (or in my case, Kaiten configured with my GMail), it may detect unauthorized access, and you may be asked to reset your GMail password online.

  • Jeff

    If you deny superuser access it works. At least on my VZW S4 it does.

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