Lantern is a circumvention tool that uses “domain-fronting” to penetrate firewalls. Its main advantage is that it is easy to use for beginners. There are both free and paid versions, and clients exist for mobile devices and for desktop computers. This article will show you how to install and use Lantern on an Android device.
To start with, you need to get the Android
Depending on which country you are in, you may be able to get this
from the Google Play Store.
If that is not possible in your country, you can also download the
file from the Get Lantern website.
That is the approach we will illustrate in this article.
If you cannot use either of these approaches, you can get a friend
to email you the
At the time of writing, it is about 10 MB.
For slightly better security, your friend could rename the file to something
obscure before emailing it to you.
Specify that you want to get the Android version by tapping on Get Android.
When asked if you want to download the
file, tap on OK.
Since you are installing from a web site outside the Google Play Store, Android will do a security check. Tap Settings.
The box for Unknown sources will be unchecked. Place a check mark in it by tapping the box.
Check the box for Allow this installation only and tap OK.
When the install is complete, drag the Lantern icon to your home screen for easy access.
Tap on the Lantern icon to launch Lantern. When it starts up, tap on Start Using Lantern.
Android informs you that Lantern is trying to start a VPN connection.
Check the box for I trust this application and tap OK.
The main ON/OFF toggle appears, initially in the OFF position.
Toggle it to the ON position.
A small key icon appears, top left, to remind you that you are now using a VPN.
Now use your browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) as normal. Your traffic will go to the outside world via Lantern.
When you have finished using Lantern, toggle the switch to the OFF position.