Psiphon 3 for Android

Psiphon 3 is a circumvention tool that uses “domain-fronting” to penetrate firewalls. It is almost as easy to use as Lantern. Clients exist for Android, iOS, and Windows. This article will show you how to install and use Psiphon 3 on an Android device.

To start with, you need to get the Android apk file for Psiphon 3. 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 apk file from the Psiphon 3 website. That is the approach we will illustrate in this article.

If you cannot use either of these approaches, you can also request that someone email you the apk file. Write to get@psiphon3.com. Or you can ask a friend to email it to you. At the time of writing, it is a 9 MB attachment.

Assuming you are following the method in this example, open a browser on your Android device, visit the Psiphon 3 website, and click the Download button.

Get Psiphon 3 website Download button

Specify that you want to get the Android version by tapping on Psiphon for Android direct download.

Psiphon 3 website get Android download

When asked if you want to download the PsiphonAndroid.apk file, tap on OK.

OK to download Psiphon 3 installer apk

Since you are installing from a web site outside the Google Play Store, Android will do a security check. Tap Settings.

Install blocked by security settings

The box for Unknown sources will be unchecked. Place a check mark in it by tapping the box.

Android security unknown sources box

Check the box for Allow this installation only and tap OK.

Allow this installation only OK

Tap Next.

Psiphon 3 install Next

Tap Install.

Psiphon 3 install Install

When the install is complete, drag the Psiphon icon to your home screen for easy access.

Psiphon 3 icon

Tap on the Psiphon icon to launch Psiphon 3. When it starts up, tap on Tunnel Whole Device.

Start using Psiphon 3

Android informs you that Psiphon is trying to start a VPN connection.

Android trust this application for VPN

Check the box for I trust this application and tap OK.

Android trust this application OK

Psiphon is running. Tap Open Browser.

Psiphon 3 toggle in OFF position

Choose your favorite browser, and tap Just once.

Psiphon 3 toggle in ON position with VPN indicator key icon

Now use your browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) as normal. Your traffic will go to the outside world via Psiphon. A small key icon appears, top left, to remind you that you are now using a VPN.

Chrome using Psiphon 3

When you have finished using Psiphon, tap the Stop button.

Psiphon 3 toggle in OFF position