Opera VPN Not Working – How to fix?

Updated: 9 May 2021
Updated: 9 May 2021

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In this guide, you will learn to fix problems associated with Opera’s in-built VPN.

Read below to learn about how to:

  • Troubleshoot VPN connectivity issues
  • Troubleshoot Opera browser issues

Quick Summary

You will know Opera VPN is not working correctly if you encounter the following messages. ‘Unavailable to connect to opera server,’ ‘VPN is temporarily unavailable, Opera is working on the problem,’ or you get stuck in the connecting stage. Here is what to do to get Opera VPN working again.

For other options, check out this article about browsing the internet privately.

Test your internet connection

These simple tips usually solve most problems:

Test your internet connection

Check whether you have a working internet connection before using the VPN. Use Opera browser and open your popular pages without the VPN. If you can’t access the pages, try accessing them on other browsers or devices. If you have no internet access:

  1. Restart your router and your devices.
  2. Reconnect, check your internet settings, and try again.
  3. Contact your ISP.

If you have access to the internet and the VPN is not working, proceed as follows.

Restart the VPN/the browser

Restart the Opera browser and try using the VPN again. If you still have no connection, switch off the VPN and turn it on again. Here is how to do it:

  1. Click the VPN icon
  2. Toggle off the VPN and wait for a few seconds
  3. Toggle it on and try reconnecting.

Connect to a different server

Opera VPN uses the optimal location for the best server. However, the optimal server might not accept a new connection. This is due to congestion and server overload. In this case, try connecting to other available servers.

At times, Opera servers might not be available due to maintenance. You will have to wait for a while and try again.

Some sites are not working

Popular streaming sites such as Netflix may be inaccessible even though your VPN connection is working. This is because Opera VPN cannot bypass their geo-restriction block mechanisms. Also, you may not access other sites outside heavily censored countries such as China.

In this case, you may have to look for another VPN with robust circumventing mechanisms. Opera VPN cannot help you.

Troubleshoot Opera browser issues

Opera issues can make the in-built VPN not work correctly. Here is what to do:

Check your security software: Antivirus and Firewall.

Your security software may flag Opera VPN connections as potentially harmful activities. Temporarily disable your security software and test the VPN. If your security software is the problem, whitelist Opera browser or add it to the exception list, or the allowed list, depending on your software.

Also, if your antivirus has the HTTPS scanning option, disable it.

Disable extensions on Opera

Some extensions such as ad-blockers may interfere or conflict with the VPN connections. Disable your extensions one by one while testing the VPN. If you installed an extension recently and then the VPN stopped working, the extension might be the problem. Remember to enable the ones that are not causing the problem.

Proceed as follows to disable extensions in Opera browser:

  1. Click the Opera icon (menu) on your browser.
  2. Go to the Extensions option, click it to open the Extensions tab.
  3. On the list that shows up, click the Disable option on the extension you want to disable

Clear cookies and cache

Each website you visit drops cookies on your computer. These cookies enhance your browsing performance the next time you visit the page. They do this by storing information that can be used to track you. Your geo-location is among the information they store.

The cache keeps temporary information about the website. If you visited a page earlier that tracks your location, the page might override the current geo-location provided by the VPN. Hence, you may get inconsistent results and think that your VPN is not working.

To solve this problem, clear the cookies and cache, and then use the VPN. The best way to clear cookies is by clearing your browsing data.

On your Opera browser:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click Advanced on the left sidebar, and click Privacy and security.
  3. Under Privacy and security, click Clear browsing data.
  4. Select a time range and the types of data you wish to clear and click Clear data.

Update Opera

An outdated Opera browser may cause the VPN to malfunction. Unseen exploits, vulnerabilities, and bugs may impact how the VPN works. Most users have reported that the VPN issues were resolved once they updated Opera.

Use the following steps to update the Opera browser:

  1. Open the Opera menu
  2. Click Update and Recovery.
  3. Click the Check for Update button.
  4. Wait for the update to finish downloading, then click Update.

Wrap up

Unlike other standalone VPNs, Opera’s in-built VPN issues are easy to solve. Follow this troubleshooting guide, and you will get your Opera VPN working in no time. Let us know if none of the above solutions work for you.

Written by: Justin Oyaro

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Tech and Cybersecurity Expert Justin is a cybersecurity expert with over 5 years of experience that stretches across various technological realms. He is a valued expert in cybersecurity, Cord-cutting, Cryptocurrency, Smartphones, How-tos and other related fields. Justin has written authoritative content for multiple Cybersecurity websites and blogs on matters regarding privacy and security. He also does pen test on tech products such as smartphone applications and websites. When he is not writing, Justin spends most of his time on the latest tech trends and Android Studio. Justin is also a degree holder in Information Systems Technology and Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.), University of Adelaide.

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