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
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.
These simple tips usually solve most problems:
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:
If you have access to the internet and the VPN is not working, proceed as follows.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.