It may seem difficult to access the dark web on iPhone, but the right tools make it very easy. It's quite convenient to browse it with your phone when you're on the go, all this while being as protected as if using a computer.
Since I've been getting on the dark web for years, I've created this guide to show you how you can access it safely on your iPhone. By the way, this works also on iPad.
Before we get started, here is a video tutorial I made on my YouTube channel with all the steps I mention in this article.
People often confuse the deep web with the dark web. Although it may not seem important, I would like you to know the difference between the deep web and the dark web.
It corresponds to all the sites that are not indexed even if they are reachable with a classic browser.
For example, it can be a blog page that the blogger hasn't allowed indexing by search engines like Google.
It corresponds to those hidden sites that are only reachable through a specialized browser like Tor. All sites ending in .onion are considered as dark web sites.
But some of these sites are not necessarily illegal. For example, the CIA and the New York Times have created a version of their site in .onion (.onion links at the end of this article).
To access the dark web on your iPhone I highly recommend these two tools. They will allow you to navigate easily and safely.
As I said, you can access the dark web only through a specialized browser. The best known is Tor Browser. On iPhone, you'll need to download Onion Browser which is a browser like Tor but for iOS.
And for those who are wondering, yes, the Tor project team has endorsed this app.
To be safe, you should change your IP address before launching Onion Browser. NordVPN is a trustworthy
With the Tor network (here Onion Browser), our IP address is also changed but there can be vulnerabilities. In the past, this has happened (look at this article), so I use NordVPN to add an extra layer of security.
Before installing the app on the AppStore, you will need to get a NordVPN account for their service. It's cheap and you can find a discount here. After that, NordVPN will send you your login details to connect to their app.
In this section, I will detail all the steps you need to go to the dark web on your iPhone.
For this step, I recommend you to click on "Quick Connect". NordVPN will find the fastest server for us.
You will have a new IP address once you have connected.
When you open Onion Browser for the first time, it will need to be configured.
Click next on the pages that appear and when asked for a security level, select "Silver" or "Medium".
You will get the best browsing experience in terms of speed and security with this Silver security level.
When you have finished configuring Onion Browser, you can click on "Start Browsing" (previous screenshot). Once you connect to Tor and the darknet, you will be greeted with this homepage:
If all is well and you have followed the steps, this page above will be displayed on your iPhone.
To browse the dark web, you need to know the .onion links of the sites you want to visit. You will find below in the article some links you can copy and paste directly on Onion Browser.
Here is an example of one of them: Darknet Live. It's kind of a newspaper of the darknet activity.
Now you have all the keys to navigate the dark web safely!
To make your life easier, I will put below some links to dark web sites. The URLs of the sites change very often so it is possible that some URLs do not work.
When a link interests you, click on it and copy the link. Then go to Onion Browser and paste the link.
The dark web is a side of the internet that seems full of mysteries. If you are curious enough to go there, you now have all the tools in your hands to get on it safely.
This article is purely for educational purposes and I do not support any illegal activity. Although it is not forbidden to browse the dark web, your actions on it are your responsibility.
The steps I have shown you have been working for years and allow the curious to get to this hidden internet without necessarily being a computer expert. So use this method wisely.