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title: How can I use Snowflake?
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seo_slug: how-can-i-use-snowflake
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If your internet access is censored, you should download [Tor Browser Alpha](https://www.torproject.org/download/alpha/) available for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and Android. You can also use Snowflake with [OnionBrowser](https://apps.apple.com/us/app/onion-browser/id519296448) on iOS.
If you're running Tor Browser Alpha for desktop for the first time, you can click on 'Configure' on the start-up screen and then select 'Tor is censored in my country'. Click on 'Select a built-in bridge' and choose 'snowflake' from the dropdown menu.
From within the browser you can click on the [hamburger menu](https://support.torproject.org/glossary/hamburger-menu/) then go to 'Preferences' and go to 'Tor'. Alternatively, you can also type `about:preferences#tor` in the url bar. Check 'Use a Bridge' and 'Use a built-in bridge'. Then select 'snowflake' from the dropdown menu.
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title: How to help running Snowflake proxies?
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seo_slug: how-to-help-running-snowflake
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If your internet access is not censored, you should consider installing the Snowflake extension to help users in censored networks. When you run Snowflake on you regular browser, you will provide connection as a proxy to an entry node in the Tor Network, and that’s all.
#### Add-on
Firstly make sure you have WebRTC enabled. Then you can install this [addon for Firefox](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/torproject-snowflake/) or the [add-on for Chrome](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/snowflake/mafpmfcccpbjnhfhjnllmmalhifmlcie) which will let you become a Snowflake proxy. It can also inform you about how many people you have helped in the last 24 hours.
#### Web page
In a browser where WebRTC is enabled:
If you don't want to add Snowflake to your browser, you can go to https://snowflake.torproject.org/embed and toggle the button to opt in to being a proxy. You shouldn't close that page if you want to remain a Snowflake proxy.
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title: What is Snowflake?
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seo_slug: what-is-snowflake
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Snowflake is a [pluggable transport](https://tb-manual.torproject.org/circumvention/) available in Tor Browser to defeat internet censorship. Like a Tor bridge, a user can access the open internet when even regular Tor connections are censored. To use Snowflake is as easy as to switch to a new bridge configuration in Tor Browser.
This system is composed of three components: volunteers running Snowflake proxies, Tor users that want to connect to the internet, and a broker, that deliveries snowflakes proxies to users.
Volunteers willing to help users on censored networks can help by spinning short-lived proxies on their regular browsers. Check, [how can I use Snowflake?](/censorship/how-can-i-use-snowflake/)
Snowflake uses the highly effective [domain fronting](https://blog.torproject.org/domain-fronting-critical-open-web) technique to make a connection to one of the thousands of snowflake proxies run by volunteers. These proxies are lightweight, ephemeral, and easy to run, allowing us to scale Snowflake more easily than previous techniques.
For censored users, if your Snowflake proxy gets blocked, the broker will find a new proxy for you, automatically.
If you're interested in the technical details and specification, see the [Snowflake Technical Overview](https://keroserene.net/snowflake/technical/) and the [project page](https://snowflake.torproject.org/).
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