[tbb-bugs] #30456 [Applications/Tor Browser]: TBA - Provide bridges with a magic link

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#30456: TBA - Provide bridges with a magic link
     Reporter:  antonela                  |      Owner:  tbb-team
         Type:  enhancement               |     Status:  new
     Priority:  Medium                    |  Milestone:
    Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |    Version:
     Severity:  Normal                    |   Keywords:
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 The current user flow for adding bridges in TBA could be better.

 Some improvements happened around this flow,
 [https://github.com/OnionBrowser/OnionBrowser/issues/56, as the simple QR
 scanning in Onion Browser]. It has some problems for TBA users. First of
 all, TBA doesn't have camera permissions. Also, users need to have two
 devices at the same time. On the other hand, is very common that users who
 need a bridge are experiencing torproject.org censorship. So, accessing to
 bridges.tpo.org is another pain point in this flow.

 I have been thinking in a flow where we can supply a user with a magic
 link, and the browser connects. Sysrbq pointed me to #15035, which makes
 it really doable.

 The user flow could be:

 1. The user tries to connect to Tor but bootstrapping fail
 2. The user gets prompted to share an email in order to get a bridge magic
 3. The user receives an email
 4. The user opens a mail app and clicks to the magic link
 5. TBA opens and gets connected

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/30456>
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