A proxy server is a gateway between your device and the websites you visit on the Internet. A proxy masks your IP Address while engaging with the websites you visit using your device. This helps in keeping your device secure and it does not give malicious entities access to your device’s IP. A proxy server can also be used as a firewall or for controlling the amount of traffic on a network. In this article, we show you how to configure and use Android Proxy settings on your device.
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Here’s how you can configure Proxy Settings on Android
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Connections.
Step 2: Tap on WiFi, then tap on the gear icon next to your WiFi network.
Step 3: Tap on ‘View More’.
Step 4: Tap on Proxy and select Manual.
Step 5: Enter the proxy server information. If you’re on your school or college’s network you may be given a PAC file for automatic configuration.
Step 6: Enter the proxy server’s information. This includes the proxy hostname, proxy port, and bypass list. If you are setting up a proxy for your home network, you will find the proxy hostname and proxy port in the configuration email sent to you by the service provider. You can use other proxy addresses if you want to access certain websites that are blocked on the network. The ‘Bypass proxy for’ section is for websites that will bypass this proxy server. You can add multiple websites to this list.
Step 7: Hit ‘Save’.
Step 8: Check if your proxy server has changed by visiting this website.
How to use a Proxy on Android?
If you are connected to your school or college’s WiFi network, it is likely that it doesn’t let you access social media and other websites. You can manually set up a different proxy server (as shown above) to bypass the ban. A proxy only works on a WiFi network and not on mobile data. One proxy server works for only one WiFi network. If you connect to another network, you will need to set up the proxy server again. Furthermore, you can only use it to access webpages using your phone’s web browser. A manual proxy server does not work on the apps on your phone. It is advised you use a VPN to use apps for this purpose.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Android have proxy settings?
Yes, you can access the proxy settings for any network on Android by going to Settings>Connections>WiFi Network>View More.
How do I use a proxy on a mobile app?
Unfortunately, proxies don’t work on mobile apps. You will have to root your device to push all internet traffic, including apps on your device, through a chosen proxy server. You can use a VPN to achieve the same result for apps.
How do I find my phone’s IP Address?
To view your phone’s IP Address simply go to Settings>Connections>WiFi Network>View More and scroll down to the bottom to find the IP Address. You can also visit the ShowMyIP website to view your IP Address.
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This is how you can configure and use a proxy server on Android. As mentioned earlier, a manual proxy server only works for the internet traffic on your phone’s web browser. Apps can choose to override this server. After configuring the proxy settings on Android, make sure you authenticate the proxy by entering the username and password. Here is our list of the 10 best proxy sites for safe and anonymous browsing.
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