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How to Set up a Proxy on Android Device Step-By-Step

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How to Set up a Proxy on Android Device Step-By-Step

What's an Android proxy server?

Android proxy server is an intermediary between your device and target website: instead of connecting to the website directly, you first go via proxy to hide any identifying info. It works as a bridge letting data flow smoothly and allowing you to tweak things, adding a touch of customization to your online experience.

How to configure proxy settings

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1. Open your Android’s Settings by clicking on the gear icon.

Open your Android’s Settings by clicking on the gear icon.

2. Tap Wi-Fi.

3. From all the Wi-Fi networks, tap the ⓘ icon next to the Wi-Fi you're connected to.

4. Click on Proxy to see all the advanced options.

5. Change your Android proxy settings. Select Manual.

Enter the Host Name and proxy Port (e.g. The same works for both residential and datacenter proxies; only the endpoint:port will be different – for example, will become

Check your IP address that should now be a proxy IP address instead of yours.

7. Check your IP address that should now be a proxy IP address instead of yours.

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How to turn off Android proxy settings

Well, it's much easier than you think. To turn off proxy server settings on Android devices, in configuration step 6, instead of Proxy > Manual, choose Proxy > None.

How to turn off Android proxy settings

Why should you use a proxy server?

Having privacy and online security concerns? We got you, buddy. As proxy servers hide IP addresses, they guarantee privacy, security, and anonymity. Proxies let you bypass geo restrictions to access content from all over the world, avoid IP blocks and CAPTCHAs, and much more. You want to use proxies for cases such as web scraping, price aggregation, sneaker copping, ad verification, SEO.

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Frequently asked questions

What is an Android proxy server and what does it do?

A proxy server is an intermediary between your Android device and the internet. Proxy servers allow you to hide your IP address, overcome restrictions, such as CAPTCHAs, geo-blocks, and IP bans, and scale your business by automating tasks.

Can I use a proxy on Android?

Yes, you can use a proxy on the Android version of your device – and we’re here to show you how.

Should I turn a proxy server on or off?

​​Keep the proxy server on if you want to hide your IP and surf anonymously. Else, turn it off. Keep in mind that using a proxy server can slow down your internet and use up more data.

How to use a proxy server on an Android device?

To use a proxy server on an Android device, follow these steps. Just a quick heads up – the exact menu names and options may vary slightly depending on your device and Android OS version.

  • Open the device's Settings.
  • Select Network & Internet or a similar option, depending on your Android version.
  • Tap on Wi-Fi or the specific network connection you're using.
  • Long-press on the connected network and select Modify network or Advanced options.
  • Choose Manual under the Proxy settings.
  • Enter the proxy server address and port number provided by your network administrator or service provider.
  • Save the settings and exit.

How to set up a SOCKS5 proxy on Android?

The same configuration goes for all types of proxy, including SOCKS5, so it’s best to rely on your provider’s instructions.

Are there any free proxy servers for Android?

Although there’re a few free proxy providers on the net, we don’t recommend connecting your devices with a free intermediary. Free proxies for Android often track your cookies, search history, share your personal data with third parties, or even sell your IP address to earn some bucks.

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