Android Proxy Settings: How to Use a Proxy on Android

Learn how to configure proxies on your Android phone or tablet.

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When you use a proxy, all your connections go through it before reaching websites and apps. Proxies can help you hide your IP address, change your device’s location to unblock content, and more. It’s also possible for malware to enable proxies without your knowledge and consent.

This article will show you how to configure the Android proxy settings to set up or disable a proxy server on your device. Note that we use a OnePlus device; your proxy configuration settings might slightly differ.

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How to Configure Android Proxy Settings

Step 1. Go to the Settings app and select Wifi & Internet.

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Step 2. Find your Wi-Fi network. If you’re currently connected to it, it should be the topmost option.

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Step 3. Select the Gear icon at the right side and tap Modify. This will open a preferences popup.

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Step 4. In the popup, you’ll see the Proxy dropdown. Expand it.

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Step 5. In the dropdown, select Manual.

This means that you’ll enter your proxy server’s settings by yourself.

If you’re using a proxy at school or work, your network administrator might give you a PAC file to configure the settings manually. Commercial proxy providers rarely do that.

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Step 6. Enter your proxy server’s information.

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Proxy hostname requires a proxy server’s hostname. You’ll have a hostname if you use backconnect proxies (so, residential or rotating IPs). Otherwise, you can enter a proxy IP address.

  • Example of an IP: 127.168.0.1
  • Example of a hostname: en.proxyprovider.net

Proxy port asks you to enter the numbers that come after the IP or hostname. They will be separated by a colon.

  • Example of a port: en.proxyprovider.net:10000

Bypass proxy for lets you select websites that will ignore the proxy server. If you want to enter multiple websites, separate them with a comma and no spaces.

  • Example: google.com,bing.com

Step 7. Authenticate your proxies.

Unlike iOS, Android doesn’t have fields for authenticating the proxy server in the settings. Instead, you’ll be asked to authenticate when you open your web browser. There, simply enter your credentials: username and password.

If you’ve authenticated by whitelisting your IP address, you don’t need to enter the credentials.

Step 8. Test your proxies.

Go to What Is My IP Address to see if your IP address and location have changed.

If you want to test the proxies in more detail, feel free to read our article on how to test proxies.

That’s it! You’ve successfully set up a proxy server on your Android phone or tablet!

How to Use a Proxy on Android

Once you’ve configured the proxy server on your Android device, it will send all your connection requests through itself. There are a few caveats, though:

  • The proxy server only works on the Wi-Fi network where it’s enabled. If you connect to a different Wi-Fi, you’ll have to configure proxies anew. And this method won’t work on cellular connections at all.
  • The proxy server may not affect apps. It’s up to the individual developers to choose whether to ignore proxies. So, they’re only guaranteed to work with your web browser. If you want to route all traffic through a proxy server, there are apps for that, but you’ll need to root your device first.

How to Disable Proxies on Android

Follow Steps 1-5. Then, in the dropdown simply select None.

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Solving the ERR TUNNEL CONNECTION FAILED Error

The ERR TUNNEL CONNECTION FAILED error pops up whenever you’re trying to connect through a proxy or VPN and the connection fails. There can be various reasons why this happens, but in the case of proxies, the two most common ones are:

  1. The proxy server is down. Try turning it off and on again. If nothing happens, wait until the server comes back up.
  2. You haven’t authenticated the proxies. In other words, you’ve entered a wrong username or password, or whitelisted a wrong IP address.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Android Proxy Settings

What Is a Proxy?

A proxy server is a middleman that routes your connection requests through itself. So, instead of accessing a website directly, you go through a proxy server first.

Can I Set a Proxy on Android to Affect Apps, Not Only Websites?

Yes, but you need to root your device first. Then, you can use an app like ProxyDroid to enable proxies for all traffic.

Is Using a Proxy Server for Android Phones Legal?

Yes, it’s legal to use proxies on Android. It’s how you use them that matters.