How to set the use of a proxy server for WiFi, on Android

Proxy servers are useful tools for protecting user privacy, or for accessing the internet when you are in a corporate network. While you are connected to a WiFi network that uses a proxy server, this server acts as an intermediary for network requests between you and the rest of the web. Websites will not identify your specific device, but the proxy server that you are connected to. Here is how to set up the use of a proxy server on your Android smartphones and tablets:

NOTE: We used two smartphones for this tutorial: an ASUS ZenFone 4 with Android 7 Nougat, and a Nexus 6P with Android 8 Oreo installed. The screenshots we use are from both Android versions. Android 7 is always on the left, while Android 8 is on the right. The procedure is similar on all Android-powered devices, so you should be good to go even if you are running a different version of Android on your device. If you do not know what version of Android you are using, we recommend this tutorial: What version of Android do I have? 3 ways of checking!.

How to set an existing wireless network connection to use a proxy server, on Android

This section is useful when you are already connected to a WiFi network, and you want to set it so that Android uses a proxy server when connected to this network:

First, open the Settings app on your Android smartphone or tablet. In Android 7 Nougat, tap on Wi-Fi, under Wireless & networks. In Android 8 Oreo, tap Network & Internet, and then tap Wi-Fi.

You are shown a list of all the wireless networks that are available in your area. Tap and hold on the name of the wireless network that you are connected to. A menu is shown. Tap “Modify network” in this menu.

You are shown a list of settings for your existing wireless network connection. Tap Advanced options so that more options are shown.

Scroll down a bit, until you find the Proxy drop-down list.

Tap on the Proxy drop-down list and choose whether you want to enter a manual proxy configuration or a proxy auto-configuration address.

If you chose Manual, enter the hostname or the IP address of the proxy server that you plan to use, and the port address, in the appropriate fields. You can also set to bypass the proxy for certain websites, and you have to type the addresses of those websites.

If you chose Proxy Auto-Config, you have to enter the URL (web address) of the proxy server or the configuration script used by that proxy server.

To save and apply your proxy settings, do not forget to tap Save. Now Android uses the proxy server that you have set, when connected to the wireless network you are on.

How to set the use of a proxy server, when connecting to a WiFi network, on Android

Android also allows users to set a proxy server when connecting to a new WiFi network. If this is the situation you are in, start the procedure for connecting to a wireless network. In the list of WiFi networks, tap the network you want to connect to. You are asked for the connection password. Before pressing Connect, make sure that you tap “Advanced options.”

A list of options is shown. Scroll down and go to the Proxy drop-down list and tap on it. Choose whether you want to enter a manual proxy configuration or a proxy auto-configuration address.

If you choose Manual, enter the hostname or the IP address of the proxy server that you plan to use, and the port address, in the appropriate fields. You can also set to bypass the proxy for certain websites, and you have to type the addresses of those websites.

If you choose Proxy Auto-Config, enter the URL (web address) of the configuration script for the proxy that you want to use, or the URL of the proxy server itself.

When you are done setting everything, press Connect and Android connects to the selected wireless network. If all your settings are correct, your Android smartphone or tablet will also use the proxy server that you have entered, each time it is connected to this wireless network.

Why do you use a proxy server on your Android smartphone or tablet?

Most Android users have never used a proxy server on their devices. However, you did, since you are reading this tutorial. Before closing it, let us know why you had to use a proxy on your Android device, and how well it worked for you. Also, if you have questions or issues with our tutorial, do not hesitate to comment below.