Do you have to use a Wi-Fi proxy server for Android to access the Internet at school or work? Or maybe you decided to configure an Android proxy server to protect your online privacy. Proxy servers are practical tools that act as intermediaries between you and the rest of the Internet, and it\u2019s easy to configure using one. This tutorial illustrates how to set a Wi-Fi proxy server for Android smartphones and tablets:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNOTE: This guide applies to Android 10, and it was created using Nokia 5.3 and Samsung Galaxy A51. If you do not know your Android version, read How to check the Android version on your smartphone or tablet. The procedures are similar on most Android-powered devices, although you might come across some small differences, depending on your device\u2019s manufacturer. If you\u2019re using a Samsung smartphone, the Android proxy settings are somewhat different, so don\u2019t miss the dedicated chapter towards the end of this guide.\r\nFirst things first: About Android proxy settings for Wi-Fi networks\r\nYou can use a Wi-Fi proxy server to protect your identity online or access the Internet when you are in a business network. While using the Android proxy, websites don\u2019t identify your specific device, but rather the proxy server you have set for the Wi-Fi connection. If you want to learn more, we already explained, in great detail, what a proxy server is.\r\n\r\nEven if you need to use the same Android proxy settings for different Wi-Fi networks, you must set them up one by one. To configure the Wi-Fi proxy settings, Android requires slightly different steps, depending on whether you\u2019re setting the proxy server for an existing connection or a new one. Don\u2019t worry, though; your Android smartphone or tablet remembers the proxy server associated with every Wi-Fi connection, so you only have to do this once. Your network administrator or proxy provider should give you the necessary details to connect.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWi-Fi proxy settings on Android\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re wondering how to run Android apps on proxy Wi-Fi, the answer is a bit more complicated, and it all comes down to how each app was designed. Some apps are programmed to use the Android proxy settings, some, like browsers, can have their individual proxy settings, while others ignore Wi-Fi proxy settings altogether. That is why you could encounter certain apps that don\u2019t work with your proxies. Unfortunately, if an app is not designed to use the Android proxy settings, there is no way to force it.\r\n\r\nTIP: If you\u2019re concerned about online privacy and security, you might also be interested to know When to use a proxy and when to use a VPN?.\r\nHow to set an Android proxy server for your Wi-Fi network\r\nYou can change the Wi-Fi proxy settings on Android to use a specific proxy server each time you connect to a network. As you\u2019re about to see, the steps are similar, whether you\u2019re setting up the proxy for the network you\u2019re currently using or configuring a new connection. To begin, open the Settings app and tap on Network \u0026amp; Internet.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccess Network \u0026amp; Internet from Android Settings\r\n\r\nNext, access Wi-Fi to see available wireless networks.\r\n\r\nNOTE: To continue from this point, Wi-Fi must be active on your Android device.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap on Wi-Fi\r\n\r\nYou are shown a list of all the Wi-Fi networks that are available in your area. Depending on whether you\u2019re setting the proxy server for an existing connection or a new one, accessing a network\u2019s Advanced options is slightly different. Press the name of the network whose Wi-Fi proxy settings you want to change.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap on any network to change its Wi-Fi proxy settings on Android\r\n\r\nIf it\u2019s a new network, you can now see the Advanced options in the pop-up window requesting a password. Skip the next paragraph and scroll down to the image matching the screen you see.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHowever, if you\u2019re already connected to that network and tapped on the first entry during the previous step, the next screen shows your Wi-Fi connection\u2019s Network details. Tap on the Edit button in the top-right corner. Its icon looks like a pencil.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPress the pencil button to Edit details about your Wi-Fi network\r\n\r\nEither way, in the pop-up window showing your network\u2019s name on top and requesting a password, tap on Advanced options to open a dropdown menu.\r\n\r\nTIP: If this is a new Wi-Fi network, you also have to insert a password for it on this screen. Otherwise, the password field shows (unchanged), as seen below.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccess Advanced options to set a Wi-Fi proxy server for Android\r\n\r\nThe Advanced options expand, revealing the Proxy setting, which displays its default, None, and a down arrow. Tap on it to open the options for configuring the Android proxy server.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the Proxy section, use the arrow to open a dropdown menu\r\n\r\nThe resulting menu has three options: None, Manual, and Proxy Auto-Config. Choose whether you want to manually enter the Wi-Fi proxy server or use a proxy auto-configuration address.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSelect the configuration type you want\r\n\r\nIf you choose Manual, the pop-up window reveals three additional fields. Under Proxy hostname, enter either the hostname of the proxy server that you want to use (in the suggested format: proxy.example.com) or its IP address.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnter a proxy hostname\r\n\r\nThen, you need to enter the port (the default used by most HTTP proxy servers is 8080). You can also \u201cBypass proxy for\u201d certain websites if you insert their addresses.\r\n\r\nWhen you\u2019re done setting everything up, tap the option in the bottom-right corner of the pop-up to apply your changes. For existing networks, you must tap on Save, as seen above. For new networks, press Connect, as shown in the next image.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPress Connect or Save to apply your changes\r\n\r\nIf you choose Proxy Auto-Config, you get access to the PAC URL field. The value that you enter should follow the format: https://www.example.com/proxy.pac.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nProxy Auto-Config only shows the PAC URL option\r\n\r\nEnter the URL (web address) for that proxy or its configuration script (PAC file) and tap the button in the lower-right corner of the pop-up. For new networks, tap on Connect, as shown in the screenshot above. Press Save for an existing network, as seen below.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPress Save or Connect to apply your changes\r\n\r\nFrom now on, each time it\u2019s connected to the selected Wi-Fi network, your Android smartphone or tablet uses the proxy server you configured.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to set a Wi-Fi proxy server for Android on Samsung devices\r\nSamsung has slightly different Wi-Fi proxy settings on their Android devices. Open Settings and tap on Connections.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccess Connections on Samsung Galaxy\r\n\r\nTap the first option on the screen, Wi-Fi.\r\n\r\nNOTE: The Wi-Fi option has to be enabled on your Samsung Android if you want to continue.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccess Wi-Fi to see available networks\r\n\r\nYou are shown a list of all the available Wi-Fi networks. The Current network is displayed on top. Depending on whether you\u2019re setting the proxy server for an existing connection or a new one, accessing a network\u2019s Advanced settings is slightly different. Press on the gear icon next to your Current network or on any of the available connections from the list underneath.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSelect a network or use the gear icon next to the Current network\r\n\r\nDepending on what you chose, the following screen has different settings, but, in both cases, you should press the Advanced option at the bottom. You can finally see the Proxy setting for the selected network on the next screen. Tap on its default value, None, to reveal other options for configuring the Android proxy server.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPress None to open a dropdown menu \r\n\r\nChoose whether you want to manually enter the Wi-Fi proxy server or use a proxy auto-configuration address.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSelect a configuration type from the available options\r\n\r\nThe Manual option reveals five additional fields, but only the first two are required to set up the Android proxy server: under \u201cProxy host name,\u201d enter either the hostname of the server you want to use (in the suggested format: proxy.example.com) or its IP address; enter a port under Proxy port - the default used by most proxy servers is 8080). Optionally, you can specify web pages to bypass the proxy and establish a direct connection to the web page. Fill in the User name and Password fields if these details are required.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInsert the proxy details and our credentials for it, if required\r\n\r\nWhen you\u2019re done setting everything up, press Save to apply your changes, as seen below.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap on Save to use the new Wi-Fi proxy settings\r\n\r\nIf you choose the Auto-Config setting for your proxy server, you are required to insert the \u201cPAC web address.\u201d Enter the URL for that proxy or its configuration script, and then tap on Save.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInsert the PAC URL and Save\r\n\r\nYou are returned to the previous screen. If you\u2019re setting a proxy for a new Wi-Fi network on your Samsung Android, don\u2019t forget to insert a password and press Connect, as seen below.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFinish connecting to a new Wi-Fi network to use the proxy\r\n\r\nThat was it! Your Android smartphone or tablet should use the proxy server you configured each time it\u2019s connected to the Wi-Fi network.\r\nWhy do you use a Wi-Fi proxy server on your Android smartphone or tablet?\r\nMost Android owners only use a Wi-Fi proxy server on their devices if it\u2019s required to access the internet on a business or school network. However, there are users who think of it as a good way to protect their online identity and avoid giving away their location. What about you? Why did you decide to use a Wi-Fi proxy server? Let us know in the comments.