How to Add a Proxy Server to a Wireless Connection, in Windows Phone 8

There are cases when you need to use a proxy server in order to access various resources on the Internet. For example, if you connect your Windows Phone device to your company's business network, you may need to set up a proxy, so that you get internet access. In this quick guide, I'll show how to add a proxy server to the wireless connection on your Windows Phone 8. The procedure is both simple and fast.

NOTE: Adding a proxy server for a Wi-Fi network will make your internet browser send all traffic through the proxy server. Most built-in Windows Phone 8 apps should work with a proxy. For example, you should be able to access your email, calendar, etc. However, third-party apps and games are very likely not to work with a proxy. This is because most apps do not use proxy compatible protocols to communicate through the Internet.

How to Add a Proxy Server to Your Wireless Network

Start by opening your phone's Settings and tapping WiFi.

Then, tap the wireless network you're connected to.

A screen named Edit network is opened. Here you will find a Proxy switch and all the details of the wireless connection (IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS and MAC address).

To add a proxy server turn On the Proxy switch.

Two new fields are displayed: Server/URL and Port.

Write the IP address or the URL of your proxy, in the Server/URL field.

Then, in the Port field, enter the port used by the proxy. If you don't specify any port, then the default port 80 will be used.

After you have entered the necessary details, tap done on the bottom menu to save your changes.

How to Disable a Proxy Server in Windows Phone 8

To disable the use of a proxy, go to Settings -> WiFi and then the wireless network you are connected to.

Then, turn Off the Proxy switch.

If you want to completely forget the details of the proxy you just used, then you'll have to delete the network so that all its configuration details are forgotten.


As you can see from this guide, configuring a proxy for your Wi-Fi network is very easy. In another tutorial, we will also show how to make your cellular data connection work through a proxy. Until then, if you have questions on this subject, don't hesitate to leave a comment.