There are several different reasons to set up a proxy server on iPhone. Some wireless school and business networks require proxy servers to let you access the internet. Or you may want to use the iPhone proxy settings to enhance your online privacy and gain access to restricted content. Regardless of your reasons, continue reading for step-by-step instructions to configure a proxy for iPhone. Furthermore, you can also learn how to turn off a proxy on iPhone, when you no longer need it. Let’s get started:
NOTE: I created this guide on an iPhone 11 running iOS 16.6. Remember that you can read about proxy servers and weigh their pros and cons if you need more details.
To set up a proxy for iPhone, start by opening the Settings app.
On the Settings screen, tap Wi-Fi.
On the Wi-Fi screen, locate and tap on the wireless network you’re connected to.
Next, you get to see all the settings for that wireless network. Scroll down all the way, and tap Configure Proxy to access the proxy settings on iPhone.
Configure Proxy is the screen where you can set up the proxy on iPhone for the selected Wi-Fi network. There are three options on it: Off, Manual, and Automatic. By default, Configure Proxy should be Off on your iPhone.
Select Manual or Automatic based on the iPhone proxy settings you want to use and access the corresponding subchapter of this guide for further instructions.
If you know the connection details to the proxy server, tap the Manual option. This reveals additional options to manually enter the Server, Port, and Authentication details for the proxy server on the iPhone.
Type the proxy server’s IP address in the Server field. Then, enter the Port used for the proxy server. If the proxy server does not require authentication, Save your new iPhone proxy settings, and you’re done.
If the proxy server you’re connecting to requires a Username and a Password, enable the Authentication switch and type the credentials for the proxy server. After inserting them, tap Save to start using the proxy server on your iPhone.
There’s also the Automatic setting for configuring a proxy server on your iPhone. It allows your device to automatically get the proxy server configuration from the router that broadcasts the wireless network.
You can usually find such Wi-Fi networks in schools and business networks. In this case, you only have to enable the Automatic option. There’s no need to enter an IP address or port. However, you can input a URL to an auto-configuration script that provides your iPhone with the proxy server’s details. The script is just a small file, and you can get its URL address from your network administrator.
Regardless of the method used to configure the iPhone proxy server, remember to tap the Save button in the top-right corner of the screen when you’re done. The proxy server will try to route all your requests, but it might not work with apps programmed to ignore proxy settings.
TIP: If you’re concerned with your online privacy, a VPN can also be a viable option. Read our guide to decide when to use a proxy server and when to use a VPN.
You probably guessed how to disable a proxy on iPhone: select Off on the Configure Proxy screen.
Save your settings, and your iPhone stops using the proxy server for that Wi-Fi network.
As you’ve seen, it’s easy to configure proxy servers on an iPhone. There’s nothing complicated about it, and anyone can do it. Before you close this guide, I’m curious why you must use a proxy server on your iPhone. Is it because you are a student and your school requires it? Is it the only way to connect to your company’s Wi-Fi? Or are you just worried about your online privacy? Let me know in the comments below.