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If you have an Android device (the probability of which is very likely), you are in for a treat. That’s because you can easily configure Android proxy settings for servers. This means you can actually configure an Android proxy for each Wi-Fi network that you see on your device. Yeah! You heard us right! And, how that can be, we’ll tell you in just a moment.
Why Would I Need A Proxy Server On Android?
First thing first, why would you ever need Android proxy settings? Even in this day and age, when you have robust mobile data service providers, why spend your precious data when you can use the Wi-Fi of your school, university or even office? Now, say, you are trying to have access to your favorite site in your school or office, but thanks to IT admin preventions and restrictions, you can’t just get past.
While Android proxy could be your savior that time, you can also consider opting for a VPN for Android. Maybe you wish to access geo blocked websites whose access is not permitted in your country.
For instance, NordVPN is undoubtedly one of the best VPN options. It lets you enjoy private and secure internet access with just one tap.
Here are some of its key features –
1. Change your IP address and appear as if you are using the internet from a whole different region. It astonishingly has servers in over 60 countries
2. Immaterial of where you are using Wi-Fi, your data is safe as it is not exposed
3. You can rest assured of the speed, thanks to over 5700 servers worldwide
Also Read: The Difference Between VPN And Proxy
You see, while you already have a brilliant option in the form of a VPN, let’s quickly go over the steps on how you can set up Android proxy server. These steps are simple and easy to follow and will work just fine on all Android device running Android version 4.0 onwards –
Steps To Configure Proxy Settings For Chrome Android And Other Web Browsers –
Note: The device used for the purpose of this blog is Samsung Galaxy M20. The settings and steps for operating proxy server settings may slightly differ on your Android device.
1. Open Android settings marked by the gear icon or tap and hold on the Wi-Fi icon
2. Now tap on the name of your Wi-Fi
3. Tap on Advanced
4. You will see a dropdown under the Proxy option. Now, it is important to understand each of the heads – None, Manual and Auto-Config
As this name suggests, this is when you don’t want to have an Android proxy.
Here you will be able to enter Android proxy server settings manually. You will now be able to enter your Proxy host name and the name of the website that you wish to enter or bypass.
Where would you use a Manual Proxy?
Android does not support WPAD (Web Proxy Auto-discovery protocol) which is sometimes used by organizational networks to distribute proxy settings. It is under this circumstance that you will have to mention a manual proxy host name as mentioned above.
The Auto-Config or the Proxy Auto-Config is an option which might not be present in the older variants of Android. When you choose this option you will be required to enter the PAC web address which will have a .PAC file. Now, this is something that you will have to acquire from your network administrator.
In The End:
Though we have written the above steps for the majority of Android devices, if the steps are different in your Android device, we’d like you to mention the exact steps that you have taken to operate Android proxy settings on your device in the comments section below. Also mention the name of your Android device as well.
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