How to set up a proxy server connection in Android

How to set up a proxy server connection in Android
Passing notes around in class was quite a bit like instant messaging, albeit in its stone age form, and we're all guilty of engaging in the practice while at school. These notes were easy to deliver if the recipient was sitting on a desk next to you, but when that wasn't the case, you had to pass the paper through a fellow classmate. 

While none of this seems to have anything to do with technology, that classmate in the example above – the one who passed the note onward to its intended recipient – is kind of like a proxy server. Simply put, the latter passes information for you over the internet. Surely, you're now wondering what use does a proxy server have, and we'd gladly clarify the matter for you. Let's say that you really want to watch this YouTube video, but its uploader has made it unavailable in your country. Or imagine that a certain web site or web service would only work in a limited number of markets, and yours isn't on the list. Or perhaps you just want to watch YouTube at school. In these cases, a proxy server could be used to fetch the data and forward it to your device. Proxy servers do have many other practical applications, but we won't get into details in this post.

How do you make an Android phone or tablet connect to the internet over a proxy server? Well, the trickiest part would be finding a proxy server that works in your particular case. In the first two examples given above, you'll need to find a server based in a country where the content you want to view is available, and in the third one, you need a server that your school hasn't blacklisted. Other than that, the process of modifying proxy settings on Android is simple, and a little Googling for that right proxy server can go a long way.

Once you have obtained the address for a promising proxy server, it is time to enter it in your Android device's connection settings. The step-by-step process outlined below should be identical on most recent Android phones and tablets.

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10 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

WOW. This is a good guide, didn't even know how to set one up properly :S. Thanks again PA!

2. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

how about articles about method to reduce lag i think it is more useful than this one. lol

3. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

how about articles about reducing the hurt in your butt.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Lol khmer getting rekt on daily basis

5. algali2009

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

what if the Proxy Server has some kind of user name and password... where can I find this password option on my android phone?

6. MrOmkar

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

there is no such option to enter username and password, so you can't access internet on apps other than web browsers who let you login to proxy server

7. tabbas97

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 03, 2014

Please make a guide on system wide proxy using DRONY . This is almost useless except in the browser .

8. yogesh9

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

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9. GeorgeAlba

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

One amazing proxy server for Android is Hidester.com. I really recommend it.

10. krakmh

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

It's tough and take a lot of time, I simply use web based proxy service like this https://proxy-server.co and they work fine for me.

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