Proxies are extremely useful tools because they can help protect your online privacy. They can also be used when you are working within a corporate network. Now, let’s talk about WiFi networks. When you connect to a proxy server before connecting to the WiFi network, your proxy server can act as an intermediary that facilitates network requests between you and the Internet. This way, websites cannot identify your specific device. The target server can only identify the proxy server that you are connected to.
If you are reading this, you might be thinking of how to set up a private proxy on your Android smartphone or tablet. You are in luck! The following instructions apply to Android operating systems like Android 7 Nougat and Android 8 Oreo. Don’t worry though. The procedure should work for any Android-powered device. So, you should be fine even if your device has a different version of the Android OS.
Setting Up a Private Proxy for a NEW WiFi Network
- Step One: Open list of WiFi networks.
- Step Two: Tap the network you wish to connect to.
- Step Three: Before entering the connection password and pressing Connect, tap Advanced Options
- Step Four: You will be presented with a list of options. Scroll down until you see the Proxy drop-down list. Tap on it.
- Step Five: Choose whether you prefer an auto-configuration proxy address or a manual-configuration proxy address.
You chose Proxy Auto-Config: Enter the URL of the configuration script for the proxy. It can be the URL of the proxy server itself.
You chose Proxy Manual-Config: Enter the IP address or the hostname of the proxy server that you need to use. In most cases, you will need to enter the port address too. (Optional: you can set to bypass the proxy for certain websites).
- Step Six: Press Connect. Your Android device will connect to the chosen wireless network. If all your settings are accurate, your device will utilize the proxy server that you have entered, every time it connects to this particular wireless network.
Setting Up a Private Proxy for an EXISTING WiFi Network
- Step One: Open the Settings app on your Android device. For Android 8 Oreo, it will be: Network & Internet > Wi-Fi. For Android 7 Nougat, it will be: Wireless & Networks > Wi-Fi.
- Step Two: A list of available wireless networks in your area will be shown. Tap and hold on the name of the desired wireless network. Select Modify Network in the next menu that comes up.
- Step Three: Tap Advanced options to open up more options.
- Step Four: Scroll down until you locate the Proxy drop-down list. Tap on it.
- Step Five: Decide whether to enter proxy server details via the automatic or manual method.
Proxy Auto-Config: Enter the URL of the proxy server. Alternatively, you can also enter the configuration script that is used by that proxy server.
Manual: Enter the hostname/IP address and the port address of the proxy server that you plan to use. You can also choose to bypass the proxy for certain websites.
- Step Six: Tap Save to apply your new proxy settings.