How to Configure Proxy Settings on Your Android Device

Proxies enable you to access geo-restricted content, hide your IP address, and prevent malware from making requests to your device directly.

There are two ways to set up a proxy on Android depending on the availability of a particular network connection – mobile cellular or Wi-Fi.

This guide will show you how to integrate Oxylabs Residential and Datacenter Proxies on an Android device. Depending on your device manufacturer, the process could slightly differ. However, the fundamental steps are alike throughout. The following showcase uses stock Android 13 (the latest version as of 2022).

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Configuring a proxy for a mobile network

When using mobile data, a proxy is set up through the mobile network settings:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Network & internet > Internet.

Configuring mobile network settings

2. Tap your mobile network provider’s settings, scroll to the bottom, and select Access Point Names (APNs).

3. Choose an APN you’re currently using to configure the Android proxy settings.

4. Under Proxy, Port, Username, and Password, enter your proxy details and credentials.

Editing proxy settings

NOTE: When using proxies for a mobile network, the connection type is HTTP only.

Residential Proxies

Fill in the setup fields as specified below:

Proxy: pr.oxylabs.io

Port: 7777

You can also use country-specific entries. For example, if you enter us-pr.oxylabs.io under Proxy and 10000 under Port, you’ll acquire a US exit node. For a complete list of country-specific entry nodes or if you need a sticky session, please refer to our documentation.

Configuring Residential Proxies

Datacenter Proxies

Fill in the setup fields as specified below:

Dedicated

Proxy: a specific IP address

Port: 60000

In the case of Dedicated Datacenter Proxies, you’ll have to choose an IP address from the acquired list. Please refer to our documentation for more details.

Shared

Proxy: dc.pr.oxylabs.io

Port: 10000

You can also use country-specific entries. For example, if you fill in dc.de-pr.oxylabs.io under Proxy and 40000 under Port, you’ll acquire a German exit node. For a complete list of country-specific entry nodes, please refer to our documentation.

Configuring Dedicated/Shared Datacenter Proxies

Fill in the Username and Password. Enter your Oxylabs sub-user’s credentials. Use the same credentials you typed in while creating a new sub-user in the Oxylabs dashboard.

5. Tap three vertical dots in the top right corner and choose Save.

Saving the proxy setup

6. Restart the network to apply your changes by turning the connection off and on again.

Restarting network connection

7. Finally, open your web browser, enter previously specified credentials, and press Sign in.

Entering the Oxylabs sub-user’s credentials

And that’s it. You’re now using a mobile network with a proxy IP address.

Setting up a proxy for a Wi-Fi network

If you’re using a Wi-Fi network, the process is as follows:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Network & internet > Internet.

  2. Choose your current Wi-Fi network and select the gear icon to access Network details.

Configuring Wi-Fi network settings

3. Tap the edit button (🖉) in the top right corner and expand the Advanced options section.

4. Under Proxy, select Manual and enter your proxy details along with credentials.

Integrating Residential Proxies

For a detailed proxy configuration (Residential and Datacenter), refer to the previous section. Oxylabs proxy details are consistent and interchangeable regardless of your network type (mobile or Wi-Fi).

NOTE: When using proxies for a Wi-Fi network, the connection type is HTTP only.

The Bypass proxy for option lets you list specific websites that will ignore your proxy settings. Separate addresses with commas to create multiple exceptions.

5. Open a browser and authenticate your proxies. Enter your Oxylabs sub-user’s Username and Password. Use the same credentials you typed in while creating a new sub-user in the Oxylabs dashboard.

Entering the Oxylabs sub-user’s credentials

And that’s all. Now you’re using a Wi-Fi network with a proxy IP address.

Wrapping up

Remember that proxies set up using the methods above may not affect other apps on your device besides a browser in use. Individual software may have its own proxy server settings or was designed without proxy server support.

For more proxy options in data extraction and virtual identities while browsing, check how to integrate proxies with some of the most popular scraping tools and anti-detection browsers.

If you have questions about configuring our proxies for Android or have inquiries about our solutions, don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.

Please be aware that this is a third-party tool not owned or controlled by Oxylabs. Each third-party provider is responsible for its own software and services. Consequently, Oxylabs will have no liability or responsibility to you regarding those services. Please carefully review the third party's policies and practices and/or conduct due diligence before accessing or using third-party services.

Frequently asked questions

What is a proxy server in Android?

A proxy server is an intermediary between a user and a destination server (the internet). Such an additional inbetweener adds an extra layer of security and anonymity. On Android, you can configure proxies for both mobile and Wi-Fi network connections.

Do Android proxy settings apply to all apps on a device?

No, when it comes to global proxy settings, Android doesn’t apply them to all apps universally. The functionality is on an app-by-app basis. Some software might not support certain proxy types or refuse global proxy server settings by design.

Are there any free proxy servers for Android?

Yes, although not without some significant drawbacks. Free proxies are usually synonymous with subpar connection speeds, shared usage, and security concerns. 

Paid proxy services provide trusty solutions, offering pools of ethically acquired proxies, high uptimes, and technical assistance.

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