For all technology does, there is nothing quite like the way it allows for greater mobility. The ease with which we walk around unfamiliar cities. Instantly call transportation from an app. Buy anything we could possibly need in just a few simple clicks. That is what technology gives us. And, best of all, at any given time, this convenience is sitting in our pockets or tucked away in a purse. Our phones possess qualities we did not even know we needed in our lives. Mine reminds me to take deep breaths and to call my grandmother on her birthday. What more could a girl ask for?
Owning an Android phone is a luxury and one that is easily taken for granted. But even with the benefits listed above, there are even more ways to access content and utilize the technology your phone already possesses. How does one go about this? With an Android proxy, getting the most out of your Android phone is easier than ever.
Whether you are new to proxies or have been using them for years, it is important to recognize the differences between regular proxies and an Android proxy. In this blog, we will define what an Android proxy is, explore how to set up and use proxies on Android, and discuss what a high-quality, reliable proxy provider looks like. If you thought the world was at your fingertips before, just wait till you start using a proxy on your Android phone. Let’s get started.
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Defining an Android Proxy
Before we can dive into reasons you should use proxies for Android phones, we first need to define what a proxy is and how it works in relation to your phone. Every single device you own comes with a unique IP address. This address is used to identify and locate your device, not only that, but its movements can be traced and tracked by websites. For example, a lot of companies use website traffic to assesses their conversion numbers or devise new marketing tactics. While not a huge red flag at first, your IP address is in fact, quite limiting and relies solely on the restrictions and limitations placed on its place of origin. That is to say, if your IP address comes from a server in the United States, then you may only see the content available in that area.
But do not despair, this is where a proxy comes in. A proxy is a way to bridge the gap between your device and the internet. Proxies shield your original IP address, making websites believe that you are in a different location and hiding your identity in the process. But we need to get into specifics a bit more. What is an Android proxy? Well, when it comes to a proxy for Android, this means that setting up a proxy in your mobile network settings will allow you to more freedom to browse the internet, no matter where in the world you are.
One tip to remember when researching proxies is the different kinds of proxies that are available to you. For your safety, I would recommend buying a dedicated proxy and advise you to steer clear of free proxy “deals” that float around the internet, as they are often unsafe and unreliable. Dedicated proxies are for your use and your use only. They give you total control over the proxy network you are using, ensuring a strong connection.
How to Set up Proxies on Android
One of the things I found initially intimidating about proxies was the setup process. I assumed it to be entirely out of my depth and range of expertise. Luckily, that was not the case, and figuring out how to set up proxies on Android is a simple process. Before we get into the steps, something to keep in mind is the port you are connecting through. In short, a port is a kind of communication endpoint within a device, how information is identified and forwarded through the channels of the internet. A proxy that uses a SOCKS protocol is highly recommended when using Android proxies, as they are very versatile and have the ability to access any website using any protocol. For an even closer look at SOCKS proxies, take a look at our blog here.
You need only follow a few simple steps and you will be ready to use your Android proxy with ease.
- First, go to your Android settings and click on “WiFi”
- Next, you will want to click and hold down the name of your WiFi network (make sure you are already connected to a network if you are not already).
- Third, select “Modify Network” and click on “Advanced Options”
- After that tap on “Manual” (this takes you to the Android proxy settings and gives you different sections to change)
- Next, enter the proxy IP address and port number given by your proxy provider
- Click “Save”
Once you have checked that your Android proxy is connected properly you are set. It is that easy and you will never again be fumbling around with your phone asking yourself what are proxy settings for Android anyway?
Reasons to Use Android Proxies
Congratulations, you can now answer the question, “what is an Android proxy?” with great authority. In addition, once you have your Android proxy you will be able to set it up with ease. But it begs the question, what are the main benefits of using proxy technology in the first place? Time to explore the top three reasons why you need Android proxies in your life.
Protecting your identity
Your identity is the greatest thing you possess. It says all people need to know about you and represents who you are at your core. So, the last thing you want is to have someone else take possession of that person. Identity theft happens. With so much personal information stored online, there is no shortage of spots for people to take advantage and grab hold of credit card data or banking information. Android proxies ensure that your identity is safe from thieves and gives you peace of mind while accessing banking info on apps or entering your shipping information into an eCommerce site. When you are using a dedicated Android proxy, you are surfing the internet entirely incognito.
Bypass geographical restrictions
As I mentioned earlier, where your IP address is located, is where a website is going to think you are located. Problem is, there are many places in the world with restricted content and do not allow those outside an area to watch or view that content. Think of the way Netflix releases certain movies and shows to different areas of the world. Getting a license for streaming rights depends on which providers are being partnered with. That is why you see different content come and go from streaming sites. While location restrictions can feel frustrating, your Android proxy has the ability to bypass those limitations. Simply choose and connect a proxy from a proxy server in the location of your choosing and you will have access to more content than ever before.
While not fun to think about getting blocked from your favorite site, it does happen. In fact, switching from one proxy to another can appear suspicious and get you banned from websites you frequently visit. The good news is, using a proxy wisely can mitigate these troubles. By using an Android proxy on your phone, you can unblock sites that you were once locked out of. The more you access a site using the same proxy, the less that site will think you are a digital bot trying to enter into a site in which you do not belong. Make sure to stick with the same proxy for extended periods of time, as this will help make it look as though that proxy is your true IP address.
While the list above is not the final say for proxy use, it does represent the most popular reasons for using an Android proxy. Have other reasons for using a proxy for Android? Go ahead and get creative. Proxies are fantastic tools and should not be limited to the list above.
Finding the Best Proxy for Android
By the end of this blog, your knowledge of the Android proxy will be extensive and with all this talk about set up, you might be wondering what makes for a reliable proxy provider? And what does a high-quality proxy look like?
Before you jump right in and buy your proxy, make sure to find a provider that offers a large list of proxy server locations. The more locations that are offered, the better chance you will have at accessing the content that you truly want. Next, check to see that the proxy provider offers dedicated proxies at reasonable prices. Without a dedicated proxy, you are not as protected, nor are you as likely to have success unblocking the sites you wish and bypassing the restrictions you want to bypass. Plus, a reliable proxy provider will offer different lengths for purchase. Say you only need the Android proxy for a month while living in a different country or maybe you want to give different proxies in new locations a try for month-long periods, a good proxy provider will let you purchase the proxy from anywhere between 1 month to 12 months.
Finally, check that the place you are buying the proxy from has a customer service team available 24/7, this way, no matter the time of day, nor your true location, all of your proxy questions or concerns will be answered in a timely manner. Without customer service teams, you might find yourself unable to solve a simple, easy fix on your proxy.
Keep all of the above tips in mind when searching for a proxy and you will make the right decision for you and the mobile device you own.
Final Thoughts on Proxies for Android Phones
Who needs superpowers when I have a cell phone in my pocket? My phone is the ultimate weapon against getting lost somewhere or answering history questions I can scarcely remember from school. It protects me, and at the same time, it draws me in. For all the good that it does, I want to be sure that I am truly getting the most out of a device that I use every day, sometimes every hour. With the help of an Android proxy, you no longer need to be limited by your physical location nor worried about nefarious activity happening with your personal information. Find and purchase a proxy from a trusted proxy provider and your world will open even wider than it was before. That is the power of an Android proxy.