iOS Proxy 101: How to Configure a Proxy Server on iPhone

iOS Proxy: How to Configure a Proxy Server on iPhone

Published on: April 25, 2023
Last Updated: April 25, 2023

iOS Proxy: How to Configure a Proxy Server on iPhone

Published on: April 25, 2023
Last Updated: April 25, 2023

Many iPad and iPhone users find it hard to set proxies on iOS devices. But, here you can know how you can easily conceal your IP number as well as surf the net anonymously on iOS devices with the help of a proxy.

You can now use your preferred iOS application anonymously without disclosing your IP (Internet Protocol) address.

In this blog, you will know how you can set up your iOS device, including an iPhone or iPad, so you can use a proxy service on it.

A lot of consumers think that their iOS devices cannot use proxies and they are only meant for computers and VPNs are only for Android smartphones.

Nevertheless, you can employ VPN services as well as proxies on your iOS smartphone.

You can employ a VPN on your phone as it better protects your privacy. However, if you already own a proxy and don’t want to pay extra for a VPN service, then you can use the former as it also works fine.

Your iPad or iPhone will access your proxy server’s Wi-Fi network when you set it up. This means your network traffic will be passed through your configured proxy.

You can configure proxies on your Apple devices through a few ways, which are listed as follows.

How to Set up a Proxy Server on an iPhone or iPad for Wi-Fi Network

Many people use public Wi-Fi to access the internet at their office, a café, or their school. Public Wi-Fi controls the access to some websites and some of them are also used to snoop on the activities of their users.

Therefore, you must know how you can use proxies on your iOS devices while using public Wi-Fi.

Proxies can help you mask your IP address and access geo-blocked sites that are not available in your nation. You can set up a proxy server on your iOS device by following these steps:

  • First, you need to visit ‘Settings’ on your iPad or iPhone device and then find the option of ‘Wi-Fi.’
  • Then, you will be able to view active Wi-Fi connections, along with your own Wi-Fi connection. This setting takes place on the basis of each network.
  • Now, click on your connected network and go to the section of ‘HTTP Proxy’ at the bottom of your screen.
HTTP Proxy
  • This setting is turned ‘Off’ by default. It means that your device will not employ a proxy when you are using the network. You can turn it on by tapping on the ‘Manual’ option so that you can manually employ a proxy by entering its address and port.
  • After switching on this option, you will have to type the details asked, including your username, password, port, and server name. You can get these details from your proxy service provider.
switch to manual
  • If you prefer IP authentication for the verification, then you can switch off the option of ‘Authentication,’ and then there will be no requirement of a password and username.

As mentioned before, this setting works only on the Wi-Fi system that you configure for it.

Thus, if you want to use a proxy server for other connections of Wi-Fi, then you must follow the above steps again.

Plus, if you use the web with your phone network, then this proxy setting would not work.

How to Configure a Proxy Server on an iPhone or iPad for Mobile Network

Using a proxy on a Wi-Fi system is relatively easier than using it on mobile data since you don’t have to set up any software.

The latter requires you to change your settings for Global HTTP Proxy. You can do so in two ways:

Using Apple Configurator

This is a simple method to use a proxy service for your mobile data. But for this, you first have to open your Mac PC since you can only find Apple Configurator on Mac desktops and you can only download it from the App Store of Mac.

You have to enable the Supervised Mode by connecting your device with the computer using a USB cable in order to use the settings for Global HTTP Proxy.

However, before you do that, backup your essential data since this will erase all the data from your phone. After you enable this mode, you can create a configuration profile on the setting for Global HTTP Proxy.

Custom Write XML-based Profile

If you are not a programmer, then you should not use this method since it is quite hard and you are more likely to make mistakes.

You should use it only if you don’t own a Mac PC and don’t want to hire anyone to work on it using their PC. You should learn how to custom write a profile based on XML yourself since it is highly technical.

How to Confirm Proxy Setting on your iOS Device

Once you set up a proxy server on your iOS device, you must verify its working prior to browsing the net. You can follow these steps to verify the success of your proxy setting.

  • First, you must know your device’s IP address as provided by your MNO or Mobile Network Operator. You can check your IP address by going to the ‘What Is My IP Address’ website before you configure the proxy service.
  • After you set up the proxy, you have to visit ‘What Is My IP Address’ again and see if it shows the same IP address as before or if it is similar to your configured address. If you see that the IP number is not the same as your configured one or is exactly similar to your earlier IP address, then the configuration was not successful since it is still revealing your actual IP address.


Even though you can use proxies on your Apple devices, you should rather go for VPN services since they also protect your online privacy on your iPad and iPhone.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is great for your privacy instead of proxies.

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Written by Trevor Cooke

Trevor Cooke is an accomplished technology writer with a particular focus on privacy and security. He specializes in topics such as VPNs, encryption, and online anonymity. His articles have been published in a variety of respected technology publications, and he is known for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and accessible manner.