Of all the smartphone users in the world, 23.5% of them are using an iPhone. This may seem low, but it’s more than any other phone manufacturer in the world! The many features of an iPhone have cemented itself as one of the best smartphones and gained the loyalty of millions of people worldwide. One of these features is its strong security measures.
iPhones are generally less prone to viruses compared to its Android counterparts. Your data is heavily protected and has minimal chances of it being leaked. There are no fake apps in the Apple app store as it’s difficult for apps to get approved in it. But, this doesn’t mean that it is impregnable. It is still liable to get breached, especially if you connect to shady, “free” wi-fi networks. So, why not install a proxy server on your iPhone? It protects you from malicious parties and even lets you access blocked content from your region.
Apple’s iOS allows you to configure different proxy settings for each wi-fi connection. Do note that, if you make a mistake when configuring a proxy server, you won’t be able to access the internet. This is true for both iPhones and iPads.
This is the full tutorial on how to set up an iPhone proxy server.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Go to your iPhone’s wifi settings
- Locate the connected network’s proxy settings
- Choose an option you want to go with: automatically change proxy settings or manually enter them yourself
- Input the necessary information for either option
Setting Up Proxy Settings in IOS Devices
Step 1. Go to your Iphone’s Settings app.
Step 2. Click on “Wifi”
Step 3. Connect to the wi-fi network you want to use a proxy with and then tap on it again.
Step 4. Scroll down to the bottom and you will see the “HTTP Proxy” option
Configuring Your iPhone’s Proxy Settings
After being redirected to your iPhone’s proxy settings, you are then given two options to choose from: Manual proxy setup or automatic proxy setup. If you want automatic proxy detection for your proxy settings, choose the “Auto” option. Choose the “Manual” option if you want to utilize a specific ip address and port number.
If you choose the “Auto” option, your iPhone will then immediately check if a proxy is needed for your current network before automatically configuring your proxy settings. Your iPhone will not use a proxy server if it deems it to be unnecessary, but if you really want to use one then simply obtain an automatic proxy configuration script, or a .PAC file for short, and enter it in the url section as seen below.
Note: You can get a .PAC file from your proxy service provider or your network administrator.
If you chose the “Manual” option then:
- Enter the server address or a IP address
- Enter the port number
- If your proxy provider says that authentication is required for the proxy server, then turn this on.
- Enter your authentication details
Congratulations! You have now set up a proxy server in your iPhone device. An iPhone lets you configure separate proxy settings for different wi-fi connections, so you have to set up unique proxies for each individual connection. However, you can set up a global proxy server that works on all your connected networks but it requires having enterprise-grade configuration tools.