Where are the proxy settings in Android?

Setting up the proxy in a laptop became a pretty common task for those who access the internet through the wireless connection available at most companies and schools or universities.

Besides the proxy server and the corresponding port number, some places also require you to authenticate with a username and password in the proxy settings.

Although this kind of options are available in a lot of Symbian, iOS and Windows Phone smartphones, I discovered that a lot of Android smartphones (e.g. Sony Ericsson, Nexus, etc.) don’t have any option in the wireless connection advanced settings to setup the proxy properly. This means those smartphones are not able to connect to the internet while their users are at work.

Some Android manufacturers such as Samsung added the proxy server and port options to the advanced settings menu, as you can see below.

The problem is that, at least in Samsung’s case, these options:

– only apply to the stock Android browser, so any other app will still not be able to use the WiFi connection

– you still can’t specify your username and password, so if your company uses some sort of proxy authentication you are out of luck

Some people end up using some apps from the Android Market to solve this situation, but that usually requires the user to gain root access to the device, which has some risks (depending on how you do it) and might void the device warranty.

I believe this is a major flaw in the Android OS and I cannot find an explanation on why Google did not implement this feature. It’s overdue especially if you look at other competitors that provided this same feature long time ago.

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