To be able to use a proxy server when using your iPhone, you must first understand what a proxy server is and the benefits of using one. From there you can then set up the proxy server and begin using it.
A proxy server is a security barrier that stands between your personal network (in this case, your iPhone) and the Internet. The proxy server forwards requests between a particular web browser and the Internet. Many people prefer to use a proxy server for several reasons. Some people would like to have the option of visiting a website completely anonymously. Another reason some people choose to set up a proxy server is to have a way to bypass an IP restriction so that they are able to visit a website that may have been blocked.
iPhone HTTP Proxy Setting Tutorial
To be able to set up a proxy server you will need to have one in mind. Your network may have a proxy server available for you to use. If not, there are free proxy servers that can be found when searching the Internet. Depending on the circumstances, doing a search of the Internet for a free proxy server may be the easier of the two options.
Your first step to setting up a proxy server is to find your internal IP address for your iPhone. To find your IP address, you will need to go into settings. You will then type Wi-Fi and select the network that you are working under. Once you are in that network, the first thing that you will see in that list is your IP address.
Now that you have your internal IP address, you will need to locate your external IP address. To be able to do this, you will want to be on the internet. While in the Google search engine, type in “my ip” and then hit search. The first result that will pop up will say “your public IP address is” and will then be followed by your external IP address.
With this information, we can begin to hide your external or public IP address using the proxy server. You will also need the proxy server information to be able to set up this information for your iPhone. You can get using another simple Google search which will provide you with the server IP information as well as the port information.
Once you have all of this information together, you will go back into the settings on the iPhone. Go into the Wi-Fi settings and go back into your chosen network. Towards the bottom of the screen, you will need to tap manual. This is where you will enter your IP and port information. Once that is entered into the Wi-Fi settings, your proxy server is set up for your phone and ready to use.
Even though setting up the proxy server may give you several options that you did not have before, there are still several things that anyone using a proxy server must be aware of. The first thing that must be taken into consideration is the speed of the proxy server. If the speed of the proxy server is slower than what you are using, you may notice a huge difference in the speed of the internet that you are using.
Depending on the location of your proxy server, there may be certain locations that you cannot access. For example, some locations have certain videos on YouTube blocked. By using a proxy server from that location, you will not be able to view those videos. This is true for things other than YouTube as well.
The most important thing that should be considered when setting up a proxy server is the risks that you may be taking by doing so. These security risks will always exist when you are using what is essentially an unknown or public proxy server. These risks could include things such as increased chances of viruses and other similar issues.
Whatever your reasons are for wanting to look into using a proxy server for your iPhone, there is an easy way to set this up. Just be aware of what the pros and cons for doing so are and make sure you are prepared for the consequences, whether they are positive or negative.