How to Configure Proxy Server on Samsung Galaxy S3 ?

There are several ways to setup proxy server or connection on Samsung Galaxy S3. These are:

Method 1: Configure proxy server at Wi-Fi level

By using this approach, all HTTP traffic going through the Wi-Fi connection will be proxied. Yes, it works with your favorite Chrome, stock or any other browsers as long as they’re using Wi-Fi.

  1. On your S3, go to home Settings > Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap and hold the Wi-Fi network ID (SSID) you’re connected to, and then select Modify network config.
  3. Check Show advanced options.
  4. Scroll down to select Manual for Proxy settings.
  5. Next, fill in the Proxy host name and Proxy port fields with the appropriate information.
    Wifi Proxy Setup

Method 2: Configure proxy server at the browser level

Instead of directing traffic of all browsers to go through the proxy, you can do an isolated setup such as only traffic of a particular browser needs to be proxied.

Unfortunately, not all browsers come with proxy server configuration. So far, I’ve come across only Opera and Firefox that let you do this.

Well, if you do know of any other browsers that can do the same thing, please add them to the comments.

a) Opera browser

  1. Launch the Opera browser, and type “opera:config” on the address bar.
  2. Tap Proxy.
  3. Enter the desire information in HTTP server or HTTPS server field.
  4. Tap Save.
    Opera Browser Proxy Settings

b) Firefox browser

  1. Launch the Firefox browser, and then type “about:config” in the address bar and press return.
  2. Enter “proxy.http” into the search box on the about:config page.
  3. Tap Modify on “network.proxy.http” and type the proxy server name/ip address into the text box.
  4. Tap Modify on “network.proxy.http_port” and type the port number into the number box.
    Firefox Browser Proxy Settings
  5. Enter “network.proxy.type” into the search box on the about:config page.
  6. Tap Modify on “network.proxy.type” and input the number 1.
    Firefox Browser Proxy Settings

Method 3: Connect to Tor secure network

Tor (originally short for The Onion Router) is a network of virtual tunnels that allows users to
conceal his/her locations and data across the Internet.
To connect to this secure network, your Android needs the Orbot app (Free).
Once you’ve it installed, you can use it with the Firefox browser or Wi-Fi connection.

a) Using Firefox with Tor network.

  1. Install Orbot app.
  2. Launch Orbot app and then tap the Play button to connect to the Tor network.
    Orbot App
  3. Now, install Network Preferences add-on on your Firefox browser.
  4. On the Network Preferences, enter the following values, Configure Proxies:1, HTTP Proxy: 127.0.0.1, Port: 8118. Note: You can enter the appropriate values for SSL Proxy and FTP Proxy if you’re needed to do so.
    Network Preferences Add On
  5. You might need to restart your Firefox to make the changes effective.

b) Using Wi-Fi connection with Tor network.

  1. Install Orbot app.
  2. Launch Orbot app and then tap the Play button to establish a connection to the Tor network.
  3. Now, go to home Settings > Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap and hold the Wi-Fi network ID (SSID) you’re connected, and then select Modify network config.
  5. Check Show advanced options.
  6. Scroll down to select Manual for Proxy settings.
  7. Next, enter the following values, Proxy host name:127.0.0.1 and Proxy port:8118.

(Find a list of tips and tricks for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Android.)

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2 Responses to How to Configure Proxy Server on Samsung Galaxy S3 ?

  1. Tom says:

    Tried the Wi-Fi setup. My network is WEP secured so when I modify Network Config and enter my password, proxy settings and save, a second duplicate Wi-Fi network is created with the status of Not in Range.
    I am attempting to point this at my laptop for traffic monitoring in Fiddler. Worked for iPhone. Hope to get it working for Android.

    What am I doing wrong?

    • Ethan says:

      Hi,
      It’s a very straight forward settings, it should work as long as your proxy server is working. I’ve no ideas why it creates a duplicate network id, but if that’s not needed you can always “Forget” it.


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