What is a proxy server and how to configure it on the iPhone

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Oddly enough even today, during the time of the progressively introduced system of prohibitions and censorship on the Internet, not everyone knows about, what «proxy».

This article is intended to fill the gaps in knowledge of users who are ignorant of such issues.

What is a proxy server?

For a visual example, we suggest going to the Spotify website, that same, with a huge music base and smart recommendation system. Probably, this attempt will end in nothing: the service will not open, and the screen will display a notification of access denial for users of your country. And there are a great number of such sites on the Web. It is for that, to circumvent such limitations, we need help «proxy server».

First of all, understand, what when visiting sites, we give them some information about ourselves (IP address, device information, from which access to the Internet and its location is made). For several reasons, some services have limitations, who are denied access to a certain category of users. Often sifted by location.

However, there are proxy servers, connecting to which, User data is changed to other, which in most cases allows to bypass all the established prohibitions. Such servers are available in every country of the world, and therefore it is possible to bypass geographical restrictions when accessing any site.

What does it need a proxy server for?

As we explained above – to replace your location. Then, thanks to the specifics of this kind of servers, You can also hide your real IP. However, request data, sent directly to the proxy itself, its owners can give it to law enforcement agencies at the request of the court. I.e, in case of serious violations, the user can still be calculated. Most often, IP is hidden for security reasons, because of which, of course, the court will not start. Well, finally, some offices limit their employees access to a number of sites. With the help of a proxy, all these prohibitions are not the slightest.


Intermediary servers are free and paid. The first most often have problems with data processing speed, but there are quite tolerable. However, as soon as a free proxy is gaining popularity, he is immediately transferred to a paid basis, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use one free option all your life. As for paid servers, then their owners guarantee the quality of the services supplied and in every possible way try to interest the user, so that he did not go to competitors (and thousands of them). I.e, in the first case, the user will have to choose the most convenient options for him, losing my time and energy, and in the second – just get acquainted with the top popular paid proxies and decide on the choice, that provided no particular meticulousness user, will not take much time.

Changing the direction of traffic transmission through a proxy server can be done using a mobile device. for example, to access the site, which is not available in your region.

How to set up a proxy server on iPhone

  1. Open the Settings app and select the Wi-Fi section.
  2. Click on the icon «i» near a connected Wi-fi network.
  3. Find the section at the very bottom of the settings «HTTP Proxy» and choose «Manually».
  4. Enter the IP address in the field «Service» and the port number of the proxy server in the field «Port». If you need to use authorization, then click on the button «Authentication», and then enter your username and password.

It is done. Now your device will start sending all traffic through the specified proxy server.

How does the difference between a proxy server and VPN?

For an inexperienced user, the difference between VPN (private virtual networks) and proxy servers consist only in writing and some abstract technical details, unimportant. Really, One can distinguish the only important difference between VPN and proxy servers for the average user – data encryption.

To begin, we note, that neither, no other way guarantees your anonymity – it is a fact. However, the connection is chained «user → proxy server → end resource» much more vulnerable and can be relatively easily detected. In this case, the administration of the final resource, as well as third parties can relatively easily not only track your real IP address, but also intercept traffic, which was so important to hide.

What does VPN offer us?? If you do not go into details, then the main advantage of connecting via a private virtual network is to encrypt the traffic between your device and the VPN server using SSL certificates, which is produced by special software (programs on your computer, provided by the VPN provider). In this way, the real IP address can still be detected under certain conditions, however, traffic decryption is possible only with the participation of the provider, who is not at all interested.

How to set up a proxy server on iPhone

The VPN settings menu on iOS devices is located in the Settings application along the way: Main → VPN.