Setting up a proxy in WhatsApp on both iOS and Android

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WhatsApp is a widely used social app for smartphones and PCs. It allows users to send text and voice messages, images, and videos, as well as make video calls.

Both the mobile and desktop versions of WhatsApp are working with proxy servers, allowing users to bypass regional blocks and add an extra layer of anonymity. Proxies act as intermediaries between the device and WhatsApp servers. When a proxy is set up correctly, the real IP-address is replaced with the proxy server's IP address.

The app developers state that WhatsApp doesn't support the use of private proxies. Instead, users can use public proxy servers running on ports 80, 443, or 5222. However, internet connections through these ports may not always work. Considering these limitations, it's advisable to configure a proxy for the entire system rather than specifically for WhatsApp traffic. For detailed instructions, refer to the guide below:

Setting up a proxy in WhatsApp on iOS

  1. Navigate to the “Settings” menu (indicated by a gear icon). Select the “Wi-Fi” section. Note that proxies work only with wireless networks, not mobile data.


  2. Tap the “i” next to the name of your “Wi-Fi” network.


  3. Scroll down and tap on “HTTP PROXY”. By default, the proxy connection is inactive.


  4. Switch to manual mode by selecting “Manual” instead of “Auto” and enter your proxy server's data: IP-address and port.


  5. If you're using private proxies, toggle “Authentication” and enter your username and password.


To ensure the proxy is working, restart WhatsApp and try to download or send a file or message.

How to set a proxy in WhatsApp on Android

Recent versions of WhatsApp offer options to set up a proxy server inside the application, but their effectiveness is uncertain. In this guide, we will configure the proxy server at the Android device level, allowing all application browsers, including WhatsApp, to use a private proxy.

It's important to note that private proxies do not function when connected to mobile networks. It's necessary to switch to “Wi-Fi”. If you intend to use mobile Internet, consider purchasing mobile proxies specifically for WhatsApp on Android.

  1. Open the Settings menu on your Android device.


  2. Navigate to the “Network and Internet” section. The location of the wireless connections group may vary depending on your smartphone or tablet's version. It could be found within the “Network and Internet” section or directly in the general settings tab.


  3. Select the active network connection.


  4. Tap the edit icon (often a pencil icon) to make changes to the connection settings.


  5. To access advanced options, tap the arrow on the right side.


  6. Locate the “Proxy” tab and choose “Manual”.


  7. In the next window, you'll need to enter the data of your proxy:
    • Enter the IP or address in the “Proxy hostname” field. For example, “” or “123.852.95.4” without quotes.
    • Enter “8080” or another port without quotes in the “Proxy port” field.
    • List the sites for which you do not need to use a private proxy in the “Bypass proxy for” field.
    • Click the “Save” button to complete the setup.


Your internet traffic will now be routed through a private proxy IP. To set up proxy servers in WhatsApp with login and password authorization specifically for the application, rather than for the entire system, you can use other applications like Drony.