Last Updated on 12 hours ago by Mamun Miah

We know Socks5 is an internet protocol often used to establish a secure connection between a client and server. It can also be utilized for various purposes, including bypassing certain network restrictions. Many VPN programs, like ShadowSocks, ShimmerCat, and Tor, offer a SOCKS-5 server interface. For more information, you can read this article about socks.

There are several ways to set up a Socks5 proxy, and we’ll discuss a few of them. You can configure it with or without an application. Below, I’ll show you how to configure the socks5 proxy on Android devices, both with and without root access. Let’s see how it happens.

1. First Method: Configure Socks5 proxy with SocksDroid app ( Non-root ) android.


  1. Download SocksDroid from the Google Play Store.
  2. After downloading and installing, open the application.
  3. Go to Connection. Then in the “Server Port” insert your proxy server IP. In “Port” use port ‘5678‘ or your server port.
  4. After configuring a valid Proxy Server IP and Port Enable “SocksDroid” permit Allow VPN.
  5. Done. You are now connected to the SOCKS5 proxy.

2. Second Method: Setup Socks5 proxy with Firefox Browser ( Non-root ) android


  1. Download Firefox Browser from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open Firefox.
  3. From the 3-dot menu go to Add-ons and install the “FoxyProxy Standard plugin.
  4. After installing, again go to Add-ons and select “Foxyproxy Standard plugin” and Enable it.
  5. From the “Foxyproxy Standard plugin” go to Settings > Add > Title (Give any Title Name).
  6. Select Proxy Type Select SOCKS5.
  7. Give Proxy IP address or DNS name (Insert Your SOCKS5 server IP).
  8. Then set Port “5678” or insert your custom server Port and Save.
  9. Then Set your server IP and Port (Beside Synchronize Settings).
  10. Done. You are now connected to the SOCKS5 proxy. You can browse using the SOCKS5 proxy.

3. Third Method: Uses Socks5 with ProxyDroid app ( Root/Non-root )


  1. Download ProxyDroid from the Google Play Store.
  2. After downloading and installing, open the application and give root permission (if your device is rooted).
  3. Then Go to “Features Settings” below.
  4. Turn on/off “Global Proxy” first (This option is for rooted devices. If your device is rooted, then skip this step).
  5. Now Go to “Proxy Setting.”
  6. Then in the “Host” insert your proxy server IP. In “Port” use port ‘5678’ or your server port.
  7. From “Proxy Type” Select “SOCKS5.”
  8. After configuring valid Server IP and Port Enable “Proxy Switch.” If it needs root permission, then Allow permission.
  9. If you insert a valid server IP & Port then it will be connected.
  10. Done. You are now connected to the SOCKS5 proxy.

Other Methods:

  • Configure a proxy from Mobile WIFI settings.

    • Connect to a WIFI first.
    • Then long press on the connected WIFI.
    • Then go to Manage network settings > Show Advanced Options/Settings.
    • Select Proxy > Manual.
    • Here insert your proxy Server IP & Port.
    • If you have any Authentication, then give the User name and Password.
    • Click save. Done.
  • Connect HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS4, and HTTP-Tunnel in android.

    • Just follow the “Third Method” of ProxyDroid Application (1-5).
    • Then Set proxy from Proxy Settings.
    • And then Select which Proxy Type you want to connect.
    • Done.

Understanding Why Use a Proxy on Android?

There are several reasons you might want to use a proxy on your Android device:

  • Enhanced privacy: By masking your IP address, a proxy can help protect your online activities from being tracked or monitored.
  • Bypassing geo-restrictions: Accessing content that is blocked or restricted in your region becomes possible when using a proxy server located in a different country.
  • Improved security: The encrypted connection provided by some proxies can safeguard your data from potential hackers and other cyber threats.

Troubleshooting after connecting the SOCKS5 proxy and how to fix it?

  • Check these problems to find out why it’s not working:

    • If you use a dead proxy, the internet will not work. Check for a live proxy before connecting.
    • The proxy isn’t set up correctly.
    • Maybe your Android version doesn’t support those apps.
  • Follow these steps to fix the connecting problem before/after enabling the SOCKS proxy:

    • Use a live proxy.
    • Carefully follow those steps.
    • Don’t use cracked applications.
    • Uninstall and reinstall the app.
    • Restart your device.

Have you tried setting up a SOCKS5 proxy on your Android device? Share your experience or ask any questions in the comments below!

Disclaimer: Using untrusted servers can pose security risks. Using proxies, including SOCKS5, may violate the terms of service of some websites or services. It’s crucial to understand the potential risks and comply with applicable laws before using any proxy service.