Changing IP Addresses on Android can be done for simple reasons like configuring your internet settings, and for other reasons like changing your location.
Configuring your internet is done when you have issues browsing on your phone. When you set the right IP Address, you will be back online in no time.
Changing your location is done for many reasons. For me, I change my IP address to play games that are only allowed in certain regions or countries.
People also change their locations by changing their IP in order to access websites that are blocked in their country.
This article could become a list of reasons why people change their location via IP Addresses but that’s not why you’re here.
In today’s article, I will be showing you how to change your IP Address in different ways. If you’re a beginner, you’re going to find it easy. I like making my tutorials easy to follow.
Videos and pictures are going to be provided in this tutorial.
We’re going to cover:
- How to change Mobile Data IP Address
- How to change WiFi IP Address
- How to change IP Address with a VPN (change your location)
- How to change IP Address without a VPN (also change location)
So, you can choose any of the methods you’re interested in by clicking from the list, or by checking from the Table of Contents below, let’s begin.
How to Change Your Mobile Data IP Address on Android
Although changing mobile data IP address isn’t as popular as it used to be, the wrong IP address may be one of the reasons why your phone isn’t browsing when you’re using your mobile data (not WiFi).
In most cases, your Internet Service Provider has a default IP address that should be used so you can browse. You can always check their official website for it and write it down somewhere. Just in case.
Just do a simple Google search like “[name of your network provider] default ip address” to find it.
So to change the IP address of your mobile data, first thing you need to do is head over to the list of apps on your phone and then tap “Settings”.
This will take you to a new screen with a lot of options. Different phones have different interfaces, but they usually label all options the same.
At the top of the list on my phone is “Network and Internet”, yours may be in the middle or at the bottom of the list, just look for any option with “Internet” or “Network” and tap it.
Next, tap “Mobile Network”. Like the previous step, you may have to go through your list of options to find it.
Now, the new screen depends on the kind of phone you use. I use a Dual SIM phone so I have 2 tabs at the top.
“9mobile” and “MTN”. If your phone only supports one SIM, you’re not going to have 2 tabs. If you also have 2 SIM cards on your phone, just choose the network you’re interested in configuring.
You should know the Network to configure after getting the IP address to use from their official website.
For this tutorial, I’m going to select “9mobile” and then I’m going to tap “Access Point Names”.
The new interface you’re going to see has the list of internet configurations on your phone. So don’t worry if you’re a bit confused, just tap the first one you see.
This is the final stage. The list of options you see are different options to configure your internet connection. We’re only going to focus on two, Proxy and Port.
Most IP addresses look like 0.0.0.0, the number of zeros before each point can be different. You can also see different numbers besides zeros.
Example of an IP Address is 172.16.0.1.
Next, the Port number. An example of a Port number is 8080.
You should have gotten the official numbers from your ISP’s official website.
Now tap “Proxy” input the number and then tap “OK”.
Next tap “Port” input the number and tap “OK”.
Tap the options menu at the top right, and then tap “SAVE”
Finally, tap “OK”.
If you followed the steps right, you would have successfully changed the IP Address of your mobile data.
How to Change WiFi IP Address on Android
In my Every Proxy Tutorial, I showed you how to share your internet connection or VPN from your Android phone to a PC or another Android phone.
For this to be possible, you’ll have to change the IP address of your WiFi connection to what the Every Proxy app specifies.
This is the second part of the article, and I’m going to show you how to change your WiFi IP settings for any reason you want.
First make sure you’re connected to a WiFi network and then go to your phone’s Settings and look for Internet and Network.
Next, tap the “WiFi” label you see.
At this point, you’ll be seeing the WiFi network you’re currently connected to, you can long press it to see the “Edit” option, or just tap the “Gear” icon like in my case.
Not all interfaces are the same on all phones. On my phone, I have my edit option as a pencil icon at the top right of my phone.
If yours isn’t there, go back and long press the name of the WiFi network you’re connected to, to see the Edit option.
If you have a pencil icon, tap it.
Now you will get a new list of options, first tap “Advanced Options” then scroll down to find the Proxy option, under it, you should get a “None”.
Now, tap “None” and then select “Manual”.
Scroll down a bit till you find the areas where you can input your IP and Port. You’ll probably see a third option labelled “Bypass Proxy For”, you don’t need to worry about it.
You probably know what to do next, where you see the “Proxy Hostname” is where you should type in your Proxy address and where you see “Proxy Port” is where you should type in the Port Number.
When you’re done, tap the “SAVE” button.
That’s how you change the IP Address of the WiFi network you’re connected to on your Android phone.
How to Change Your Android Phone’s IP Address with a VPN
Now, with VPNs you will be able to change your IP address without going through all the steps above, as long as you have an internet connection and can install apps on your phone.
The way VPNs work is, they create a Virtual IP address for your device. The IP addresses hide your actual location. You don’t have to change your location if you don’t want to.
If you’re interested in knowing more about how VPNs work, here is an article I found online that you can read.
There are a lot of VPN apps on the Play Store. I have used a lot of them in the past and I am currently using Thunder VPN.
The reason why I like using it right now is because I can specify the apps that can be connected to the VPN network.
Now, install the app and open it, and then tap the icon at the top right that looks like a ligtening bolt to choose the country you want your IP address to be from. In this example, I’ll be using a German server.
The app will immediately connect to the server of that country. At this point, your IP address is now of the country you selected.
You can check your IP Address by a quick “what is my IP address” search on Google.
If you want a detailed way of how to use the Thunder VPN app, just let me know and I’ll create a detailed article on the topic.
Whenever you’re done with the VPN, just tap the now red “Connected” button at the bottom and your IP address will go back to your ISP’s IP. Thereby showing your real location online.
How to Change Your IP Address without a VPN
Without a VPN app, you won’t be able to change the IP Address of your entire device, you can only change it with the browser you use.
So, if you’re always using your Chrome browser, your IP Address is only going to be changed on the Chrome browser.
All other apps on your phone will retain the normal IP you have from your ISP.
Changing your IP Address without a VPN involves using an online Proxy Server.
There are a lot of free and premium proxy servers online. The one we’re going to be using for this example is proxysite.com.
It is free and has a lot of servers you can choose from.
Open your browser and head over to proxysite.com, next tap the first option, this will list all the servers available. You can select anyone you want.
After selecting your server, go to the next option and type in the website you want to visit, next tap “GO”.
You’ll have to wait for a few seconds for the website to take you to the website you want.
Using an online proxy server is a way of bypassing the need to install a VPN app on your phone.
Some of you may have phones that don’t have room for more apps.
Your IP Address can either limit your online experience or give you full access to different aspects of the online world.
With the wrong IP address, you may not be able to even get online.
If you use a VPN, you will be able to try out online activities that are only meant for people from a particular part of the world.
Changing your IP address on Android is now very easy that beginners are going to be able to do from time to time.