Manage advanced network settings on your Android phone

You can change network settings like automatic connections, metered access, proxy settings, and more.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Set up a proxy to connect phones

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap a network.
  4. At the top, tap Edit Edit And then Advanced options.
  5. Under "Proxy," tap the Down arrow Down arrow. Pick the configuration type.
  6. If needed, enter the proxy settings.
  7. Tap Save.

When to use a proxy

A proxy is like a gate or tunnel between phones. For example, you might need to connect through a proxy when you connect to your work network from your home.

Control data use with metered Wi-Fi

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Connect your phone to Wi-Fi.
  2. Open your phone's Settings app.
  3. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap the Wi-Fi network you're connected to.
  5. Tap Advanced And then Metered And then Treat as metered.

When to use metered Wi-Fi

If your network has a data limit, you can set your Wi-Fi as metered. When your network is metered, you have more control over how much data your phone uses through downloads and other apps.

Find your phone's MAC address

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap About phone.
  3. Scroll down to "Wi-Fi MAC address."

Phones running Android 10 and above have another MAC address. To find it:

  1. Turn on Wi-Fi.
  2. Open your phone's Settings app.
  3. Tap Network & internet and then Wi-Fi.
  4. Next to your network, tap Settings Settings and then Advanced.
  5. Scroll down to "MAC address."

Tip: If you're setting up parental controls for your network, include both MAC addresses.

Change more Wi-Fi settings

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Wi-Fi.
  3. At the bottom, tap Wi-Fi preferences.
  4. Tap an option. These vary by phone and Android version.
    • Turn on Wi-Fi automatically
      Have Wi-Fi automatically turn on near saved networks. Learn about saved networks.
    • Connect to open networks
      Automatically connect to high-quality open networks. Learn how to connect automatically.
    • Open network notification
      Get a notification when automatic connection to high-quality open networks isn't available.
    • Advanced
      • Install certificates
        Digital certificates can identify your phone. Learn about certificates.
      • Network rating provider
        See what service rates Wi-Fi networks for your phone.
      • Wi-Fi Direct
        Let your phone connect, without a network with other devices that can use Wi-Fi Direct.
      • If you're using an older version of Android, you can also choose from: 
        • WPS Push Button: Turn on Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) for a WPS-capable network.
        • WPS Pin Entry: Enter the Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) personal identification number (PIN).

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