Manage advanced network settings on your Pixel phone

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


Set up a proxy to connect phones
  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Internet.
  3. Tap a network.
  4. At the top, tap Edit And then Advanced options.
  5. Under "Proxy," tap the 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
  1. Connect your phone to Wi-Fi.
  2. Open your phone's Settings app.
  3. Tap Network & internet And then Internet.
  4. Tap the Wi-Fi network you're connected to.
  5. Tap Network usage 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
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap About phone.
  3. Scroll down to "Wi-Fi MAC address."

Phones that have 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 Internet.
  4. Next to your network, tap Settings .
  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
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Internet.
  3. At the bottom, tap Network 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.

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