How to Run WhatsApp on a Proxy Server
Today, in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to run WhatsApp on a proxy server, using ProxyRack.
WhatsApp is the foremost instant messaging platform around, with billions of active users across the globe. However, for some reasons, there is restriction (partial or full) on the use of this app in some locations. And the residents in such locations are legally barred from using the platform, or enjoying some of its services.
With the recent development, however, there are now several avenues to override such restrictions. And one of such avenues is the use of a proxy server – to spoof your IP and bypass any restriction placed on WhatsApp in your location.
In the same vein, you may have proxy networks offering free internet access in your area; and to connect to such networks, you’d need the service of a proxy server.
Anyway, should you need WhatsApp proxies for whatever reason, ProxyRack server is one of the most ideal choices for you. And this tutorial will show you how to run WhatsApp on the server. Read on!
What is proxy server? Why is it important to WhatsApp users?
First off, for the tech novices; proxy server is a special network server, which can be used to conceal IP presence (address) on the internet. Its functions are more or less the same as those of a VPN. Moreover, it offers several server options (proxies) for masking IP address and bypassing geo-restrictions.
Typically, proxies are major components of any standard VPN; however, such proxies are generally less reliable compared to those of a designated proxy server like ProxyRack. Hence, if you need to conceal your location (IP address) on WhatsApp or the internet – proxy server is the way to go. Nevertheless, ProxyRack comfortably stands out as one of the best available proxy server providers for WhatsApp and other SaaS-based services.
A frequently asked question here is: Why do I need a proxy server for WhatsApp? The answer to this is quite simple.
As pointed out earlier, WhatsApp is partially or fully restricted in some countries in South America, Asia and Middle East. And while the citizens of such countries may be used to such restrictions, visitors often find it extremely inconvenient. Therefore, to gain full access to WhatsApp in such regions, users often employ the use of proxy servers.
Similarly, you may want to connect to the internet (and access WhatsApp) over a proxy network in your area. To do this, you’d need the service of a proxy server. Most proxy networks are typically found in public places – in school premises, malls, clinics, and libraries among others. So, when in such places, users may want to save their cellular data by connecting to the available proxy internet network.
Lastly, certain users may seek to mask their real IPs, simply for security purpose or just for the fun of it. And to achieve your goal, you’d need the “IP masking services” of a standard proxy server like ProxyRack.
How to run WhatsApp on a proxy server using Proxyrack
As emphasized earlier, ProxyRack is one of the largest private proxy service providers in the world. Its services are offered in designated suites, all of which come with IP while-listing and user:password authentication. So, you’re basically provided everything you need need to spoof your IP. All you have to do is sign up and subscribe to a plan, and you’re good to go.
There are over 60,000+ proxies, hosted in three locations – Chicago, New York and Boston – in the US. Of these, New York has the largest server presence, with over 40,000 proxies hosted in the region.
Below are brief outlines of the various proxy packages on offer (to WhatsApp users):
Rotating WhatsApp Proxies
This package is best suited for WhatsApp users looking for non-exclusive IPs for WhatsApp. The package offers both HTTP and HTTPS protocols, with moderate connection speed. It’s also suitable for masking IPs on other SaaS and web-based services.
Shared WhatsApp Proxies
The “Shared Rotating Proxies” package is exclusive to WhatsApp. And its proxies are characterized by fast speed and reliable connection, with both HTTP and HTTPS on offer. Interestingly, the proxies under this package come directly from WhatsApp data centers in the US. Furthermore, the “shared” package, as the name implies, is best suited for many people, preferably connected on the same network.
Dedicated WhatsApp Proxies
This package is specially designed to serve only one WhatsApp user; its proxies cannot be shared with anyone. Here, the proxies are quite fast, and connection is secure and highly reliable. Also, both the insecure (HTTP) and secure (HTTPS) protocols are supported.
The above outlined packages are the main servicess on offer; however, there are generally four different plans; three rotating plans and one private plan. The plans include:
- Residential Rotating Proxies
With this plan, you get access to over 1,250,000 unique IPs per month. However, despite the large IP coverage, the proxies are not as fast and reliable as those of other plans.
- USA Rotating Proxies
This plan hosts fewer IPs, typically in the region of 10,000, but it’s more reliable and faster than the first plan. Also, hosted proxies come directly from WhatsApp’s data centers in the US; hence, the plan is available to only US residents.
- Mixed Rotating Proxies
This plan is characterized by super fast speed and standard reliability, with over 20,000 unique IPs on standby. Like the “USA Rotating Proxies”, “Mixed Rotating Proxies” also come directly from WhatsApp’s data centers.
- Private Proxies
This plan, as the name implies, is best suited for personal use; with extended support for two more users. The proxies here are characterized by fast speed and reliable connection. Each proxy goes for $0.50 ($5 per 10 proxies), and you can select from any of the available locations.
How to set up your proxy settings
Go to the designated page on ProxyRack’s website to subscribe to a plan. Once you’ve subscribed and set up the server, proceed to configure the proxy settings on your device.
This procedure varies across devices; hence, for convenience, we’ll be showing you the procedures for Android, iOS and web clients.
Android is the most used operating platform in the world, and that’s inclusive of all mobile and desktop operating systems. Also, a larger percentage of WhatsApp users run the app on Android. Therefore, the procedure to configure proxy settings (via Proxy Rack) on Android takes the forefront.
- Tap on the home menu icon on your device.
- Locate and tap on the Settings app (the gear icon).
- In the Settings window, scroll down and tap on the Wi-Fi icon.
- Enable Wi-Fi – toggle on the icon.
- Locate and select the appropriate Wi-Fi network.
- Tap on the Modify Network or EDIT option.
- Check the Show advanced options box and tap on the Proxy dropdown.
- On the prompted options, select Manual – to manually configure your proxy settings.
- In the next window, input your “Proxy/Server IP” (as provided by Proxy Rack) in the Proxy Host Name field.
- Fill in the Proxy Port field as appropriate (this detail is also provided by ProxyRack).
- Tap on the Authenticate server radio button to enable it.
- Fill in your ProxyRack’s authentication credentials; your username and password.
- Tap on Connect in the prompted.
After the whole procedure, launch WhatsApp and start enjoying your chats without hindrance.
If you’re looking to run WhatsApp on a proxy server, using your iPhone or iPad, follow the steps below:
- Subscribe to a plan on ProxyRack’s website and finish the setup as prompted.
- Now, go to your iPhone or iPad’s homepage.
- Locate the Settings icon. Then tap on it.
- In the Settings window, tap on the Wi-Fi icon.
- Select the target Wi-Fi network.
- Locate the HTTP Proxy menu and select Manual under it.
- Now, fill in the following fields with the details provided by ProxyRack:
- Server IP; and
- Toggle on the Authentication option.
- Fill in the username and password assigned to you.
- Follow the prompt commands to finish up.
After configuring your proxy settings with ProxyRack’s WhatsApp proxies, as described above; you can proceed to launch your WhatsApp and start enjoying your chats without hindrance.
On web clients
This is applicable to the web edition of WhatsApp, which is widely deployed on PCs and Macs. So, if you’re looking to mask your IP address on WhatsApp Web via proxy server, you’re duly covered by ProxyRack.
For convenience, the procedure here will focus on Chrome browser. Here’s how to do this:
- First off, subscribe to a “WhatsApp proxies” plan on ProxyRack’s website.
- Set it up as prompted, to get the relevant details (Port, IP and others).
- Launch Chrome and navigate to the top right-hand corner of your screen.
- Locate and click on the Customize and Control Google Chrome option.
- Select Settings > Show Advanced Settings.
- Locate and click Network > Change proxy settings.
- In the next window – Internet Properties – locate and click on LAN Settings.
- In the LAN Settings window, check the Proxy Server checkbox.
- Fill in your “HTTP proxy” and “Port” (sent to you by ProxyRack) in the designated fields.
- Click OK to save the new settings and follow the prompt commands to establish connection.
- Exit window and start enjoying your chats unhindered.
Now, launch “WhatsApp Web” on your Chrome browser and start enjoy your chats, without having to worry about location compromise.