What are mobile and residential proxies?


Sandra Pique


A mobile proxy is a portable device that can access the Internet through mobile data, such as a tablet or smartphone. These proxies mask your real IP address by replacing it with the device's real IP address when connecting to the device.

Mobile agent networks operate by rotating IP addresses and forwarding traffic through various mobile devices connected to 3G or 4G cellular networks. The mobile agent's structure includes a real 3G or 4G connection assigned to a specific portable device by the service provider. This structure makes it difficult to detect blocked IP addresses, thereby increasing privacy, security, and anonymity.

Mobile proxies are in high demand due to their unique IP addresses which are used by everyday users on their mobile phones/hotspots. This makes using these IP’s for managing accounts such as Instagram, Facebook, Google, etc. much better. There are other options such as datacenter and residential proxy providers but what tends to happen is the datacenter IP’s get used and abused and eventually banned by many websites. Residential IP’s seem to come in a few different methods ranging from static to dynamic and home to business. They are often acquired (used) by residential proxy providers who have managed to get their software installed on mobile devices or computers and the TOS have allowed them to gain access to these IP’s. When it comes to mobile proxies we tend to see much different access. The route goes through a real cellular modem and ISP.

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