As a tool, proxies do not only differ in both design and how they operate; they also differ in what type of device they are specifically built for and what kind of data they work with.
And mobile proxies are a special group of proxies that function on devices. They may be different types and built for multiple devices, but they all make life easier for mobile users. And because mobile users are increasing by the day, the popularity of mobile proxies is also increasing.
These proxies are used for different activities, chief among which is social media management. They make collecting data and managing multiple social media accounts very easy on mobile phones (and for unique reasons). We will now see what these proxies are, how they differ from other proxies and the exact social media problems that can be fixed using a mobile proxy instead of a regular one.
What Are Mobile Proxies?
Mobile proxies are private proxies that work on smartphones and are hosted by the user Internet Service Provider (ISP). Their major function is to clear off blocking and establish connections with data sources, especially social media platforms.
A mobile proxy conceals your identity and handles the request the same way a regular proxy does. Still, it does so using a mobile internet protocol (IP) address allocated by the ISP. This makes them appear as real as possible, making it impossible to identify them as bots or ban them.
Aside from that, using a mobile proxy is simple, and connections are established much more quickly. And what’s more? Most mobile proxies come equipped with millions of mobile residential IPs spread across multiple locations so that users can easily pick a different location to avoid geo-blocking.
How Mobile Proxies Differ From Other Proxy Types
There are so many ways that mobile proxies differ from other types of proxies used on desktops and other devices, and below are some of the most obvious ways:
- Designed For Mobile
As far as we can tell, mobile proxies only work on smartphones, and since most internet users often access the internet using smartphones, this makes them very essential and handy tools.
Also, since they work on mobile, they can be easily used for mobile applications and social media platforms which many people access using their phones.
A mobile proxy is usually a very affordable tool to use and manage, mostly because there is so much competition between the many providers to undo each other.
Also, management and maintenance of these proxies are usually in the hands of the providers cutting the overall cost for the users.
These proxies are, therefore, way cheaper than other proxy types.
- Easy To Use
Mobile proxies are also very easy to use compared with other proxies. Users only need to have the mobile proxy on their phones, and the proxy takes care of the rest.
In the same vein, switching from one IP to another is seamless with this proxy, the user only needs to log out and log back in, and the IPs will change effortlessly. Something that doesn’t happen with many other proxy types, and the user always needs to switch IPs to avoid getting blocked.
- Fast Speed
Connections with mobile proxies are usually made using 3G or 4G, which we all know quickly. Hence, users can perform tasks more quickly as opposed to some other kinds of proxies.
Social Media Management Problems That Can Be Easily Solved Using Mobile Proxies
Social media management generally entails creating multiple accounts and managing them, usually from the same device. And social media networks usually do not like this. To discourage it, they set up mechanisms that read IP addresses, identifying each and tying it nicely to a user. So that whenever a user tries to create another account with the IP address, that account (or even both, in some cases) is instantly disabled.
This is one challenge that many social media managers deal with constantly and which mobile proxies try to rectify. The way a mobile proxy handles this is to ensure that it changes the user’s IP every time he logs off and logs back on. So that when he creates a new account or moves from one account to the other, the IP continues to change. This way, the social media network identifies the user as a new user with a new IP address every time and doesn’t block him.
The other problem is location – with some users being unable to create accounts on some social media platforms because of their physical locations. Mobile proxies fix this by providing the user with multiple locations to pick from.
And lastly, ad verification and ad fraud issues are things that can be easily checked with mobile proxies as they give you the freedom to move between locations and social media profiles to monitor and control how your ads are displayed properly.
A mobile proxy is a vital tool and comes in handy in many instances, especially social media management. There are several issues that they can easily help you handle cheaply, quickly, and effectively compared with other proxy types.