The Android Emulator and Charles Proxy: A Love Story


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As of Android N, you need to add configuration to your app in order to have it trust the SSL certificates generated by Charles SSL Proxying. This means that you can only use SSL Proxying with apps that you control.

<!-- Trust user added CAs while debuggable only -->
<certificates src="user" />
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest ... >
<applicationandroid:networkSecurityConfig="@xml/network_security_config" ... >

Urls instead of IP Addresses***

NOTE: THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE OUT OF DATE. See the asterisked (***) section below for more current instructions.


As with all things, setting up an HTTP proxy with your Android Emulator has changed a bit. Here’s is an amended guide to setting up URLs with Charles Proxy:



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Mark Dappollone

Mark Dappollone

Director, Mobile Product Engineering at Anywhere Real Estate