Cannot connect to localhost API from Android app

If you are testing your application from a real android device then you need to put the IP address of your PC while you are trying to connect to your Django server through APIs. And yes, you need to be in the same network as well. So you need to check the following things.

  1. Make sure that the PC (where you are running the server) and the Android device (where you are testing your application) are in the same network (connected with same Wifi network maybe).
  2. Make sure you are connecting to the IP address of your PC where the server is running. For example, right now, the IP address of your PC is Then, you need to connect to this IP address and call your API like the following.
  3. Make sure you are accepting requests to the port 8000 in your PC. Check your Firewall configuration if it is blocking any incoming requests to the 8000 port. If it is found blocking, then please allow an incoming request to the 8000 port using the following.

    sudo ufw allow 8000/tcp

If there is nothing which is helping you, then please check your Android code to check if the API calling is okay. I would strongly recommend using Volley for API calls suggested in developers documentation.

Last, but not the least, please check if you have necessary permission in your AndroidManifest.xml file. You need to add the following permission to grant your application to use the internet.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" /> 
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE" />

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