How to Use Proxy in Chrome – Blog | Oxylabs
Open your Chrome browser, and click on the menu button. Then select Settings. Scroll down till you find Advanced. Click on it for more ntinue to scroll down until you find the Open proxy setting button, then click on it.
Setting up a proxy in your web browser adds the needed privacy and security when you go online. Usually, proxies need to be manually enabled every time you want to use one, but you can save some time by adding one through your Chrome proxy settings or by using a proxy manager.
But what is a proxy? Also, what dangers can one encounter without having one in their Chrome proxy settings? Well, we do go into great detail in our blog post on proxy’s fundamentals, so feel free to check it out before tackling this article.
In this article we will go over how to use proxy in Chrome, how to do it by using proxy managers, and why would you need to use a Chrome proxy in the first place. Let’s begin with the latter.
The dangers of not using a Chrome proxy
As you probably know, each device has an Internet Protocol (IP) address. It is a bunch of numbers (similar to house having an address number) assigned to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Whenever you go online and go to a website, that particular site will then know your IP address. That means the website will also know the general area where you’re located.
Tracking your IP address also helps websites keep a record on where you go online by using cookies. So whenever you search for something or buy anything online, they track this information and show you ads that fit your taste.
Not to mention that when you connect to wifi (especially the free ones coffee shop entrepreneurs like so much), your data can be easily hacked.
Why is free wifi dangerous? It does not require authentication to establish a network connection, therefore creating fantastic opportunity for hackers to gain access to unsecured devices on the same network. Meaning they can steal your sensitive data or execute malware attacks.
How a Chrome proxy helps to protect you
As we mentioned earlier, a proxy works as a filter between you and the internet. So when you use a proxy, your internet requests travel through the proxy server first, and only then connects to the internet.
While standing in between you and the internet, a proxy server appears as a different IP. While it answers the question of how to hide IP address, as long as you use a chrome proxy, you’ll have a secure web session.
How to use proxy in Chrome
Instead of enabling your proxies manually every time you want to use one for browsing, it’s easier to set up your chrome proxy settings automatically.
To go to your Chrome proxy settings and set up your proxy, open your Chrome browser, and click on the menu button. Then select Settings.
Scroll down till you find Advanced. Click on it for more options.
Continue to scroll down until you find the Open proxy setting button, then click on it.
If you’re using a Mac, we suggest you visit their official support website for more details on how to finish up your proxy set up. And if you’re using Windows, check this article out for a simple explanation on how to set it up.
Setting up your proxies with a proxy manager
Another way of setting up your proxies is through a proxy manager. Such proxy managers are great if you want a clear and straightforward interface for turning on and off your proxies.
A proxy manager, such as FoxyProxy, can help you set up your proxies not only on Chrome but other web browsers as well. This particular proxy manager offers a neat browser extension with which changing your proxies won’t be an issue.
Oxylabs proxies integrate flawlessly with FoxyProxy, ensuring an easy and straightforward set up process.
Setting up a Chrome proxy will make your browsing a lot more private and secure. Not to mention you’ll avoid the hassle of continually enabling your proxy settings every time you open the web.
For more integration examples, you can also check our other guides where we covered Firefox proxy settings. Also, choosing the right proxy type is also essential, so if you want to learn more about what we offer and which type is more suited for your needs, check out our article on the difference between data center and residential proxies for more information.
People also ask
What is a Chrome proxy?
A Chrome proxy is any kind of proxy that can be used with Chrome to anonymize your traffic. Since Chrome has no proxy configuration settings of its own, these proxies are configured on the OS level.
What is better, a proxy or a VPN?
Although proxies can be just as efficient for those seeking anonymity, using a VPN is generally recommended for private individuals. Read more about proxy vs. VPN here.
Do proxies hide your IP?
Yes, proxies do hide your real IP address and in a lot of cases this is their main function. However, you should also know that there are plenty of other uses for proxies in which hiding the user’s original IP address is only secondary to some other goal. Read more about how proxies work here.
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How to Set Up a Proxy Server on Your PC, Mac, or Web Browser – Avast
As for what a proxy server is, think of your proxy as a gateway between you and the internet. When you visit a website, the proxy server communicates with it on behalf of your browser. Then, when the website answers, the proxy forwards the data to you.
Proxy servers can do many jobs. These include scanning for viruses, acting as a firewall, speeding up your connection by caching, and hiding your public IP address.
You have lots of choices when it comes to internet privacy. There’s a lot to learn, such as understanding what a reverse proxy is or distinguishing between VPNs, proxies, and Tor. If you want dependable protection and encryption for your internet traffic, consider a VPN. Avast SecureLine VPN hides your data from snoopers and protects your online identity, and it’s also much easier to set up than a proxy server.
There’s no similar guarantee of protection with a proxy, especially if you’re using one of the many web-based proxies available online. These public proxy services may slow down your service, and even worse, they may be insecure. Instead, we suggest you learn how to set up a proxy server on Windows, MacOS, and the most popular web browsers.
If you’re configuring your browser to use a proxy operated by a company, school, or other similar organization, some of these instructions may require you to contact your IT staff. This is the case particularly when you are asked to manually enter a script name, formally called a proxy auto-configuration (PAC) file. You may also need to type in the proxy’s IP and port numbers. In both cases, turn to your IT helpdesk if you haven’t been given this information. If you’re using a proxy that you’ve purchased or created on your own, you’ll already have these details.
How to set up a proxy server in Windows
Here’s how to set up your Windows PC to use a proxy server on Windows 8 or Windows 10:
Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to access the Windows Settings menu.
On Windows 10, click Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy. On Windows 8, click Settings > Network Proxy.
Under the Manual Setup section, set the “Use a Proxy Server” toggle to On. Make sure the “Automatically detect settings” toggle is also on.
By default, Windows automatically checks to see if your business, school, or local network already has an automatic proxy server setup ready to run for you. If it does, Windows tells you its name, and encourages you to follow its instructions.
Assuming that Windows finds a PAC file, in the Automatic Proxy Setup, set the Use Setup Script switch to On.
Enter the script address and click Save.
Congratulations! You’re done and ready to proxy.
How to manually set up a proxy in Windows 8 or Windows 10
Not every organization sets up the process automatically. If you need to set up a proxy manually in Windows 8 or Windows 10, here’s how to do it.
To access the Windows Settings menu, press the Windows + I keys simultaneously.
On Windows 10, click Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy. On Windows 8 systems, click Settings > Network Proxy.
Scroll down to “Manual proxy setup” and set the “Use a Proxy Server” switch to On.
In the address field, type the proxy server name or IP address. In the Port field, enter the proxy port number. You can get these from your IT support tech.
If the proxy server is protected by a password, select the “Proxy server requires password” checkbox. Enter your account name and password in the Username and Password fields.
That’s all there is to it. You’re now set up to use your proxy server on Windows. The next time you use the internet, you’ll be using the proxy server.
How to set up a proxy server on a Mac running macOS
Here’s how to set up a proxy server on a Mac running macOS 10. 15 Catalina. Other macOS versions use essentially the same commands.
Open System Preferences. One way to get there is to click on the Apple menu > System Preferences.
Choose the Network icon to adjust connectivity settings.
Select the type of network you use, which is usually Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
Click Advanced > Proxies.
To automatically configure your proxy server settings, select Auto Proxy Discovery. Click on Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS). Type in the proxy server address and its port number in the fields on the right.
To use a proxy auto-configuration (PAC) file, select Automatic Proxy Configuration and enter the proxy address into the URL field.
Click OK to save the proxy setup.
You’re now ready to surf the internet via your proxy.
How to set up a proxy in Google Chrome
By default, Chrome uses your macOS or Windows proxy. To change your proxy settings from within Chrome, take the following steps:
Open the Chrome toolbar and select Settings.
Scroll down to the bottom of the display. Click on Show advanced settings…
Scroll down to “System” and choose Open your computer’s proxy settings.
Next, go back to the instructions for your operating system listed above to set up your proxy server settings and follow them.
In short, to set up a proxy server in Google Chrome, you’re just doing the first few steps in the browser, and then completing the process in your machine’s operating system.
How to set up a proxy server in Safari
Like Chrome, Safari’s default setting is to follow the proxy configurations within your OS. Here’s how to change your proxy settings from within Safari:
Click on Safari in the browser toolbar. Choose Preferences.
Click on the Advanced tab. Under “Proxies, ” click Change settings…
Next, you must go back to the instructions for macOS listed above to set up your proxy server settings and follow them.
How to set up a proxy server in Edge
Edge is Windows 10’s built-in web browser, and unless you tell it otherwise, it’ll use your proxy configurations in Windows. The latest versions of Edge are based on Chrome, so the configuration is similar. The following steps show you how to set up a proxy from within Edge:
In Microsoft Edge, at the top-right corner, click the Menu button. Select Settings.
Scroll down to the Advanced settings section and click the View advanced settings icon.
Click the Open proxy settings button.
Next, go back to the instructions for Windows 10 listed above, then follow them to configure your proxy server settings.
How to set up a proxy server in Firefox
Unlike other web browsers, Firefox doesn’t default to using your system’s proxy settings. You’ll need to change your proxy from within Firefox:
Open the Firefox menu and select Options.
Click on the Advanced icon.
Select the Network tab.
In the Connection Settings, select, Auto-detect proxy configuration for this network. When prompted, enter the proxy address.
Alternatively, in the Connection Settings, you can select, Use system proxy settings. If you choose that option, Firefox uses the proxy settings in your operating system.
Click OK to save your settings.
How to set up a proxy server in Internet Explorer
Please keep in mind that Internet Explorer is an outdated web browser. Instead, switch to a browser that’s still receiving regular updates and support, such as Avast Secure Browser, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari. Though since quite a few people and companies still use Internet Explorer (IE), you should know how to set things up when necessary.
As with other browsers, IE defaults to using your Windows proxy configurations. Here’s how to set your proxy up from within IE.
Open the IE toolbar and select Internet Options.
Open the Connections tab.
Select LAN Settings.
Check the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” box.
When prompted, enter the proxy server name and port number.
How to set up a proxy server in Android
With Android, you must configure proxy settings for each network you use. In addition, the proxy will only be used by your web browser. Other internet applications may choose to use or ignore the proxy based on their own internal settings. This is another reason why VPNs tend to be better choices — when you use one, it covers all the internet traffic from your device.
Open Android’s Settings and tap Wi-Fi to view a list of Wi-Fi networks.
Long-press the Wi-Fi network name for which you want to change the proxy settings. Tap Modify Network.
Tap Advanced Options.
Tap Manual to change your proxy’s settings. Enter your hostname and proxy port.
If you have a Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) file, select Proxy Auto-Config and Android will prompt you to enter the PAC address.
How to set up a proxy server in iOS
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
Select the active Wi-Fi connection.
Under HTTP proxy, click Configure Proxy.
Tap Manual to change your proxy’s settings. Enter your host name, proxy port, and, if needed, your authentication username and password.
If your provider supports Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD), tap Automatic. If required, enter the Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) file location.
Tap back to the Wi-Fi selection window.
Protect your online anonymity the easy way
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How to set a proxy server in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera
Proxy servers are intermediaries between your PC and the internet. When your browser uses a proxy server, the websites you access see the proxy as the actual visitor instead of your computer. This can improve your online privacy and security while also helping you bypass content restrictions on the internet. Proxies are also used by enterprises to monitor, filter, and secure what their employees browse on the internet, in an effort to ensure that the accessed content respects the company’s policies. Read this tutorial to find out how to change the Google Chrome proxy settings, the Mozilla Firefox proxy settings, as well as the steps to configure a proxy for Microsoft Edge and Opera in Windows 10. Let’s get started:
How to change the proxy settings in Chrome
Open Google Chrome and click or tap on the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button from the browser’s top-right corner.
Then, click or tap on Settings.
From the column on the left, click or tap on Advanced to open a dropdown menu and access the System tab.
Then, on the right, click or tap on “Open your computer’s proxy settings. ”
This opens the proxy settings in Windows 10, where you have two options: configure the proxy settings with a script address or use a manually selected proxy server.
Press Save to apply your proxy settings.
NOTE: For more details, you can also check out our guide on what a proxy server is.
Chrome does not offer any unique configuration options for setting a proxy server because it uses the same proxy settings as Windows 10. To change the Google Chrome proxy settings, first, click or tap on the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button from the browser’s top-right corner. Its icon looks like three vertical dots. Then, click or tap on Settings.
Access Chrome’s Settings
From the column on the left, click or tap on Advanced to open a dropdown menu and access the System tab. Then, on the right, click or tap on “Open your computer’s proxy settings. ”
Open your computer’s proxy settings to set a proxy for Chrome
This opens the proxy settings in Windows 10, where you have two options: configure the proxy settings with a script address or use a manually selected proxy server. We offer more information, as well as detailed instructions for each one in our guide on configuring proxy server settings in Windows 10.
Configure Windows 10’s proxy server settings
If you don’t feel like reading our dedicated tutorial, here’s a summary of the instructions for manually setting up a proxy in Windows 10:
Enable the switch under “Use a proxy server. ”
Enter the address for the proxy server and the port you want to use.
Press Save to apply your settings.
Chrome uses the proxy settings from Windows 10
TIP: If you’re concerned about your online privacy, a VPN is another way to go. Find out when to use a proxy server and when to use a VPN.
How to change the Mozilla Firefox proxy settings
If you want your browser to use a different proxy server than Windows 10, Mozilla Firefox is a great option. You can easily change the Firefox proxy settings to send the web browser traffic through a proxy. To begin, click or tap on the hamburger button in the browser’s top-right corner and then on Settings.
Access the Firefox Settings
This takes you to the General settings. Scroll down to the bottom of this tab to the Network Settings section. Then, click or tap on the Settings button.
Access Settings to configure how Firefox connects to the internet
In the Connection Settings pop-up, you can find the proxy-related options. By default, Firefox is set to “Use system proxy settings, ” meaning that it uses the proxy server settings that you have configured in Windows 10. However, there are other alternatives.
Firefox’s default is to Use system proxy settings
To configure a separate proxy server for Firefox, one option is to select “Manual proxy configuration” and enter the proxy details. Unlike other browsers, Firefox allows you to set different proxy servers and ports for various kinds of traffic, like HTTP, SSL, FTP, and so on.
You can also select the “Automatic proxy configuration URL” option and then insert the address to your PAC file. In this case, Firefox downloads a file with all the required information to use the configured proxy server.
Select Automatic proxy configuration URL to set up a Firefox proxy
If you don’t want to use a proxy server for certain addresses, you can add them separated by a comma (, ) in the “No proxy for” text box. To save your settings, click OK.
How to set up a proxy in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge uses the Windows 10 proxy settings, just like Google Chrome. To change them, start Microsoft Edge, click or tap on the “Settings and more” (… ) button in the top-right corner, and access Settings.
Access the Microsoft Edge Settings
Access the System tab from the left column, and then, on the right, click or tap on “Open your computer’s proxy settings. ”
Open your computer’s proxy settings to set an Edge proxy
This opens the Windows 10 proxy settings, where you can set up the connection with a script address or use a manually selected proxy server. For more details, as well as instructions for each of these two options, read our guide on configuring proxy server settings in Windows 10.
TIP: You can also set an Android proxy server for Wi-Fi on your smartphone or tablet.
How to set a proxy server in Opera
If you’re using Opera, its proxy settings are the ones you configured in Windows 10, just like Chrome’s and Edge’s. Click or tap on the Menu button in the top left corner and then on Settings.
Access Opera’s Settings
In the Advanced settings, scroll down to System, and then click or tap on “Open your computer’s proxy settings. ”
Open the Windows 10 proxy settings
This takes you to the Windows 10 proxy settings, and you can configure them using a script address or a manually selected proxy server. To get more details and instructions for both scenarios, read our guide on configuring proxy server settings in Windows 10.
TIP: Did you know you can also use a proxy server for Wi-Fi on an iPhone or iPad?
Why did you set up a browser proxy server?
Now you know how to set a proxy server for all major browsers. Before you close this guide, we’d like to know your reasons for using a proxy. Do you worry about your privacy, or are you trying to access restricted content? Or maybe you don’t have a choice, as your network administrator mandates the change? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments.
Frequently Asked Questions about how to use a proxy on chrome
How do I use a proxy server with Chrome?
Step1: To set proxy in Google Chrome Go to Option (Top-Right Side) > Click on Under the Hood Tab > Click on Change Proxy Settings and you can change Proxy from there.
How do I manually set a proxy in Chrome?
How to manually change your Proxy settings in Google Chrome Click on the three dots icon in the top right corner and select Settings. In the settings menu, type “PROXY” in the Search Windows box and select “Open proxy settings” from the search results. Click on LAN Settings.More items…
How do I use a proxy browser?
How to set up a proxy server in Internet ExplorerOpen the IE toolbar and select Internet Options.Open the Connections tab.Select LAN Settings.Check the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” box.When prompted, enter the proxy server name and port number.Click OK to save your settings.Mar 11, 2020