How to Use Proxy Server

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15 Nov

So, you bought a residential proxy for your computer? Great job! Now the only thing that remains is to configure settings on your computer so as to allow your browser to use a proxy.

No matter which browser you might be using, there are settings that you will need to change in order to be able to browse the internet through a proxy.

Now, don’t let this discourage you because it is very simple to do this on all browsers. To help you do this successfully, we decided to list all steps necessary to set a proxy server on three browsers that are most widely used: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari.

How to Use Proxy Server Chrome

Google Chrome is used by approx. 60.00% of people around the world. This makes Chrome the absolute leader among browsers. Besides other features, it is its user-friendliness that has made it so popular. This user-friendliness is very obvious when we talk about proxy settings.

To set up a proxy in Chrome, follow the next steps: When in Chrome, go to the Menu in the top right corner and select Settings.

  • Scroll down all the way to the bottom until you see the Advanced tab. Click on it to enter Advanced Settings.
  • Scroll down again until you see a section called System.
  • Click on Proxy Settings.
  • Open LAN Settings.
  • When you are in the LAN settings, make sure that the box that says ‘Automatically detect settings’ is unchecked.
  • Below this, you will see a Proxy Server section. Make sure to click the ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ box.
  • Enter the IP address of your residential proxy in the field marked with Address.
  • Enter the server port number in the field marked with Port. (When you buy a proxy, you will get this information together with the proxy IP address in an email from an Internet Service Provider- ISP)
  • Click OK and then click OK again to save the settings.

When using a proxy for the first time, you may be asked to type in your credentials, which you can find in the email from the ISP.

In case you want to stop using a proxy for some reason, you should repeat steps 1-5. Then make sure to uncheck the box ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ and recheck the box ‘Automatically detect settings’.

How to Use a Proxy Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is the runner-up in the fierce competition among web browsers. Still, it is far behind Chrome, with 13.45% of users. Nonetheless, Mozilla is very close to Chrome when it comes to the ease of use. To allow Firefox to use a proxy, do the following steps:

  • When in Firefox, go to the Menu in the top right corner and select Options.
  • Next, select the Advanced tab in the top right corner.
  • After that, choose the tab named Network.
  • When you opened the Network tab, click on tab Settings. Connection Settings window will show proxy settings.
  • To set up your proxy, select Manual Proxy Configuration.
  • Enter the IP address of your residential proxy in the field marked with HTTP Proxy.
  • Enter the server port number in the field marked with Port. (When you buy a proxy, you will get this information together with the proxy IP address in an email from an Internet Service Provider)
  • Click OK and then click OK again to save the settings.

When using a proxy for the first time, you may be asked to type in your credentials, which you can find in the email from the ISP. If you want to stop using a proxy for some reason, just repeat steps 1-4. Then make sure to check the box that says ‘No proxy’.

How to Use a Proxy Server Mac

Safari does not lag behind Mozilla since it is used by 10.54% of people. It is also really user-friendly, like its competitors. To enable Safari to use a proxy server, do the following steps:

  • When in Safari, go to the Menu in the top right corner and select Preferences.
  • Next, click on the Advanced tab in the top right corner.
  • Next to Proxies, you will see a Change Settings button. Click on it.
  • Check the Web Proxy (HTTP) box.
  • Enter the IP address of your residential proxy in the field marked with Address.
  • Enter the server port number in the field marked with Port. (When you buy a proxy, you will get this information together with the proxy IP address in an email from an Internet Service Provider)
  • Click OK to save the settings.

When using a proxy for the first time, you may be asked to type in your credentials, which you can find in the email from the ISP.

If you want to stop using a proxy for some reason, just repeat steps 1-3. Then uncheck the Web Proxy (HTTP) box. That’s it, as simple as that.

As you were able to see, it is really easy to change your browser settings if you want to start using a proxy.
Now that you know how to use a proxy server with each of these browsers, you will be able to surf the web without worrying whether your IP is going to be detected and blocked by a web server. Wish to know more? Checkout out our residential IPs integration guide

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