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How to Set up and use Proxy in Google Chrome

Learn how to setup a web proxy for Google Chrome on Windows and macOS. It act as intermediate between users and web server for completing requests.

A proxy in Chrome browser is a server that acts as an intermediary for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers. It helps maintain online anonymity, enhance security, and manage network performance and data compression. To set up a proxy, access “System” Settings in Chrome and select “Open your computer’s proxy settings”. Input the necessary proxy information, including server address and port, then save to directs your traffic through the proxy.

Setup Proxy Server in Chrome browser

Google Chrome, as we know it, is a trendy and trusted web browser by Google. Undoubtedly, it comes with a complete package of features and takes good care of its user’s privacy.

However, with the exponential enhancements in the technology field, new malware and viruses are introduced to the market every day. And even with all the protection, we are always one step away from falling into a trap. 

Whenever we are surfing the Internet on Chrome browser, by default, it keeps our IP address visible to everyone who wishes to see it. Although it is just how the internet protocol functions, it also makes us vulnerable to an unseen cyber attack.

Fortunately, we can alter this default working system and prevent ourselves from exposing our essential information online. And one such way is by using a proxy server on Google Chrome to avoid disclosing sensitive data.

What is a Proxy?

A proxy is one of the most reliable and easy ways to prevent sharing your IP address or other sensitive data with random websites. It worInterneta middle-man, adding an extra layer of protection between the web browser and the website.

Generally, when we try to access any website, the web browser needs to communicate with the website’s server. For this communication to occur, it must share certain information, like the IP address.

Indeed, by using a Proxy, we can avoid this direct connection. In this case, our request is first passed to the proxy server and then reaches the website server. Similarly, the website’s response is first sent to the proxy, and then it reaches back to us.

proxy server setup

There is a variety of proxies. Some are available for free, while others charge a fair amount. However, we suggest you use a premium and reputable service, as free things come with caveats.

Setting Proxy in Chrome on Windows

  1. Open Chrome browser on your Windows PC.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots icon menu and select the Settings menu.
    Settings menu in Chrome browser on computerIt will open the Chrome Settings page.
  3. Select System on the left panel and click on Open your computer’s proxy Settings option.
    Open your computer's proxy settings in Chrome browserIt will open the Network Proxy settings page in Windows OS.
  4. Click the Set up button under the Manual proxy setup section.
    Use Manual Proxy Setup in Windows PC
  5. Enable the toggle button for the Use a proxy server option.
  6. Enter the Proxy IP address and the Port number of the proxy server.
    Use Proxy server IP and enter IP address and port number
  7. Hit on the Save button.

It will immediately activate the proxy server and start using it on Windows PC’s Chrome browser.

Additionally, if you wish to bypass any websites while using the proxy server, there is a dedicated option to enter the URL separated with semicolons (;). You can enter the details in the text field on the Edit proxy server window.

There is also an option to enable the checkbox for the Don’t use a proxy server for local (intranet) addresses option. In order to completely disable the Proxy connection on Windows OS, you can disable the toggle button Use a proxy server option. It will disable even for the Chrome browser.

Setting Proxy in Chrome on macOS

  1. Open Chrome browser on your Windows PC.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots icon menu and select the Settings menu.
  3. Select System on the left panel and click on Open your computer’s proxy Settings option.
    Open your computer's proxy settings in Chrome browserIt will open the macOS Proxies page.
  4. Enable the toggle button on the Secure web proxy (HTTPS) option.
  5. Fill in the Server IP and Port Number in the respective field and hit the OK button.
    Secure web proxy settings in macOS

It will save the proxy details and use the same to connect with the website that you’re trying to access.

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Note: The proxy setup is only valid for the network connected while setting up. If the network is changed, the web proxy is no longer valid.

You can always Turn Off the proxy setup by disabling the toggle button that was enabled for the Secure web proxy (HTTPS) tab.

Bottom Line

Adding a proxy server is a great way to enhance your privacy. Your data and activities are safe as it hides your IP address and handles all requests and responses through an extra server in the middle.

Besides, setting it up in Chrome browser is also extremely easy. All you need is the port number of the proxy server and the IP address.

However, the most challenging part is always choosing the exemplary proxy service. So, make sure to do some research before picking one. You can also use the Chrome VPN extensions to safeguard your browsing data.

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Rahul Verma

Rahul is a Computer Science Engineer with a MBA degree. He is keenly interested in the field of tech and cryptocurrency. He has 6+ years of technical content writing experience, mainly experimenting with and troubleshooting computer and mobile operating systems. Connect him on LinkedIn.

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