How to set up proxy servers in the Chrome browser

There are different reasons why proxies are used. On the one hand, they disguise the user’s own IP address and thus offer a certain degree of anonymity. On the other hand, they can be used to change the user’s geographical location to bypass geo-blocking of websites.

Faster network speeds, web data scraping, competitive research, and the use of multiple social media accounts are some other reasons for using proxies.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to install proxies on Chrome browser.

Steps to install proxies in Chrome browser

Attention! Google Chrome lacks its own network settings and it uses system network settings. Enabling, changing, or disabling the use of proxies will therefore affect other browsers (e.g. Edge and Opera) or other programs that also use system network settings.

HTTP/HTTPS proxy installation

HTTP proxies are mainly used for browsing the Internet and are the most commonly used type of proxy. They work in browsers and on some other programs that support the HTTP protocol.

HTTPS proxies differ from HTTP in that they allow the transfer of all data between the user and the web server in encrypted form. For more information about HTTP/HTTPS proxies, see this article.

To configure the browser for use with an HTTP/HTTPS proxy, do the following:

  1. Open the browser settings menu by clicking the three dots … in the upper right corner of the screen.

  1. Select “Settings” from the menu that appears.

  1. On the left side of the menu, click on “Advanced“, then select “System” from the drop-down menu, and then open the Windows system settings by clicking on “Open your computer’s proxy settings“.

  1. In the displayed Windows System Settings screen, in the “Proxy” section and in the “Manual proxy setup” subsection, move the “Use a proxy server” slider to the “On” position.

In the “Address” and “Port” fields, enter the data received from the proxy provider, i.e. proxy IP address and port. Then save the changes by clicking the “Save” button.

You can check if the IP changes have taken effect by going to the IP Address Discovery page.

Installing SOCKS proxies

The Socket Secure or SOCKS proxy is an application-level proxy suitable for specific use cases such as censorship evasion, access to restricted websites, torrent anonymization, and P2P downloads.

Unlike Firefox and Tor browsers, the Chrome browser cannot fully work with the SOCKS protocol. Therefore, if you need support as to how to use this protocol with the Chrome browser, we recommend using the FoxyProxy add-on, which can be downloaded from the official website.

Disabling proxies in Chrome

To completely disable proxies in Chrome, you need to move the slider located opposite the “Use a proxy server” text to the “Off” position.

You can check if the IP changes have taken effect by going to the IP Address Discovery page.

From this point on, all connections to websites will be made from your real IP address, without using a proxy server.

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