Setting up proxy servers in the Opera browser

Proxy servers are generally used to surf the Internet undetected, because they make it possible to hide one’s IP address. However, with their help, blocked websites and services (e.g. messengers) can be accessed, as well as content that is only accessible in certain geo-locations. Companies often use proxies to block access to unwanted websites from the corporate network.

Steps to set up proxies in Opera browser

Attention! The Opera browser does not have its own network settings, but uses system network settings. Enabling, changing, or disabling the use of proxies will therefore affect other browsers (e.g. Edge and Chrome) or other programs that also use system network settings.

Setting up HTTP/HTTPS proxies in Opera

  1. Open the browser settings menu by clicking on the three horizontal sliders in the upper right corner of the screen. Then click on “Go to full browser settings” at the very bottom of the menu that appears.

  1. Select “Advanced” on the left side of the displayed menu, scroll down the settings page to the “System” section and enter the Windows system settings menu by clicking “Open your computer’s proxy settings“.

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

  1. 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.

Setting up SOCKS proxies in Opera

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

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

Disabling proxies in Opera

To reset the settings to the original state, simply move the “Use a proxy server” slider to the “Off” position.

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

Note that from this moment on, all connections to websites will be made from your real IP address, without the use of a proxy server.

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