You got your hands on a proxy server and want to set it up but don’t know what to do next? I’m here to help you figure out how to change your Google Chrome proxy settings on your computer.
What is a proxy server?
A proxy server acts as an intermediary between you and the internet. Instead of connecting straight to the internet, you connect to a proxy that changes your IP address, and it is responsible for connecting you to the website you want.
If you’ve ever used Uber Eats, think of your proxy as the driver who communicates with the restaurant instead of you.
Many businesses or schools also provide proxies to allow you to access their databases or the needed tools to complete your work.
Does Chrome have its own proxy settings?
Short answer – no. Google Chrome will follow the proxy server settings of your device, but it does provide an easy way to access those settings from the browser itself.
How to check proxy settings on Chrome
Before setting up your current proxy, you may want to check whether you have any pre-existing proxies.
Step 1: Open Chrome.
Step 2: In the top right corner, press the menu button, which appears as three dots.
Step 3: Go to Settings -> Advanced -> System.
Step 4: Click on Open your computer’s proxy settings.
How to change proxy settings in Chrome
Now let’s get to the point. You’re here to change your Chrome settings and I will tell you how.
Step 1: Open your Chrome browser, and click on the menu button. Then select “Settings.”
Step 2: Scroll down till you find the “Advanced” settings. Click on it for more options and choose “System.”
Step 3: Continue to scroll down until you find the “Open your computer’s proxy settings” button, then click on it. This will bring you to a pop-up box for your system proxy settings.
The next steps for your proxy server settings will depend on your operating system.
Method 1: Automatic setup
Using an automatic proxy server that your work or school installed on your Windows computer? Then slide the “Automatically detect settings” option to “On.”
Method 2: Manual setup
Need to set up the proxy manually? Then scroll down to “Manual proxy setup.” Enter the server IP or hostname in the server box and the port in the port box.
*If the proxy is password-protected, select the “Proxy server requires password” checkbox and enter your credentials.
Click “Save,” and you’re done.
Step 1: Under “Select a protocol to configure,” choose the protocol of your proxy and check the box next to it.
Step 2: Input the server IP or hostname in the server box, the port in the port box, and your credentials if needed.
Step 3: Press “OK,” and you’re done.
Step 1: Under “Network proxy,” choose “Automatic” if your proxy is already installed on your system or “Manual” if you need to do it yourself:
Step 2: Find the protocol your proxy is using in the list provided.
Step 3: Input the server IP or hostname and port.
Step 4: Exit the box, and you’re done.
A proxy you don’t need to set up
Changing Google Chrome proxy settings isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but it can still get quite annoying. If your school or job provides you with a proxy server, unfortunately, you will need to set it up manually. But if you just need a proxy for privacy or saving bandwidth, there are easier alternatives. May I recommend a proxy you can control with a few clicks? That’s Surfshark’s browser extension for Google Chrome.