Are you looking for a tutorial on how to set up proxies on Chrome? Come in now; let walk you through all you need to know to set up proxies on the popular Chrome browser.
There is a limit to what the Incognito mode of your browser can do, and keeping you anonymous and hiding your location are some of the things it cannot do. That is what proxies are made for – hiding the IP Address that can be linked to you and your location. There are many environments one can use proxies.
One such environment which is very popular is the browser environment. Google Chrome happens to be the world's most popular browser, and as such, it makes a lot of sense to write tutorials on how to use proxies on Chrome.
Proxies for Chrome
Actually, there are no specific proxies meant for the Chrome browser. All proxies you see in the market, regardless of the method of authentication, will work for Chrome. So, what you should be mindful of is if the proxies you want to buy will work for your use case or not. That is why this section of the article was written to provide you recommendations on the best proxies to use.
The best proxy provider in the market right now is Luminati – you can buy private proxies, residential proxies, and even mobile proxies from them. However, their proxies are expensive, and as such, I will advise you to look for other alternatives except if you have a fairly big budget.
When it comes to datacenter proxies, I will recommend MyPrivateProxy and Stormproxies for you. For residential proxies, you can buy them from affordable providers like Smartproxy and Storm Proxies.
Step by Step Tutorial for Proxy Setting on Chrome
Setting proxies on Chrome is very easy. When using Chrome, the settings you make are not on a browser level – Chrome makes use of your device proxy setting. Below are the steps required to configure proxies on Chrome. My PC runs on Windows 10, and as such, there are bound to be slight differences depending on your operating system, but you can still use it as a guide.
- Launch the Chrome browser, go to the menu option and click on ‘Settings’ and click on the ‘Advanced’ at the side menu.
- A drop-down menu will open, click on the ‘System’ option
- Then click on the ‘Open Your Computer’s Proxy Settings.’
- This will open a new Windows for setting the proxy. There are only a few things to be configured here to get the proxies to work for you. Scroll down to Manual Proxy Setting, and you will see the section to enter your proxy address and port.
- Looking at the screenshot above, you can see that there is a trigger to use a proxy or not – make sure it is on.
- Fill in your proxy details and click the ‘Save’ button.
A word about Authentication
With the above, your proxy has been set up successfully. However, without authentication, you won’t be able to use it if it is not a public proxy. There are basically methods of authentication – IP Authentication and Username/Password Authentication. If you are authenticating using IP Authentication, you need to whitelist your IP Address from the user dashboard of the proxy provider you are using.
However, if you want to authenticate using username and password, you only need to type any address of your choice on your browser address and try to visit it. you will be required to enter a username and password before you are allowed to continue.
With the above, you are good to go – start surfing the Internet with your IP Address masked under the one provided by the proxy server you are using. As I stated earlier, the steps to get the configuration done may vary according to your operating system and the version of Chrome you are using. But the whole step is almost the same.