How to set up Proxies for Web Browsers

Proxies are a nifty tool and can completely transform the way you connect or browse the internet. It works as a great mediator and reroutes your information via another IP, making you anonymous when you browse the web. This IP masking comes in very beneficial for those into web data scraping or for social media marketers. Individual users can also benefit immensely from the various advantages of using a proxy server, including enhanced security, privacy, and improved connection speeds.

We always talk about how proxies are the town’s talk and about the horde of helpful features they come paired with. We also talk about how we can use proxy servers to our benefit or for our businesses. It is like getting caught in the headlines, and we usually forget to look beyond. So you know proxies are essential and can be handy for you. But do you know how to set up proxies for different web browsers? Can you set up a proxy server on your computer’s browser? If not, do not worry! We have you covered.

This article will help you understand how proxies work for various web browsers. Read the entire article to know how to set up proxy servers on Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer step by step, with ease. We have tried to explain in the simplest way possible with minimum instructions or actions.

How do Proxies Work on Browsers?

A browser proxy is the most common one for enhancing your internet browsing experience. These are not only user friendly but also one of the most popularly used proxies for better, faster, and safer connectivity from your desktop or mobile device. So, you get all additional security benefits and advantages like privacy and faster connectivity on the go from wherever.

The best thing about a browser proxy is that it does not require additional software or client installation to function. You just need to buy the proxy that you find best suited for your needs and configure them with your browser. Just input the data, sync the settings, and you are ready to go! Nothing changes on the interface and you browse the internet only as you did before, except with much better connectivity, complete anonymity, and enhanced security. 

If you have bought your proxy and wondering how to configure it with your browser, you are at the right place. Setting up a proxy is a straightforward process, but differs slightly based on the web browser you are using. But we have you covered. Listed below are the steps to set up and sync your proxy with different browsers.

Proxy for Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge

To discuss browser proxies, we must start with Internet Explorer. Configuring proxies with the Internet Explorer affect your machine’s Operating System and other installed browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Opera usually extract the proxy configurations from Internet Explorer. If you are on Windows 10, you can use Microsoft Edge. And for users on previous versions of Windows, we have discussed how to set up a proxy.

Microsoft Edge

  • Open the Tools menu from the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.
  • From the list, click on Settings.
  • Click on Advanced from the options to your left.
  • Scroll down to find Proxy Settings and click on Open Proxy Settings.
  • In the next Window, find Manual Proxy Setup and turn on the Use a proxy server option.
  • Enter the IP and port details of your proxy server and click Save to sync and finish.

Internet Explorer

  • Open Tools in Internet Explorer and click on Internet Options.
  • A new window will open up. Click the Connections tab.
  • Click on the LAN Settings button at the bottom of the Window.
  • A Settings window pops up with a couple of options as per your need.

If you are using URL based proxies like any website, click on the box to detect settings automatically marked as Use Automatic Configuration Script. You will find an empty field for Address. Type in the URL of your proxy server here and click on OK to save and finish.

If you are using proxies with a designated IP address and port number, click on the alternate option of using a proxy server for your LAN. In the Address field, enter the proxy server’s IP address and the port number in the box next to Port. For those of you using a business network, it is advisable to check the box marked as Bypass proxy server for a local address. Selecting this option ensures it enables the proxy only when you are accessing or browsing the internet and not when you are visiting services or pages on your local network. Click OK to save and exit and click OK again in the previous Internet Options Window to enable proxy on your browser.

Proxy for Google Chrome

Google Chrome extracts proxy configuration from Internet Explorer or your Operating System, as it does not host any unique options for direct setup. However, you can start the process from your Google Chrome browser and access the Settings Window to enter the proxy configurations for a seamless process. 

  • Open Chrome browser and access the Customization and Control panel from the button represented by three dots on the extreme right.
  • Click Settings and scroll down the page and click on Advanced to access the extended list.
  • Scroll down to System and click the Open proxy settings.

This opens up the Internet Options Window as the above-stated process. Follow the same steps to enter proxy configurations and click OK to save and exit. You can configure your browser proxy directly from Chrome, using this process to set up both Chrome and Internet Explorer simultaneously.

That is it! You can now freely and anonymously browse the internet.