How to Use proxy server Chrome?

How to Configure a Proxy Server on a Chromebook

Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and other Chrome OS devices allow you to set a proxy server through which you can route your traffic.This may be required to access the Internet on some networks—for example, on business or school networks.

Generally, you’ll use a proxy if your school or work provides it to you. You could also use a proxy to hide your IP address or access geoblocked websites that aren’t available in your country, but we recommend a VPN for that instead. If you need to set up a proxy for school or work, get the necessary credentials from them and read on.

You can set a proxy in Chromebook’s network connection settings. To access this screen, click the panel at the bottom-right corner of your Chrome OS desktop and select “Settings” or click menu > Settings in a Chrome browser window.

If your current Wi-Fi network is a “shared network”—that is, if you share the Wi-Fi network connection details with anyone who signs into your Chromebook—you’ll need to enable the “Allow proxies for shared networks” option under Internet Connection at the top of your settings screen. If you don’t, the Proxy configuration screen will tell you to enable this option before you can configure a proxy.

This option is disabled by default because it prevents other people on the Chromebook from modifying the shared network connection’s settings to route your web traffic through a proxy without your permission.

Then, click the name of the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to under “Internet connection.” Click the name of that Wi-Fi network in the menu that appears to change its settings.

Each Wi-Fi network has its own proxy settings. If you want to use the same proxy while connected to multiple Wi-Fi networks, you’ll need to configure this multiple times—once for each network.

Click the “Proxy” tab to access the proxy settings for the network you selected.

By default, “Direct Internet connection” is selected here. This means your Chromebook won’t use a proxy while connected to this Wi-Fi network.

To have your Chromebook automatically detect and apply proxy settings, select “Automatic proxy configuration”.

If you select this option, your Chromebook will use the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol, or WPAD, to automatically detect whether a proxy is necessary and automatically enter the proxy settings if one is. This protocol is often used on business and school networks, for example. If the network you’re connected to doesn’t provide a network via WPAD, your Chromebook won’t use a proxy.

If WPAD is used to discover a proxy, its address will be displayed in the “Web Proxy Auto Discovery URL” box here.

To have your Chromebook get its proxy settings from an automatic proxy configuration script, check the “Use an autoconfiguration URL” and enter the address of the proxy configuration script, or .PAC file.

If you select this option, your Chromebook will use the proxy configuration script instead of WPAD to configure its proxy. If you need to use a proxy auto-configuration script, your network administrator or proxy provider will provide you with the address of the script.

To manually enter your proxy settings, select “Manual proxy configuration”.

You can choose to either use the same proxy for HTTP, Secure HTTP (HTTPS), FTP, and SOCKS protocols, or use a separate proxy for each. Your proxy provider will tell you if you need to use separate proxy addresses for different protocols.


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