How to configure Chrome proxy settings?

The need for knowing how to configure Chrome proxy settings may arise sooner than you know. Corporate network admins likely impose proxies for internet access control and optimization.

Google Chrome continues to dominate the world of web browsers. It is secure, fast, and compatible with almost any current site. By default it offers anti-phishing protection, warning if the password has been used on another site. Another major advantage is that the search history is common regardless of the slide used, through automatic synchronization.

The only known problem is the high consumption of resources, especially if you have many tabs opened. This is due to the isolation system which is a very good security system.

Chrome extensions for proxies

Google Chrome offers additional extensions for almost anything you need, from signing a document to hunting for discounts or just managing your proxies. Chrome extensions for proxies allow you to easily modify proxy settings: Hola, Proxify, NetNut Chrome extension, and many others.

If you want to change proxy settings only for Chrome and not for the entire system, then the optimal choice is a Chrome extension. All of them have a user-friendly interface and you can choose your settings without digging into the advanced settings of Chrome.

A Chrome extension is the preferable choice if you need to handle multiple proxies or you are in need of regularly switching them. You will enjoy changing them with only one click.

Chrome proxy settings configuration

Google Chrome does not provide its own proxy server settings. It uses those found in Internet Explorer or Windows. However, you can access these settings from Google Chrome, which can open the Windows Internet Options. If you use Windows 10 it is much simpler. In Windows 10, all proxy server settings you make are applied to all installed applications, Google Chrome included.

If you’re using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, click the menu button with three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the Google Chrome window. After the menu opens, select Settings -> Advanced -> Open Proxy Settings. In the Internet Options window select the Connections tab -> LAN Settings. The Local Area Network (LAN) window opens and here you can set up your proxy server. You can use an automatic configuration script or just enter a specific IP address and port for your proxy. When you have finished editing the settings, click OK in both windows: the Local Area Network (LAN) and then in the Internet Options in this order.

Modifying Chrome proxy settings

You can override or disable the default proxy settings that the Google Chrome browser uses. This useful trick allows you to quickly bypass the settings, but you will need to edit the program’s launch properties. You must right-click on the Google Chrome desktop icon and select Properties. Go to the Target entry and type “-proxy-server =” + your proxy URL behind the “chrome.exe” portion. Also, you can disable it entirely by entering “-proxy-server =” without the proxy site URL

How do you stop using a proxy server?

If you’ve changed your Windows device or network connection so you no longer need a proxy server, you can easily turn it off.

Just open the Internet Options window as shown above and then the Connections tab. Here click on the LAN Settings button at the bottom of the tab. Clear the selection for Auto Detect Settings and Use Automatic Configuration Script, depending on the proxy settings used. Then click OK in both the Local Area Network (LAN) and Internet Options window.

Other tips

If you get an error message that the proxy server refuses the connection, then the most probable cause is an incorrect Chrome proxy setting configuration. So, you can try these things in this probable order:

  • Check your browser’s proxy settings
  • Disable the LAN proxy server
  • Disable manual proxy configuration in Settings
  • Check your proxy server
  • Scan your PC for malware
  • Clear your browser’s cache
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