Once you have understood how proxy servers work and identified the one best suited to your actual needs, it’s time to explain how to apply and use it on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS/iPadOS. Keep in mind there are different types of servers such as HTTP, HTTPS, and SOCKS 4/5. The PrivateProxy.me team will help to set up and use correctly, rotating residential proxies as you wish. Be sure to configure the operating system according to the server you have chosen, otherwise, the connection will not work.
To configure residential proxies on Windows 10 or later (e.g., Windows 11), right-click on the Start button (the flag icon located to the left of the taskbar), select the Settings item from the menu that appears on the screen, and, having arrived at the dedicated panel, click on the Network and Internet icon.
- Now, select the Proxy item located in the left sidebar, locate the Manual Proxy Configuration box and move the switch corresponding to the use proxy server item to Enabled. Now, type the address and port of the chosen proxy server within the appropriate fields, and place a checkmark next to the item. Do not use the residential proxies servers for local (intranet) addresses, and click the Save button, to apply the settings.
- If, on the other hand, you employ an older edition of Windows, open the Start menu, type the words Internet options within it and select the first search result. Now, click on the Connections tab located in the window that is going to open, click on the LAN Settings button, and place a checkmark next to the words Use a proxy server for LAN connections.
- Next, click on the Advanced button, remove the check mark from the Use the same proxy server for all protocols item, and fill in the next fields with the address and port of the type of server you intend to configure (e.g., HTTP or Secure for HTTPS). Finally, click OK to save the settings.
- Setting up residential proxies on macOS is even simpler: to begin, open System Preferences by clicking on the gear symbol residing on the Dock, then click on the Network icon and choose the name of the connection in use (e.g., Wi-Fi) from the left sidebar.
- Now, press the advanced… button visible in the bottom right corner, open the Proxy tab and place a checkmark next to the entry indicating the type of server to be used (e.g., SOCKS, HTTP, HTTPS, and so on). Next, enter the IP address of the proxy inside the Web Proxy Server field, indicate the connection port inside the field visible immediately next to it, and click the OK and Apply buttons to save the settings.
Again, to verify that the residential proxy settings have been applied, simply visit one of the many sites to see your IP address.
If you employ a smartphone or tablet equipped with Android, proceed as follows:
- open the operating system’s Settings by tapping on the gear symbol residing on the Home screen or in the drawer
- go to the Network and Internet
- Wi-Fi sections and tap on the gear-shaped symbol corresponding to the wireless network you are connected to.
- Now, tap on the pencil symbol located in the upper right corner of the next screen, tap on the Advanced Options item and scroll down the next panel until you locate the Proxy menu.
- To finish, fill in the Proxy Host Name and Port fields with the information retrieved earlier and tap the Save button to finish.
Please note that the names of the menus, buttons, and options you see on your device may differ slightly from what you saw just now, depending on the version of Android you own, and any customizations applied by the manufacturer of your smartphone, or tablet.
For example, on Xiaomi devices, you have to go to the Settings > Wi-Fi menu and press on the button (>) corresponding to the name of the Wi-Fi network you are using, to display the menu related to proxy server settings.
To set up residential proxies on iPhone or iPad, tap on the Settings icon residing on the Home screen or in the App Library of your device, open the Wi-Fi section, and tap on the button(s) corresponding to the name of the network you are connected to.
Now, scroll down the next page until you locate the Configure Proxy item, tap on it and place a checkmark next to the Manual item; finally, fill in the Server and Port fields with the data you retrieved earlier and tap on the Save item, located in the top right corner, to apply the changes.
Proxy Server: PS4 and PS5
Not everyone knows this, but even on gaming consoles such as PS4 and PS5, you can make the Network use a proxy server to connect.
- If you own the PlayStation 4, go to the console’s Settings menu by pressing the appropriate button and, from there, enter the Network > Configure Internet Connection > [type of network configured] menus (e.g., Wi-Fi Network or LAN Connection).
- Having done so, select the Custom item and choose the Automatic option regarding the IP address settings; next, indicate not to specify DHCP and use the automatic value for DNS and MTU.
If everything went smoothly, you should now find yourself in the presence of the settings for the proxy server:
- so decide on the Use option
- enter the IP address and port of the rotating residential proxies in the appropriate fields
- finally, press the Next
- Verify Internet Connection buttons.
If, on the other hand, you own a PS5, open the console’s Settings, reach the Network menu and select the Settings > Configure Internet Connection item from the next panel. Now, place your cursor over the network you’re using, press the Options button on the controller (the one with the three horizontal lines located to the right of the pad), and select the Advanced Settings item from the menu that appears.
We’re almost there: now choose the Proxy Server item, place a checkmark next to the Use option, and type the address and port number of the proxy server in the fields that appear immediately below. When you’re done, press the OK button that appears on the screen to confirm the applied changes.