How to Change Proxy Settings on MacOS

With proxies, you can enjoy private browsing, access geo-specific content, and enhance your protection against malware.

If a MacOS computer is your device of choice, check this guide to see how to enable Mac proxy settings, change, and remove them. 

In this integration example, we’ll be using Oxylabs Residential and Datacenter Proxies. Depending on your device version, the process may vary slightly. However, the key steps remain the same. 

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Configuring proxy server settings for MacOS

1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner and open System preferences.

2. Select the Network panel icon.

3. Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to configure and click Advanced in the bottom right corner.

4. Click on the Proxies button and then select Web Proxy (HTTP).

5. Under Web Proxy Server, input your proxy details.

Residential Proxies

To manually configure Residential Proxies, enter the following details:

Proxy: pr.oxylabs.io
Port: 7777

Additionally, you can use country-tailored entries. For instance, if you enter gb-pr.oxylabs.io in the Web Proxy Server field and 20000 in the Port field, you’ll get a UK exit. For a full list of country-specific entry nodes or if you need a sticky session, please check our documentation.

Datacenter Proxies

For Datacenter Proxies, input the following proxy details depending on the proxy type:

Dedicated Datacenter Proxies

Proxy: a specific IP address
Port: 60000

If you want to configure Dedicated Datacenter Proxies, you’ll need to select an IP address from the acquired list. Please refer to our documentation for more information.

Shared Datacenter Proxies

Proxy: dc.pr.oxylabs.io
Port: 10000

To enable country-specific entries with Shared Datacenter Proxies, use the entry nodes listed in our documentation. For example, to acquire a Japanese exit node, enter dc.jp-pr.oxylabs.io in the Web Proxy Server field and 12000 in the Port section. 

6. Then, check the Proxy server requires a password box and enter your Username and Password. Type in your Oxylabs sub-user’s credentials. Use the same credentials you input while creating a new sub-user in the Oxylabs dashboard.

7. After everything is set up, click OK to confirm and Apply to activate the settings. 

This is it, you’re using a proxy now. 

Removing a proxy

Disabling a proxy is simple. Head to the Proxies tab and make sure that all protocols in the list are off (unchecked). Click OK to confirm.

Now, your proxy is removed. 

Wrapping up

As you can see, configuring and disabling Mac proxy settings on your Mac operating system device is simple. If you’re curious about other integration options or have a specific tool in mind, see more integration tutorials on this page

If you still have questions about MacOS proxy configuration or other issues, drop us a line for assistance. 

Please be aware that this is a third-party tool not owned or controlled by Oxylabs. Each third-party provider is responsible for its own software and services. Consequently, Oxylabs will have no liability or responsibility to you regarding those services. Please carefully review the third party's policies and practices and/or conduct due diligence before accessing or using third-party services.

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