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Guide to Setting a Proxy in Safari on macOS

Proxy servers are great if you want to hide your real IP address, enhance your web browsing security, and access geo-restricted sites.

Depending on your Mac OS version, the visual process to configure proxies might differ, but the main steps are interchangeable.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to access proxy settings and disable a proxy server, and we’ll share a couple of common reasons your Safari browser might have trouble connecting to a proxy server.

Guide to Setting a Proxy in Safari on macOS

Launching the proxy settings

1. Open Safari and go to Safari > Preferences.

Selecting preferences

2. Select the Advanced tab, and within the Proxies section, click Change Settings.

Changing proxy settings

In the newly opened window, you can configure proxies. However, the setup will be system-wide, which means that any other browser and application you use will be connected to the internet through the proxy server. Please refer to our macOS proxy integration guide for further steps.

How to turn off a proxy in Safari

1. Navigate to the proxy configuration window to change the settings, as shown in the above guide.

2. Open the Proxies tab and uncheck any checkbox. Then click OK in the lower right corner.

Unchecking the checkboxes

3. In the Network window, click Apply, and then you can close the settings entirely. 

Why Safari can't connect to a proxy server

Most commonly, the reason is that the proxy server settings were set up incorrectly. Follow our macOS proxy integration guide to configure Oxylabs proxies properly.

Another reason could be that, coincidentally, you have lost the internet connection. Disable the proxy to eliminate it as a cause, and check your Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection.

If you still can’t connect your proxy, don’t hesitate to contact us via live chat or send us an email.

Wrapping up

As mentioned previously, the Safari browser doesn’t support proxies. You have to configure the proxy on your Mac operating system to be able to use it with Safari. Although this is less than ideal, other solutions are available to enjoy the benefits of proxy servers, specifically on your chosen application. Check out our integrations page to find out more.

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please feel free to get in touch with us.

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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