How to Turn Off a Proxy?

Proxies are great tools for safer browsing. But how do you turn them off when you don’t need them? Read on to know how to turn off proxy settings on your computer.

A Proxy is a great tool when used correctly, but sometimes you don’t need it. It is the intermediary between the internet and your computer. Sometimes, you may not need it when accessing local files or sensitive accounts online. Proxies can also slow your internet connection which is why you need to turn it off sometimes.

In this post, we will go through the process of turning off a proxy for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers.

Turn Off a Proxy for Chrome on Windows

Turning off Chrome proxy settings on your Windows computer is an easy process. Here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Click on the three-button menu on your Chrome browser.

three-button menu

Step 2: Tap “Settings” then select “System” from the drop-down menu on the left.

Open your computer’s proxy settings

Step 3: Select “Open your computer’s proxy settings”. Your Windows proxy settings page will appear on the screen. For Windows 7 & 8 computers, the “Internet Properties” page will appear on your screen.

Internet Properties

Step 4: On the “Automatic proxy setup” tab, click the “Automatically detect settings” toggle button to turn it off.

Use a proxy server for your LAN

Step 5: For a “Manual proxy setup”, turn off the “Use a proxy server” button, and you’re done.

Turn Off a Proxy for Chrome on Mac

If you have a Mac and need to turn off your proxy settings, follow the steps below.

Step 1: On your Chrome browser, go to the menu and choose “settings”

Step 2: On the drop-down menu select “System” then “Open your computer’s proxy settings”

Open your computer’s proxy settings

Step 3: The “Network settings” window will appear

Step 4: Click on the proxies tab, then open “Select a protocol to configure

Uncheck all boxes

Step 5: Uncheck all boxes therein and then click “OK” to save your settings

Step 6: You can now exit the settings window

Turn Off a Proxy for Firefox on Windows

Firefox users can use the following steps to turn off proxy settings on Windows computers.

Step 1: Go to the Firefox menu on the top right end of the browser


Step 2: Click “Settings

Network Settings

Step 3: At the bottom of that page click “Settings” at the “Network Settings” tab

No proxy

Step 4: On the window that pops up, choose “No proxy” and then tap “OK

Step 5: Your proxy settings are now off.

Turn Off a Proxy for Firefox on Mac

If you’re using Firefox on a Mac, these are the steps to take to turn off your proxy server settings.

Step 1: Click on the Firefox menu, then go to “Preferences

Step 2: Scroll down and select settings on the “Network Settings” tab

Step 3: Choose “No proxy” or “Auto-detect proxy settings for this network” then tap “OK” to save your new settings

Turn Off a Proxy on Safari

Safari browser users can also turn off their proxies using the following few easy steps.

Step 1: Press “Safari” on the Safari browser

Step 2: Go to “Preferences” then select “Advanced


Step 3: On the “Proxies” tab, press “Change settings

change setting

Step 4: Deselect all proxy protocol boxes therein


Step 5: Press “OK” to save and apply your settings


As you can see, turning off proxies on a Mac or Windows computer is easy. Whenever you see a slow internet connection, your proxy might be the cause. You will also not need to have a proxy for local connections unless required by your organization. At the same time, proxies are great, especially when we want more anonymity. Whatever the reason it is good to know when to turn your proxy settings on or off.

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