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How To Use Proxies With Reddit

Reddit is a social platform that works both as a news site and as a forum. It’s the 19th most popular website in the world and here's how to install a proxy server for Reddit!

Carl Gamutan

by Carl Gamutan

Publishing Date: February 25, 2022

Reddit is a social platform that works both as a news site and as a forum. It’s the 19th most popular website in the world and it’s huge user base ensures that there’s always a community, also known as a subreddit, for everything. Reddit accounts are free, and it’s users can post anything that is related to their respective communities. What makes Reddit different from other social media sites is that people can “upvote” anything they like and also “downvote” anything they dislike.

Reddit’s popularity makes it a bountiful source of traffic for marketers where they can increase engagement for their products or simply gather relevant data on their target audience. One way to efficiently collect this data is through web scraping, but manually doing so would be time-consuming. As a result, many marketers use reddit bots for automation to quickly get what they want. However, using bots can easily get them flagged and banned by Reddit. To prevent this from happening, the best solution is to use Reddit proxies.

Reddit proxies work by acting as an intermediary between your personal IP address and Reddit. Reddit can only see the IP address of the reddit proxy which also increases your own security and privacy. Through Reddit proxies, marketers or web scrapers can easily use bots for Reddit and avoid any bans that normally come their way. For those who are looking for a reliable proxy solution, there are many options available, such as free proxy lists or proxy server free trials. By utilizing these services, users can ensure they have the necessary resources to maintain privacy and security while accessing Reddit. If your IP address has been banned by a particular subreddit, you can also use proxies to get around this but a VPN may be better for such a case.

The best Reddit proxies would be residential proxies. Residential proxies for Reddit would ensure that you would never get flagged and banned whenever you’re scraping or doing anything with bots. Residential proxies use millions of real IP addresses from actual people located in various different countries making your bots appear as actual people to Reddit. You can also use datacenter proxies because Reddit isn’t as strict towards bots compared to the other social media platforms.

Let’s get started with it.

Note: Make sure that the web browser you’re using for Reddit is automatically copying your system’s proxy settings. It’s recommended to use Google Chrome because it automatically does this.

How To Use Proxies With Reddit

For Windows:

To set up proxies in Windows, simply search for “Proxy Settings” in your windows search bar and open the search result.


You are then given two options to choose from: Automatic proxy setup or Manual proxy setup. If you want windows to automatically detect your proxy settings, choose the first option. Choose the second option if you want to utilize a specific ip address and port number.

If you chose the first option, then:

  1. Turn on Automatically detect Settings
  2. Turn on Use setup script
  3. Enter the script address
  4. Click Save


If you chose the second option, then:

  1. Turn on Use a proxy server
  2. Input both server address and port number
  3. If you have any addresses you would like to visit without a proxy, enter them here
  4. Turn on Don’t use the proxy server for local addresses check box if you want to access a local server without a proxy
  5. Click Save


For Mac.

To start configuring your proxy settings in MacOS, simply:

Step 1. Click on the Apple Icon.


Step 2. On the drop down menu, click on “System Preferences”.


Step 3. Click on “Network”


Step 4. Click on “Advanced”


Note: Make sure to connect to your wi-fi first.

Step 5. Click on “Proxies”


This should then redirect you to MacOS proxy settings. MacOS is more straightforward compared to windows. You only have one option which is to manually configure your proxy server.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Select which proxy IP protocol you want to configure. This depends on which protocols your proxy service provider offers.
  2. Turn on Secure Web Proxy
  3. Input the Proxy Server Address and Port Number
  4. Click OK to save the configurations

Note: You may be prompted for your Mac user password to save your settings.


For Mobile:

To set up Reddit mobile proxies, simply configure your phone’s proxy settings. It’s proxy settings are what Reddit copies whenever you use Reddit. This is applicable for both Android and IOS. Here’s a thorough guide for Android and another one for iPhone.

Congratulations! You have now finished configuring a proxy server for Reddit. Note that the first time you visit Reddit, there will be a pop up asking for your login credentials.

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