How to Use Skype With a Proxy Server

Written by gabriele sturmer
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How to Use Skype With a Proxy Server
Proxy settings are just one part of Skype's advanced connection options. (Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

A proxy server is a server that's positioned between your computer and the Internet. It can cache data, hide internal computer addresses and filter certain Web content. If your network uses a proxy server, you may have trouble connecting to Skype if you do not enter the proxy configuration information in Skype. Skype supports both HTTPS and SOCKS5 proxies, as well as proxies that require a name and password in order to connect to them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Skype without signing in. Click "Tools" on the program's toolbar, then click "Connection Options."

  2. 2

    Select "Automatic proxy detection" from the drop-down list to automatically detect the proxy your computer uses. Select "HTTPS" or "SOCKS5" from the drop-down list, depending on the type of proxy you use. Type the IP address of the proxy beside "Host" and the port number beside "Port."

  3. 3

    Click the box beside "Enable proxy authentication" if your proxy server requires login credentials. Type your login name beside "Username" and the password beside "Password."

  4. 4

    Click "Save" to save your proxy settings. Type your login information on the main Skype window to log in using the proxy server.

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