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What is a Residential Proxy and How to Use It?

Post Time: 2024-03-01 Update Time: 2024-07-04

What Is a Residential Proxy?

A residential proxy is a type of proxy server that uses an IP address associated with a real residential location. It allows you to specify a certain location (such as a country, city, or mobile carrier) and browse the internet as if you were a user in that location.

When you connect to the internet through a residential proxy, your traffic appears to be coming from a real person's home or apartment rather than from a data center or commercial IP address. This can be useful for various purposes, such as:

  • Bypassing geo-restrictions: If you are trying to access a website that is blocked in your country, you can use a residential proxy from a country where the website is not blocked.
  • Protecting your privacy: When you connect to the internet directly, your IP address can be used to track your online activity. By using a residential proxy, you can mask your IP address and make it more difficult for websites to track you.
  • Scraping data: If you are trying to scrape data from a website, you may be blocked if the website detects that you are using a data center IP address. A residential proxy can help you to avoid this problem.

There are two main types of residential proxies:

Rotating Residential Proxy

Rotating residential proxies automatically change your IP address after a specified period or with each request, enhancing anonymity and preventing websites from tracking your activity.

Session Types: Rotating and Sticky

Rotating residential proxies offer two session types: Rotating and Sticky. The default session type in the Proxy Generator function of Residential Proxies is Rotating. Upon completing your order and payment for Residential Proxies, you can configure the following parameters: Location, Session Type, Protocol, and Number of Proxies.

  • Rotating Session: Selecting "Rotating" as your session type means you receive a new IP address for each session. For instance, you will get a new IP when you open a new tab, start a download, or initiate any new activity.
  • Sticky Session: Choosing "Sticky" as your session type provides you with a static IP for a defined period (typically between 3 to 60 minutes). This option is useful when you need to maintain a consistent IP for a short duration without frequent changes.

Static Residential Proxy

A static proxy acts as an intermediary server, routing your internet traffic through its unique, unchanging IP address. Unlike dynamic connections where your device directly connects to websites, a static proxy maintains the same IP address, regardless of how long you use it. This stability makes static residential proxies particularly useful for tasks requiring a consistent online presence.

Key Features

  • Unchanging IP Address: The IP address assigned to you by a static residential proxy remains constant throughout your usage period. This ensures continuity and reliability for long-term projects or tasks.
  • Order Duration: You can retain the same IP for the entire duration of your order. Typically, static residential proxies can maintain the same IP for up to 60 minutes per session.
  • IPv4 Proxies: Our static residential proxy pool exclusively features IPv4 proxies, ensuring compatibility and broad accessibility.


Choosing the Right Residential Proxy: Rotating vs. Static

Primary Concern: Maximum Privacy

Go Rotating! Constantly changing IP addresses makes you virtually untraceable. Think of it, like switching burner phones to every message – websites can't keep up! Ideal for:

  • Web Scraping Large Datasets: Avoid detection and CAPTCHAs that plague static proxies.
  • Rotating Proxy in Action: John, a data analyst, uses a rotating residential proxy to scrape product information from various e-commerce websites without getting blocked. Each request appears to come from a different user, making it seem like normal browsing behavior.

Primary Concern: Specific Location Access

Go Static! Maintain a consistent IP address to appear like a local user. Imagine having a fake passport for a specific country – perfect for:

  • Managing Social Media Accounts: Avoid regional restrictions and manage accounts seamlessly.

Here's a table to compare the key features:

Feature Rotating Residential Proxy Static Residential Proxy
IP Rotation Frequent, changes with each request or session Consistent, single IP for all connections
Speed & Stability Potentially slower due to frequent IP changes Faster and more stable due to dedicated servers
Anonymity Higher level, mimics real user traffic Moderate, masks your real IP but can be tracked
Best Uses Web scraping, anonymous browsing, avoiding CAPTCHAs Managing social media, accessing geo-restricted content


How to Use a Residential Proxy?

Ready to unlock the benefits of residential proxies? This guide will walk you through using GoProxy for a seamless experience.

Step 1: Create Your GoProxy Account

Head over to the GoProxy website. Click on "Login" in the top right corner.

Click on Login

Simply click "Creat Account", and then you have 2 ways to sign up.

click Creat Account

  • Fill out the registration form with your email address and desired password.
  • Sign up with Google for a quick and convenient option.

2 ways to sign up

Step 2: Select Your Residential Proxy Solution

Upon successful login, you'll see a free trial offer. Here are your options:

Option1: Embrace the Free Trial

Click "Apply for Free Trial" to experience GoProxy's residential proxies for 7 days.

Apply for Free Trial

Option2: Buy A Proxy

Click "Later" and navigate to "Buy Proxy". Explore their diverse proxy options tailored to your needs. For more information on proxy types, please visit Which one should I choose?

Buy A Proxy

Step 3. Access Your Proxy Credentials

Once you've chosen your plan (free trial or paid), click the "Use Proxy" button.

  • Free Trial Users: Click "Residential Proxy" to reveal your unique credentials, including username, password, IP address, and designated port.
  • Paid Plan Users: Select the corresponding proxy type you purchased to access your custom credentials.

Access Your Proxy Credentials

Step 4. Integrate GoProxy with Your Device or Browser

Now that you have your credentials, it's time to connect! GoProxy offers helpful integration guides to simplify the process. You can find proxy configuration methods for the following devices in this article:

  • How to set up GoProxy on your iPhone
  • How to set up GoProxy on Android
  • How to set up GoProxy on Windows
  • How to set up GoProxy on macOS

If you want to use GoProxy with popular extensions, please refer to:

For integration with commonly used fingerprint browsers, check out our partners section. We provide tutorials for most major fingerprint browsers, including Dolphin-anty, Incogniton, BrowserScan, Undetectable, Linken Sphere, and Hidemyacc.

Follow these guides for a smooth setup process. Once completed, you'll be ready to leverage the power of GoProxy's residential proxies, unlocking a world of enhanced security and anonymity.


Common Response Code

Here are some common error types that can occur if the application is not successful.

Response Code ErrorMessage Description
400 Bad Request The server cannot or will not process the request due to something that is perceived to be a client error.
407 Proxy Authentication Required The request has not been applied because it lacks valid authentication credentials.
500 Internal Server Error The server encountered an unexpected condition that prevented it from fulfilling the request.
502 Bad Gateway The server, while acting as a gateway or proxy, received an invalid response from the upstream server.
522 Connection Timeout The proxy server doesn't reply. It happens when it gets no response from the upstream server.
525 Not Exit Found The proxy was unable to locate an exit node that fulfilled the request.

If you are confused of these problems or encounter any other response code, please contact our 24/7 support team for help.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a Free Trial for your Residential Proxies?

Absolutely! We understand the importance of trying before you buy, and that's why we offer a free trial for their Rotating Residential IPs. Here's how to easily activate your free trial:

  • Visit the GoProxy website.
  • Look for the "Contact Us" button or explore their customer support options. These might include email ([email protected] ) or messaging apps like Telegram, WhatsApp, or Skype.

Through any of these channels, you can request your 7-day free trial. This trial provides you with 100MB of data, allowing you to test GoProxy's residential proxies and see if they align with your needs. Keep in mind that this free trial is limited to one per user.

Can I get a Static Residential Proxies Free Trial?

Absolutely! We offer a free trial for our Static Residential Proxies, just like all our other proxy products. Trying out our premium service is easy. Simply head over to our website and click the "Contact Us" button, or send us a message through customer support.

You can also reach us directly by email at [email protected] or connect with us through Telegram, WhatsApp, or Skype. Our free trial gives you Unlimited Bandwidth for one day, providing ample time to experience the full power of our proxy service.

What to Do If You Can't Find a 7-Day Trial Access?

Don't worry if you can't find the 7-day trial option directly on the website. Here's what you can do:

  • Webform Option: We have a webform specifically for applying for a free trial. Fill out this form and explain that you couldn't locate the 7-day trial access on the website.
  • Contact Support: You can reach out to our support team through the methods mentioned earlier (email, "Contact Us" button, Telegram, WhatsApp, Skype) to get the free trial. Our support team will review your request carefully and manually activate the free trial for you if your account meets the free trial requirement.

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