How to Unblock Blocked Websites Like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & Other Sites

How to Unblock Websites

Can't open a website because it's blocked?

This tutorial will show you step by step how to unblock blocked websites in a few different ways using tricks, free software, online services and apps.

But first:

When you're bored at your office, school or even at home, then you might want to go online and open Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Yahoo, Gmail, VK, Reddit, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, LinkedIn or another website to check your email, check what your friends are sharing, watch videos, play games, chat with someone or do other online stuff.

But:

When you try to open your favorite website it's BLOCKED!

And:

You might get a message like DENIED or ACCES DENIED.

There are schools, companies, and even countries that block certain websites like social media, video sharing, political, news and adult sites.

When it happens only at work or at your school, then it's blocked by the network administrator.

But:

There are also countries where governments (authorities) block certain websites.

Countries may block websites for the following areas of activity:

In most cases you can try a few different methods to unblock websites that have been blocked.

Many people use a proxy service, but you can also unblock websites without proxy services.

On this page I will show you how to bypass and access blocked websites in a few different ways.

And now:

How to Unblock Blocked Websites

Method 1: VPN (Virtual Private Network)

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a network technology that allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet.

A VPN can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your web browsing activities on public WiFi networks, and more.

There are many paid and free VPN services and apps for Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iPhone (iOs).

If you want more speed, security and privacy, then I recommend using a paid VPN.

Examples of VPNs:

Computer
Android & iPhone

Most VPNs are easy to use (download, install, open and click a button).

How to Enable & Use the Built-in VPN in Opera Web Browser

The Opera web browser has now a built-in ad blocker, battery saver and free VPN with unlimited VPN data.

You can download Opera Web Browser .

  1. Open Opera.
  2. Click on "Menu" (top left).
  3. Click on "Settings" (Windows) or "Preferences" (Mac OS X).
  4. Open "Privacy & Security" (left menu).
  5. Check "Enable VPN".
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    • An icon labeled "VPN" will appear next to the address bar of the browser.
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  6. If you click on the VPN icon you can choose a location or disable it.
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Method 2: Built-in Proxy in Epic Web Browser (PC & Mac)

Epic Privacy Browser has a build-in encrypted proxy to hide your IP address and to encrypt your browsing.

This provides privacy protection against network snoops like your employer, your ISP (internet service provider), and governments.

If you turn on proxy encryption you can unblock blocked websites.

I will show you how to enable and use Epic's build-in encrypted proxy.

You can download Epic Privacy Browser .

  1. Open Epic Privacy Browser.
  2. Click on the red plugs icon located at the top right.
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  3. When the red plugs icon turns green, it's connected and you will be able to open your blocked sites.
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Method 3: Proxy Sites

Proxy sites are used to access blocked websites.

Examples of proxy sites:

There are much more proxy websites. Just search for "proxy site" in Google and you will get a lot of results.

Some companies, schools or countries also block proxy sites and they might update their "proxy sites" list often, so try to have a large list of proxy sites.

Using a proxy site to visit blocked sites is as easy as entering the URL (web address) of the website you want to visit into their address or search bar and clicking a button.

Method 4: IP Address

Sometimes blocked websites are stored as a list of URLs (example www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com, etc...) and using the IP address instead of the URL (web address) might sometimes work.

Note: Sometimes a IP address changes, so you might need to repeat the following steps after a while.

And:

There are also websites who block users from visiting them via IP address.

Ways to Find the IP Address of a Site

Online Services

You can use online services to find the IP address of a site.

  1. Visit a "Find IP Address" service, like:
  2. Enter the web address of the website you want to visit.
  3. Click the site's button (like "Find IP").
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  4. Highlight the IP address.
  5. Right-click on the highlight IP address and choose "Copy" or "Go to ....".
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Windows Command Prompt
  1. Open the Windows Command Prompt (CMD).
  2. Enter ping sitename.com and hit Enter (keyboard). Replace sitename.com with the website you want to find the IP address for. You don't need to include the http://www., https://wwww., http://, or https:// part of the web address.
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  3. The group of numbers you will see is the IP address of the website. Example 185.60.218.35.
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Mac OS X Terminal
  1. Open the Mac Terminal.
  2. Enter ping sitename.com and hit Return (keyboard). Replace sitename.com with the website you want to find the IP address for. You don't need to include the http://www., https://wwww., http://, or https:// part of the web address.
  3. The group of numbers you will see is the IP address of the website. Example 185.60.218.35.
Mac OS X Network Utility

This tool is built-in Mac computers.

  1. Open the Mac Network Utility.
  2. Open the "Ping" tab.
  3. Enter the site's domain name (example facebook.com or yahoo.com) and hit enter. You don't need to include the http://www., https://wwww., http://, or https:// part of the web address.
  4. Set the number of pings to "1".
  5. Click on the "Ping" button.
  6. The group of numbers you see is the IP address of the website. Example 185.60.218.35.

Method 5: URL Shortener

Maybe the URL (web address) of the website(s) you want to visit is blocked, but converting the URL to another shorter URL by using a URL shortener service might just help you access the blocked site(s).

Examples of URL Shorteners:

Almost all of these URL shorteners work the same. Just enter the URL (web address) of the website you want to visit, click on a button (usually called "shorten") and then use the short URL they give you to visit the site.

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