How to unblock blocked websites (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.)

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

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Blocked websites

When you're bored at your office, school, or at home, and have some spare time, then you might want to go online and visit your favorite site, like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, Yahoo, Gmail, VK, Reddit, Pinterest, Google, LinkedIn, or another website to check your email, check what your friends are sharing, watch videos, play video games, chat with someone, or do other things online.

So you open your web browser and visit your favorite website but then you find out that the site is blocked.

And:

You might get one of the following messages in your web browser: DENIED, ACCESS DENIED, This site can't be reached, Hmm. We're having trouble finding that site. We can't connect to the server at vimeo.com. or Hmmm...can't reach this page.

There are schools, companies, and 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 probably blocked by the network administrator of the company or school.

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 are blocked.

Many people use a proxy site, but you can also unblock websites without proxy sites.

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

How to unblock a blocked website using DNS over HTTPS (DoH)

DNS over HTTPS is a protocol for performing remote Domain Name System resolution via the HTTPS protocol.

You can also use this to try to unblock blocked websites.

How to enable DNS over HTTPS in Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Type chrome://flags/#dns-over-https in the address bar.

3. Press Enter.

4. Click on the selection button located next to the “Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS)” flag and then click on Enabled.

5. Click on the restart button located in the bottom right corner of the browser.

DNS over HTTPS is now enabled.

How to enable DNS over HTTPS in Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Firefox.

2. Click on the menu button.

3. Click on Options.

4. Scroll down to Network Settings.

5. Click on the Settings button.

6. Check (select) the Enable DNS over HTTPS option located at the bottom of the settings window.

7. Click on the OK button.

DNS over HTTPS is now enabled.

How to enable DNS over HTTPS in Brave

1. Open Brave.

2. Type brave://flags/#dns-over-https in the address bar.

3. Press Enter.

4. Click on the selection button located next to the “Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS)” flag and then click on Enabled.

5. Click on the restart button located in the bottom right corner of the browser.

DNS over HTTPS is now enabled.

How to enable DNS over HTTPS in Microsoft Edge (Chromium)

1. Open Microsoft Edge.

2. Type edge://flags/#dns-over-https in the address bar.

3. Press Enter.

4. Click on the selection button located next to the “Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS)” flag and then click on Enabled.

5. Click on the restart button located in the bottom right corner of the browser.

DNS over HTTPS is now enabled.

How to enable DNS over HTTPS in Opera

1. Open Opera.

2. Type opera://flags/opera-doh in the address bar.

3. Press Enter.

4. Click on the selection button located next to the “Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS)” flag and then click on Enabled.

5. Click on the restart button located in the bottom right corner of the browser.

DNS over HTTPS is now enabled.

How to unblock a blocked website using different DNS service

DNS (Domain Name System) is what lets users connect to websites using domain names instead of IP addresses. It's the phonebook of the Internet.

You can use Google Public DNS or Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 public DNS resolver to try to unblock blocked websites.

Change DNS settings in Windows 10

1. Open settings.

2. Click on Network & Internet.

3. Click on Network and Sharing Center located at the bottom.

4. Click on your network.

Network in Windows

5. Click on Properties.

Network properties in Windows

6. Select (highlight) Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).

7. Click on the Properties button.

Internet Protocol Version 4 properties in Windows 10

8. Select the Use the following DNS server addresses option.

9. Enter the IP addresses in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server fields.

For Google, you enter 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. For Cloudflare, you enter 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1.

Change DNS in Windows 10

10. Click on the OK button.

11. Click on the Close button.

Your DNS settings are now changed.

Change DNS settings in Android 9

1. Open settings.

2. Tap on Connections or Network ∓ internet.

3. Tap on More connection settings or Advanced.

4. Tap on Private DNS.

5. Select the Private DNS provider hostname option.

6. Enter the DNS provider hostname in the field below.

For Google, you enter dns.google. For Cloudflare (1.1.1.1), you enter 1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com.

Change DNS in Android 9

7. Tap on Save.

Your DNS settings are now changed.

Note: If you have a smartphone with an older version of Android, then you can use an app, like Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 app.

How to unblock a blocked website using a 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 applications for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and iPhone (iOs).

Four examples of well-known VPN services are:

Most VPNs are very easy to use.

Some VPNs (like Windscribe) also offer a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

How to unblock a blocked website using the built-in VPN in Opera Web Browser

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

You can download Opera Web Browser here.

How to enable and use the built-in VPN in Opera Web Browser

1. Open Opera.

2. Click on the Opera logo (top left).

Customize and Control Panel button in Opera

3. Click on Settings (Microsoft Windows and Linux) or Preferences (Mac OS X).

4. Click on Privacy & Security located in the left menu.

5. Check the checkbox next to Enable VPN.

enable vpn opera web browser

A VPN icon will appear next to the address bar of the web browser.

built-in vpn opera web browser

6. You can turn the VPN on and off by clicking on the VPN icon.

Opera's VPN allows you to choose from a few locations (e.g., Europe, America, Asia, etc.).

How to unblock a blocked website using the built-in proxy in Epic web browser

Epic Privacy Browser has a built-in encrypted proxy.

You can download Epic Privacy Browser here.

1. Open Epic Privacy Browser.

2. Click on the red plugs icon located at the top right of the browser.

Proxy button in Epic Privacy Browser

3. Click on the On button.

4. Select a location.

Turn on the proxy in Epic Privacy Browser and select a location

How to unblock a blocked website using Tor Browser

Tor Browser is a web browser that protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

Tor Browser allows you to access blocked sites.

You can use this browser on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Linux computers without installing it.

And:

This browser can also run off a USB flash drive.

You can download the Tor Browser here.

Just open Tor Browser and visit the blocked website.

How to unblock a blocked website using Tails

Tails is a live operating system that you can start on almost any computer from a USB stick or a DVD.

It allows you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship.

Tails forces all Internet connections to go through the Tor network.

You can download Tails here.

You can install Tails on a USB flash drive, then boot a computer from the USB flash drive, open the web browser and visit the blocked website.

How to unblock a blocked website using proxy sites

A proxy site is a website hosted on a server that redirects your web browsing activity. A proxy site acts as an intermediary between you and the website you want to visit.

You can use proxy sites to access blocked websites.

1. Visit any of the proxy sites listed below.

2. Enter the URL (web address) of the website you want to unblock (e.g., www.reddit.com, www.spotify.com, etc.).

3. Press Enter.

Note: Some companies, schools, or countries block proxy sites, and they might update their list of proxy sites regularly, so you might want to make a list of proxy sites.

How to unblock a blocked website using an IP address

Sometimes only the URL of a website is blocked (e.g., www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com, etc.).

But:

You might still be able to visit the website by its IP address (e.g., 206.189.189.27).

Note: There are websites that cannot be accessed by their IP address.

How to find a website's IP address using an online service

1. Visit any of the online services listed below.

2. Enter the URL (web address) or domain name of the website (e.g., reddit.com, www.spotify.com, etc.).

3. Press Enter.

The group of numbers is the IP address of the website (e.g., 185.60.218.35).

How to find a website's IP address using Windows Command Prompt

In this example, I'll be using Facebook.

1. Open the Windows Command Prompt.

2. Type the following command:

ping facebook.com

3. Press Enter.

The group of numbers is the IP address of the website (e.g., 185.60.218.35).

How to find a website's IP address using the Mac OS X Terminal

1. Open the Mac OS X Terminal.

2. Type the following command:

ping facebook.com

3. Press Return (Enter).

The group of numbers is the IP address of the website (e.g., 185.60.218.35).

How to find a website's IP address using the Mac OS X Network Utility

1. Open the Mac Network Utility.

2. Open the Ping tab.

3. Type the site's domain name (e.g., facebook.com, twitter.com, yahoo.com, etc.).

4. Press Return (Enter).

5. Set the number of pings to 1.

6. Click on the Ping button.

The group of numbers is the IP address of the website (e.g., 185.60.218.35).

How to unblock a blocked website using a URL shortener

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

1. Visit any of the URL shorteners listed below.

2. Enter the URL (web address) of the website you want to unblock (e.g., www.reddit.com, www.spotify.com, etc.).

3. Press Enter.

The URL shortener will now create a custom short URL, and this URL can be used to visit the blocked website.


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