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How To Access ANY Blocked Websites

In this tutorial on Mostly Tech I am going to show you how to access any blocked websites on the internet.

With these three methods you should be able to unblock most websites, regardless if you’re in Europe, India, China or other places where websites are sometimes restricted. And yes, all of the methods do have free options, you cheap bastards!

Method 1: Changing DNS Servers

How DNS Works

One of the most common ways websites are blocked by your internet service provider is through their default DNS servers. A DNS server basically looks up the IP address for a webiste that you are trying to visit, like youtube.com. But when they block a website, then it doesnt return the correct IP address.

The solution is to simply change the DNS servers that you use to look up the IP address with. You can use public DNS servers by companies like Google, CloudFlare or others.

I’ll show you how to change these with Windows computers and Android smartphones or tablets.

Windows DNS Servers

With Windows, you want to first go to the Control Panel.

Then go to the network settings, in Windows 10 it’s “Network and Internet”.

Then go to “Network and Sharing Center”.

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Under “View your active networks”, next to “Connections” on the right, click on your connection name, in my case it’s my wifi hotspot.

Next click on Properties.

Now select “Internet Protocol Version 4”, and click on Properties.

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Here you can choose to either get your DNS servers automatically, or use custom DNS servers. I am currently using DNS servers by OpenDNS, but there are others who provide them like Google and CloudFlare. You can check out a list which is linked in the video description.

Just type in the DNS servers you want, then click on OK and you should be done.

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But if you are having problems, open up your command prompt by running cmd.exe, and type in “ipconfig /flushdns”, that will flush your DNS resolver cache. However if you are still having issues, then I recommend restarting your computer to see if that works.

Android DNS Servers

The easiest way to change your DNS servers on any Android device, whether you are using WiFi, 3G or 4G mobile internet, is to install an app called DNS Changer.

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To do that, search for DNS Changer in the Play Store, there are a few apps available. I like the one by Frostnerd.com. So just install the app, and then open it.

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The default servers it uses are by Google, but you can tap on Default DNS Addresses and choose different public DNS servers.

When you are ready, tap the Start button.

On the first pop-up it just says how the app works. It basically creates a VPN server on your phone, connects to it and uses different DNS servers. That’s the only way to do it on 3G and 4G without rooting your phone.

Tap on OK, and then tap on OK again.

That’s it, now it should work and some websites might be unblocked for you!

To stop the program and use your default DNS servers again, just tap on the Stop button.

Public DNS Server List

Here is a list of some public DNS servers that anyone can use.

Provider Primary DNS Secondary DNS
Google 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4
CloudFlare 1.1.1.1 1.0.0.1
VeriSign 64.6.64.6 64.6.65.6
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222 208.67.220.220
Comodo 8.26.56.26 8.20.247.20
Level3 209.244.0.3 209.244.0.4
Quad9 9.9.9.9 149.112.112.112
FreeDNS 37.235.1.174 37.235.1.177

More can be found at Public-DNS.info.

Method 2: Tor Browser

Tor

Our second method to unblock websites for free is by using the Tor Browser.

It works on Windows, Mac and Linux, and there’s also Tor apps for Android and iOS.

Orfox and Orbot, Tor for Android

On Android you need to use two apps for Tor. The first one is Orfox, which is a web browser, and the second one is Orbot, which is the Tor proxy app. So just download those, run Orbot first, then Orfox.

For Windows, you need to download the Tor Browser from torproject.org.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the Tor Browser, there should be a shortcut on your desktop. So just click it and start the program.

Tor Browser On Windows

On the first screen, you can select either to connect, or configure the browser. Usually you can just connect, but if you are for example in China or somewhere else where Tor is blocked, you have to change the settings a bit.

To do that, go to Configure.

Tor Browser Settings

Here you can tick “Tor is censored in my country” to use a bridge, which is a Tor relay server that’s not publicly listed.

You can also request a new bridge from the Tor Project if the built-in bridges don’t work for you.

When you’re done, just click on Connect. But if you don’t need a bridge, just go back to the main screen. Then click on Connect, and that’s all there is to it!

Method 3: VPN Services

VPN Services

The third and final method how to access any blocked websites, is by using a VPN service.

The problem with Tor is that it continuously switches servers and it can also be quite slow. VPN services however, are often more stable and can have much faster download and upload speeds. So this method works best for downloading big files and video streaming.

Currently I am still recommending NordVPN, although there are other good VPN services out there as well.

However, if you can’t afford to buy a VPN right now, there are also free VPN services available. They tend to have restrictions like bandwidth and speed limits, very few different country locations and so on, but they do offer an option.

I have made some reviews of free VPN services, check one of them out by clicking here.

Cyberghost VPN