“How to access the blocked sites in India” – well, this is the most trending topic in Google India now. The High court of India ordered to block more than 800+ porn websites to access in India [again]. So, if you are an administrator of a Confession/adult/meme Page on Facebook or collect data from your customers using Google Forms, you are in trouble as the most Internet Service Providers have blocked more than 800+ adult websites as per the order from Delhi High Court. The most shocking part of this is
the addition of Google Docs, Google URL Shortening Service and adf.ly, which are widely used by many companies, organizations, and webmasters. Now, you can’t access any adf.ly URL shared by any website, nor you can fill up a form hosted on Google Docs. In addition to that, you can’t even watch videos on Vimeo. But don’t worry, if you need to access these, we have put together a list to bypass it.
Updated Aug 2, 2017: We heard that porn/adult sites are banned in India – Thanks to Reddit users for noticing out & yeah! Twitter has flooded with #PornBan already. For those who want to unblock the adult websites, you can also use these methods to access the blocked site. I repeat any BLOCKED SITE.
Updated October 25, 2018: Once again, as many as 800 adult/porn websites are blocked in India and multiple sources have confirmed that most of the Indian ISPs are complying with the orders from the government and blocking the adult websites.
Updated January 13, 2019: It has come to our notice that Jio network is blocking certain proxies and VPNs even though it doesn’t violate Indian laws. Some folks at Reddit have a clear discussion on this, and many media publishers like Quartz, The Next Web have already posted about it. We believe it’s against Internet censorship. If you find any such issues, please report it here to IFF [Internet Freedom Foundation].
Updated April 8, 2019: We’re hearing about ‘Reddit’ the social network, Telegram and College Humor are being blocked by Indian telecom operators and ISPs such as Jio, Hathway, Airtel, etc. Well, it’s also against internet censorship. If you’re not able to access these websites, then we recommend you to use any of the below-mentioned methods to access it.
Before I share the ways to access blocked websites, here’s an interesting tip – Mirror/clone sites.
Have you heard about clone/mirror sites? It’s true that Indian government blocked certain websites [actually domains], but the website owners come up with their mirror sites with a different domain extension i.e., a slight change in the domain name, etc. that can be accessed easily everywhere by everyone. A couple of years back, Kickass torrents website was blocked, but even now there are many mirror websites which help to access it.
Although it’s not legal to access it, no one is stopping visiting the mirror websites as of their content. Just like Kickass Torrents, Yiffy, Movierulez, Tamil rockers, etc. all have mirror websites which are indexed in Google and easily accessible. Some of these webmasters don’t want their link to be indexed, so to find those websites, you can look in some forums or Facebook groups.
Similar to that, even the top adult websites like Xvideos, Pornhub, etc. have their mirror websites which can be accessible in India without any proxy or VPN. As far as I checked, Pornhub [.] com is blocked, but you can access Pornhub [.] net without any proxy or VPN. The same applies to Xvideos too, and you can access it via xvideos[.]me or xvideos2[.]com. Some network operators like Jio have blocked the mirror sites too, and to browse, you need a premium VPN or a private proxy.
Anyway, let’s get started with 5 easy ways to access any blocked websites. If you’ve no patience to read all, then you can read the TL;DR version at the end.
Top 5 Ways to Access Blocked Websites
Using Web Proxies
Proxy websites allow you to use their Internet connection (via your browser) to bypass your ISP’s restrictions. Services such as Proxify, HideMyAss need you to enter the URL of the site you want to access. The proxy service then creates a tunnel to access your content. But some websites may not render properly since proxies usually tend to clean up extra images and scripts from the websites they fetch for you and also, using a proxy for accessing secure data, like that in Google Docs is not at all recommended.
If you’re a desktop user –
There are so many proxy websites which could help you bypass the restriction, and access the blocked websites, but we recommend you to use this website and this one as they regularly update the working web proxies. I also want you to remember that your browsing speed won’t be that great as there will be a number of users’ simultaneously using the same proxy website to browse the blocked websites. So, better find the one which has fewer users’, and successfully unblocks the restricted websites.
If you’re on mobile –
You can do the same thing and use it on Chrome or Firefox, but I recommend you to use FireFox Focus. The reason why I recommend you to use this browser is to enjoy ad-free browser. It also doesn’t store your history, and that’s one another major advantage. But your ISP will always know unless you bypass it with a web proxy.
Note: ISPs have already blocked many web proxies, and we’d recommend you to not stick to the same proxy to access the blocked websites.
Using Extension and Add-Ons for Auto Switching the Proxies
In the above method, we’ll have to manually find the working web proxy, but there are some Add-ons, and extensions which do the job on automated. FoxyProxy is one such proxy tool which helps you bypass your ISP’s restriction. You can download their chrome and Firefox extensions here. The other recommended extensions are Best Proxy Switcher for Firefox and Proxy SwitchyOmega for Chrome.
This method is not applicable for mobile users’ as you cannot install the add-ons. You can still try the manual way to browse the blocked websites. I’d not recommend you to install a third-party app from third-party stores just for the proxy switching as most of them are filled with adware.
Using a Free DNS service
This is a very simple method that you can use to access blocked websites in India. You just need to use any of the free DNS instead of the DNS of your ISP, and you can open all the banned websites. For this purpose, the best option is Google DNS or Cloudflare’s 18.104.22.168. To do this, follow the below steps –
- Go to the Control Panel.
- Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, and click Change adapter settings.
- Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public or Cloudflare’s DNS.
- For example:
- To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection, and click Properties.
- To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and click Properties.
- If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- Select the Networking tab. This connection uses the following items, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties.
- Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.
- Click OK.
- Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.
- Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google or Cloudflare’s DNS servers:
- Google Public DNS [Full guide]
- For IPv4: 22.214.171.124 and/or 126.96.36.199
- For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844
- Cloudflare’s DNS [Full guide]
- For IPv4: 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
- For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001
- Restart the browser, and you’re done, you have configured successfully.
Mobile Users –
You can also apply the same method, and just don’t forget to backup the existing DNS [if any]. In brief, follow the below procedure –
Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi > Select your already connected network > Long press on it > Select Modify Network/Manage Network Settings > Show advanced options > Change IP Settings to Static > Edit DNS 1 to 220.127.116.11 or 18.104.22.168 and DNS 2 to 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199 > Save
Update: Cloudflare has launched a new mobile app to do this on automated. Just install the below mobile app to make the switch. Also, remember that changing DNS makes the DNS queries secure, but not web traffic. Looking at the success, Cloudflare has recently announced a VPN named Warp which is in-built in the 188.8.131.52 app.
Currently, the free VPN is in beta stage, and you need to join the waitlist. To get access, all you need to do is install their application on your mobile phone. They also have a premium VPN named Warp+ for which the pricing will be announced later this year.
Using a VPN or a TOR Network
VPN is a great tool that let you change your IP addresses to different locations’ IPs, and let you bypass any firewall or restriction. Most VPNs are paid, and you need to purchase them to unblock the websites, but for general use, the best one is SafeIP. You can also use several other free VPNs like Hotspot Shield, Tunnelbear, etc. but my recommendation is to purchase a paid one as they don’t have any restrictions over data or bandwidth, and gives you unlimited speed.
If you’re looking for an alternative, you can always use a TOR network to bypass the blocking restrictions for accessing the websites. But before you move further, there’s a lot you need to learn about TOR, and I want you to read this FAQs first. Installing TOR is pretty easy, as you just need to download the package, and extract/run it.
When you’re running the TOR, just make sure you’re assigning a browser for it, and not using any personal information rather than browsing the blocked websites in it. Although TOR is one of the most anonymous ways to browse the internet, there are many things it can do. Compared to VPN, TOR network is quite slow, and might not render all the objects in the website [especially flash]. Again, my recommendation for accessing the blocked websites are always using a paid VPN which doesn’t store logs.
Even for the mobile, you can use either VPN or TOR to open the blocked websites. All you need to do is to install the respective mobile app for the VPN you purchased. Some of my recommendations are Express VPN, NordVPN, Hide my Ass, etc. For accessing TOR network on mobile, you need to install Orbot and the Tor browser.
Note: Just make sure that Orbot is running on the background.
Use a VPN in the browser
You can use your own VPN to access blocked sites. Here’s what you need to do:
You have to first create a VPN connection on your Windows PC. Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center and choose “Set Up a Connection or Network“. Then choose Connect To a Workplace and proceed by creating a new connection. Choose ‘Use my own internet connection’ option. Go to any VPN sites and find the server address there and enter it on Internet/server address option. Proceed and enter a username, password. Then create your VPN and start browsing. There are many VPNs available, however, Windscribe VPN works the best for me, and you can get it here.
Our recommendation is to use the Opera Browser on Desktop/laptop as it has an in-built VPN. Even now, there is no other browser that offers this feature. Fortunately, they are also offering a free VPN even in their mobile browser too. Download and install it, and you’ll obviously able to figure on how to use it.
If none of these worked for you just do one thing. Open Google and type cache, followed by the website URL you wanna visit and you can view the last cached version of the website.
- Either you’re a desktop user or a mobile, and quickly want to access the blocked websites, then you can access them right away with Opera browser which has an in-built VPN [The download links are provided above]
- You don’t like using the Opera as of experience, and a fan of Chrome or Firefox, and at the same time, doesn’t like browsing through a proxy site as it slows down the browsing, then you should go with ‘Mirror or clone websites’
- Cloudflare 184.108.40.206 has also enabled VPN which is in beta stage now. The DNS queries through the same app are quite fast, and can easily enable you to access the blocked websites.
- Tor Network + Premium VPN [with no logs] is the most private and anonymous way to browse the blocked websites.