Hey. I am moving to China next week, but I heard that many apps are blocked in China. I am afraid that I will not be able to use WhatsApp to contact home there. Is there a way to unblock it and how can I do that? Please suggest.
Do you use WhatsApp to contact friends in China? Do you have any problem in using this app or website? WhatsApp is a messaging app available for Windows PC & phone and other smartphones. People use it to make voice calls, one to one video calls, send text messages, images, GIF, videos, documents, user location, audio files, phone contacts and voice notes by using the Internet connection. It does not use the phone plan’s voice minutes. Hence, you don’t need to pay the expensive charge for calling. You can contact your family and friends via video call when text message is not clear enough to communicate. Even though your friends are in other countries, you still can make a free call. Besides, it is a simple, secure and reliable messaging app. You can post your personal comments freely without worrying about the snoopers. This messaging platform built end-to-end encryption into the latest versions app. That means your messages and calls are secured. Only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to them. No one else can access your messages or calls, not even WhatsApp. It enters into partnership with multiple banks in July, 2017, you can transfer money safely via WhatsApp. As the ISPs now are allowed to sell users’ data without their permission, many users choose to keep their data secret from the ISPs and government. This is why WhatsApp is so popular throughout the world. However, it has been blocked by the Great Firewall of China for this feature.
In earlier 2017, people still can use WhatsApp in China. In the past few months, things changed. People failed to send picture or link. Gradually, it takes a long time to load the content while the content is not completed at all. WhatsApp was the only remaining of Facebook in China. Now, it’s blocked. Some experts think that China may have recently upgraded its firewall to detect and block this messaging app. But why now? It is because end-to-end encryption is added to the latest version of WhatsApp. As we know, Internet censorship in China is very strict. The Chinese government pay close attention to the online media after some rumors and edited videos spread on the Internet caused chaos which brought bad effect on the country unity. They decided to censor and block contents that they considered as harmful. This is why WhatsApp was blocked. The Chinese government couldn’t censor its users due to the end-to-end encryption. They may have developed specialized software to interfere with such messages to update the firewall, trying to throttle and block the text messaging that are out of their control. In the past, you could use this messaging app, but it’s not the same for now. China regularly tightens its Internet restrictions. The Chinese government runs a huge apparatus of Internet filters known as the Great Firewall. Just like its another name, the golden shield, it is very strong and powerful which is used to block content that it deems harmful. In order to defeat it, you need a tools that disguise internet traffic to circumvent censorship.
This tool is a VPN. To avoid the censorship, you can’t be in China. That does not mean that you have to leave China. You only need to make others believe that you are not in China. How people know where you are on the Internet? Others can tell your location according to your IP address which shows up when you are trying to access a website. In order to keep your location secret, you need to hide your IP address with a new one which allows to access WhatsApp without restrictions. This is how a VPN helps.
What is a VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It creates an encrypted and secure connection between you and the website you are visiting. The VPN server plays the role of a middleman between you and the website that you are visiting. Given that the network traffic between you and websites is encrypted like a tunnel, the ISP will have no idea of your traffic emerges without signs of who you are or where you’re connecting from. The VPN server provides US-based IPs to replace your real IP. With the help of VPN, you will be able to watch WhatsApp any time when traveling in China.
Before you read the steps, let us tell you something important. Some VPN websites are filtered by the Chinese government almost every day, and hence there may be a possibility that some of these websites are not working anymore. So make sure that you have seen the updated VPN list before choosing one.
How to safely access WhatsApp on iOS in China
Below you can see simple instructions how to access it in China.
1. Click Settings > General > VPN
2. Tap Add VPN Configuration
3. Select L2TP VPN and enter you VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail
Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols).
4. Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen
How to access WhatsApp on Samsung S8+ in China
To use it on your Android device you need to make a VPN connection between you and VPN server. You do not need any additional software or applications. All you need is make a few simple steps:
1. Tap Settings
2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN
3. Add VPN Network
4. Input connection name (Sahrzad VPN), select the type of your VPN connection – PPTP VPN, input VPN server address from your account data.
Please be carefully – don’t use any additional symbols like spaces, http://, www, / …etc in the server address.
5. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
Save it and tap Connect
When you are connected to VPN, you can access WhatsApp without any restrictions.
For connection to vpn server:
1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
2. Tap Wireless & networks
3. Tap VPN settings
4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
6. A dialog box will open asking for your credentials, enter them and click connect
When you are connected to VPN, you will see an ongoing notification in the Status bar on your Android device. If you are disconnected, you will receive a notification and an option to go back to the VPN settings section.
1. Always choose the server that is near China so that one can get the fastest possible results.
2. These VPNs are not free of cost hence ready to pay some affordable price to get the access to the Telegram and other blocked websites.
3. Moreover, never search or do something that can be offensive to Chinese authorities something traceable by GFW.
How VPN works while you are trying to access a website?
In order to let you know the functions of VPN, let’s talk about how it works in detail. You run VPN and click on link you want to visit. The browser sends encrypted your account & password and request to your VPN service first. Then, VPN service decrypts the communication and sends it to the targeted website. After the website receives data, it generates session cookie and send it to your VPN service. VPN encrypts the session data it received and then sends it back to your device. In this way, you can view the website you like after your browser received the session cookie. You may think that the process is too complicated and it will take a long time before you can access the targeted website. In fact, everything we mentioned above happens at an amazing and unbelievable speed. In the blink of an eye your request will be sent and everything will respond. Your Internet connection is secure, encrypted and extremely fast with VPN service.
Problems that you may meet while using VPN service
Problem 1: I can connection VPN service via 4G mobile data on my phone, but I can’t connect it via WiFi hotspot? I saw WIFi signal bar there while it still used my mobile data.
The problem may be that WiFi hotspot sets limits on VPN connection. NAT of VPN, namely PPTP/L2TP has been limited. WiFi hotspot refuses to transfer your data to the VPN service.
Problem 2: I failed to visit some regular websites after I turned off VPN. I could access those websites before I first used VPN. I am a Chinese user and I use VPN service to access Google, Tinder, OneDrive,Dropbox, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and watch Youtube. Now, I can’t visit my favorite Chinese websites in a normal way. I have to run VPN so that I can access them.
Firstly, there may be something wrong with your routing tables. Check your default route and VPN gateway.
Secondly, your DNS may have been hijacked. Check your DNS and scan your computer for malicious programs
Thirdly, it may be the mechanism network problem or Internet proxy. Check your Internet settings.
Fourthly, it may be caused by non-normal exit. Next time, remember quit it in a normal way.
Problem 3: I can’t access local area network after I connect to VPN.
It may be caused by IP address conflict. Check your network line and correct the settings. Find your original gateway address via command.
Problems 4: Why I have blue screen after I run VPN?
Probably, your drive is not compatible with the VPN service you use. Besides, some anti-virus programs, game protection drive and bank security controls will bring blue screen when you use VPN.
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to safely access WhatsApp on iPhone 8 in China and how to Set up VPN on your device, please live chat with YooCare online expert for help.
Published by Emerson L. Sullivan on November 14, 2017 2:35 pm and last modified on November 20, 2017 4:49 am.