Hey. I got problem. Now I am in China on a vocation. Somehow, I can’t use gmail to contact home. Has my gmail been disabled? I could use it last week at home. What could the problem be? How can I use it again?
With the development of technology, Gmail is an important gift of Internet usage. People don’t need to write a letter and send it out so that their friends can hear of them in weeks or months. They also don’t need to pay the high SMS fee. Internet users choose Gmail because it is cheaper and more convenient. It can send message instantly by only using your traffic data or WiFi. Having an email account is such a thing which is mandatory for every person in today’s world. And, Google’s Gmail is one of the best service providers when it comes for one to set up their email account. Gmail has way over 900 million users using the service every day to keep up with work and relatives and friends. The Gmail mobile application had a record of 90.7 million users accessing Gmail at the same time from different countries in 2014. Around 75% users access the mail service from their smartphones.
However, Gmail is blocked by the Great Firewall of China. It’s also called the Golden Shield Project. China has undoubtedly the strictest Internet security in the whole world. If users in China are trying to access the websites deemed to be harmful, their connection will be blocked immediately. Gmail, Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp etc. are on the list. It brings more inconvenience because Gmail is needed in every aspect of life from work to having a social media account. Chinese users need to contact their foreign friends or business partners via Gmail. The foreigners who move or travel to China need Gmail to contact home. The fact is the firewall is pretty complicated and strong. If you want to get a way out of these geo-restrictions, you need an advaced tool to bypass the censorship and restrictions. This tool is VPN. VPN uses encrypted codes which can crack the restrictions of China’s Internet police.
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 IPs from other country to replace your real IP. With the help of VPN, you will be able to access The Gmail any time when traveling in China.
Some of you may not choose VPN because it not free of charge. What we want to tell you is you get what you pay for. Though other tools are free, they can’t give what you want. With a lack of access or reliability, many tools simply aren’t an option for you. As we know, the Great Firewall of China is the most powerful and advanced one in the world. How come it allows you to defeat so easily? The free tools can cause a number of problems, such as unreliable collaboration and document sharing. That will be too bad.
Before you read the steps, let us tell you something important. There 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.
Here are some steps:
·First of all, you will need to go to the website of the particular VPN and register yourself there.
·Then you will need to buy the subscription package because no VPN in China is free of cost.
·Once you have purchased the package that will allow you with the different types of features, bandwidth, and data usage and so on, you must download the application for the desired device. You can select the desired sever either before downloading the application or after it a server that is allocated outside China but in the country near China should be chosen.
How to set up VPN on iOS like iPhone 8?
Below you can see simple instructions.
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
When you are connected to VPN you can use Gmail without any restrictions.
How to set up VPN on Android like Samsung S8
To access Gmail 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
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. If you use VPN in China, make sure to get the updated list of the VPNs because most of the old VPNs have been banned by China.
4. 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.
Video shows how to use Gmail in China
China blocks Gmail and other western websites and services, saying to make its people as a unity. The Chinese government are trying to keep their people from the services that are out of their control. They can’t stop it effectively once something bad about them spread quickly on the Internet. Therefore, they block them and also can promote the China-based services. Luckily, a reliable VPN can help you defeat the powerful firewall to unblock Gmail in China. It changes your original IP address to a proxy address which makes it look like you are situated in some other country whereas, in real life, you are situated in China. It is a secure tunnel that allows the users to hide their identity and avail the blocked websites easily. No more blocked websites. You also don’t need to worry about Internet privacy leak because the VPN protects it from others very well. Some of you may wonder if it is legal to use Gmail and VPN in China. So far, there is no law to tell that using them is illegal. You can use them without concern. Still can’t use Gmail to contact your family and friends in China? Get a VPN to fix the problem!
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to use Gmail 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 4, 2017 7:06 pm and last modified on November 14, 2017 12:34 am.