I’m going to be spending about two months in China in early August and I’ll be checking in for work regularly. I heard that many websites and services are blocked in China. However, almost all of the major tools I use for work are Google-based. Our email is Google Apps and I use Google Drive regularly. I am concerned about access to these tools from my computer. What do I do to use Google Driver to access my important files in China?
Google Drive is a free service from Google that allows you to store files online and access them anywhere by using the cloud. It also gives you access to free web-based applications for creating documents and spreadsheets etc. As one of the most commonly used cloud storage services in the world, Google Drives offers 15GB of huge storage space. It can take up all of your important files. No matter where you are when time it is, you can access them as long as you have an internet connection. Besides, there is no need to worry about losing precious files. They are totally safe with Google Drive. Not like other regular hard drives, you don’t need a USB or an e-mail anymore to share with your partner. It is a very convenient and safe way to store and share your files online.
However, Users in China can’t use Google Drive. It is because websites and services based on Google, such as Google Drive, Gmail and Google search engine are blocked in China. If you live in China or travel to China a lot, you may notice that many famous websites and services like Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are blocked there. The great Firewall of China was built to prevent users in China from accessing Google. It is the most powerful, strict and advanced firewall in the world. It helps the Chinese government block popular websites, social networks and services. At the same time, it is used to extensively monitor internet activity of its Internet users.
Does that mean it is impossible to access Google Drive in China? Is there a way to protect your privacy on the Internet? Yes. There is a tool which can help you access Google Drive and protect your privacy at the same time in China. This tool is VPN. 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 new IPs to replace your real IP. In this way, your connection will not be blocked for Chinese IPs. You can use Google Drive freely in China.
How to Set UP VPN to Use Google Drive in China?
To use Google Drive in China, you need to set up VPN correctly. 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, select the type of your VPN connection and input VPN server address from your account data.
5. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
6. Save it and tap Connect
For connection to VPN server:
1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
2. Tap Wireless & networks
3. Tap VPN settings
The VPN connections you have added are present in the list. Select the VPN you wish to connect to. 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.
Best VPNs to Access Google Drive in China 2017
Nowadays, there is a large number of VPN services from different countries and regions on the market. In order to figure out the best VPNs to access Google Drive in China, our experts spend several years in China and tested many VPNs. Here is the best VPNs to access Google Drive in China 2017 review.
ExpressVPN offers a world-leading service for mobile devices and computers. It has been voted as the best VPN for Windows due to its impressive speed and excellent encryption. Though it is powerful, it is pretty simple to use. You can follow easy guides to set up ExpressVPN on your devices no matter it is a computer, tablet or phone. Once you use ExpressVPN, it encrypts your network connection, protecting your real IP address and data you share with your partners. Besides, you can watch videos on Youtube or other videos from anywhere at an amazing speed. It definitely is worth the money.
NO.2: VyprVPN. VyprVPN connection is one of the fastest VPN service with its outstanding infrastructure. It unlocks your favorite websites, such as OneDrive, Twitter or google websites and bypasses the Great Firewall easily. You can enjoy your browsing activities without restriction. Wall-escaping is its most obvious character. It will protect you against China’s cybersecurity laws. However, please keep in mind that it is illegal to post or watch child porn on the Internet in many countries. You may violate the international laws with improper actions. Do not use it to do illegal things. In addition, VyprVPN works for Windows, Mac, Android and your router. One of its disadvantages is that it does not accept Bitcoin.
NO.3: NordVPN. It helps you get instant access to OneDrive, Hulu, Netflix, BBC, ITV, Sky, RaiTV and other websites that are not available for users in China. NordVPN also unlock some social websites and share legit resources freely and securely. You can enjoy amazing videos on Youtube and post interesting things on Facebook and Twitter. Besides, you can check your bank accounts or other confidential information without worrying about information leak and cyber hack at public hotspots when using NordVPN. No one can spy on your meetings with your trade partners. Your communications are highly encrypted.
In order to effectively unblock Google Drive and get unrestricted Internet in China, you need a reliable VPN. VPN will encrypt all traffic and completely hide your online activity from Chinese ISPs. Your real IP which is related to your ID is well protected. Others only can see the IP that provided by the VPN server. They will not who you really are. As they can’t identify your China based IP, there is no reason to block your connection to Google Drive. You can store and share files anywhere and anytime you want. The only real challenge is that not only websites are blocked in China, mainstream VPN protocols are blocked as well. Therefore, remember to choose the right VPN and not to use VPN to do illegal things. Otherwise, your new IP will be blocked as well. In a word, the best way to use Google Drive in China is by using a VPN to bypass the strict ISP filtering and the powerful Chinese firewall. Get a right VPN, you will be able to use Google Drive in China.
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to use Google Drive 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 July 22, 2017 3:29 pm and last modified on July 23, 2017 2:24 pm.