Why can’t you use Google services in China? Is there a way to access them safely in China?
Google is one of the most used search engine around the world. There are Google Maps, Google Play, blog ger, Hangouts and other remianing Google services that are also very popular in many countries. However, the remaining services of Google have been banned by the Great Firewall of China. No matter you are a Chinese or foreigner user, you can’t use Google services with the help of the local server in China. You have to bypass the strcit Internet censorship and unblock Google.
In 2009, when Google had taken over almost one-third of the search market in China. However, it also was the time when the dispute started. China demanded some of the overseas websites to be removed from the Google.cn. Google denied it and said no to apply the filters on its search result. Later, some of the alleged Chinese sponsors stating that Google serves were trying to hack some of the officer’s accounts. Therefore, Google ended all activities in Mainland China.
As we all know, the Internet censorship in China is very strcit. China has always been liable to give its citizen a secure and healthy environment. According to the government and the rules of Chinese Internet services, every web content that can be the threat for the people of the country must be blocked. Therefore, there are lots of services and websites like Google blocked by the Chinese. The Golden Shield Project was built to stop users from using Google services. Now whenever someone tries to search something on Google while staying in China, the sites that are related to information regarding China will show error and not be accessible.
However, the immigrants in China as well as the Chinese users somehow wanted to use Google search engine, Gmail, Blogger and other Google services. For this need, VPN or we can say Virtual private networks come into action. With the understanding of VPN, it will be clear to you that how we can access Google and its other services in China.
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. With the help of VPN, you will be able to safely use Google services any time when traveling in China.
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.
How to safely use Google services on iOS in China
Below you can see simple instructions how to use Google services 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
When you are connected to VPN you can use Google services without any restrictions.
How to use Google services on Android in China
To use Google services 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. 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 safely use Google Services 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 use Google in China, our experts spend several years in China and tested many VPNs. Here is the best VPNs to access Google services 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 Google, 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.
Video shows how to use Google services in China
Google services have been banned by the Great Firewall of China. Your connection to those services are blocked due to the IP of China. You need a new IP from a country where Google services are available. When connecting to the VPN servers, you can select server that you need and switch to another country. The new IP will mask your real one which is bundled with your identity. People can know who you are and where you roughly are located. Once you select the US server or UK server, the ISP and firewall will believe that you are not in China. They have no reason to block your connection any more. You can use any Google service you want freely. Besides unlocking Google services from the firewall, VPN also protects your privacy by encrypting your online activities. Snoopers and ISP are not able to monitor you intercept session on the Internet. Your connection to Google services will be smoothly, safely and stably with a VPN. Get a VPN and enjoy Google services and other great benefit of VPN!
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to safely use Google services 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 September 3, 2017 6:35 am and last modified on January 4, 2018 9:39 am.