Hey. I would like to know to reach network outside China. I am on a trip in China and I found that Instagram is not working here. But I really want to use Instagram to share every interesting moment of this great trip with my friends. I need to connect to the network which allows me to share freely. How do I use Instagram in China?
Do you use Instagram in China? Do you see any error when trying to use Instagram? How do you access Instagram in China while it has been blocked? Instagram is one of the most popular sites for sharing photos and videos. This social media website allows users to share their happy moment instantly. It has been used by millions of people to oomph up many businesses, and the aesthetic values of photography are sky-rocketing. You can create an account with a profile. It’s like a simplified version of Facebook and you can it on your mobile device any time you want. You can interact with your friends or strangers by following them, being followed by them, commenting, liking, tagging and private messaging. The photo and video you post on Instagram will be displayed on your profile. Your followers can view your post in their feed and you also can see posts from users who you follow. Lots of interesting and meaningful photos have been found on this platform. Unluckily, users in China are not able to access it easily. They need extra help to bypass the censorship and unblock Instagram in China.
Why is Instagram Blocked in China?
Instagram is one of those popular applications that have been blocked by the Great Firewall of China. It is a good service. Why has the firewall blocked it? The story began during a protest in Hong Kong. Back then, a person in Hong Kong shared a media about a protest going in Hong Kong in 2014. Since then, it had been shared by millions of users on different platforms like Facebook and Twitter etc. It was stated that this app might provoke the Chinese protestors, thus being deemed to be a threat to the society of China. Therefore, Instagram became another western and widely used app that was censored by the firewall in China. In order to use Instagram in China, you need to escape from the firewall.
The Great Firewall is very powerful like its another name the Golden Shield. You need a reliable tool to circumvent the strict censorship in China to access Instagram and other blocked apps. So far, VPNs are the most effective and reliable tool. You will surely be able to get the best and fast result if you use the reliable VPNs. It masks your real IP address to bypass the firewall and avoid the censorship. 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 Instagram 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.
1.Register on the website and buy the subscription pack.
2.Download the application based on the device that you will be using.
3.Add the server nearby Chinese mainland so that you can get the quicker results.
4.In the case you do not want to add the application then you will need to follow the following steps:
a. You will have to select the server right after getting the subscription.
b. ·Then you will need to add the exact information to activate the VPN into your device. Go to the setting option and change or add the VPN configuration and enable the VPN for your entire web search.
How to use VPN to unblock Instagram on iOS device 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 use VPN to unblock Instagram on Android Device 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 Instagram 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.
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Published by Emerson L. Sullivan on November 29, 2017 8:28 pm and last modified on December 3, 2017 1:56 pm.