Hey. I am from China. In the past month, I always got error when using WhatsApp on my Mac. It worked perfectly, but lately it didn’t load well. It took years to load and the web wasn’t complete at all. For the app on mobile, I could load, but couldn’t send audio message or picture. I don’t know what’s with my WhatsApp. Are you similar with this case? Please help.
WhatsApp is an instant messenger which is very popular in many countries. People in US, UK, Japan, India and Pakistan etc. choose this app to get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free. Even in China, there are lots of registered users though it is blocked by the firewall. WhatsApp is a useful social media platform. When you are on a trip or has moved to another place, you still can talk to your friends and family as long as you want and it is free. It does not use your cell plan’s voice minutes, but the Internet. There is no need to worry about the high roaming fees. Once your device is connected to the Internet, you can make video call. When a voice call is not clear enough to state your view, you can have face-to-face conversations. On WhatsApp, there is no limit on the number of messages you can send or the characters in the message. You can interact with your friends freely by sending photos, audio messages, videos, etc. Its app is available for all Windows versions and also for Mac OS PC. On PC, you’ll have support for native desktop notifications, desktop keyboard shortcuts, and desktop mute settings. You will not miss your call or message.
There is one more feature which makes WhatsApp become a famous social networking platform today. The end-to-end encryption was built to its app which prevents irrelevant person from seeing or listening to your private message. However, this feature also becomes the reason why it is blocked by the Great Firewall of China. WhatsApp worked normally in earlier 2017 while users started to get error with the new version app due to the end-to-end encryption. That stops the Chinese government from monitoring Internet users’ activities. This service comes in the list of the online live streaming website that may show the content that is not suitable for the viewing of the Chinese people. The Chinese authorities think such content may not only provoke the people, but such content can also spoil the mind of the young generation. Hence, the Chinese government has stopped WhatsApp and other millions of online websites.
You may wonder if it is possible to bypass the Great Firewall of China when it is the most advanced and complicated one in the world. Yes, it is possible. You need to know that the firewall only censors Internet request from users in China. If you live outside China, it would not stop you when using WhatsApp. That means you have to leave China? No. You only need an IP address that does not let others know you are located in China. For example, you mask your real IP address with a US-based one. Others will believe that you are living in the US. Thus, the firewall, ISPs and government will not block your connection to WhatsApp in China. The problem is how you get such an IP address? The answer is easy. A VPN will provide such help. It helps users avoid the high censorship and unblock WhatsApp 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 WhatsApp any time when traveling in China.
Is Using VPN legal in China?
We can tell you that both using WhatsApp and VPN are legal in China. The reason is quite simple. VPN is legal to be used in China due to the fact that there are many educational institutes, and business enterprises need the VPN for establishing their private, network. Therefore, VPN is widely used in China to get the access to the blocked websites, online services, and applications. You can use VPN to use WhatsApp in China without any concern.
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.
Set up VPN for Mac is quite common for the majority of Mac computer users. After you buy a VPN, you will get an account. Before you move on, please note that you have gotten all the needed information prepared. Once all things are ready, you can follow the following manual guide to set up the VPN on your Mac by yourself. But, if you are not familiar with VPN set up process when you see the following steps, you are suggested to Live Chat with YooCare Online Expert for further help.
Step 1: Click the Apple menu, select System Preferences, and click Network or click the Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar and select Open Network Preferences.
Step 2: Click the plus sign button at the bottom left corner of the window and select “VPN” in the Interface box. Choose the type of VPN server you need to connect to in the “VPN Type” box and enter a name that will help you identify it.
Step 3: The “Authentication Settings” button allows you to offer the authentication you’ll need to connect — anything from a password or certificate file to RSA SecurID, Kerberos, or CryptoCard authentication.
The “Advanced” button allows you to configure the VPN connection in other ways.
Step 5: When you finish all settings steps, please click Apply button to confirm your settings. And you’re kindly suggested to enable the “Show VPN status in menu bar” option. Then you will get a menu bar icon to manage your VPN connection. The menu bar icon can easily help easily connect to your VPN and disconnect from it as necessary.
Once the new VPN connection is successfully created, back on the Network & Internet window, keeping the VPN category selected from the left pane, click to select the newly created VPN connection from the right.
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 use WhatsApp 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 December 2, 2017 1:59 pm and last modified on December 5, 2017 6:52 am.