Did you try to open Facebook when blocked in school, college or office? In most cases, you can’t! This happens because the network admin blocks Facebook behind some firewall thus preventing people from getting access to it. If you are Facebook addicted like me, you must have tried some methods to open Facebook when it is blocked by the administrator. And, I’m sure that you end up with some unsuccessful attempts.
Most of the schools, colleges or offices keep the social networking sites blocked so that the students or employees cannot open it. That is why we receive many emails asking “how to access Facebook if blocked“.
How to open Facebook when it is blocked in your office or school
Here are some tricks by which you can get on Facebook from a fire-walled network. It is impossible to guess about how your network admin as blocked Facebook behind a Firewall. Therefore, we can’t give you any specific solution to get access to Facebook. But, you can try the following methods one by one and check which works for you.
Access or Log into Facebook using Google Public/Open servers
The URL https://www.Facebook.com that you generally type in the address bar is originally an IP address. Every website has a unique IP address(*). When you browse any website by typing the website URL, your computer tries to match the URL name with its IP address by contacting the DNS server.
DNS server is a computer, registered with the network which keeps the data of all the websites and corresponding IP addresses. So, any one can block the IP address in DNS server to prevent access of a website.
* In a shared server, same IP address is shared by more than one website. But the large and popular websites like Facebook, Orkut etc. do have their own unique IP’s.
Some time the Facebook.Com is blocked at your school or office because the administrator has blocked it from the DNS server. In such a case, you can use different DNS servers like OpenDNS Server or Google Public DNS Server to get on Facebook if it’s been blocked by the admin.
For the Windows user:
- Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections and.
- Right-click on the connection status icon which you are using to access internet.
- Now, choose “Properties” and then “Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)”.
- Put any one of the following values in the DNS Server address:
OpenDNS Server address: 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124
Google DNS Server address: 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52
Make sure that your institution or office is not using the same DNS which you’re going to use. Once you change the DNS Server, you can get into the Facebook.
Open Facebook when blocked using IP address
Sometime the computer admin can edit the hosts file to block Facebook. He/she adds the website domain name to the block list in host file. In that case, you can get access to Facebook by the IP address instead of the domain address. Putting the IP address in your browser directly, will bypass the barrier from the host file. You can obtain the IP address by pinging Facebook.com from your computer.
In Windows system, Press Win + R key. It opens the Run command box. Put the following command and hit Enter.
ping facebook.com -t
This will open a command prompt and it will show the IP address of Facebook.com.
Often, chances are that the command prompt is disabled for the current user. In that case, get the Facebook address from this web tool. Once you go to that website, just type facebook.com at where they ask to put it and click on Get IP.
Once you obtain the IP address, put that in your browser address bar and hit Enter.
The Linux and MAC user can use the ping command into the Terminal to get the IP address.
Use Shortened URLs to access blocked websites
In many situations, the site URL may be banned for you. In such a case, you can use a shortened URL to bypass the blocking system. You can use some URL shortening services like goo.gl or bit.ly to access blocked sites.
Access Facebook using Proxy Websites when blocked by the administrator
Proxy websites can be used to open blocked URLs in your computer. But generally, the proxy websites are also blocked in your school, colleges or office. Therefore this tricks may not sound much. But you can try to find out some unblocked proxy sites.
Open Facebook through Secured Proxy servers
Using a secured-web proxy sites is the easiest and safest way to open Facebook if blocked. It safely allows you to browse any website you want. But, not all the secured proxy would work with Facebook as they are not optimized fo it. Among the bunch of the working proxies, I found www.securitales.com as the best.
Using this service, you can open any website from anywhere. Like you can open Twitter from Iran or access Facebook in China. The best side of this website is that it won’t ask you to install any application in your computer. It also supports the Facebook chat, photo uploading etc. It is totally secured for you as it uses the HTTPS protocol. But this service is not totally free. It lets you to use their service only for 10 minutes as a free trial. If you are not thinking about the money, you can give it a try as it does not charge too much.
But, if you don’t want to spend your penny just for the Facebook, you can give the following free proxy services a try.
Stay connected with Facebook from your email account
Facebook allows you to choose which updates do you want to get as notification in your email account. Once you set your account to receive notifications in your email account, you can then check the activities. Log-in to your Facebook account and go to Account > Account Settings.
In the Notification tab, you can manage your notifications preferences. Once you setup, they will be sent to your email id. Whenever you get that message in your inbox, just open it, click on the link which indicates the option to reply the message. You are done!
Browse Facebook mobile version through Opera Mini browser
If nothing of the above works for you, try the mobile version of the website to access Facebook if blocked by a network barrier. Facebook has a different web address for the mobile version. Sometime, the network admins may forget to include the mobile address into the baring system. So if you are lucky, you can browse Facebook with its mobile version.
You can use the Opera Mini browser to open Facebook in fire-walled network through its mobile version. Though the Opera Mini Browser is a mobile browser, it also has a demo version to try the mobile version from the desktop.
You can also type http://m.facebook.com at your desktop browser to visit the Facebook mobile version.
Use VPN for a secured access of any website
The best solution to open Facebook if blocked by your network administrator or ISP is using a VPN. By using a VPN, you can get on Facebook as well as other websites you like. I have researched on this and found VPN as the best solution. Give any VPN service a try to access Facebook from anywhere you like.
There may be various reasons for what you can’t open Facebook. The admins can apply various tricks to block Facebook from the network. Therefore, we have added some workarounds that you should try with your system before you play with the above tricks.
Check your system host file
The first thing that you need to do for breaking the blocking firewall is double-checking the system host file. The host file can be used to block any website easily.
In Windows, you can find the host file at System drive (C:) > Windows > System32 > Drivers > Etc. Open that file using any text editor. It should look like this:
Check whether the name Facebook.Com is listed there. If yes, delete the entire line containing the word Facebook.
The MAC users can reach to the host file from the terminal. To open terminal, navigate to Applications > Utility > Terminal and type
$ sudo nano /etc/hosts
into the command window. This will open the host file which should look like this:
Look for any suspicious line which contains ‘facebook’. If you find such one, delete immediately and save the file. You can save the changes by pressing the [Command] + [O] key combination.
Once you edit the host file and remove the blocking lines, restart the system and try to open Facebook from your browser address bar.
Check for suspicious process at system task manager
If none of the above works for you, look into your system task manager for any suspicious process. Terminate the process which do not have any relation with your system. Rarely, the Facebook denies your system if it is infected with malware or virus.
If the network admin is experienced enough, the above methods may not work and you can’t reach to Facebook. Do you have any other idea to open Facebook when it is blocked by the network admin or ISP? Do share with us.
Note: This tutorial was written depending on various experiments and implementations. Some time some methods may or may not work for you.