How to Access Facebook when it is blocked:
Access or Log into Facebook using Google Public/Open servers:
The URL which we are typing in our browsers are for us But it not suitable for machine language. The URL https://www.Facebook.com that we generally type in the address bar is originally an IP address. Every website has a unique IP address [In a shared server, same IP address is shared by more than one website. But the large websites like Facebook, Twitter etc. do have their own unique IP’s.]. When we type any website URL, our 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.
- Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections.
- 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:
Google DNS Server address: 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52
Remark:- Make sure that your college 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:
Sometimes, 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.
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Use Shortened URLs to access blocked websites:
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.
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.
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. Sometimes, 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.