How to Unblock a Web Page Behind a Firewall (2022)
Although the Internet is supposed to be open and unrestricted, there are many instances where websites are geo-restricted or blocked by a firewall. So if you recently came across a website that you want to access but is blocked for you, don’t worry, we have the solutions for you. Here’s how to unblock a web page behind a firewall.
10 Ways to Unblock a Web Page Behind a Firewall
There are several ways to unblock web pages behind a firewall. We review them all individually, and you can use the table of contents below to browse this article and try one (or all) of these methods to unblock websites on your devices.
1. Open blocked sites by directly visiting the IP address
Probably the easiest way to unblock websites behind a firewall is to visit their IP addresses directly. This works in cases where the block has been applied to a domain name, which is most often the case. Here’s how you can visit blocked websites using their IP addresses.
- Simply open a browser on your device and go to IPVOID Website (to visit). After that, type in the domain whose IP address you want to know.
- Then press the Find website IP address button to quickly find out the IP address of the site.
- Next, copy ip address and paste it into your browser.
There! You would then be directed to the site and access it even if the domain name was blocked.
2. Unblock a web page behind a firewall by switching from Wi-Fi to mobile data
A network administrator can restrict certain websites with a firewall to prevent their access, either to protect against malicious content or to save bandwidth. If you discover that a web page has been blocked due to such restrictions, you can sometimes unblock it by switching from Wi-Fi to mobile data.
- Simply turn off Wi-Fi on your device and turn on mobile data.
- Once your device is connected to cellular data, try accessing the website and see if it works for you now.
Obviously, this applies to devices that have a SIM (or e-SIM) card. However, even if you are using a device that does not have its own cellular modem, you can create a local hotspot from your smartphone and use it to connect your devices.
3. Visit a cached version of the website
When a site is down or has been blocked but you still need to access it, you can switch to the cached version to retrieve some information from it. For those who don’t know, cache is basically an old version of a site that Google stores as a backup and only allows access to a limited number of pages. It displays older versions of text-based sites that you can visit without logging in.
- Find the website you want to visit. For example, I search for Beebom.
- Click the three dots icon (or the down arrow) next to the website URL in Google Search.
- This will open the “About this result” pop-up window. Here you can click on ‘Cached’ to view the cached version of the website.
4. Switch to mobile/desktop site
While not a complete solution on its own, you can often unblock a site by upgrading to a mobile or desktop version of the site. You may notice that both versions of the site are not blocked. Here’s how to switch between mobile/desktop versions of a website in some of the most popular browsers.
Switch mobile/desktop site in Safari on iOS/iPad OS
- In Safari on iPhone or iPad, tap the aA button and choose Request a desktop website to access the desktop version of the site. Later, if you want to switch back to the mobile version, press the aA button and select Request a mobile website.
Switch mobile/desktop site in Safari on Mac
- Open Safari. Now click on ‘Safari’ in the menu bar and then click on ‘Preferences’. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut ‘command +;’ to open preferences.
- In the Preferences window, click on the “Advanced” tab.
- Here, enable the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” option.
- Now click on the “Develop” option from the menu bar and select “User Agent”. Here you can choose iPhone or iPad to switch to the mobile version of a website.
Change mobile/desktop site in Chrome on iOS
- Press the menu button in the lower right corner of the screen and choose Request Desktop Site or Request Mobile Site depending on your needs.
Change mobile/desktop site in Chrome on Android:
- Click it menu button in the upper right corner of the screen, then select/deselect desktop website option according to your needs.
Switch mobile/desktop site in Chrome on Mac/PC
- Right-click anywhere on the webpage and click “Inspect”.
- Now click on the three-dot menu icon in the right corner of the inspector window, and go to ‘More tools‘. Here select ‘Network conditions’.
- In the section titled “User Agent”, uncheck the box next to “Use Default Browser”, then click the drop-down list titled “Custom”.
- You can now choose a mobile user agent and switch to the mobile website.
5. Try to access the site in another language
Another fairly simple but quite effective way to unblock a site behind a firewall is to access the site in a different language for a different region. For example, by changing your country to India and your language to Hindi, you might be able to bypass the restriction. The point I’m trying to make is that not all versions of the site can be blocked at the same time. Therefore, switching to a different version can often do the trick for you.
6. Open Blocked Websites Using a VPN Service
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) has long been a trusted bet for opening blocked websites. What makes it so effective is the ability to allow you to hide your real IP address behind a fake one. Thus, it becomes painless to access blocked or geo-restricted sites. For example, if you connect to a VPN server based in the United States, you will be able to access geo-restricted sites that are only available in the United States. Additionally, VPNs are easy to set up and can also prevent your ISP (Internet Service Provider) from throttling your bandwidth.
7. User proxy servers to unblock website
Proxy servers are also up to the job when it comes to opening blocked websites. In terms of functionality, proxy servers are designed to act as intermediaries between you and the web. When you send connection requests to a proxy server, it forwards them to the website on your behalf using its own IP address. Thus, bypassing geo-blocks becomes child’s play. It should be noted that a proxy server can return results much faster if they have been archived in the server’s local cache. Since proxy servers don’t use encryption, they also don’t tend to interfere with your online speeds.
8. Use the Tor browser to unblock a site
The privacy-centric Tor Browser can also be very handy for you to unblock a site. If you are wondering how it works, let me tell you that it cleverly hides users’ locations so that they can browse the web without having to deal with censorship.
Much like a proxy or VPN, Tor hides your real IP address behind a new IP address assigned to you. By routing your traffic through secure relay servers, Tor Browser not only protects your privacy, but also facilitates hassle-free access to websites, even if they are blocked.
Is there a downside? Tor is relatively slow and also doesn’t support all platforms, including iOS. Those shortcomings aside, if you’re on Android or a desktop computer and want to browse the web with enhanced privacy, Tor Browser won’t let you down.
9. Access blocked sites by restarting your modem
In some cases, your modem may assign you a “dynamic IP address” which is temporary and only valid for one session. So, if you encounter a blocked site, you can solve this problem by using a new IP address generated by your modem. And the fastest way to do that is to simply restart your modem. Try this nifty trick to see if it does the job for you.
10. Unblock Websites with Smart DNS Services
A Smart DNS (Domain Name Server) allows you to hide your real DNS address assigned to you by your ISP (Internet Service Provider). As your DNS address consists of information that reveals your actual geolocation, replacing the DNS address with a new one where the content is available can help you bypass geoblocks.
Notably, most Smart DNS services provide a massive list of pre-unblocked websites that you can visit without any restrictions. Knowing that Smart DNS services lack encryption, you can access blocked content with the maximum speed offered by your ISP.
Use These Reliable Ways to Access Blocked Sites
It’s almost done! So these are reliable ways to unblock sites. While VPN services and proxy servers are more reliable for unblocking websites, other tricks like switching to mobile/desktop sites and restarting modems come in handy. Now that you know the different ways to pass, make the most of these hacks to prevent restrictions from letting you access the content you want. Did you find this guide helpful? Share your opinion in the comments below.