Facebook is a social media giant. Its popularity is so enormous that even people who rarely use it can hardly imagine their lives without it.
The following statistics show how powerful Facebook actually is:
- As of December 31, 2018, there are over 2.32 billion monthly and 1.52 billion daily active Facebook users.
- As many as 5 new profiles are created every second.
- There are 300 million photo uploads per day.
- In 2018, Facebook’s revenue was $55.8 billion.
In spite of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in early 2018 and some predictions of its doom, Facebook still remains one of the most popular websites in the world. More accurately, it takes third place, right after Google and YouTube.
Knowing this on the one hand and the fact that some users across the globe cannot access this website on the other hand doesn’t seem logical at first. But it is true and there are various reasons for it.
Whether you cannot access this website due to government censorship, local network blocks, or running multiple social media accounts (if you are a social media marketer), below you can read about some of the most effective ways to unblock Facebook.
Seven (un)reliable ways to unblock Facebook
First, take a look at the list of DIY strategies for unblocking Facebook. They may be an effective solution in some cases, but they either require too much time or they are not reliable enough.
Use the mobile website URL
Facebook uses different URLs for desktop and mobile versions of the website. And when IT departments install a software tool that blocks certain websites, they sometimes tend to overlook blocking the mobile site.
In other words, if https://www.facebook.com/ is blocked, m.facebook.com may be accessible. Just enter the latter URL in your browser window and if it works, make sure you use the mobile version in the future – even on desktop devices.
Connect via remote desktop protocol
If you use remote desktop access at your office, you will most probably be able to remotely connect to Facebook through your home PC.
However, this means that you would have to leave your home computer switched on and also keep the Facebook page open.
Even though remote desktop protocol tools may have been blocked by your organization too, it’s worth a try since your colleagues from the IT department may be using some of these tools. Therefore, you may want to talk to them first (without telling them why you need to use the tools, of course).
Enter Facebook’s IP directly
This one is a little bit trickier, but it can do wonders. Even if your school or office network blocks access to social media, you can use this clever trick:
- First, you need to find Facebook’s IP address when on a home network. To do this, open the Command Prompt on your Windows PC or the Terminal on your Mac, type ping.facebook, and hit Enter.
- This will connect your computer to Facebook and show you some numbers. The Facebook IP address consists of four groups of up to three numbers each.
- Copy this number (including the periods) and just enter it into your browser’s bar next time you can’t access Facebook at school or office.
Use a different browser
Your default browser may be the reason why you can’t access the most popular social media website in the world. It may not be the case but you can’t really know until you try to change the browser.
To do this, simply download a different browser from the one you use by default and go to Facebook’s website in your new browser.
However, this option may work only in rare cases and it cannot solve any censorship problems.
Use Google public/open servers
If you can’t log into Facebook at your office or school because the network administrator has blocked it from the DNS (Domain Name System) server, you can try to use different DNS servers like a Google public DNS server or an OpenDNS server.
If you are a Windows user, follow these steps:
- Step 1
Open Control Panel -> Network and Internet Connections -> Network Connections.
- Step 2
Right click on the connection status icon you are using to access the web.
- Step 3
Go to Properties and choose Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
- Step 4
Option a – OpenDNS server. In the Preferred DNS server address field, enter 18.104.22.168 and in the Alternate DNS server field enter 22.214.171.124.
Option b – Google DNS server. In the Preferred DNS server address field, enter 126.96.36.199. and in the Alternate DNS server field enter 188.8.131.52.
Mac users should follow these steps:
- Step 1
Go to System Preferences and click on the Network icon.
- Step 2
Select your network card on the left (Wi-Fi in most cases) and click on the Advanced button close to the bottom right corner.
- Step 3
Then, switch to the DNS tab and start adding the same IPs as in step 4 for Windows. In case you see grayed out entries, simply ignore them and click the + button to add new entries.
Of course, whether you use Mac or Windows, you need to make sure that your institution doesn’t use the same DNS that you are going to use.
Have you heard of Tor browser? It is a free, open-source software tool that enhances your anonymity while browsing the internet.
If you are an activist, whistleblower, or anyone who needs a high level of anonymity while active on the web, Tor may be a good solution. Also, this browser is effective in case you want to access social media platforms from countries that censor them or when there is any level of danger involved when accessing Facebook.
However, Tor is far from being perfect. If authorities find out that you use Tor, your searches will be under surveillance regardless of the fact that you are using it. That means you will not be that secure after all. Also, Tor is not to be used by people who want simply to unblock Facebook from their school or office and it can slow down your internet connection.
Best two ways to unblock Facebook today
It doesn’t take much to realize that the aforementioned strategies for unblocking Facebook are not as simple as you would want them to be. They are more or less complicated, they take time, and most importantly, they may not work in all situations.
That is why you need an alternative. Actually, I want to tell you about two alternatives – a VPN and a proxy.
VPN for Facebook
Using a VPN (virtual private network) is one of the best ways to access the most popular social media website on earth.
When browsing the internet through a virtual private network, you can enter almost any website you want regardless of the fact that your school, office, or country block this website.
How is this possible?
A VPN connects you to a server which has open access to Facebook and allows you to enter the website from it, and all this while protecting your private data from hackers by encrypting your online activity.
Here are the main benefits of using a VPN for Facebook:
- online security against malware and hackers
- no paid ads that interfere with your browsing activities
- it keeps your data private by hiding your IP address from the internet intruders
- you can use any device you want
However, not every VPN provider offers the best servers, IP inventories, and services. Therefore, you would be ill-advised to use a rudimentary VPN. Instead, make sure that you use premium VPN services. They may cost you money but they are definitely worth the price.
Unblock Facebook with a proxy server
A proxy server works similarly to a virtual private network. It is an intermediary that connects you to the website indirectly, so to speak.
In other words, instead of trying to log into Facebook directly from your own IP address and get blocked, a proxy server located elsewhere acts as a middleman between you and the Facebook website, thus never revealing your true location.
It is easy to see why using a proxy server is a perfect solution for all those who want to access this social media website from a school, office, or a country that bans it.
In addition, social media marketers can make good use of rotational proxies or a set of proxies due to the fact the Facebook server cannot tell that different accounts are managed from one computer. Instead, it identifies different IPs with different users, making this kind of activity a breeze.
Nonetheless, if you think that all types of proxies can do this, you are wrong. Free proxies, just like free VPN services, can do more harm than good.
On the other hand, if you want a Facebook proxy that works and gives you a reliable, secure, and fast connection, your best bet is to go for paid proxies.