How to Access Blocked Websites on Chrome
Updated: February 25, 2016
- Start with setting up a VPN account
- Install VPN software onto the device(s) you want to access blocked websites on Chrome from
- Open VPN then connect to server location that will unblock the website you want to access
- Open up chrome and go to website that will now be unblocked
- Repeat steps 4+5, connecting to server locations that will unblock websites in Chrome accordingly
How to access blocked websites on Chrome in more detail:
Google's Chrome web browser is fast becoming the most popular browser of choice. With its impressive functionality and usability, more and more internet users are making Chrome their default browser across all their web devices.
However great as Chrome is, it is still at the mercy of websites that choose to block either their entire site or specific content therein. Many media streaming websites, for example YouTube and BBC iPlayer, are prime examples of online services that block their service from certain users wanting access.
More than a few times every week I arrive upon some blocked content in Chrome, and I finally reached breaking point this week and decided to figure out a solution for how to access blocked websites in Chrome.
The solution I researched and decided upon is by far the most effective and secure method to accessing blocked websites in Chrome, so I wanted to write out this solution in a helpful guide, so people like yourself could apply it to your laptop, smartphone, or even smart TV.
Why are Websites Blocked on Chrome?
The first hurdle was figuring out exactly why so many websites and online services choose to block themselves in Chrome and other browsers.
Although there are a few reasons specific to each individual website's personal preference, by far the most prominent reason for blocking users employed by websites is due "regional access" parameters set by the site, to only let users access the site within certain geographical locations.
Why websites choose to place these geo-blocks on their content most commonly comes down to the content/media they are offering on their site. The content they offer users will have had licensing right agreements decided on between the website and the owner of each piece of content they want to offer users.
Such licensing agreements need to be set because the website will have to pay for every country they wish to offer each piece of content in, so you can see why that cost would add up -- and why subsequently most websites do not buy licensing rights to offer their websites content to every country in the world.
How are Websites Blocking Access on Chrome?
With the "why" out the way, the next important thing to understand is exactly how websites actually implement these geo-blocks on their site/service.
By understand the process of geo-blocking, you will truly see why the solution I lay out below is so effective and direct for accessing blocked websites in Chrome.
So the way that geo-blocking as a process works, is essentially by acting as a gate-keeper on the website you are trying to access. This gatekeeper instantly checks your location by referencing your IP address, and based on your location -- and which locations they allow access from -- will deny or allow access to their site.
This means that your IP address is really the key to determining whether or not you will get access to blocked websites in Chrome and other web browsers.
Once I figured out that it was my IP address giving my location away to these websites, I knew the solution lied in somehow changing my IP address to make my location "appear" within the desired location that would give me access to blocked websites I want access to on Chrome every time.
After checking out a bunch of Chrome-specific add-ons and tools, I determined that the very best method was to use a Virtual Private Network. VPNs are by far the most effective and secure way of allowing you complete control over your IP address location, as well as giving you a super high level of privacy protection, which is a great bonus.
There are hundreds of VPN service providers out there, each offering a different level of service; each offering differing price plans to suit all budgets. So to save you precious time, I went ahead a reviewed as many of them as I could, personally narrowing down the five best VPNs for accessing blocked websites on Chrome -- settling on ExpressVPN.
So for the purpose of the step-by-step setup guide below, I will be referencing ExpressVPN.
How to Use a VPN to Access Blocked Websites on Chrome
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
To get ExpressVPN setup on your computer to unblock websites in Chrome, the first you want to do is go to the VPN website, choose your plan and confirm your account details. This will just take you a minute as the entire process is super straightforward:
You'll be prompted via email to confirm your account details with ExpressVPN, and then you'll be ready to move onto the next step of downloading and installing the VPN software onto whichever devices you plan to use Chrome on...
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
The confirmation email will automatically take you to the download area of the website, where you will see all the download links for each device you want to install the VPN software onto.
As you can see on the ExpressVPN download list, you can use the VPN on essentially any device you would ever use Chrome web browser on:
So go ahead and download the software onto your device then follow the simple installation instructions (standard steps that you follow with any software you install onto your laptop/desktop/smartphone/etc.
Once the VPN software is installed on your device(s), you are ready to launch it and get connected.
Step 3: Connect to Desired Server Location on VPN
When you open the software, you will see that the interface is very clean and clear. The only action you have to do is just choose the location you want to join the VPN on (this is choosing your server), which you should choose based on the blocked website you are wanting to access in Chrome.
The location you join will change your IP address to reflect that location. For example, here is what it looks like in the ExpressVPN Mac software when I choose to join a New York server location:
To show how clean it also is to connect to the VPN on your mobile device, here is the ExpressVPN Android app I use on my mobile smartphone, connecting to a London-based server location:
Step 5: Access Blocked Websites on Chrome
So based on the site you are wanting access in Chrome, choose the according location to join on your VPN, and then refresh that website in your Chrome browser -- and it will now be fully accessible and unblocked!
Depending on the websites you access and the media therein, you will need to change your server location on the VPN. This is simply a case of disconnecting from the VPN then choosing the appropriate new server location, connecting, then refreshing that new website. Simple!
That's all you have to do to have access to blocked websites in Chrome on any device you are using. No longer will you have to accept defeat and never access blocked content.
I hope you found this guide useful and now have access to all the websites that were previously blocked in Chrome. If you want to check out the additional VPN service providers that I narrowed down as the best ones to use for this solution, then check out the 5 best VPNs below:
Any questions, comments or feedback at all -- just let me know in the comments section below. I'm always happy to hear from readers and help out whenever I can.