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Use Telegram and Bypass Blocking of Your Internet Provider

You noticed lately that you couldn’t access Telegram? You are not the only one.

Several Internet service providers all over India have started to block the access to the application. This measure occurs after Athena Solomon K., a student of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru asked the Kerela High Court to ban the popular messaging app from India. The student states that Telegram has become a tool to spread vulgar and sexual content that includes women and children in telegram groups. Therefore, while the court is examining this public interest litigation, Internet service providers have taken a lead in blocking the access to the application in the country.

But don’t panic! Here are a few tricks to keep using the app and bypassing blocking of your Internet provider.

Use a VPN

Once a VPN (“virtual private network”) is installed on your device, it has the ability to make it seems like you are in a different location. Therefore, when networks have restrictions depending on location, it is the best manner to bypass it, without anyone being able to notice it. Amongst all VPN you can find, our recommendation goes to OpenVPN, which is free and has an easy interface to use. 

Use the desktop app

Another alternative is to use Telegram desktop app. In the event that your Internet service provider is blocking the access to the website itself from you computer, you will need to use VPN to access it. You can simply install the VPN on your browser extensions.

Change your DNS

Your last option is to change the domain name system on your router. A domain name system is a system that translates the host names entered by the users to browse the Internet into a numerical format understood by computers: the IP addresses. When a user tries to access any Internet website, the address entered is the DNS name. Based on that, the Internet service provider receives a “DNS query” and can identify, through its database, which DNS names match which IP addresses. That’s when the blocking mechanism intervenes: if the Internet service provider has blocked access to certain IP addresses, the user’s computer cannot connect to the required website.

To change your DNS, just log into your router’s admin panel through the gateway 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, locate the DNS settings and enter Google’s DNS (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) or Cloudfare DNS (1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1) instead.