Instagram is a global community of over 500 million users who use the platform to share their moments with friends through pictures and videos. The apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone allow taking photos and videos on the go, applying filters and posting within the app as well as a number of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.
Since Instagram was first launched in 2010, it has morphed from a friend-centered photo sharing app to a colorful blend of regular users, advertisers and celebrities. Big brands and famous personalities have successfully infiltrated the platform and are racking up followers by the millions. If you want to know what Selena Gomez, Beyonce or Cristiano Ronaldo are up to, Instagram is the place to see their carefully posed everyday moments filtered with Clarendon or Juno.
While sharing photos from the perfect weekend in Paris or following Taylor Swift’s beach vacation is extremely important, doing it on the Wi-Fi network at school or work may prove difficult. Many educational institutions block the Instagram site, along with other social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Accessing Instagram at work may also be banned unless using it is a part of your job description.
The Wi-Fi restrictions can be bypassed by using cellular data on your device but that may eat up your online data plan very quickly. Plus, it won’t unblock Instagram on an iPad or tablet unless you have the cellular option enabled. However, there are various ways to unblock your Instagram account, with VPN services being the most popular choice.
Websites and services, like Instagram, may be restricted by denying users access based on their IP addresses. When you connect to the internet from your school or workplace, you are assigned the general IP address of the local network, which has various restrictions. Many institutions redirect all DNS traffic over certain ports, requiring everyone on the network to use predefined settings, which also include restrictions. In any case, accessing Instagram from school or workplace Wi-Fi may require extra help. Although there are several methods to bypass internet filters, the most reliable is using a VPN service, which hides your IP address and encrypts your online communications.
VPN is a private tunnel between your device and the internet. Your VPN app encrypts all data traveling into and out of your system, so third parties can’t read it. It also hides your IP address, allowing you to bypass any related restrictions and unblock the Instagram site on school computers, at work, on iOS or Android devices and more.