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How to Unblock Instagram at School?

Updated: 15 June 2021
Updated: 15 June 2021

Miklos Zoltan

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In this guide, you will learn various methods that unblock Instagram at school.

Quick Summary
Social media websites such as Instagram are inaccessible via school Wi-Fi. These sites distract students from schoolwork. However, during breaks, Instagram can be a great way to catch up with the world. You can also use it to share your art projects.

Here are methods you can use to unblock Instagram at school:
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Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN creates secure connections over the internet. It masks your IP address and routes your internet traffic through a VPN server. It also encrypts your connection; no one will eavesdrop on your online activities. Third parties and other prying eyes such as your school’s firewall will only see the VPN’s server IP address.

This VPN mechanism allows you to bypass restrictions and access blocked sites such as Instagram. You can also access geo-restricted content. In case your school’s firewall blocks VPN traffic, you can use the VPN’s obfuscation feature. This feature offers stealth VPN connections.

A VPN can also enhance your security by using features such as split tunneling and kill switch.

Recommended reading: Full guide on how a VPN works

Additionally, you can switch through various VPN protocols to get the one that works.

How to use a VPN service

  1. Select an excellent VPN – subscribe, download, and install it.
  2. Log in to the VPN and connect to a server.
  3. Open Instagram and log into your account.

Advantages of using a VPN provider

  • Secures your private information.
  • Unblocks online content.
  • Bypasses throttling.

Disadvantages of using VPNs

  • Connection drops may leak your privacy.
  • Decreases your internet speed.
  • Quality VPNs are expensive – free VPNs are not recommended.

Connect to a Premium Proxy Server

A proxy server creates connections to the internet on your behalf. When you connect to a proxy server, the server relays your internet traffic to and from the destination. It will look like you are only communicating with the proxy. Hence you will get to access blocked content without restrictions.

To unblock Instagram at school, use premium proxy servers. Ensure you get a hostname (IP address) and port number or the pac address. Website proxy servers won’t be able to unblock Instagram. Moreover, premium proxy servers offer encryption, and they are not congested.

Setting up a proxy server in popular platforms

Windows 10

Here is how to set up the proxy server using a proxy script address .pac:

  1. Open Settings > Network & Internet then Proxy.
  2. On the Automatic proxy setup section, toggle the Use Setup Script switch On.
  3. Enter the script address.
  4. Click Save.

Here is how to manually set up a proxy server using the IP address and port number:

  1. Open Settings > Network & Internet then Proxy.
  2. On the Automatic proxy setup section, toggle the switches off.
  3. Go to the Manual proxy setup section, toggle Use a proxy server switch On.
  4. Enter the IP address and port number.
  5. Click Save.

Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then Network.
  2. Select your current network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi).
  3. Click Advanced > Proxies.
  4. To configure the proxy server through the pac address, select Automatic Proxy Configuration, then enter the PAC address.
  5. To configure the proxy server manually, select a proxy server, such as Web Proxy, then enter the address and port number.
  6. If the proxy server is password protected, tick the “Proxy server requires password” checkbox. Enter your username and password in their respective fields.
  7. Click OK.

Android

  1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet/Connections > Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap on the cog icon next to your current Wi-Fi network and tap Advanced.
  3. Tap on the Proxy option and choose the proxy type.
  4. For manual setup, enter the proxy hostname (IP address) and the port.
  5. For the pac address, select the Auto-config option
  6. Tap Save.

iOS

  1. Open the Settings > Wi-Fi.
  2. Select the current active Wi-Fi connection.
  3. Under HTTP proxy, click Configure Proxy.
    Tap Manual to enter the host name (IP address) and port. If the proxy server is password protected, toggle authentication.
    To use the Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) file, Tap Automatic.
  4. Click Save.

If the school computers have system restrictions, set the proxy server in Firefox as follows.

  1. Click on the Firefox menu > Options
  2. On the General section, scroll to Network Settings > Settings.

    For manual configuration, select Manual proxy configuration.
    Choose the type of proxy, then enter the IP address and port number.
    If you have the pac address, select Automatic proxy configuration URL, and enter it.

  3. Click OK.

Advantages of Using proxies

  • Reduced load times.
  • Bypasses geo-restrictions and firewalls.
  • Unblocks content.

Disadvantages of Using proxies

  • Free proxy servers won’t unblock Instagram.
  • Some proxy servers are not secure.
  • Proxy servers can bombard you with ads.

Use a Smart DNS Server

Domain Name System (DNS) maps websites to their corresponding IP addresses. A DNS server facilitates the mapping by looking up the IP addresses in various DNS databases. These databases are distributed around the internet.

You can bypass domain name filtering on Instagram by using a custom DNS. If no other blocks are used, the new DNS will bypass the domain name filtering mechanism, and you will access Instagram. To increase your chances of bypassing the filter, you need a Smart DNS.

A Smart DNS encrypts and routes your DNS queries through its servers. However, your internet traffic is not encrypted, and your IP address remains unchanged. Through this implementation, a Smart DNS can gain access to geo-restricted and blocked content.

To be able to unblock Instagram as well as other social media sites, use premium Smart DNS providers.

Changing DNS in various platforms

Windows 10

  1. Open the Control Panel go to Network and Internet, and then Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on Change adapter settings.
  3. Right-click on your connected interface and select Properties.
  4. On the Networking tab, click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), then click Properties.
  5. Select Use the following DNS server addresses.
  6. Replace IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server and click OK.

Macs

  1. Click the Apple menu go to System Preferences, then Network.
  2. Select the connection you want to configure and click Advanced.
  3. Click the DNS tab and then click add button + to replace any addresses with new DNS.
  4. Click OK.

Linux

  1. Open Settings, then click on Wi-Fi or Network (Wired).
  2. Click on the cog icon next to your current connection.
  3. Select the IPv4 tab and disable the Automatic toggle switch.
  4. Enter the new DNS addresses, separated by a comma.
  5. Click Apply to save the change.

School computers may not allow system changes due to restrictions.

Android

  1. Open the device Settings > Network & Internet/Connections > Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap on the cog icon next to your current Wi-Fi network and tap Advanced.
  3. Tap on IP settings and select Static.
  4. Scroll to the DNS fields and replace the current DNS with the new DNS.
  5. Tap Save.

iOS

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap the “i” icon next to your current Wi-Fi network.
  3. Scroll down to the DNS section and tap Configure DNS.
  4. Tap Manual and then tap the ‘red minus’ to remove the existing addresses.
  5. Tap Add Server and add the new DNS addresses.
  6. Tap Save.


Advantages of Using the Smart DNS

  • Works on any devices.
  • It doesn’t affect your internet speed.
  • Easy to set up.

Disadvantages of Using the alternate DNS

  • Hit or miss.
  • Doesn’t hide your IP address.
  • Doesn’t encrypt the internet connection.

Wrap Up

The above methods will allow you to unblock Instagram at your school. Depending on the blocking mechanism, you will have to try each technique to get what works for you.

Additional use cases for VPNs:

FAQ

Can you use TOR to unblock Instagram at school?

Yes, you can use TOR to unblock Instagram at school. If you’re using your own phone or computer, then by using the TOR browser, you can access the Instagram web app even if your school’s wifi has blocked it.

You can also use TOR on a school computer if you are allowed to install apps on school computers.

How do you unblock apps on a school Chromebook?

A VPN will help you unblock apps from a school Chromebook. If you are allowed to install apps on your school computer then you can directly install a VPN app. If this is not possible, then a VPN browser extension will work.

Which VPN is best for unblocking Instagram at school?

Most premium VPNs will work. We recommend ExpressVPN. If you want a cheaper alternative then SurfShark is a great choice. Free VPNs will not work because they never switch servers and most school networks have those already banned.

Written by: Justin Oyaro

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Tech and Cybersecurity Expert Justin is a cybersecurity expert with over 5 years of experience that stretches across various technological realms. He is a valued expert in cybersecurity, Cord-cutting, Cryptocurrency, Smartphones, How-tos and other related fields. Justin has written authoritative content for multiple Cybersecurity websites and blogs on matters regarding privacy and security. He also does pen test on tech products such as smartphone applications and websites. When he is not writing, Justin spends most of his time on the latest tech trends and Android Studio. Justin is also a degree holder in Information Systems Technology and Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.), University of Adelaide.

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