How to Unblock School WiFi Without a VPN

By Novak Bozovic / July 14, 2021

Many schools, colleges, and universities around the world employ methods to control access to the Internet (for better or worse). However, those restrictions can be overly harsh at times. Luckily for us, there are many tools designed to bypass Web-related blocks and restrictions. Still, many of those are premium-priced (such as VPNs, of course). So, the question is – how to unblock school WiFi without a VPN? Do you even have any options?

As this article will show you, there are many methods to bypass school WiFi blocks, even without using a VPN. More precisely, we have a series of recommendations for you, as laid out just below. So, let's dive right in, shall we?

Method #1: Use a (Free) Proxy Service

A proxy service works similarly to a VPN, except that it doesn't encrypt your data. However, they do use alternative DNS servers, capable of rerouting your Web traffic and letting you access websites that were previously inaccessible.

Since a proxy doesn't encrypt your data, keep in mind that admins of your school WiFi might see that you’re trying to bypass Internet blocks. Therefore, we recommend relying on a proxy only if your school isn’t overly restrictive in the way it controls your access to the Web.

Among the most popular proxy services right now, we have HidesterHMA Proxy (HideMyAss)KProxy, and VPNBook’s proxy. They work by letting you input the URL of the website you want to visit, using their interface to display the website (in your Web browser).

Method #2: Use the Tor Browser to Hide Your Traffic

Even though this isn’t a bulletproof method, you can try using the Tor Browser to anonymize your Web data. Using a number of relays found across the planet, this Web browser hides your traffic and helps you unblock school WiFi without a VPN.

Getting started with the Tor Browser is quite easy. All you have to do is download the Web browser to your device (it’s compatible with Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android). Then, install and open it, and you’ll get to connect to the Tor network. As easy as that!

Keep in mind that the Tor Browser will slow down your Internet connection. With that said, you can't count on media streaming or doing anything that requires a lot of bandwidth. Still, this method is highly suitable for regular Web browsing.

Many school WiFi networks block individual sites instead of using more advanced techniques of filtering your entire outgoing and incoming Web traffic. In other words, they employ blocklists of individual websites, forbidding you from visiting certain websites directly.

With that said, a possible solution to unblock school WiFi without a VPN, in this case, would be to use short links to websites. Some of the most popular URL shorteners right now are Bitly and TinyURL.

They work by letting you type in the full URL address of the site you want to visit, shortening that URL in an instant. Then, you can try using the shortened URL to bypass your school WiFi restrictions by adding to your Web browser’s address bar and pressing 'Enter.'

Method #4: Tether to Your Phone / Create a Mobile Hotspot

This method of unblocking your school WiFi doesn’t actually unblock it. Instead, it directs you to use the cellular data connection from your smartphone, bypassing your school WiFi network entirely. Of course, you need to keep in mind any data limits you might have, based on the smartphone plan you use.

Tethering to your phone can be done in many ways, based on your smartphone’s operating system. For example, you can create a personal hotspot using WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. By doing so, the only active Internet connection on your computer will be your phone’s mobile data connection. Unless you have an unlimited plan, we don’t recommend streaming high-definition video or downloading large files.

For more information, here’s how to set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone or iPad. And also, here’s how to share a mobile connection using Android. You can also try using Google to search for more precise instructions based on your smartphone’s exact model name/number.

Method #5: Use an Online Translator

Aside from translating individual words, sentences, or entire paragraphs, online translators let you translate entire sites (based on their URLs). So, once you decide to translate a site, you’ll see that the most popular translators out there use their own interface to render websites.

In other words, you can use online translators to unblock your school WiFi without a VPN. However, know that this method doesn’t work in all cases. If your school WiFi comes with intelligent data tracking, it might block online translators altogether. However, there’s no cost involved with trying this method, so feel free to give it a go.

When it comes to the most popular tools to get the job done, we recommend using Google Translate or Microsoft (Bing) Translate. Paste the URL you'd like to visit, and feel free to leave 'English' selected. Then, use the translator's interface to visit the website normally blocked while using your school WiFi.

Method #6: If Nothing Else Works – Try Using a VPN

If none of the previously recommended methods work, then you have only one option. And yes, that would be a VPN service. The good news is that a VPN will most definitely help you bypass your school WiFi restrictions. However, the bad news is that no free VPN will let you do that – so, there’s some money involved.

If you were to ask us about the VPN you should use, we would recommend getting an ExpressVPN subscription. However, if you want to keep your expenses as limited as they could be, know that ExpressVPN offers up to 5 simultaneous connections. So, if you split this expense with four of your friends, you’ll pay only $2.60 per month (if you get ExpressVPN’s monthly plan) or $19.99 per year (if you go for ExpressVPN’s annual plan). 

If you’d like to explore other options, we recommend checking our guide to the best VPNs for school and college students. Furthermore, you might find our guides to the best cheap VPNs as well as the best VPN deals to be interesting.

Those would be all the way to unblock school WiFi without a VPN. If you have any questions for us, make sure to post your comment just below. And lastly, thanks for reading!

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