How to Access Facebook When it is Blocked in Office, School or Workplace

The problem with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others  is that most of them are blocked in office, school and corporate environments. Facebook is surely the most popular social networking site and not being able to access Facebook when its blocked is very frustrating.

Another annoyance is that you have all your friends, family members and colleagues on Facebook. When Facebook is blocked behind a firewall, you can neither open Facebook when its blocked in office nor chat with Facebook friends, which may be really disturbing for people who work all day in office and want to keep with with their Facebook friends from workplace.

In such cases, you have to look for workarounds to open Facebook when it is blocked. Here are some options you can use to unblock Facebook when its blocked.


Check your System’s Hosts File

The hosts file in your computer is the first thing you need to check; this is the most common way anyone can block any website on your computer.

If you’re using Windows operating system (Window XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8), go to C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\ , double click the hosts file and open it in a text editor. You should see something like this:

 windows host file

If you see is listed at the end, delete that line and save the hosts file.

If you’re using MAC OSX, here is how to open the hosts file and check to see if it has been modified to restrict access to Facebook or other social sites.

Go to Applications > Utility > Terminal  and type the following command in the terminal window

$ sudo nano /etc/hosts

This will open your osx hosts file in the same terminal window and you will see something like this:


If you see that is listed at the bottom of the hosts file, delete that line completely and save the file (Command + o). Restart your system and you should be able to browse Facebook without any difficulty.

Access Facebook with a Secure Web Proxy

The easiest way to access Facebook when it is blocked is using a secure web proxy. Using proxy sites, you can unblock facebook and can use it at your convenience. Some of the proxy sites are not free and requires you to pay an amount before you can actually use them. But given below is a list of free proxy sites and addresses you can use to access Facebook when its blocked behind a firewall:

Securitales – There are a whole host of proxy sites out there but not all of them are specially optimized to open blocked sites. I checked a lot of proxy sites and all I can say is that Securitales is one of the best of the lot.

Securitales lets you securely access any website from anywhere, it helps you override network restrictions and lets you open any website when it is blocked or filtered by your network administrator. With Securitales, you can open Twitter from Iran, watch YouTube videos that are blocked in your country and browse Facebook when it is banned or filtered by your ISP (internet service provider).


However, if you do not want to spend money on a full featured proxy server, here is a list of free proxy sites and servers you can use to access Facebook, Twitter and other websites if they are blocked.






Note: Please be careful when using third party proxy sites or proxy servers. Some of the sites may be malicious.

The problem with proxy sites is that organizations keep an eye on the sites that are being accessed from the network and after some time, they may block the proxy site in the first place. Hence, it is a good idea to keep a huge list of proxy sites at your disposal and switch between them every once in awhile.

Note to readers – If you know of a good Facebook proxy for office or school, please post it in the comments section. We will add your suggestion to this list.

Create Your own proxy server with Google App engine

If you are a geek and have a web server of your own, it might be a good idea to create your own proxy server and use it to open Facebook in office, college, school or anywhere when you see that the website is not accessible. If you do not have a web server, you can use Google app engine to create your own proxy server. Watch the following video and follow this tutorial to setup your proxy server with Google app engine:

There are some advantages of using your own proxy server, rather than relying on third party proxy sites for accessing blocked sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and others. First, since your proxy server has a unique address, the chances of the proxy site being blocked is almost zero. These days, corporate companies, schools and organizations block proxy servers itself so creating your own is the best way to get around it.

Second, since you have your own proxy server at hand, you don’t have to find a proxy server, create an account or pay a monthly fee. It’s yours and you can use it anywhere!

 Access Using IP Address

To open Facebook using an IP address has its advantages. Chances are that the administrator has blocked Facebook from the Windows host file. Following are the steps involved to open Facebook with an IP address:

1. Open the command prompt and type “Ping”

2. You will see the IP address as shown in the above image. Just enter the IP address in the browser address bar and if you are lucky, Facebook may open.

Note: If you do not have administrative rights in the computer and you are unable to open command prompt for any reason, try to find the IP address of Facebook with this Online tool.

Access Facebook With Opera Mini Browser

If the above method doesn’t work you can use the web version of opera mini browser to open Facebook. Just open the Opera mini demo link in your browser and you can open Facebook homepage.

Opera mini is meant to surf the web from mobile phones and it is a great way to access blocked websites. You can access the mobile version of Facebook from [Related: Block Websites Using OpenDNS for Better Parental Control]

Try the mobile version of Facebook

Do you know that Facebook has a lighter mobile version of the site, which can be accessed from a regular web browser? Enter in your web browser and you should see the mobile version of Facebook.


Now it is possible that your network administrator has blocked only and the mobile version is not included in the list of blocked sites. If you’re lucky, you might be able to slip through it.

The best thing about Facebook’s mobile version is that it is lightweight and uses a different address. You can go through your Facebook news feed, read and reply to messages, chat with friends, like posts, status updates and post comments. It is unlikely that you will be able to browse the mobile version of Facebook when the main Facebook domain is blocked at your workplace. But it never hurts to try and check to see whether this one works or not.

Switch To OpenDns or Google Public DNS

Changing the DNS server that your computer is using to connect to a network is another way to check whether you can get on Facebook when it is blocked. I agree that DNS servers or mappings cannot help you access sites that have been blocked from the network. However, I have seen instances when changing the DNS server has worked wonders for me and allowed me to open a restricted site which was otherwise not accessible.

Please read the following tutorials to switch to OpenDns or Google Public DNS

Check your system’s task manager for suspicious programs

Once in awhile, peek into your system’s task manager to see all the processes that are currently running. Do you see any suspicious processes or services being executed? Do you see a program or a service running in Windows task manager which is not related to the operating system and neither related to any program installed in your system?


If the answer is “Yes”, try killing that service and check whether you can access blocked sites. Very rarely, some programs install malware in your system which might prevent access to specific websites on your computer.

Use TOR browser or Opera VPN

Sometimes, using a VPN works pretty well. There are tons of free proxy or VPN are available in the market. However, two browsers called TOR browser and Opera provide free VPN alongside the browser. In TOR, there is no need to enable any VPN or so. However, you need to enable VPN in Opera as that is turned off, by default.

Use Decimal code to open blocked Facebook

  • To convert IP address to decimal code, you need to use any online converter. There are several such tools are available in the market. Therefore, get the IP at first. For that, open Command Prompt or Terminal, enter ping and hit Enter. Therefore, copy the IP address.
  • Now, open any IP or decimal converter, enter the IP address and convert it to Decimal.
  • Therefore, open browser and enter the decimal code with http://.

Use Fonetwish to access blocked Facebook

If you have a mobile, you can certainly use Facebook when blocked in office, school or college. This is possible to use Facebook on a mobile where internet is not available as well. Therefore, get a mobile, and enter a code: *325#. By using this unique USSD code, you can certainly use Facebook when blocked in office or any other workplace.

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  1. Kevalbhatt says:

    but in My Office wipro set the security Thats way I cant access Any thing Than this Ip Method is Work Or Not

  2. Sumon says:

    My Facebook ID has been Locked. And I can not access to my ID It show me that your Account has been Locked Primarily.
    And It show me to verify tag pic but I am not remember about the all tagged Pic.
    Now What should I do ?

  3. Fairoj says:

    try or

  4. Sunit Ku Baral says:

    worked for me..thnxs

  5. Priyasaxena0000 says:

    how can i access facebook as in my college fb is acess denied….plz rply…the methods given above didinot working

  6. Anilkumarpaidi says:

    @ Amit I cant Access  the web http://www.securitales.comit was also blocked in my office security limits is there is any other way to access facebook plz send details to my mail id anilkumarpaidi@gmail:disqus.comthank u

  7. coqui says:

    * If you can access the adapter settings; change to Static DNS and input and/or as DNS ip address. This is Google’s free DNS service. NOTE: If you are inside a network; e.g job, this method will disconnect you from any network resources like shared folders, Outlook email (sending or receiving). Just revert back to the normal settings for the DNS (Obtain DNS server address automatically).

    If you can access the Windows “hosts” file (C:WindowsSystem32driversetc), open with notepad and type (in this case copy and paste) the below section:

    # ————FB—————- facebook.com69.171.229.11 facebook.com69.171.224.11 facebook.com69.171.242.11 facebook.com66.220.158.11 www.facebook.com69.171.229.11 www.facebook.com69.171.224.11 www.facebook.com69.171.242.11 www.facebook.com66.220.158.11

    Save the file, Click START menu, Click RUN, type in cmd, then type in command window ipconfig/flushdns, press ENTER.

    Alternatively, you may just try typing in  Note the ‘s’ after the ‘http’. This means that it is secured and sometimes admins forget to block this type of address.

    * If you are blocked from accessing the two methods above than just search for a proxy (although some proxies may be slow or others do get blocked)

    Hope this works!

  8. Rohitawale7 says:

    pls tell me detail how to open facebook when the site is blocked

  9. Rajesh Patel says:

    I’m able to open Facebook from the But i’m unable to see like button on any web blog. How to fix it?

  10. Mayur1436 says:

    how to open it when i logged without administrator???

  11. Plyrad_619 says:

    my facebook is blocked…………………….how to open it?

  12. Bfheave says:

    Sir my facebook account is temporarily locked its say identify photos which the person tag i dont know who tags me photos?

  13. Jmlptl says:

    yes same above problem and i hv administrative privileges so wat can i do for that?

  14. Kyler says:

    Change your DNS to or

  15. Harshparmar14 says:

    try this proxy ( might work 

  16. Abuaboo01 says:

     give me link to open youtube

  17. George says:

     I`m using to bypass Internet filters in my school and get on Facebook. It`s a VPN service. All proxies I tried were blocked :(.

  18. When? says:

     Viruses from browsing Facebook?  When?  I’ve never ever heard of anything like that.

  19. Kamal_sheron says:

    Dear sir my facebook account security reason temporarily locked.plz help meunlock my facebook. Sir my ID

  20. KingRoot Apk says:

    my facebook account is temporarily locked its say identify photos which the person tag i dont know who tags me photos?

  21. jung keun eun says:

    It is not desirable to interchange Facebook with meta.
    Facebook is already famous, so don’t change it to meta.
    If you have a problem with using Facebook, use MetaFacebook instead.
    I’m 76-year-old Jung keun living in Busan, Korea.
    Please. Don’t call each other meta.

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