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How To Access Blocked GMail From School or Office

Are you a GMail addict and tired of your office or school administration blocking  access to GMail? Here is a guide with various tricks to unblock your favorite GMail and enjoy the full mail access at your organization.

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1. Instead of gmail.com Use Different Address Like mail.google.com, google.com/mail, etc

Instead of using the URL gmail.com to access your GMail account, try other web address like mail.google.com, google.com/mail when GMail is blocked at your school/office. This trick is expected to work if the IT administrators has blocked gmail.com alone and left the rest of the domains open as they are not widely known to people. Here is the list of alternative address to access GMail

2. Access Blocked GMail Using iGoogle

GMail is available as a gadge to iGoogle and you can use this gadget to access GMail. When you access GMail through iGoogle all the communication with the GMail servers is routed through iGoogle servers. So this defeats all the restriction and filters applied by IT administrators in blocking gmail.com domain.

To access GMail through iGoogle

  1. Login to iGoogle using your Google Account
  2. Add GMail gadget to iGoogle by following this link or by using Add Stuff on screen
  3. That’s all. Start accessing your GMail inside iGoogle.

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3. Access GMail Using Opera Mini Simulator

Access_Blocked_GMail_Using_Opera_Mini Use Opera Mini Browser Online Simulator application to access GMail in a small screen window. Opera Mini is a popular web browser for mobile phones. It allows users to work with live demo of Opera Mini that functions exactly like it would when installed on a handset.

Point your browser to http://www.operamini.com/mobile/demo/ and start accessing blocked GMail using the URL m.gmail.com.

Reading mails on mobile simulator is definitely not convenient as reading them on a full screen browser computer. But when you need to access your GMail urgently, This trick might be helpful to you.

4. Use Microsoft Outlook Or Other Mail Programs To Access GMail Using POP3/IMAP

Configure your mail clients like Outlook, Live Mail, Lotus Notes to access GMail using POP3 or IMAP protocol. This trick of accessing GMail when blocked is mostly useful for working professionals as they should be definitely using some mail client for official mail access.

You can find the instruction to configure POP3 and IMAP access for various mail clients over here and here

5. Launch GMail from Google Talk

launch_gmail_from_google_talk At few organizations they block access to GMail but not to Google Talk. If that is the case at your organization, then you can launch GMail from Google Talk application. Sign in to GTalk and click on the envelope icon to launch access GMail.

6. Use Your Smart Phones

GMail_on_mobile If you have internet connection on your mobile, you can make use of your mobile phone to access GMail.

GMail has an excellent native application for most of the mobiles like iPhone, Nokia, Android, Windows Mobile, etc. The ease at which you can read and reply to mails through GMail for Mobile is amazing. It is my favorite mobile application.

You can download GMail application for mobiles from Google

7. Use Proxy Web  Site To Bypass

Using proxy website to beat censorship is one of the popular ways for unblocking any kind of websites. When we try to access GMail using a web proxy, the web proxy hides our IP address and uses it’s own IP address to load the page.

For the list of web proxies refer to the article – 120+ Proxies For Browsing Web Anonymously And Accessing Blocked Websites.

8. Nothing Working? Then Bribe Your IT Administrator

giftIf none of the above methods worked for you then take help of someone at IT department and get access to GMail. Bribe them :) Offer small gifts, drinks or something else they like.

Either you can ask them to grant access for your PC or get details of internal proxy server that allow GMail access.

I listed the methods that I tried and succeeded(except the last one) to unblock GMail when it is blocked at my workplace. What do you do to access GMail when it is blocked? Share your experience in the comments. We love to hear from you.

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  • Robert Morrison

    Thanks dear but i think it is best to use a VPN software to access gmail from school or office. You can use AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield free vpn, it gives unrestricted access to any content of your choice by hiding your IP.

  • rarjobs

    nothing working : (

  • Shindou Takuto

    very useful.. thanks

  • mahipat

    Cannot access gmail,rediffmail,yahoo using all the options listed above…if anyone has any way to on how to access it please let me know…

  • A1

    Can access gmail . but video chat is blocked and camera in laptop deactivated …. n e way out plz !

  • kamalsomu

    thank u so much 4 ur info. :) :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/girishmungra Girish

    very nice article. Sad nothing worked for me though

  • kai

    wats up people i can’t log on

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  • rahul

    i am trying to access gmail from my work place but i am not able to access it. this is one of the MNC’s network.

  • Kanchan Tripathi

    Hello all,

    Try out this link for any webmail it works…..
    http://webuzz.im/mail/#

    Kanchan

  • viv

    what to do when any mail is blocked, when u go to any mail server and it is not accessible

  • http://www.noblewebs.com Parth

    Access gmail, yahoo, rediff etc mails at

    http://www.noblewebs.com/postbox

    Thanks.

  • http://mailuno.com/ Mailuno

    mailuno works, it’s Squirrelmail configured to access Gmail

  • http://bingmypics.blogspot.com Bing My Pics

    Nice info. Thanks for the share. i have succeeded in the last one too

  • matt

    try way2sms.com. You have to login with ur phone number and a password will be sent to your cell in a few seconds. then login into the site and there on the top you will see main inbox. open that and you will see gmail inbox and chat logins with yahoo mail tab also.

    :) Cheers

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  • Fahime

    the third way “Opera Mini Simulator” was useful to acccess gmail, thank u so much, hope u all the best

  • http://webuzz.im/mail/ WeBuzz

    If Gmail is blocked, you can use web mail client like http://webuzz.im/mail/ to access your gmail. WeBuzz.IM’s WeMail also supports Yahoo! Mail, Live Mail, AOL Mail and other mail providers.

  • nitin

    nice information i have chosen right place. thanks for sharing

  • http://www.techcats.net/ Rajesh Kanuri

    Thanks for the info..

  • rachel

    www. thejermanis . com doesn’t work anymore :( i used to use this all the time, but the website is no longer active. this was the only thing that worked for me, so if anyone has another workaround please let me know! :)

  • sudheer

    how to access blocked gmail using www. thejermanis .com?

  • nikolay

    Hi to all:) Its VERY easy to access Gmail, even if you have a smart ass Admin (such as in Citi Bank, where i work and i myself is a junior Admin, lol). Juss go to: www. thejermanis . com, thats it:)

  • Heartburn Home Remedy

    Hey, cool tips. I’ll buy a glass of beer to that man from that chat who told me to go to your site :)

  • Prateek Prasad

    Hi,
    In relation to this article, I found the following link quite useful (http://labnol.blogspot.com/2007/03/run-google-talk-in-firefox-sidebar.html) This is useful for a case like mine, where my office blocked only the chat client but mail was accessible. In order to access chat, the above link is very useful.

  • Oops a Lion

    Once my friend whom i havent met since we left college working for infy called me and asked me for some proxies to open orkut, and i gave him a list of some 70-80 good proxies….. only to realize later on that he is working in the IT department :)

    • http://www.techdreams.org Gopinath

      Oops a Lion,
      Dont forward this article to your friend or share any info with him :)

  • http://computersservicing.blogspot.com/ venkat

    This list of tips defintely useful to access Gmail when blocked,since Google’s serivces like Gmail ,Orkut and Youtube are the ones that gets commonly blocked these days.Till now Gmail is not blocked for me .If it is blocked I will try ur tips.

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