Written by: Elizabeth March
Unblock Instagram in five minutes:
If you want to get started right away, simply follow these instructions to unblock Instagram web filtering in about five minutes:
Important: If you do not have admin access on the computer you are using and can’t install apps, you should use the NordVPN Chrome or FireFox extension. Even if you don’t have admin access you should still be able to add extensions to Chrome or FireFox.
Social networks are so ingrained into our society that it’s unreasonable to expect students not to visit sites like Instagram whilst on breaks.
Unfortunately, most school wifi networks have filters in place that block people’s access to social media sites such as Instagram.
Fortunately, there are ways to unblock Instagram at school and still use it without ever being detected.
You can unblock Instagram at school with a VPN. A VPN will create a secure and encrypted layer between the device you’re using and the website you are visiting. What this means is that your school network will only see encrypted data and won’t be able to know what websites you visit and as such it will not trigger any filters.
Only you will know that you are actually on Instagram because only your device will have the decryption keys able to actually view the content of the data you send or receive over the internet.
With a VPN your school network will not be able to detect that you are using Instagram.
One of the best VPNs to unblock Instagram at school is NordVPN because it comes with advanced encryption and only stores encryption keys locally on your device.
NordVPN is also one of the cheapest VPNs costing from just $2.75 per month.
Using a VPN at school is the safest way to unblock Instagram due to strong encryption and privacy features. It gives you peace of mind that your school won’t find out which sites you visit.
Other methods such as SmartDNS do not offer encryption and such you can be detected.
In order to use a VPN all you have to do is sign up for your chosen service, download the app, and select a sever you want to connect to. You should connect to a sever in the country you are located in in order to not experience any decrease in internet speeds.
If you’re mainly going to use the VPN on your mobile, check our guides:
In case of a school computer there are two possibilities. If it is completely locked down meaning you cannot install applications without an admin user name and password then unfortunately it will not be possible to unblock Instagram in this case unless you are able to at least install Chrome addons, in which case you should go with NordVPN.
If, however, the system allows you to install applications then you can install a VPN on that computer and use that to connect to an encrypted server and access your Instagram account at school.
It’s easy to install a VPN even on your school computer because a typical VPN app is only a small file and is quick to set up.
Once you are finished browsing Instagram on your school computer you can uninstall the app and clear your browser history. This will delete any trace of you using Instagram or any other blacklisted website.
I recommend NordVPN if you want to access and unblock Instagram at school. This is because NordVPN has very advanced encryption and excellent privacy features. To find out more about how VPNs work, take a look at our beginners guide to VPNs.
If you use NordVPN it will not be possible for anyone to ever find out what kind of websites you visit no matter what device you’re using. So you can stay connected to the school wifi from your own device and never having to worry about whether a teacher will find out that you are using Instagram at school.