When you are at a school, college, or government agency, chances are that your access to certain websites is restricted. This is especially true for social platforms or content-sharing websites that may share sensitive data. Because Discord is both, your school or college probably won’t let you download it or even visit the website.
Luckily, there are options online that can help you get around this problem and use the app even if it’s initially blocked. It mostly depends on the block type and your preferences. This article explains how to use Discord at school, even if it seems impossible at first.
Use a VPN to Access Discord
If the web filters on your school computer recognize web proxies, you need to increase your browsing anonymity. In this case, you need to use a virtual private network (VPN).
The difference between a VPN and a web proxy is simple. The web proxy server can only process traffic that passes through the web browser and the website you are logged into. On the other hand, a VPN can mask your entire device and your IP address. This also includes non-web browser related software such as the Discord app.
As tutorials, let’s look at how to get started using a VPN to access Discord on your work or school network.
- If you haven’t already, sign in to your school or work network.
- After creating an ExpressVPN account and logging in, open the app and click the Connect button .
- If you want to connect to a specific region or a list of recommended locations, tap the menu button with the ellipsis (three horizontal dots) and then select VPN Locations .
- Now that you’re connected to the ExpressVPN network, go to Discord using the app or browser and sign in.
Try the browser app
Sometimes computers in schools and colleges do not block any particular application. Instead, they simply prevent users from downloading an executable (EXE) file, which prevents you from installing an application (such as Discord) on a computer.
Before moving on to more complex options, it’s worth checking if this is the case for you. If so, then the solution is simple. Discord has a web browser app that acts almost exactly like a regular app, except you can use your browser to log in instead of downloading it.
Switch to the web browser version of the app. If it’s loading, you can simply enter your credentials and wait for the app to load. You will then be able to use the app in the browser with the same functionality as if you had downloaded it. But if it does not load, you will have to move on to more complex methods.
Copy the IP address (Windows only)
Some schools use keyword-based content blockers to prevent access to websites. Instead of blocking a VPN, these tools will block certain words that a website may contain. This is one of the easiest ways for schools to block websites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Luckily, you can easily avoid content blockers if you’re on Windows.
- Click the Start menu , start typing “command prompt” until the icon appears in the task menu, and click it to open Command Prompt .
- Now type “ping discordapp.com” and press Enter .
- This should display the website’s IP address.
- Then copy the IP address into the Google search bar and press Enter , hopefully you will see a page similar to the one shown below.
This is to avoid keyword blocking.
Use a web proxy
A web proxy should be enough to allow you to bypass the filters at your school or college and access the Discord website and app.
This method hides your public IP address and routes all web traffic through different servers. If you can open the web proxy on the school computer normally, you should be able to use it to access the Discord website.
Keep in mind that you must use reliable and secure web proxies. For example, Hidester is easy to use and completely free. Once you open this web proxy, just copy the Discord website URL and click the “Anonymous” button. When the browser redirects you to the Discord web app, simply log in and use it without downloading the EXE file.
Apart from Hidester, you can try Hide.me , Proxysite , Kproxy and Whoer . All of them are safe, free and extremely simple. Basically they work on the same principle.
Install Discord from external storage
If your school’s browser blocks certain websites and won’t allow downloads, you can try installing the app from external storage. Download the Discord app from another network – like at home – and transfer it to your computer via an SD card or USB drive.
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to install the app on your computer and use it without having to access a web browser. Some computers in schools and colleges allow you to install files, and some require administrator permission.
Use the Discord app from another device
Unless the router at your school has specifically blocked Discord’s IP address, you will still be able to use the app on other devices. For example, you can download Discord from the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iTunes). Install it on your phone or tablet and you can use it regardless of web browser restrictions.
Use the Discord version for alpha testing
Often advanced versions of software are left untested when institutions block them. If you’re lucky, your school or place of work forgot to restrict alpha access to Discord.
Try accessing canary.discordapp in your browser, hope it works for you. If you’re having trouble typing it, use the IP method mentioned above, type “ping canary.discordapp” into the command line , and copy the IP address to use.
Use a TOR mirror
As mentioned in the comments, you can try your luck with a TOR mirror to access Discord on a school or work network that has banned it from access/use. The success of this method depends on your network’s firewalls and other security measures.
You may need to try several different mirrors for this method to work.
There is a reason why schools and other institutions block sites like Discord. These sites are distracting and allow students to share sensitive data. You should be especially careful when using a VPN, as some websites and executables contain malicious data that can harm your computer and get you into trouble. So even if you can bypass these blocks, be sure to use your skills responsibly.
Remember, if you can easily find a way to bypass their firewalls and website restrictions, then your school/work administrators can do the same. If they are diligent, then nothing remains effective forever.
Are there other ways to bypass college and school filters? Share your tips with other readers in the comments below.