You need to be more familiar with some regularities and restrictions of Internet Access and using social media in Iran, before travelling to this country.
There is no restriction in using some popular mobile applications and websites, such as WhatsApp, Gmail, and Instagram in Iran. Actually when it comes to using Instagram, Iran is the 7th country in the world, with about 24 million Instagram users. It is one of the most popular and widely used social media among teens and youth in this country.
However, accessing and using some websites is restricted in Iran for example, some social media such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Messenger and Telegram. The good news is, there are different ways to bypass Internet censorship and filtering in Iran.
How to Access Blocked Websites or Applications
As mentioned earlier, accessing some websites or applications is forbidden in Iran. It means that the web page (or other resource) that you’re trying to open in your web browser is a resource that you’re not allowed to access.
Yet, these social media have millions of users in Iran. Iranians simply use VPNs to access the blocked web pages and applications. You just need to connect your phone or computer to a VPN.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is programming that creates a safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.
Using VPN allows you overcome filtering and firewalls by changing your IP location to servers abroad and unlock web pages and applications you need to use.
The Best VPN Service in Iran
You would better install and set up a VPN service before you’re travelling to Iran. It might be more challenging to do so while you are in the country. You can download a VPN application on some websites, or receive it from another user by sharing applications. There are many free VPNs on Apple Store and Google Play.
The VPN service recommended for iOS are “Turbo VPN”, “VPN Master”, and “ThunderVPN”. For Android phones, though, “Hotspot Shield”, “Psiphone”, and “ExpressVPN” are good suggestions. That’s a good idea to download at least two different applications, in case one would not work properly.
Now, just simply launch the VPN application, you will connect to a foreign server, and then you can access any blocked website or application without restriction. To save your battery and avoid unnecessary data consumption, disconnect your VPN when you don’t need it.
That’s all. Now you can enjoy using internet easily and accessing your favorite social media on your trip! You can have 3G and 4G internet through a local sim card which is cheap and fast enough. You can access Internet almost everywhere. There is free WiFi service in many hotels, restaurants, cafes and some public places. You can easily use internet and share whatever you like about your wonderful trip to Iran with your family or friends.