Skype is used by millions of people around the world as it is a superb way of keeping in touch with loved ones and colleagues. However, there are also millions of people who cannot use the popular app. Namely residents of the country, like we explained in our tutorial on how to use Google in China. If you are planning a trip overseas this might have you looking for the answer to how to unblock and use Skype in China.
Luckily we can help you with this as we have the solution, a VPN.
How does a VPN help?
A VPN, Virtual Private Network, is a service offered by providers that allows you to connect to any server from around the world. If you connect to a server outside of the country where the ban is located, you will be able to bypass the restrictions.
Bans are put into place based on the IP address of devices. You get the IP address from the server you are connected to and websites and apps can recognise IP addresses. If you can replace the IP address, you get the answer to how to use Skype in China.
A VPN provides you with the ability to be able to swap your IP address.
One recommended VPN provider for overcoming restrictions is ExpressVPN. The prodivers offers access to blazing fast servers from around the world. All servers are optimised to offer secure fast speed. It also offers unlimited bandwidth, again, something essential when wanting to chat and send files over Skype.
Subcribe at home
An important thing to bear in mind when venturing to China is that VPN providers are banned unless they have government approval. This means if you wait until you arrive in the country to take out a subscription you will find you cannot access the websites of providers.
So if you want to learn how to access Skype in China, first take out a subscription at home, as we mentionned in our tutorial explain you how to unblock Netflix in China.
Another benefit to doing so is that you will have plenty of time to ensure you know how the software works and if you come across any issues you can get in touch with the support team.
How to unblock Skype?
There are five easy steps to follow that will ensure you will be able to overcome the restrictions imposed and use Skype while overseas. These are choosing a provider, choosing a plan, downloading apps, installing apps and connecting to a server.
Choose your VPN provider
The first step is to decide on the VPN provider. We highly recommend ExpressVPN, CyberGhost or NordVPN. ExpressVPN offer access to thousands of worldwide servers, all optimised to offer blazing fast speed.
Each of them also offer military grade encryption to ensure you remain secure online. Continue our how to unblock and use Skype in China guide by heading to the next step, choosing a plan.
Choose a plan
Now you have to choose a plan. ExpressVPN is a premium provider, but it’s service is well worth the outlay and is among the very few providers who offer servers that work in China. With a 12 month plan you get three months for free and save 49% compared to a monthly plan.
Download VPN apps
In order to be able to connect to a different server in another country you need to download an app or apps to your devices. So, any devices that you plan on using while overseas need apps installed before you go.
You are not limited to the number of apps you can download and install, so apps can be installed on all your devices. You can also connect to a server using more than one device at the same time, within the limit. Once you have downloaded, apps continue to the next step of this how to use Skype in China guide.
Install apps and launch
Go through the installation procedure for the app once it has installed you can go ahead and launch it. While you can go into the main part of the software to make changes, one of the most important parts is the dashboard.
The dashboard is where you get to choose an alternative server to connect.
Choose a server
As you can see from above, the icon will be red, which means not connected. You have to click on the icon to the right and a drop down box will open allowing you to choose a server from anywhere in the world.
Once you connect to a server outside of the country, you overcome restrictions and you have the answer to how to unblock and use Skype in China.
Now when you go abroad you can simply open up the dashboard of your ExpressVPN VPN by clicking on the icon then choose any server and click on the connect button. Once connected open Skype and sign in as you normally would.
Alison has joined the team in the early stage because she wanted to share with us the experience she had while using VPNs over the last few years. As she’s travelled a lot, she tested many VPNs and wanted to share this with you. Alison cares about staying anonymous and not leaving any footprints on the internet. Therefore, you won’t have the chance to see her face ;).