Accessing email using Gmail is daily routine for many web users. Usually, work / school places do not like open access to Gmail as it results in people spending more time checking personal stuff on Gmail. Incase IT guys at your place has blocked Gmail access, here are few ways to bypass it.
1. Use different access URL - Get started by using a different URL web address to access Gmail instead of using www.gmail.com. You IT admin might have forgotten to block some URLs.
- http://gmail.com or https://gmail.com
- http://m.gmail.com or https://m.gmail.com
- http://googlemail.com or https://googlemail.com
- http://mail.google.com/mail/x/ or https://mail.google.com/mail/x/
2. Use Proxy websites to get through – There are thousands of proxy websites which can be used to access Gmail blocked in office, school or at work. See lists: here, here and here.
3. Download Gmail messages using Email Client – Instead of web browser access of Gmail, you can configure an Email client to download Gmail messages. You can use Outlook, Apples Mail, Windows Mail, Thunderbird. [See setup details here]
4, Access Gmail via Google Desktop - If you have permission to install software on your work computer that installing Google Desktop might serve the purpose. You can access Gmail using this application without getting into restrictions imposed by IT admin at your place – might just work!
5. Create password free Gmail feed - We have already disccused in detail about web service called ‘FreeMyFeed’. It allows you to generate password free RSS Feed which can be used to access Gmail contents in a web based RSS reader. Note: use discretion while sharing login details.
6. Access through iGoogle - You can try to access Gmail using iGoogle login URL [http://www.google.com/ig]. After login you can see latest Gmail messages on the left sidebar.
7. Use a website with Gmail Lite installed - You can use 3rd party websites (risky thing) which Gmail Lite software installed. Bump into few of them here at Google Search.
8. Access Gmail from Google Talk - If you have Google Talk installed on office computer, click the Gmail icon next to view button on Gtalk window. This might work, if your IT guys were too lazy to block it.
9. Make friends in IT department - If nothing works, how about getting little friendly with IT department staff? They might relax Gmail blocking for sometime so that you can get over Gmail addiction. Give it a shot, might work – we are humans!
10. Over to you - If none of the above work in trying to access blocked Gmail at work, office or school – give credit to your IT guys, they are very smart! Now its over to you, do you know any other way to get over blocked Gmail? Let us know by adding a comment.
P.S.Websites are blocked at office, work, school as they are against their policies and retain employee / student productivity. Even though studies suggest blocking websites result in lack of concentration and productivity – stick to rules and dont jump into blocked zone, ok?