2008-07-20

Access Gmail Even When It Is Blocked [How To]

by Anoop Engineer 77 comments






Tired of your office or school officials blocking Gmail? In today's How To section, we give you a sure shot, step by step guide on How to unblock Gmail.
The whole idea began when Google decided to give Gmail as an addon in iGoogle. When you add the Gmail gadget to igoogle, all your mails are routed through the igoogle address (google.com) instead of gmail.com, thereby defeating all filters that block gmail.com domain. So unless your office/school have blocked google.com, this method should work for you.
Here is what you should do:
  1. Sign in to iGoogle with your Google account.
  2. Signup for iGoogle Sandbox.
    The new version of iGoogle which supports Gmail is offered only in iGoogle sandbox, which is aimed at developers testing out the new iGoogle gadgets. However, you too can use it by signing up here.
    Enter your First Name, Last Name and email address and hit Submit. You'll be taken to the new iGoogle page.
  3. Add the Gmail gadget.

    Click on Add Stuff on top right hand corner of the screen, and add the Gmail gadget.
  4. There is no fourth step. You're done.
    If everything went correct, your Gmail inbox will be seen on the iGoogle home page. Click on any email to open it in full screen.


Currently, the iGoogle Gmail gadget provides options to read, compose and archieve your mails, but Labels are not supported.

So what do you think of this post? Did it work for you? Or did your system administrator read this post much before you did? Tell us about it in the comments.

Comments 77 comments
ATOzTOA said...

Yeah, works for me :)

Thanks Anoop...

Is there a way to get chat inside gmail too? :D

Anoop Engineer said...

ATOzTOA,
good to know that it helped you :) keep reading.

Pranav Prakash said...

Great stuff, however, gmail can also be accessed by forwarding option, and/or operamini :-)
Is there any way to use the gtalk ?

Anonymous said...

It works for me too.. 2 notes though.

1. Compose doesn't format the HTML right. it sends the text as HTML, mushing everything into 1 paragraph.

2. It strips out all links in the messages when viewing.

Anonymous said...

If you go to https://mail.google.com this will also bypass the denied access..... 1 step

AJ said...

good job. by posting this you have jeopardized the whole operation.

First rule of iGoogle, you dont talk about iGoogle.
Second rule of iGoogle, YOU DONT TALK ABOUT IGOOGLE!!!!!

Anoop Engineer said...

@Pranav Prakash,
Forwarding your gmail mails to other emails works one way. But how do you send a mail from Gmail? (Other than giving your password into opera mini)

@AJ,
Really sorry to publish this :) Hope your sys-admin doesn't read this :)

Anonymous said...

Why would you post this! Now we need to find another way! You cut me deep shrek.

Anonymous said...

Awesome. works great. Now, to be able to reply to emails ...

Quicksilver_Johny said...

To the people wanting Google Talk, try this: http://www.google.com/ig/directory?q=Google+Talk&root=%2Fig&dpos=top&url=www.google.com/ig/modules/googletalk.xml

Quicksilver_Johny said...

To the people wanting Google Talk, try this: http://www.google.com/ig/directory?q=Google+Talk&root=%2Fig&dpos=top&url=www.google.com/ig/modules/googletalk.xml

Anonymous said...

I hated the new igoogle interface... until now.

Anonymous said...

great - now this will get blocked as well. Why would you publish this?

Anoop Engineer said...

@Quicksilver_Johny,
Sure you can add Gtalk to your iGoogle page, but it get blocked by the filters.
For this to work, Google should create a Gtalk iGoogle gadget that will take the data through google.com domain instead of directly communicating with the gtalk servers.

virtual pathum said...

Hi Anoop
Yeah you are correct.. If you can pls inform this to google..Is there a way to communicate with google guys or put some comments?
Anyway thx for the information keep up the good work

Pathum
From
Sri Lanka

Anonymous said...

There are places that block Google? People are messed up these days...

Anoop Engineer said...

@above post,
no I don't think anyone blocks google.com.
But I do know of a lot of places where gmail.com or mail.google.com is blocked :)

Anonymous said...

Sad
How can i Obtain Sky mail Without going through the sky web page
(to Longwinded)

Anonymous said...

This is very nice!

I noticed these:
- you can Read but cannot Reply/Forward the messages
- the message you Compose and send do not appear in the 'Sent Mail'
- the messages w/o body (just Subject) are not sent

Anonymous said...

You can also try accessing it via m.gmail.com.

Anoop Engineer said...

If gmail.com is blocked, m.gmail.com will most probably be blocked too.

Hey there was a reply option when I posted this one. It seems Google removed it later. May be they are experimenting something with it

abhishek bhatnagar said...

If gmail is blocked through, this method will only list the mails, but yo wont be able to open mails.

Anoop Engineer said...

@abhishek bhatnagar,

You ought to be able to read full mails using this method.

Is it not working for you? Because it is working for a lot many people.

Vik said...

how to access gmail chat when it's blocked in an organization??

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, my large corporate company squashed this method in early June. No Gmail for me, I guess.

Anonymous said...

This sounds great for the end user but as a network admin that has to deal with HIPPA issues it's a nightmare.

reubennl said...

it now lists the mails , but when i want to read them it opens a new window that is then blocked. That desn't help much

JarrW said...

There is still alot of problems going directly to Google/gmail.com. The best way is to go through a proxy.
iGmail (by iSchoogle.com) is a proxy designed for unblocking gmail at work. It includes a panic button if your boss should come. This works everywhere, and they don't log any of your login-information.

http://gmail.ischoogle.com is the adress.

Nachiket said...

my IT dept figured this out and has blocked gmail from the developer version of igoogle as well..does anybody have any alternative cheats to use gmail..i tried setting up a pop3 account for my gmail id as well..but wasnt able to do that..wud love if someone has sugestions to that too..

Bruno B said...

I'm trying to use iGoogle over https but looks like composing mail from it is not working. Does someone has this same issue?

Thanks,
Bruno

Teju said...

Anyone know how to access Facebook when it's blocked?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
okay... from a very big corporate firm hell bent on blocking almost everything including google chat. I was able to access said chat in one step...

please destroy this page cause it didnt take me long to find it in my searches

thanks though ;)

Bala said...

Everything is blocked here n most of the proxies too are blocked. Under all these circumstances, only this Igoogle works....thanks to IGOOGLE and you too. :)

Anonymous said...

I work for Lockheed...this option worked up until today. It appears that once Barack Obama swore into office, iGoogle gmail got blocked! Stupid company...what are they good for?! Oh yeah...defending the US. lol

Anonymous said...

this stopped working for me today. my igoogle gadget just shows the words "Information is temporarily unavailable." and when I click on the gmail link on the left it takes me to my corporate blocking message.

Anonymous said...

I also work for Lockheed and it worked until beginning of this week. Hope it is fixed soon =(

Millionaire SEO said...

I found an interesting site on how to access gmail and yahoo mail.

smartdude said...

it worked but only when it was in the small size when tried to maximize it.. it showed blocked by my proxy...

anyother way to access it??

satej said...

Well Same here..nothing happen yaar...No inbox seen..instead games and all other xtra things r der...

satej said...

Till step 3 everything was going well...but after dat notthing happen no inbox seen...
Did they removed thid option back these days....

Kiran said...

Hey it worked for me...thank you

Anonymous said...

hi shahid here i tried to open my gamil using igoogle.com but when i m loging in its giving me blank page so unable to loged in...anything regarding this would be helpfull...

Anonymous said...

pls let me know how to do a proxy log in orkut

Anonymous said...

bt i've igoogle blocked too..
wat then??

Anonymous said...

When you see "info temp. unavail" take a look at your address.

If it's www.igoogle.com try to change it to www.google.com.

If it's www.google.com/ig try to delete the /ig

Etc. Just try to mess up with the address.

murat said...

sandbox feature disappeared. Now i can only preview mails and cant send mails. what can i do?

vishal said...

good its very easy to handle account nice dude

Anonymous said...

Do we have anything similar for yahoo mail?

Need said...

I got the following in the gmail box
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Any ideas/ workarounds?

Anonymous said...

You can use Mailuno as an alternate Gmail login. It uses the Squirrelmail IMAP client.

myincome1 said...

can also use services like http://unblocked-web.co.cc/ to unblock gmail

Yash said...

i got thx.


ok

Anonymous said...

Hey it works for me, but its not consistent. As in sometimes I can see, view n reply to mails but sometimes I can even view them... Any Ideas ???

Parijaat said...

Thanks its working 4 me..sandbox is wow..!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

All the proxy sites to access the gmail along with igoogle are block by our network admin. please let me now another good alternative to access gmail.

Anonymous said...

The iGoogle idea used to work for me but then they shut that down too.

I found I can still access via:
https://mail.google.com

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Access gmail with www.NobleWebs.com/Postbox

Anonymous said...

Thanks buddy.. its really working...in great way.....

Shehnaz said...

Mostly in my office only in my pc i can see this msg.
" Your internet connection is experiencing problems or your network administrator has blocked Gmail chat. Learn more"

in my Gmail account and i cant chat from yahoo msg but ican chat from gmail account why also and i check my setting but everything is fine and correct please help me first time i am asking u this type of question in ..please help me why also i can see this msg in my gmail account

Thanks & Regards

Shehnaz Khan plz rep me

prashanthi said...

my friend mail id has been blocked in gmail how to get it unblocked?
pls help me...


sha...

mady said...

no it is not working for me.....i have added gmail gadgets but i can't access from home page also it shows message <hea

Aery said...

Hi,

Good to Know This

Thanks for Sharing

Regards.

Anonymous said...

No it is not working for me ..Even It is showing the web page cannot be accessed :(

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Sabu said...

Thanks a ton... will try it @ Offz today

Anonymous said...

access it free. simply enable imap and access proxy imap at http://imap.duskadum.info and access gmail on fly
for server name use imap.gmail.com and
protocol use SECURE IMAP

Anonymous said...

How to Access Gmail Yahoo Mail MSN Mail and Others when they are Blocked (in Office)
http://arvindgaba.com/computer/?p=483

ashu said...

Thanks a lot thats is really good info. thanks for sharing now its really easy.

Anonymous said...

No anoop the proxy settings are not allowing me.

haresh said...

Signup for iGoogle Sandbox.
The new version of iGoogle which supports Gmail is offered only in iGoogle sandbox, which is aimed at developers testing out the new iGoogle gadgets. However, you too can use it by signing up here.
Enter your First Name, Last Name and email address and hit Submit. You'll be taken to the new iGoogle page.i can see this thing please help me how can i find

haresh said...

i can see my email but i see my friend list

haresh said...

i can understand step no 2 where i get sendbox

Anonymous said...

from last 1 month 1 have been facing the same problem.the gmail website does nt open with ne of the browser. i.e,IE,mozilla,google chrome.it shows "data transfer interupted" error with mozilla and 107 error with google chrome.initialy it opened using website https://googlemail.com bt nw it shows the same error.plzz help me out..

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Sorry, see this -
http://www.toolsbysk.com/skipser/pages/Techman_96/posts/general/workarounds-when-gmail-or-google-talk-are-blocked-at-work.html

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