Access Blocked Sites At School Or Work With Google Translate

Access Blocked Sites At School Or Work With Google Translate

If your school or office blocks a large portion of the web for “productivity’s” sake, Redditor sidewayssammich shares a useful tip: just plug a site into Google Translate to view it.

So,[;y copy and paste the URL of the page you want to view into Google Translate. On the left side, click on any language as long as it isn’t “Detect Language”, then translate it into English. You should be able to view the page (possibly with a few quirks, but otherwise intact) through Google Translate.

It won’t work everywhere, but some people are reporting good success with it, and it’s especially useful if you need a blocked site for your work. Just remember there’s a reason your work or school may have sites blocked — if it’s for security reasons, you may want to think twice, but if they’re just trying to derail your productivity, it’s easier to just run it through the translator. Be sure to check out all the other things you can bypass with Google, too.

LPT: If a website is blocked on your work/school internet, you can use google translate as a proxy [Reddit via MakeUseOf]


  • Most workplaces I’ve been in that block sites also block things like Google Translate as well.

  • just tried and it blocked it on translate as well, so im thinking it might depend on the proxy implemented

    • Yeah it will definitely depend on the type of proxy.

      For example at our school we have two different types of proxy one that is pass through and doesn’t require any authentication except your Windows login and one that uses authentication to connect to the web. Which means some things are blocked on the pass through proxy and some are blocked on the other proxy, for example LifeHacker is blocked when the passthrough proxy is off.

      Which is good for us because if something is blocked on one proxy we can use the other proxy and it might work.

      Edit: Just tried this on both proxies and it will only work on the pass through proxy and not the other one which is interesting because the pass through proxy is controlled by a “higher power” and the other proxy is just controlled the the IT techs at the school.

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