WhatsApp was released in 2009, and quickly became one of the go-to apps for messaging, sharing GIFs and files, and calls via VoIP (Voice over IP). It’s particularly popular with people who want to connect with their friends and relatives who might be living in other countries, but who don’t want to pay outrageous long distance fees.

But like all good things, somebody’s got to ruin the fun: as of this writing, twelve different countries block WhatsApp completely, while others limit access and calls on the service.

Why do they do this? Well, in some cases they see the app as competing with their local telecom providers (and therefore preventing them from making money), and in other cases it’s a matter of censorship and control: all communications on WhatsApp are encrypted, which means it’s hard, if not impossible, for countries to monitor or restrict what goes on in the app

So what can you do if you live in one of the blocked countries?
Simple just Connect to WhatsApp with a VPN

To get around this problem, simply use a VPN to connect to the Internet!

The best way to get around WhatsApp being blocked is to use a VPN to connect to a server outside the country you’re in that’s blocking the service. What a VPN does is securely route your Internet traffic through to another server, meaning that the visible IP address of your machine will be that of the country you’re connected through (for example, Canada or the UK).

This means that WhatsApp will think you’re in a country where it’s allowed, letting you use the service, and the local telecom and/or government won’t be able to see what you’re connecting to. This means you’ll be able to use WhatsApp wherever you may be.