Whatsapp is officially blocked in Brazil.
It’s a scary time for Brazilian internet users to have one of the main forms of communications just cut off with very little notice and what is more worrying is this could be the start of a trend.
Today I’m going to show you how you can access Whatsapp in Brazil now and in the future if the Whatsapp block continues or is reintroduced again.
How to access Whatsapp in Brazil
To access Whatsapp in Brazil and bypass the block you need to sign-up for a service called a VPN. A VPN allows you to encrypt your internet connection and tunnel out of Brazil to access the internet via a third-party location.
VPN apps are available for Android and iOS phones and tablets which make them an ideal solution to access Whatsapp in Brazil and they’re extremely simple to use.
VPN services cost around US$6-$10 per month depending on how long you sign up for which is approximately R$23 – R$38.
Follow the step-by-step guide below to access Whatsapp.
- First visit www.IPVanish.com.
- Select how long you want to sign up for.
- Enter the required details and make payment.
- Visit the Google Play store or Apple app store and download the IPVanish app for your device.
- Run the app.
- Select either Argentina, Panama or Mexico.
- Once connected use Whatsapp like normal.
See how easy it is in my video example below:
There is nothing more to it. You can now access Whatsapp freely from within Brazil.
It’s best to connect to locations close to Brazil such as Argentina, Panama and Mexico because they will offer the best speeds and you won’t notice any difference to normal. You can of course connect to any country but far away ones might cause slow-downs.
Two other good VPN providers which will also be suitable for accessing Whatsapp in Brazil are below so if IPVanish doesn’t have a payment option suitable for you or you just want to look around then take a look at the following two providers.
Details about the Brazil Whatsapp block
The Whatsapp block in Brazil came into force late on 16th December after a court in Sao Paulo ordered the block.
Reports suggest that in a Brazilian drugs trial one of the gang members involved had used Whatsapp as a communications tool. With Brazilian authorities unable to gain access to these messages the decision was taken to block access to Whatsapp across the whole of the country.
Over 93 million users make use of Whatsapp in Brazil alone with it being reported as the most popular app in Brazil.
Whatsapp is used by 93% of the Brazilian internet population. Many Brazilian internet users make use of mobile connections and they are popular in poorer areas and with teenagers who take advantage of the free messaging and voice services that Whatsapp provide when using wi-fi or through inclusive data packages.
The blocking of Whatsapp has been condemned by high profile figures such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame who said it was a “sad day for Brazil” and that they would be working to have the block overturned.
Brazilian users who wish to bypass the Whatsapp block can do so by following the instructions in this article now and for any future blockage.