Maybe you’d like to access Omegle from school, university, or a country with strong internet censorship. To help, we’ve highlighted five of the best virtual private networks (VPNs) for accessing Omegle. These VPNs will also provide a method of unblocking Omegle if you have been unfairly banned (more details on this later).
Because Omegle doesn’t encrypt chat data, your conversations can be viewed by hackers, your internet service provider (ISP), and network administrators.
VPNs prevent this by encrypting your network traffic, making it unreadable to any outside observers. This means that your ISP can’t sell your browsing habits to third parties. Further, VPNs give you the ability to connect to servers in other countries, potentially changing the nationality of people you’re connected with on Omegle.
While numerous VPN services are available, many of them are blocked by Omegle. We’ve found five VPNs that still work and we’ll be covering each of these in more detail below.
To find the best VPNs for Omegle users, we looked for VPNs with the following properties:
- Minimal impact on network speeds
- Multi-platform support
- Strong encryption
- Clearly defined privacy policies and minimal data logging
ExpressVPN puts its user’s security at the heart of everything it does. Because ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands, it isn’t restricted by the same data retention laws most other VPN companies are. As such, it logs no personally identifiable information and only keeps the data required to resolve network issues.
ExpressVPN uses 256-bit AES encryption and offers a host of security features including a kill switch, DNS leak protection, and perfect forward secrecy. There’s even a .onion version of the website and prospective customers have the option to pay via Bitcoin for a truly anonymous registration.
This VPN has servers in more than 90 countries. It’s also one of the best at unblocking streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Further, because it has a negligible impact on your connection speeds, Omegle won’t be a problem at all.
ExpressVPN has apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, and certain wireless routers. With up to three simultaneous connections allowed, it’s ideal for staying protected across all your devices.
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Read our full review of ExpressVPN.
Very few VPN services allow more than a handful of connections at once, but NordVPN allows up to six — enough to protect an entire household. Further, NordVPN unblocks over 150 streaming platforms and recently optimized all its servers for high-definition streaming so there’s very little setup required.
If you did want to delve deeper, choose from a wide selection of configurable options including a highly customizable kill switch that only blocks specific applications when the connection is lost. There’s also 24/7 live chat in case you run into any problems. NordVPN uses 256-bit AES encryption and logs no personally identifiable information.
NordVPN offers Chrome and Firefox browser plugins as well as apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Manual configuration is required for Linux and routers.
Read our full NordVPN review.
IPVanish is a popular choice of VPN among Kodi users because of its fast speeds and above average configurability. Users can change their IP address at specified intervals, choose to block LAN traffic, activate the kill switch, and obfuscate OpenVPN traffic. With 256-bit AES encryption and the option to connect to servers in more than 90 countries, IPVanish is about as versatile as VPNs come.
IPVanish can’t unblock as many streaming services as its rivals, but it is excellent at keeping you safe while browsing the internet or using P2P networks. The client is lightweight and easy to use, plus with up to five connections allowed at once, you can encrypt traffic from all your devices.
IPVanish is among the most portable VPNs available, with apps for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Amazon Fire Stick. With a manual setup, IPVanish can even be installed on Linux, single-board computers, and some wireless routers.
Read our full IPVanish review.
PrivateVPN is relatively little-known but it’s a service that takes security very seriously. It’s completely logless, uses 256-bit encryption and comes with DNS leak protection built-in. PrivateVPN is great for home use since it’s capable of unblocking services like Netflix both in the app and in a web browser. You can even choose to use a different protocol in case a specific server blocks VPN connections.
Although PrivateVPN has fewer servers than some of its rivals, its speeds are above average. Omegle won’t be an issue since PrivateVPN is capable of handling 4K streaming, assuming your internet connection is fast enough.
This VPN has dedicated Android, Windows, and iOS apps. It can also be installed on MacOS, Linux, and some routers, however, this must be done manually.
Read our full PrivateVPN review.
CyberGhost is a VPN that can be tailored to meet its user’s requirements. Choose from several settings including “Extra Speed”, “Surf Anonymously”, and “Unblock Streaming”. It’s a strong choice for people who maybe aren’t as familiar with technical terms VPNs often use.
All traffic is protected by 256-bit encryption. A few other features like HTTPS redirection and a built-in ad blocker can be toggled on to keep you safe. CyberGhost doesn’t log any information that could be used to identify you and allows up to five simultaneous connections.
CyberGhost has over 1500 servers spread across just 27 countries. However, as the majority of servers are located in the US and Europe, you’re less likely to experience slowdown when streaming during peak hours.
CyberGhost apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Linux and router installations have to be manually configured.
Read our full CyberGhost review.
Can I use a free VPN with Omegle?
Many guides suggest using a free VPN to stay safe on Omegle but we strongly advise against this for several reasons. Firstly, Omegle has taken steps to prevent VPN users from connecting at all, so there’s a good chance free VPNs (which are incredibly popular) won’t work.
Further, free VPNs are usually far slower than their premium counterparts because they generally have fewer servers struggling to provide for more users. Free VPN companies try to compensate for this by imposing data limits and queues but ultimately the demand is greater than the supply and as such, you can expect an inconsistent and unsatisfying experience.
Consider how free VPN companies make their money. Because they can’t charge their users, they resort to shady practices like injecting intrusive ads into the sites you visit, tracking and selling their user’s browsing histories, and using tracking cookies to keep tabs on people even after they’ve disconnected from the service.
Unfortunately, this isn’t just speculation: free VPNs have been caught abusing their user’s trust in the past. High-profile examples include VPN companies that come bundled with malware, sell their user’s bandwidth, and mislead users about the logs that they keep. To keep yourself and your personal information safe, we recommend using a reputable VPN service with clearly defined privacy policies.
Offices and universities usually have fairly strict internet firewalls in place that prevent users from accessing specific websites. Sometimes, entire countries are subject to such restrictions, as with China’s Great Firewall. The good news is that most VPNs allow users to bypass these blocks and access whatever they’d like.
To uncensor Omegle at your school, workplace, or country, just connect to a VPN server in another location (another country if it’s banned countrywide). You should then be able to access Omegle as usual.
Circumventing an Omegle ban
Omegle is capable of banning certain IP addresses from using the site. However, it takes very little to actually get banned; just a few disagreements could see your IP address blacklisted. That said, as no registration is required in order to chat, there’s nothing stopping users from switching their IP address and resuming where they left off. This practice isn’t even forbidden in Omegle’s terms of service.
When you connect to a VPN, you’re given a temporary IP address. To Omegle’s servers, you appear to be a completely different user, possibly even in a different country. As such, you’ll be able to use the site with a clean slate. This does mean that you won’t be able to access your old chat logs, though.
Omegle and privacy
Although Omegle hasn’t publicly admitted that they’re trying to block VPN users, all the evidence points to the contrary. In fact, this has been an issue since at least 2014, according to posts on the Omegle subreddit. So why would Omegle want to stop people using a VPN?
The most obvious reason is to help track down people who abuse the platform. When a regular user connects to Omegle, their IP address is logged. This can easily be traced to a rough physical location. VPN users, on the other hand, use a temporary substitute IP address which would return a completely different location. As long as you abide by the terms of service (which do not expressly forbid VPN use), however, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be allowed to connect as normal.
In our tests, we found that Omegle often displayed “Error connecting to server. Please try again.” when using a VPN. This was solved by switching servers, but finding one that isn’t blocked can be a challenge.
If you find an IP address that works, don’t forget to turn off automatic IP switching for the duration of your chat. This will prevent you from being disconnected part way through.
How to use Omegle safely
First of all, you should be aware that video chat sites like Omegle and Chatroulette have something of an adult content problem. Chats are moderated but Omegle stress repeatedly on the homepage that this isn’t foolproof. For this reason, we’d advise against using Omegle if you’re under 18 years old.
Also, the terms of service contain an interesting statement: “In general, messages are not stored, but messages which are flagged by a as [sic] suspicious may be stored indefinitely“. This page claims to be effective as of June 2014, but in 2016, it was revealed that all chats are saved, with the resulting plaintext logs available for download.
With this in mind, it’s important that you don’t reveal any information that could be used to identify you. This includes your full name, place of work, email address and phone number, but even the view out of your window coupled with the city you live in can give someone a general idea of your location. Ideally, you wouldn’t even show your face on camera, however, this does defeat the purpose of video chat. Essentially, as long as you’re sensible about the information you share and disconnect whenever you feel uncomfortable, you’ll be fine.