VLC player is a popular lightweight and universal player. It can be installed on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.
Go to <File> and choose <Convert / Stream>
Click <Open Media> and select the video file you want to compress
Choose a Profile preset
Click <Customize> to adjust the bitrate and video codec settings
Click <Apply> and <Save as file> to save your compressed file.
QuickTime (for Mac)
For macOS users, you can use the built-in QuickTime player to do a simple video compression on your video.
Open the video file with the QuickTime player
Go to <File> and choose <Export As>
Choose the resolution (e.g. 4K or 480p)
Method 5: Trim the Video Length
Depending on your preference. sometimes the best way is to trim (edit) it slightly to reduce the video file size. This is typically done at the beginning or toward the end of the video to have minimal impact on the video’s content.
For both desktop and mobile devices, you can try Filmora. The video editing app is available on PC, macOS, iOS, and Android platforms.
Besides basic editing and video compression features, the app also offers the following;
OnlineSIM (Free to try, rent a virtual number per day)
Keep in mind that mobile numbers on free sites tend to run out quickly, and these sites don’t offer new numbers very often.
Consider getting a paid virtual number service because it is a more reliable approach, as you are the only one using that number. OnlineSIM offers such a personalized virtual number service.
Telegram may occasionally require its users to confirm their cell phone numbers. Therefore, if you intend to use your Telegram account for a long time, you might want to think about renewing these virtual phone numbers.
Method 3: Receive Phone Call Verification
An alternative way is to get Telegram to call you instead of receiving the SMS OTP code on your phone.
You will retrieve the OTP code when you listen to the automated phone message.
During registration, you provide Telegram with the virtual mobile number
When asked to verify and enter the 5-digit SMS OTP verification code, select the option <Didn’t get the code>.
Telegram will attempt to call you on the number you provided.
For that, there are several online international phone calling (and voicemail services) that you can use.
Talkroute is a virtual phone system suitable for businesses and individuals who are always on the move.
Users can make and receive international phone calls, manage SMS texts, and reply to voicemail messages using desktops, computers, web browsers, and mobile devices.
To receive verification OTP code from Telegram, you can use Talkroute to receive and listen to incoming phone calls.
OnlineSIM (Free to try, rent a virtual number per day)
TextMagic (Free to try, free incoming SMS, pay for only outgoing SMS)
Please note that mobile numbers on free sites usually run out quickly, and these sites do not offer new numbers frequently.
A more reliable method is to use a paid service. For example, TextMagic and OnlineSIM provide a dedicated virtual phone number for your SMS needs.
Keep in mind that WhatsApp may ask its users to verify their mobile numbers from time to time. As a result, consider renewing these virtual numbers if you intend to use the Whatsapp account for the long term.
How to Bypass Phone Number Verification When Creating A New Gmail Account?
Below are the five (5) methods, starting with the most successful in method 1.
Method 1. Use a new Android Phone (or hard reset)
From our testing, this method always works, and Gmail never asks for any mandatory phone number.
Android belongs to Google, and it encourages users to create new Gmail accounts without asking for verification of their phone numbers.
You will not encounter the page where you must provide a phone number.
You need a new or clean, hard-reset Android phone to do this.
Follow the simple steps below.
When setting up a new phone for the first time, choose <SKIP> to avoid inserting any SIM cards.
Just connect the phone to a wireless network, e.g. your residential home or office.
Android will ask you for your Gmail account and offer you to create it if you do not have one. Select <Create a new account>.
You will not be asked to provide any phone number.
Sometimes, you may come across the page asking for your phone number, but you can skip or use an email address. Look at the bottom of the page for these options.
How to factory hard reset your Android phone?
Go to Settings and search for the word “factory“.
Select the one that says “factory reset“. Every Android search settings may differ, but the correct one will always clearly display “factory reset“.
Note that this action will erase all user data, and you cannot recover them back. So make sure you either back up all your data or do not need these data anymore.
Method 2. Connect the VPN location to a lesser-known Country
If you are from certain countries, it may have fewer restrictions when creating new Gmail accounts.
A VPN service allows you to connect anywhere in the world and make Gmail think you reside in that country.
This method requires using a VPN service and connecting yourself to the country where Gmail is currently “friendly” towards.
Try to use lesser-known countries such as Myanmar and Laos. Choose from Asia and Middle East countries.
Avoid connecting to the USA, U.K. and European countries.
Choose the following reliable VPN services;
ProtonVPN (free plan available for iOS, Android, Windows & macOS)
NordVPN (most number of servers in different countries)
IPVanish (supports all platforms, routers and T.V.s)
When you find that using a VPN service is convenient in creating Gmails and other online accounts, consider getting the paid plan as it usually means having more countries and locations to connect to and faster speeds.
Always look at the bottom of the registration page to see if you can have the option to <SKIP> phone verification.
Method 3. Get a Secondary Prepaid Mobile Number app
You can get a second phone number that does not tie to your current SIM number.
Hushed is one of those apps that you can use to buy a prepaid mobile number online. You can receive SMS OTPs, make calls, have custom voicemail greetings, call forwarding, and many other features.
The reason for getting a secondary phone number is to provide Gmail with the phone number verification.
Note that once Gmail is verified, Gmail may occasionally ask users to authenticate themselves again through SMS verification. Thus it is advisable to retain or renew your secondary prepaid number for as long as it takes.
When you click on a Telegram link and realise that the website cannot be reached, it seems like your Telegram link is not working, and your web browser is not successfully opening the link. The web browser is unresponding at times.
What could be the issue/s here?
There are many reasons why this is happening. In this article, we will look at each and every issue to rectify and troubleshoot it.
Login via the QR code (from your phone) or use your phone number (the one registered to your Telegram account)
5. Clear Cache and Data
Sometimes your Telegram app may get congested with cache files and contain lots of files due to attachments. Clearing your Telegram cache and data may help the app receive a refreshing start.
On Android > Open Telegram app> Tap on the Menu on the top left > Select Settings > Select Data and Storage > Select Storage Usage > Click on Clear Telegram Cache and Clear Local Database.
On iPhone > Open Telegram app > Go to Settings > Select Data and Storage > Select Storage Usage > Click on clear Telegram cache.
6. Check the Telegram Server
Sometimes when you cannot open links in Telegram, the reason could be due to Telegram’s servers. In other words, the fault lies in the link (i.e. the website).
You can use Downdetector to check the current status of the Telegram app.
The image above shows that Telegram is working correctly at the moment.
Suppose you encounter a message that Telegram is experiencing some connection difficulty. In that case, it is best to wait for Telegram to resolve its problems and check Downdetector after a while to see if the issue has been resolved.
7. Check Link Server
Sometimes the issue lies in the website link itself. For example, there is a possibility that the website server is down, resulting in Telegram not being unable to open the website link.
You can use IsItDownRightNow to check any website for any issues of connectivity.
It cannot be resolved on your end if it is a server-related issue. Therefore the best thing to do is to wait it out.
8. Check your Internet connectivity
Use a combination of your mobile data and Wi-Fi connection to test the Telegram link.
Check your Internet and router configurations to see if everything is working fine.
Use another device to connect to the Wi-Fi network and test the external link to see if it works.
9. Restart your Device
Whether you are using the mobile or desktop version of Telegram, sometimes the easiest way is often the easiest.
Restart your device and try opening the link again.
FilterByPass is a free anonymous web proxy service that works most of the time.
The proxies will fetch the webpage and redirect you to a unique encrypted proxy page containing the page’s content.
You can use it on most social media platforms like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
The best and proven way to bypass Youtube’s geo-restricted content is to use a trusted VPN service like NordVPN or ProtonVPN.
It is a guaranteed way to play these blocked videos.
For a small sum of a few dollars a month, not only using it on Youtube, you can use it anywhere else, be it for torrenting, streaming from Netflix, accessing blocked websites, etc.
If you are looking for a free method, then any of the methods stated here should work for you, as we tested them all.
Why are some Youtube videos blocked?
YouTube videos can be blocked in four (4) different ways.
Firstly, at work where the firewall is used to block Youtube on office networks. Secondly, at school to prevent students from accessing it during class. Thirdly, by the government as a form of internet censorship for political reasons. Lastly, Youtube is also blocked by content creators who intentionally restrict viewers from certain countries due to rights issues.
The Chinese version of TikTok is called Douyin 抖音. You can easily create and get a new Douyin account on your mobile device.
Douyin can be installed easily, and this article will show you how to download and install it on Android and iOS devices.
What is Douyin 抖音 exactly?
Released in 2016 for mainland China, Douyin is a short-form (15 seconds to 10 minutes) video hosting service owned by the China-based company, ByteDance.
Released in 2017, TikTok is a subsequent and separate version of the original Douyin app, developed by ByteDance and is marketed as an international app outside of mainland China.
Both apps mainly allow users to create short-form videos, with slight differences in terms of features. One such difference is Douyin’s ability to buy products and book hotels directly in-app, which are missing features in the international version of TikTok.
The short-form video contents in the Douyin app are entirely different from TikTok. Using Douyin, you can get fresh content ideas, get to know the Chinese influencers and know what is currently trending there.
To open your Terminal app, go to Spotlight (the magnifying glass on the top-right) and type in “Terminal”.
7. Renew the DHCP lease
You can manually force your Mac to renew a new IP address for your computer. In some cases, renewing your IP via renewing the DHCP lease can resolve specific connection issues, especially on websites not working correctly.
To renew your DHCP lease, click the Apple logo (on the top left) and choose <System Settings>.
Select <Wi-Fi> on the left pane and click on <Details> on the right pane.
Click <Renew DHCP Lease> and click <OK>.
8. Disable IPV6 in macOS
Some internet connectivity issues have been related to and caused by using the IPV6 protocol. This is enabled by default in macOS devices.
The following command will override any settings interfering with your IPV6 being set to OFF mode.
Copy and paste the command in Terminal and hit <Enter>.
networksetup -setv6off Wi-Fi
Restart your web browser and revisit the webpage to see if the error is resolved.
To re-enable back IPV6 in your Mac, use the following commands in Terminal.