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How to Unblock Your IP Address in WordPress

If you’re a WordPress user, chances are you’ll need to unblock your IP address at some point or another. This can be quite frustrating for users, especially those not taking the assistance of experts at ScepterMarketing.com and those not familiar with the nuts and bolts of how the web works. Today, we’re going to explain why you were blocked and exactly what steps to take to unblock your IP Address in WordPress.


What Is an IP Address Anyway?

To put it simply, an ‘IP’ or Internet Protocol Address is the number that identifies your device when it’s connected to the internet. It’s generally given to you by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) you’re connected to at any given time. It also has a habit of changing when you reset hardware, connect to different Wi-Fi networks and sometimes for no reason at all.


Why Did My IP Address Get Blocked?

While it’s can be frustrating, IP Address blocking is an essential part of WordPress security. It typically happens after several incorrect login attempts. At times, other factors such as outdated cookies etc. in your web browser; or even an IP address assigned to you by your ISP – can cause the block to happen. The reason for this is that these factors can also be signs that someone is trying to hack your digital property and IP Address blocks are the fastest way of stopping them in their tracks.


Who Can Unblock it?

To unblock a blocked IP, a login needs to be made from a different IP address. To do this, you can either:

  1. Ask a friend or colleague to sign in from a different network and unblock you
  2. You can get tricky and use a different IP Address, log yourself in and unblock your other IP Address

If you’re planning on unblocking your account yourself, here’s what you’ll need to do. First, if you’re at home or work in a small office, typically all the devices on your Wi-Fi and wired network will have the same IP Address allocated to them by your internet provider.

That means your desktop, laptop, iPad, etc. will all be blocked while connected to that network.

The easiest way to get online with another IP:

–              Disconnect your phone from your home’s Wi-Fi

–              Turn on your phone’s hot spot

–              Connect your computer to your phones Wi-Fi (or wired) hotspot

This will allow you to browse the web using your phone’s 3G/4G IP Address, which is different to your Wi-Fi router’s IP Address. If you’re not sure how to turn on ‘hot-spot’ functionality it’s really easy – for iPhone users, for Android users.


The Solution – How to Unblock Your IP Address in WordPress

Now that either yourself or a colleague is able to log-in jump into your account. Once in your WordPress account:


1) Bottom left of screen, find WP Security. Click on this to go to the WP Security Dashboard

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2) On the WP Security Dashboard, click the tab at the top: “Locked IP Addresses”:

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3) Here you will see a list of IP addresses that have been locked. Typically, you can find your IP address based on the Date and Username that was used when attempting to login. You can then tick it and choose to unlock it in the drop down.

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And that’s all there is too it. If you’re consistently experiencing issues it may be a symptom of a broader security or infrastructure issue with your website. If you need expert advice, we’re only an email or phone call away.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

18 October, 2017 at 1:11 am

Ahh So I am locked out of my account. I tried logging on from my laptop at home, and I received the notification that my IP (ip address here) has been flagged for potential security violations. I tried my partner’s laptop (connected to the same wifi), and got the same message. Waited out the evening and tried to log in at work… from my desktop computer and got the SAME notification… with the same IP address listed… I’m not sure what to do from here. My work has other computers I could use but we’re all on the same network. Would I be able to try to log on with my laptop at a different wifi location? like a coffee shop? How else can I log in and unblock my account? My phone doesn’t have personal hotspot set up yet…. What can I do! Is it worth it to go to the library (I work at a university) and try the computers there? Help, thank you!

Ryan Shelleyreply
18 October, 2017 at 9:23 am
– In reply to: Sangeeta

Hi Sangeeta,
It seems a little odd that your IP address at home and at work are both blocked. I would definitely try using a different network such as at a friends place or at a cafe etc.
It can be a little tricky to figure out as there’s a few different ‘levels’ of blocking IP’s. In the blog above, this was an example of a WP Security Plugin blocking IP’s. Sometimes it may be your actual server/hosting company that is blocking a range of IP’s for some reason.
I hope this helps.

27 October, 2017 at 10:47 pm

I cant access the wifi from my phone, what can i do to unblock my ip address?

Ryan Shelleyreply
31 October, 2017 at 5:23 pm
– In reply to: Hennry

Hi Hennry,

Hot spotting or tethering to a phone is usually the best way to get a different IP rather than your home or office’s IP. Have you got a friends phone you can hot spot to? Is there a friends house, cafe or library you can go to and make use of their WiFi so that you can use a different IP?

8 February, 2018 at 8:28 am

hi im beastly i am working on a cruise ship with a secured wifi and doesnt allows password so they blocked me because i downloaded how can i unblock myself from this secured connection i am connected it says but i cannot connect it says that my internet access is restricted

Ryan Shelleyreply
12 February, 2018 at 9:36 pm
– In reply to: kelly


Sounds like your device has been blocked. You may be able to get around the ban by changing/spoofing your MAC address.

4 March, 2018 at 3:37 pm

To me it’s a different case , my website is blocked on Facebook and it’s my source of money as in I promote my business from their. Can you help me through please,

Ryan Shelleyreply
4 March, 2018 at 8:53 pm
– In reply to: Danny

Not exactly sure what you mean by “my website is blocked on Facebook”.

Clara May Sweetmanreply
31 July, 2018 at 8:48 am

Hi there, despite doing this several times and receiving the notification ‘The selected IP entry was unlocked successfully!’. My blocked IP address continues to show up in the list and continues to be blocked. Is there an amount of time I have to wait for this to be actioned?

Ryan Shelleyreply
14 August, 2018 at 9:08 am
– In reply to: Clara May Sweetman

Did you manage to get access after waiting a little while?

14 August, 2018 at 7:41 am

I have a website on a home server. Now with my cell phone as long as I am connected using my wifi I have no problem. Now if I try to use my phone service to access the site I get “Your IP Address has been blocked by the administrator for security purposes” and my clients get the exact same thing using the cell service to connect to my website. Please help me. The website is http://www.pegasusdjservice.com so if need be you can check what it is doing.

Ryan Shelleyreply
14 August, 2018 at 9:07 am
– In reply to: Richard

Hi Richard,

Thanks for your email too. We too had issues trying to browse your website. I suspect some type of internal routing issue on your network or with your web server. The IP is an internal IP address. I hope this helps.

6 September, 2019 at 4:13 am

Thank you!!! I used my phone hotspot on my desktop and was able to log back in and delete the blocked IP address. Thank you so much!

Ryan Shelleyreply
10 September, 2019 at 10:23 am
– In reply to: Kate

Hi Kate, glad to hear it worked out for you!

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