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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 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 At times, other factors such as outdated cookies etc.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.

October 18, 2017 at 01:10 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
October 18, 2017 at 09:10 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.

October 27, 2017 at 10:10 PM

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

Ryan Shelleyreply
October 31, 2017 at 05:10 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?

February 08 at 08:02 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
February 12 at 09:02 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.

March 04 at 03:03 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
March 04 at 08:03 PM
– In reply to: Danny

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

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