If it hasn’t happened to you yet, give it time—it will. If you love chatting on Omegle, eventually you will get banned.
The way Omegle is structured, it’s just so easy to get banned. And it may not be for any good reason … someone may have just not liked something innocent you said, and then boom! Your Omegle account is kaput for days or even months. That’s just par for the course in the “Wild West” approach Omegle takes to digital chat in order to cater to a distinct user niche.
Fortunately, an Omegle ban is quite easy to circumvent. While it may be unsettling to think that predators have access to the same tools as you do, here’s how to skip the inconvenience and get unbanned from Omegle in a few easy steps.
Get unbanned from Omegle: Quick steps
You can easily start using Omegle again by taking any of the following steps, any of which accomplish the end goal of getting you chatting on Omegle with a different IP address. A few ways you can do this:
- Ask your ISP for a different IP address. If you have a static IP address (as opposed to a dynamic one), you may be able to change it by contacting your ISP.
- Connect to a different network
- Use a VPN
- Use a proxy service
For more information, read the complete guide below.
What is Omegle?
To understand Omegle bans a little better, it helps to understand what Omegle is and learn some of its history.
Created in Brattleboro, VT by 18-year-old Lief K. Brooks and launched in 2009, Omegle is a web app that, as mentioned, allows users to chat with each other, without a monitor or moderator, and without having to create an account. This adds an extra layer of anonymity to the interface.
Additionally, Omegle is based on randomness. The appeal is to have the chance to “talk to strangers” and meet people randomly, without eavesdroppers or moderators from the chat provider.
The app assigns two strangers to chat with you and features a “Spy” mode that allows a third party to interlope on a conversation between two strangers.
Users can be paired by common interests, and the “Dorm Chat” feature requires that users prove they have a “.edu” email address, enabling them to chat with their fellow students.
Since 2010, Omegle has featured a video chat function as well as a text chat function. Also, according to the terms of service, the minimum age of an Omegle user is restricted to 13.
Unmonitored video chat between strangers which minors can access… what could possibly go wrong? Indeed, Omegle acknowledges the potential for sexual abuse, both of minors and unconsenting adults, by hosting an “all ages” version and an “adult” version.
Consenting adults can exchange sexually explicit images over Omegle without violating the terms of service and getting banned. The “all-ages” version is monitored by image-recognition software to shut down adult content like nudity.
Over 200,000 users log onto Omegle every day.
Is Omegle safe?
It depends on what you mean by “safe,” but in almost all cases, the short answer is “no.”
- Profanity, Pornography, and Predation. The filtering algorithm is not foolproof in filtering out material that is inappropriate for minors, and reports of sexual predation continue despite Omegle’s attempts at “non-moderated moderation.” People who don’t want to be exposed to explicit imagery or language should not use Omegle, and parents should be aware of the risk before they allow their teenagers to use Omegle.
- Blackmail. Omegle has had to weather bad PR from multiple incidents where girls and young women were blackmailed by male users, some of them taking pictures and threatening to expose them, others threatening to use their IP addresses to track them down.
- Privacy. Despite being “anonymous” in its lack of user accounts, Omegle stores chat data for up to four months, making any sensitive information exchanged over the service vulnerable to hackers.
- Data Theft. On that note, Omegle servers have fallen victim to multiple hacks, indicating that the site’s digital security is troublingly lax. The best advice is to never share something on Omegle that you wouldn’t mind becoming public.
Why does Omegle ban users?
Omegle bans users for a variety of reasons, ranging from banalities to criminal violations.
Either way, the moment a ban goes into effect on your IP address, your chat will disappear and you will be greeted by a cheerful window and message:
“Your computer/network is banned for possible bad behavior.”
What happened? Here are some reasons you might have been banned from Omegle…
You get dropped too much
Like hanging up the phone on a prank caller, Omegle allows you to “drop” a chat. Omegle may ban you if too many people drop chats with you. The assumption is that you may have been harassing the user or being otherwise offensive.
You drop too many people
Ironically, if you drop too many chats, Omegle may also ban you. The assumption is that you don’t want to constructively participate in the Omegle community.
Someone reports you
You may get banned, often immediately and automatically, if another user reports you. Any user can report another user for any reason. Maybe the banned user behaved inappropriately or said something that didn’t constitute a violation, but that nonetheless offended the reporting user. Of course, a user could report another user for no reason, resulting in a ban.
You violate Omegle Terms of Service
Omegle maintains a number of terms of service, the violation of which could get you banned if a moderator catches it. Examples include:
- “Adult” content in the all-ages area.
- Abuse, harassment, or racism.
- Use of copyrighted music, TV shows, or movies in the background of your chat.
How do I get unbanned from Omegle?
If you get banned from Omegle, you have several options to get back to chatting. Here are some strategies to consider:
Method 1: Wait a few days
Some Omegle bans only last a few days. It might be a nice break from chatting. Additionally, your ISP occasionally refreshes your IP address without you having to take any action. Once the IP address changes, the ban is gone. Well, the address may still be banned, but you have a new IP address, so it doesn’t matter.
Method 2: Connect to a different network
Again, the ban applies to the IP address, not you as a user. The IP address is assigned to your network-enabled device. Want to start chatting again right away? Find a different network. This could be your mobile internet, a friend’s WiFi, or the public WiFi at a library or coffee shop. Once your device is connected to a new network, with a new IP address, there’s no ban to stop you from chatting.
Method 3: Get a different IP address
You may have a dynamic IP address, which refreshes automatically given enough time. You may be able to speed up the process and force the ISP to give you a new IP address.
Here are the steps to try:
- Google-search “What is my IP address?” Google will return your IP address as the top result on the SERP. Write down the IP address for easy reference.
- Unplug your modem from its power source and wait for an hour. (Wait times may vary.)
- Plug your modem back in and let it connect to the network.
- Google-search “What is my IP address?” again. If the IP address has changed, you should be able to immediately return to Omegle.
If you have a static IP address, try contacting your ISP and ask for a new one.
Method 4: Use a VPN
The “nuclear option” to avoid as many bans as you want is to use a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN routs your web browsing through a proxy server in another location, masking your IP address.
VPNs usually result in slower speeds, which can be a problem for people who want to use the video chat feature of Omegle. But if you get banned, just refresh the VPN to a new proxy server. Boom. You’re back.
Method 5: Use a proxy service
Proxies work more or less the same way VPNs do. They send your traffic through an intermediary server, making it seem like that server’s IP address belongs to you. This will let you access Omegle even if you’ve been banned.
The main difference between VPNs and proxies is that the latter don’t normally encrypt your data.
What are the best VPN services for accessing Omegle?
Some VPN software is free; others cost money. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. Getting started with a cheap or free VPN is fine if your budget is limited. If you want a foolproof VPN, secure from data theft and fast enough to operate video chat, you may want to consider one of the pricier and higher-quality VPN providers.
Here are some VPN services to consider:
While not the cheapest option, ExpressVPN is a popular choice for people who value their security and privacy above all else. Based in the British Virgin Islands, ExpressVPN does not have to operate under the invasive data-retention laws that most VPN providers have to. It has DNS leak protection, a kill switch, and perfect forward security.
With servers in over 90 countries, ExpressVPN is fast enough to handle Omegle video chats. ExpressVPN can even be purchased with Bitcoin using a .onion version of its website for perfect anonymity.
Most VPN services build their platform on OpenVPN protocol, but Hotspot Shield uses its own proprietary protocol, Catapult Hydra, in conjunction with perfect forward security and military-grade encryption.
Hotspot Shield keeps no logs that could be used by third parties to identify users. They are particularly good at unblocking popular streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu.
IPVanish boasts fast speeds, perfect for Omegle video chats, as well as easy and versatile configurability. It’s not as good at unblocking streaming services, but it does offer excellent browsing safety.
One of the most portable VPN services out there, it can be configured for unusual devices like Amazon Fire Stick and machines running Linux.
Industry leader NordVPN has over 5,000 servers worldwide, allowing it to unblock almost any geo-blocked site in the world, including over 150 streaming platforms. It’s also strong enough to handle up to six connections at once, more than many other VPN providers.
In addition to offering 24/7 chat support, NordVPN also has the advantage of being relatively inexpensive, compared to other VPN services with comparable capabilities
Based in Hong Kong, PureVPN faces no pesky data retention requirements, keeping you safe from surveillance. One of the most affordable VPN services on the market, PureVPN offers admirable IP security at rates as low as $1.48 per month.
PureVPN provides most of what an Omegle user will need, at a price almost anyone can afford.
How long does it take to get unbanned from Omegle?
If you are able to change IP addresses, you can get unbanned almost immediately.
If you want to just wait out the ban, it depends. Bans could last anywhere from a few days to a few months. There’s no way to tell when a ban will be lifted.
For serious ToS violations (abuse, harassment, etc.) a ban may be for life… but lifetime bans are ineffective if the banned user has a dynamic IP address that gets refreshed periodically. Once the IP address changes, the user can chat on Omegle again.
How do I get unbanned from Omegle without changing my IP address?
Some web services exist that claim to be able to lift an Omegle block without changing your IP address. The best-known providers include Anonymous, BlewPass, and Unblocksit. However, these services may not be successful. The best way to circumvent an Omegle ban is to change your IP address.
Can you be tracked on Omegle?
Yes. For the purposes of law enforcement, every chat is stored on Omegle’s servers, identified by the IP addresses of each user, and a randomly-generated “user code” for each user. This data is stored on Omegle’s servers for about four months, and chats flagged as “spam” by the app algorithm may be stored indefinitely.
This is true even with “private” or “incognito” browsing, because the IP address identifies the network, not the browser. An incognito browser cannot hide the IP address; only a VPN can do that.