WhatsApp, a Meta-owned platform has launched proxy support for users all over the world, like millions of people in Iran and elsewhere who continue to be denied the right to communicate freely and privately.

Choosing a proxy will enable them to connect to WhatsApp through servers set up by volunteers and organisations around the world dedicated to helping people communicate freely.

Now, users will be able to communicate through WhatsApp even if the service is banned or blocked where they live, or if they do not have access to internet.

The feature is for users all over the world, it has been launched primarily for the people of Iran, where the Islamic Republic banned WhatsApp and Instagram as part of its measures to quell the anti-hijab protests

"We are making it easier for anyone to connect to WhatsApp using a proxy. So when a connection to WhatsApp is blocked, people have the power to restore access," said Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp.

This option is now available in the settings menu for everyone running the latest version of WhatsApp.

1.In the Chats tab, tap More options > Settings. 2.Tap Storage and Data > Proxy. 3.Tap Use Proxy. 4.Tap Set Proxy and enter the proxy address. 5.Tap Save. 6.A check mark  will show if the connection is successful.

If you are still unable to send or receive WhatsApp messages using a proxy, that proxy may have been blocked. You can long press the blocked proxy address to delete it, then enter a new proxy address to try again.