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How to Get Free Line Stickers by Using a VPN

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Line is an instant messaging application for Smartphones and computers that was developed by the Japanese subsidiary of the South Korean company, Naver Corporation. The application allows its users to make free VOIP and conference calls as well as exchange text messages, audio, video and graphics. Line is currently available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile based Smartphones as well as for computers running on Windows and Mac. Line has a family of 50+ applications including games, photo apps, tools and communication services that are used by more than 200 million users. This article will show you a technique for how to get free Line stickers by using a VPN.

Line Stickers

One of the most popular features of the Line app is that it allows its users to send and receive virtual stickers that double up as emoticons. The company has released thousands of stickers based on popular culture such as anime, manga and gaming characters as well as tied up with movie studios to bring movie based stickers into the market. The stickers are available for purchase and download through the Line Sticker Shop which can be accessed from any Smartphone or computer. The company releases new stickers every week as well as brings out stickers to celebrate special occasions (Olympics, launch of new games and movies etc.) from time to time.

Availability of Line Stickers

The Line app and Sticker shop is accessible from most countries but the choice of stickers available for download and purchase depends on the location of the subscribers. For instance, the Women’s Baseball League, Flavor and Chocola baby stickers are available only to Japanese subscribers; Moon:Salaryman Special, Cony’s Happy Work Life and Sally:Special Edition stickers are available only to Indian subscribers while the Cony Special Edition and Special diet of Moon stickers are available only to Spanish subscribers.

How Line Restricts Access To Stickers

In order to restrict access to stickers, Line relies on the IP address of its subscribers. As you might be aware, your IP address is a unique combination of numbers assigned by your ISP and it contains regional information that can be used to identify your current location. A lot of content providers like Line use the location information contained within the IP address to allow/block access to their products.

How To Bypass IP Based Restrictions Imposed By Line

In order to download free Line stickers that are available only to subscribers from say Japan, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, China etc., you need to use an IP changing service and change your IP address to an IP from that country. This can be done by using services like proxies and Virtual Private Networks that can provide you with an IP address from a desired location. Although proxies are cheaper and easier to use, they may reveal your real IP address to the Line app so it makes sense to use a VPN to access the Line app since VPNs never leak personal details and even encrypt your data.

How To Get Free Line Stickers From Any Country With A VPN

Step 1: Subscribe to a well-known VPN provider that has servers at several countries. To download Line stickers from multiple countries, we recommend subscribing to a VPN plan from HideMyAss, IPVanish, Overplay or ExpressVPN. These companies not only deliver a secure and reliable VPN service but they can also provide IP addresses from several countries.

Step 2: Configure the VPN service on your Smartphone by creating a new VPN connection. If you want to use your computer to connect to the Line app then you also have the option to install the VPN software provided by your VPN vendor. Refer to the detailed setup instructions provided by your VPN company so that you can configure the service on your Smartphone or computer correctly. Also, you need to ensure that you are using the server URL (or IP address) from a location where the stickers that you wish to download are available.

Step 3: After the VPN setup is complete, save the network changes. If you installed the VPN client on your computer then you may also have to restart the machine. Also, remember to close and restart the Line app so that it can use the latest network setup.

Step 4: Connect to the newly configured VPN service by tapping the Connect button located below the connection name on your Smartphone or by clicking the desktop icon on your computer. Depending on your internet speed and current location, it could take few minutes for the service to establish a connection with the VPN server.

Step 5: Once the VPN connection is established, you need to verify whether your new IP address is from the desired location. This can be done by visiting an IP checking website. If you installed a VPN client on your system then the service would automatically connect to its default server. In such cases, you need to verify your IP address and choose a server from the desired country manually if the default server is from some other location.

Step 6: Start the Line app or visit its website and browse through the available stickers. You should now be able to download free stickers from the desired country without facing any location related restrictions.

October 21, 2013

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