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How To Unblur Text On A Website in Chrome, FireFox, Opera And Brave

Websites and apps these days tend to blur out text or other important elements to prevent users from accessing restricted information. If you’re reading a blog, for example, and you come across a paragraph that has been blurred, you won’t be able to read it unless you pay to read an article or anything.

But when we see websites or apps with blur-out text so frequently, it begs the question: Is there a way to view those hidden words? As it turns out, there are several ways to unblur text on a website or app and reveal its contents. Whether they be intentional tricks or simply the result of user error, we’ll show you how in this blog post.

Why Do Websites Blur Text?

It is common for websites to blur text in order to keep their content exclusive to members and paying subscribers. Some websites don’t require you to pay for a subscription to read the content they blur; they just want you to drop your email address or sign up for a free membership or a free trial. Other websites allow you to browse a limited amount of content before the paywall comes up.

This method may not work on most websites, but it does for most. Some websites updated their algorithms to prevent premium content theft.

How To Unblur Text On A Website

If you want to view hidden text and need a bit more time or more sample content before you decide to signup for the subscription or paywall.

1. How to unblur text on a website using inspect element?

We can use inspect element tool which is available on all web browsers to unblur or remove text. Right-click on-page to inspect and you can look through elements to remove or unblur text.

  1. As you can see you met with a paywall unless you subscribe or pay there’s no way someone can bypass this, however this method won’t work everywhere because the elements and methods to secure content is different for every site.
  2. Right-click and open your inspect element, and hover your mouse over the container which is blocking everything.
  3. There’s an element “<aside …” you can delete that element by right-clicking and see what happens.
  4. After deleting that element you can’t scroll up or down because of the properties inside the body element, let’s change style="overflow: hidden;" to style="overflow: visible;" this would completely bypass the paywall or blurry content.
  5. This method has unblurred the complete article and you can read it for free. (Note: This method won’t work on every paywall or website because every site has different elements and HTML structure.)

2. Enable Reader Mode

If the above method didn’t work, you can try enabling reader mode and see if that helps unblur or unlock that specific article or content.

Many modern browsers offer a “reader” mode that removes web page clutter such as advertisements and other distractions. Chrome and Firefox include Reader Mode, and Safari and Internet Explorer include Reader View. You can use this mode to view blurred or paywalled content on some websites. It is an optional feature of certain browsers, so you must activate it before you can unblur text.

How to enable Reader Mode on Google Chrome:

  1. First, navigate to chrome://flags.
  2. After that, you can see the “Experiments” section and Enable Reader Mode, which should be disabled you need to enable it and restart your Chrome browser. enable reader mode
  3. After the launch, you can see the Reader Mode icon inside your address bar at the top.

Go to that article or website where the content is blurred or not accessible and click on the Reader Mode icon to see if this trick works.

3. Access the Page from Google Search

A lot of premium content websites allow non-paying visitors to view the entire content of the link they clicked on from Google Search results in order to boost their traffic. You may encounter a paywall when you directly navigate to that URL because most of the sites allow access through Google search to boost up their ranking.

Suppose if you visit some quora URLs it will ask you to signup to access the content, to bypass this you can just copy the above title and paste that on Google Search and when you navigate to the same URL through Google search you can access the content without creating an account.

4. Snapshot on Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

Anyone can save and search for old versions of web pages using the Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive. The tool also crawls the web to collect cached web pages. Use it to locate saved versions of paywalled articles if any are available.

5. Using Google Translate to Unblur or View Hidden Content

Using Google Translate, you can unblur or view a web page and view the translated version of it. Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, navigate to Google Translate and paste the URL of the content which you want to unlock or unblur.
  2. Click on the link which appeared on the right side of the box.

This would open a URL with the Google translate website and it would have provided an unblurred version of the web page.

FAQs

Is it legal to Unblur text on a website?

Unblurring or previewing blurred texts on a website for academic or research purposes is fine. You can blur the text again by reloading the page, or unblur it if you wish.

If the material is sensitive, violates someone’s privacy, or is copyrighted, we advise getting permission from the website owner as a precaution. Copying and distributing copyrighted text that has been unblurred is illegal and unethical.

Why is the text blurred on some websites?

Websites blur text and other content to make them seem more exclusive. This makes it easier for them to sell membership plans and make money. So, when you pay the membership fee, the text is no longer blurry and is easy to read.

On some websites, you have to put in your email address to make an account so you can fix the blurry text. This way, they can send you emails with news and deals.

Conclusion

You can easily get rid of the blurred text on websites by using the inspect element tool or by purchasing a membership.

William Keener

William is a tech writer at Hacktoday. He's been writing how-to guides for about 4 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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