“I’m not a robot, Google.” During online search, it can be annoying to prove that you’re a human after all. (You are a spambot until you proven yourself to be a human.) By the time you select all the traffic lights, crosswalks, and shop fronts, you may forget the original search topic. (It happens to me all the time.)
Accordingly, we show you here a few simple ways to bypass Google’s time-consuming ReCAPTCHA images.
1. Solve Audio Challenge: It’s Way Faster
The audio versions of ReCAPTCHA are way faster. If you are presented with a visual challenge, always ignore it and straightaway press the audio button. Click “Play” and you will hear the audio challenge.
Personally, it does not take me longer than eight to ten seconds to solve the audio challenge. With Image ReCAPTCHA, I get it wrong almost nine times out of ten. This could be because the audio challenges use simple English words which means a greater probability of getting them right the first time.
In case, you did not hear it right on the first attempt, simply download the audio file. It will open in a new tab for Chrome/Firefox users. These files only run for three to four seconds so that you can easily replay the sounds to be sure you hear correctly.
2. Use VPN
VPN locations allow you to legitimately bypass Google’s ReCAPTCHA roadblocks. For the best results, choose a well-known VPN service instead of a free VPN which would arrive with its own set of problems. Good VPNs disguise your traffic, protect your device details and don’t record logs.
I have a habit of quickly clearing the browser cache while changing the VPN location (Ctrl + H). Combined together, it’s way faster than solving image puzzles.
3. Use ReCAPTCHA Bypass Bots
You can also download browser extensions which solve the challenges on your behalf. One of them is Buster, which does a nice job in bypassing audio challenges, available with Chrome as well as Firefox. As soon as you encounter a visual challenge, the extension icon gets activated (see below).
Next, carry on with the audio challenge as usual. Instead of your human ear, the bot solves it for you.
The accuracy is not 100 percent, but if you’re only going to encounter the Google ReCAPTCHA a few times a day, this will do.
However, occasionally it will trigger the “your computer may be sending automated queries” message. When that happens you will find yourself blocked out of audio captchas for a while.
4. Hire a Captcha Solving Service
The good news is that there are plenty of CAPTCHA decoding services which help you solve the Captchas using human data entry operators. Anti-Captcha is a good example with the fastest response time of seven to ten seconds per image puzzle. It claims to have been in business since 2007. The service costs around $2 for 1000 reCAPTCHA v2 puzzles which are harder.
2Captcha is another service which does something similar.
Did you know that ReCAPTCHA image quizzes are Google’s way of making others work for their Artificial Intelligence projects? Using the ReCAPTCHA tool, Google has digitized the entire Google Books library and the entire New York Times archive.
Don’t get me wrong – I am a huge fan of machine learning. But, at the same time, nobody wants to solve these puzzles. Thankfully, Google has realized its error and come up with reCAPTCHA v3. With this version, users are not interrupted, but their actions on a website determine whether they are humans or bots.