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How to Block Websites on iPhone or Android Phone

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This article discusses how to utilise free security apps, website blocks, and firewalls to prevent undesirable websites from showing on Android devices.

What You Should Know

  • About Mobile Security: Tap Parental Controls, then input your password and enable Website Filter. Enter the URL in Blocked List > Add.
  • BlockSite: Tap plus (+), then enter the URL of the website. Tap the alarm clock to set a timer. Schedule should be enabled.
  • NoRoot: Select New Pre-Filter from the Global Filters menu. Enter the URL and change the Port to an asterisk (*). To add the site, go to Home > Start.

Using Apple’s Screen Time

Apple released a slew of Screen Time changes in September, including more straightforward parental controls and website-blocking tools in iOS 16 and iPad OS 16.

  • Age-based default settings: Previously, you had to go through at least 30 steps to set up age-based limits for various iOS apps, TV shows, movies, music, and books. When parents add children to Family Sharing, these filters are now automatically selected.
  • Quick start configuration: A quick start menu appears when you bring any new iOS device close to another one that is already connected to your network. The new iPad or iPhone instantly duplicates the authorised device’s parental restrictions.
  • Requests for Screen Time: When children hit their device’s screen restrictions, they can send iMessages to their parents to request more time. Without having to grab their child’s iPhone and manually modify settings, parents can easily approve or decline these requests through iMessage.

Use a Security App

While you’re blocking undesired websites, add an extra layer of security by installing a security tool that protects against viruses, ransomware, and other bad content.

Trend Micro’s Mobile Security and Antivirus, for example, protects against dangerous content and filters undesirable websites through parental settings. Other characteristics include:

  • Detecting malware in apps before installing them on your Android device.
  • If an app has the potential to reveal your personal information, be cautious.
  • Taking a screenshot of unwanted device access attempts.
  • Assisting you in locating your phone.
  • Assisting with the recovery from a ransomware assault.
  • You should wipe your smartphone.

Mobile Security is free to download and use, as are its anti-virus and anti-malware functions. After a free trial period, the SafeSurfing and Parental Controls features demand a $20 yearly subscription. To use the app, you must first register with Trend Micro.

To use the Mobile Security app to restrict a website, follow these steps:

  1. Open Mobile Security. Scroll down on the main page and tap Parental Controls.
  2. Enter the password for your Trend Micro account.
  3. Tap Website Filter.Set parental controls with the Mobile Security app for Android
  4. Tap the toggle switch beside Website filter to turn it On.
  5. Tap Allow Now and follow the on-screen instructions to grant the appropriate permissions to Mobile Security.
  6. Choose an age setting for the parental controls. This option is arbitrary; you can customize the settings later.Set up parental controls for Android with the Mobile Security app
  7. Tap Blocked List.
  8. Tap Add.
  9. Enter a descriptive name and the URL for the unwanted website, then tap Save to add the website to the Blocked List.Adding to the blocked list

Use a Website Blocker

Website blocker apps allow you to set times when apps and websites are not accessible. BlockSite, for example, keeps you distraction-free with the following features:

  • Adult websites are automatically blocked.
  • A work mode that allows you to define timed intervals and breaks.
  • Websites and apps are blocked on a regular basis.
  • Individual web page restriction.

BlockSite is a free app with no adverts and no in-app purchases. To add a website to BlockSite’s prohibited sites list, follow these steps:

  1. Launch BlockSite and tap the plus sign (+) in the lower-right corner.
  2. Type the URL of the website you want to block, then tap the green check mark.Blocking websites
  3. Tap the Alarm Clock in the upper-right corner.
  4. Choose the times and days of the week you want the website blocked.
  5. Tap the toggle switch beside Schedule to apply the settings, then tap the Back arrow to return to the Block Sites page.Setting the times and days to block websites

Use a Firewall

Firewalls use rules to monitor device access and prevent data. Consider a firewall to be a barrier between you and the internet. Choose a no-root firewall if you do not want to root your Android device.

Grey Shirts’ NoRoot Firewall can block websites based on whether you’re using Wi-Fi or mobile data. When an app attempts to connect to the internet, you’ll be notified. NoRoot Firewall is a free download with no adverts and no in-app purchases.

To use NoRoot Firewall to ban a website, follow these steps:

  1. Open NoRoot Firewall and swipe left on the gray bar at the top to select the Global Filters tab.
  2. Tap New Pre-Filter.
  3. Enter the full URL of the site you want to block, including http or https in front of the domain name.
  4. Tap the down arrow in the Port line, then the asterisk (*). If you wish to block the website when the device is online, tap the Wi-Fi symbol. If you want to block the website when utilising an LTE connection, tap the Data symbol.Setting up website filters
  5. Tap OK.
  6. Swipe right on the gray bar at the top to go to the Home tab.
  7. Tap Start. The pre-filter you created to block the website is added to the list of firewall rules.Adding blocked websites to firewall settings with NoRoot Firewall

How to Block a Website in all Web Browsers

FAQ

On an iPhone, how can I block websites?

On an iPhone, navigate to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions to ban websites. If prompted, enter a passcode. Turn on the switch for Content & Privacy Restrictions and then touch Content Restrictions. Then, go to Web Content > Limit Adult Websites. Alternatively, select Allowed Websites Only to limit the websites that can be accessed.

How can I disable websites in Chrome?

A Chrome plugin like BlockSite is an easy way to block websites on Chrome. Allow BlockSite access to your browser information and add sites you want to block at the configuration screen after installing the extension. You can also establish particular times for blocking specific websites.

How can I restrict websites in Safari?

Go to System Preferences > Screen Time and select Content and Privacy > Turn On on your Mac. Limit Adult Websites > Customize is the option. Click Add in the Restricted area (plus sign). Next, enter the website URL to be blocked and click OK.

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