Since August 18, 2018, there is no longer a single app on the iOS App Store that will allow you to block apps or their content.
NOTE: If you downloaded Freedom before August 18, 2018 you can still have access to Freedom’s app-blocking and can follow the directions below. If you need to restore your previous purchase, you can learn how to do that on our support doc here.
How to block apps on your iPhone with Freedom
Of course we’re slightly biased, but Freedom is the best way to block all your most distracting apps. Freedom is an app blocker, but can also block websites or the whole internet if you need to block distractions across all your Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android devices.
Download the Freedom iOS app here.
Once Freedom is downloaded and installed, you can choose to either block apps from Freedom’s pre-existing blocklist (Option 1,) or create a custom app blocklist (Option 2). Follow the guide below.
OPTION 1: How to BLOCK APPS USING FREEDOM PRESET LIST
Launch the Freedom app and log in (or sign up if you need to)
Select Blocklists tab and tap Add a blocklist
Select the app you want to block by finding it and toggling the pre-made filters to the on position. Name your blocklist and tap Save
To start a session: select the Start session tab at the bottom. Select your new Blocklist, choose a Session Length (or End Time), and tap Start. Freedom will block content in the apps you’ve chosen for the duration of your session!
OPTION 2: HOW TO BLOCK AN APP THAT’S NOT ON THE FREEDOM PRESET LIST
If the app you’d like to block isn’t listed as a preset, you can add the app’s website URL to your blocklist.
To add the app’s URL, select one of your blocklists and tap “Add Block”, enter the URL of the app you’d like to block, and tap “Add”. [NOTE: for a list of some common URLs for popular apps, see below].
By the way, you can mix these custom blocks with preset filters to create Blocklists of multiple apps.
Turn off your iPhone app notifications.
Distracting apps have incessant push notifications that break your concentration and steal your focus away from what you’re doing. So take this extra step and manage your Notifications so you’re distraction free even without Freedom blocking the apps.
- First, go to Settings > Notifications. From here you should see a long list of all your apps. Next, select an app whose notifications you would like to disable.
- If you would like to turn off all notifications for that app, simply slide the button under “Allow Notifications.
- If you would like to customize the notifications an app can send you, then you can customize under options under “Badge App Icon,” and “Alerts.”
- Then repeat the same process for all the other distracting apps on your list.
So now that you know how to block distracting apps, here’s a few more things to think about.
Distractions aren’t your fault! They’re a temptation that is hard to resist, and unfortunately it’s what many of these platforms are designed to do.
Another recent study also found that the mere presence of your phone – even when you’re not using it – has the ability to distract and inhibit your performance. So it’s easy to see why so many of us are having trouble focusing with all the interruptions our apps are constantly sending us.
Luckily, you can control distractions when you use app blocking. And the result: Freedom users report gaining 2.5+ hours, every day.
COMMONLY USED APPS TO BLOCK:
Don’t know the URL for the app you want to block, or the block isn’t working? Sometimes apps use different addresses than the website – so if you can’t figure it out, we can help you. Here’s a list of URLs for popular apps: