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How to Block Apps That Work Against Your Wallet

Hungry and feeling too tired to cook? Can’t fall back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night? 

There’s an app for that! All you need to do is unlock your phone and tap through an endless list of apps ready and willing to deliver the world to your door. Whether it’s your favorite takeout place or an impulsive splurge from your favorite brand, all you have to do is tap, tap, confirm purchase.

Although these apps can be incredibly convenient when you’re pressed for time, they can also make impulsive spending a difficult temptation to resist. Not to mention the countless pleas of push notifications that constantly alert you to to limited-time sales, free delivery, and the cheeky little messages that let you know that your favorite sushi place misses you.

Luckily, you can fight fire with fire and use Freedom to help remove self-control from the equation by blocking or limiting your access to the apps that work against your budget and goals.

So we’ve created a step-by-step guide to blocking food delivery and online shopping apps to help you take back control and fight the temptation of takeout and impulse buys.

How to block food delivery and shopping apps on your iPhone or iOS device:

Log in or sign up for a freedom account

1. Sign up or log in: If you don’t already have a Freedom account, download Freedom from the App Store on any iOS device you wish to block apps on –  otherwise, log into your Freedom account.

Tap add a blocklist

2. Create a new blocklist for food delivery and shopping apps: Next, select the Blocklists tab and tap Add a blocklist. Then give it a name.

Toggle the shopping and food delivery category filters

3. Add all the food delivery and shopping apps you wish to block to your blocklist. To make blocking all of your food delivery and shopping apps easier, simply toggle the category filters for ‘Shopping’ and/or ‘Food Delivery.’ Category filters include a list of popular websites and apps within a category. You can review the tables below for a complete list of websites and apps included in each category.

Websites and apps blocked by the Food Delivery category filter

10bis.co.ildoordash.comeat.chglovoapp.com
grubhub.comjust-eat.co.ukjust-eat.dkjust-eat.es
just-eat.frjust-eat.iejust-eat.itjust-eat.no
lieferando.atliferando.demenulog.co.nzmenulog.com.au
postmates.compyszne.plseamless.comskipthedishes.com
takeaway.comthuisbezorgd.nlubereats.com

Websites and apps blocked by the Shopping category filter

amazon.comasos.combackcountry.combarnesandnoble.com
bedbathandbeyond.combestbuy.comebay.cometsy.com
gap.comgymshark.comhomedepot.comjcrew.com
kohls.commacys.comnewegg.comoldnavy.com
pier1.comsephora.comtarget.comwalmart.com
wayfair.com
Add the URLs of any other apps you want to block

4. Add any other apps you wish to block: If there is an app or website that you want to block that is not included in the category filter list, you can simply add it by tapping Add Block, entering the app URL, and hitting Add. 

Schedule a recurring block session

5. Create your recurring block schedule: Now all that is left is to create a recurring block that limits your access to those apps during specific times. First, tap the Sessions tab and select Schedule a session.

Decide how long you want your blocklists

6. Decide how long you want your blocks to last: Next, name your schedule, and select the start and end times for your recurring block sessions.

(TIP: If you want to completely block access to delivery and shopping apps during certain days, simply start and end your block session at 12:00 AM)

Select what days you want your block schedule to recur.

7. Select when you want your block to recur: Finally, select the days you want your block session to repeat and which devices you want to include in your recurring block.

Once you’re happy with your schedule, tap Save.

Now with your block schedule set, you’re armed against any potential lapses in self-control that might work against your wallet and waistline!

How to block food delivery and shopping apps on your Android phone or device

Sign up or log in to your freedom account

1. Sign up or log in: If you don’t already have a Freedom account, download Freedom from the App Store on any iOS device you wish to block apps on –  otherwise, log into your Freedom account.

Manage blocked apps

2. Manage blocked apps: Next, select the Blocklists tab and tap Manage under Blocked Applications. Then scroll through the list of apps and select any food delivery or shopping apps you want to block.

Toggle the shopping and food delivery category filters

3. Block websites: If you also want to make sure you don’t have access to the food delivery or shopping websites in addition to their apps, simply add the sites you want to block to a new block list. To make this easier, you can use the category filters for ‘Shopping’ and/or ‘Food Delivery.’ Category filters include a list of popular websites and apps within a category. You can review the tables below for a complete list of websites and apps included in each category.

Websites and apps blocked by the Food Delivery category filter

10bis.co.ildoordash.comeat.chglovoapp.com
grubhub.comjust-eat.co.ukjust-eat.dkjust-eat.es
just-eat.frjust-eat.iejust-eat.itjust-eat.no
lieferando.atliferando.demenulog.co.nzmenulog.com.au
postmates.compyszne.plseamless.comskipthedishes.com
takeaway.comthuisbezorgd.nlubereats.com

Websites and apps blocked by the Shopping category filter

amazon.comasos.combackcountry.combarnesandnoble.com
bedbathandbeyond.combestbuy.comebay.cometsy.com
gap.comgymshark.comhomedepot.comjcrew.com
kohls.commacys.comnewegg.comoldnavy.com
pier1.comsephora.comtarget.comwalmart.com
wayfair.com
Start a new session and name your b

4. Create your recurring block schedule: Now all that is left is to create a recurring block that limits your access to those apps during specific times. First, tap the New Session tab and select Recurring. Then select the blocklist you just created and the devices you want to include in your block schedule.

Determine length of sessions

5. Decide how long you want your blocks to last: Next, select the start and end times for your recurring block sessions. (TIP: If you want to completely block access to delivery and shopping apps during certain days, simply start and end your block session at 12:00 AM). Then name your schedule and choose what days you want your block schedule to repeat.

create schedule

6. Create your schedule: Once you’re happy with your schedule, tap Create Schedule.

Now with your block schedule set, you’re armed against any potential lapses in self-control that might work against your wallet and waistline!