How to Block Distracting App Content on Your iPhone

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One of Freedom’s unique and most useful features is its ability to not only block distracting websites across all your devices, but also to block the app content you find most distracting.

To get started, login to your Freedom Dashboard (freedom.to/freedom) or sign up for a Freedom account (freedom.to) and make your way to the Dashboard (don’t forget to install the Freedom software/app on whatever device (Mac, Windows, iOS) you want to use to block apps.)

Then you can either choose what to block from Freedom’s preset list (Option 1) or if you don’t see an app you want to block on the list, you can add your own (Option 2).


OPTION 1: USE THE FREEDOM PRESET LIST

On your Freedom Dashboard, click “Add a blocklist.”

When the menu expands,  you’ll see a number of preset blocks.

The presets contain URLs of both apps and websites for each site (Amazon, Facebook, Gmail, etc.)

– Select any of these presets that match apps you want to

– Name and save your blocklist

Under “Sessions” on the Dashboard:

– Select your new blocklist,

– Under Select Devices, select your iPhone (be sure you’re logged into the Freedom app on your iPhone)

– Set your session duration and click ‘Start’ or start from the Freedom app on your iPhone

 

OPTION 2: THE APP YOU WANT TO BLOCK IS NOT IN PRESET LIST

If the app you’d like to block isn’t listed as a preset, you can add the app’s website to your blocklist.

First, select “Add a blocklist”

When the menu expands, select any apps that you wish to block from the preset list, and then you can add any others you wish to block.

To add a new app to block, enter the URL of the app into the box above the preset list. For example, if you wanted to block the Yahoo app, you would enter yahoo.com into the field that looks like this:

Then, click “add block.” Your newly added block should appear above the preset list. Then name and save your blocklist.

Under “Sessions” on the Dashboard:

– Select your new blocklist,

– Under Select Devices, select your iPhone (be sure you’re logged into the Freedom app on your iPhone)

– Set your session duration and click ‘Start’ or start from the Freedom app on your iPhone


COMMONLY USED APPS + URLS 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.

WEBSITE/ APPURL
Buzzfeedbuzzfeed.com
Washington Postwashingtonpost.com
ESPNGo.comespn.com
VineVine.coVine.com
Redditreddit.comredditblog.comreddit.tv
BBCbbc.combbc.co.uk
YikYakyikyakapp.comyikyakapi.net
Whisperwhisper.shtigertext.me
WhatsAppc.whatsapp.nets.whatsapp.netv.whatsapp.net
CNNCnn.com
Guardianguardianapis.com

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