If you’re planning to block websites in Safari, and are new to the Apple Ecosystem, then you’re certain to get confused. Whether you’re blocking the website because of annoyance or for your children, the reason could be anything. Albeit, blocking websites on Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other browser in Apple devices like Mac, iPhone, and iPad is as easy as pie.
There are multiple ways to block websites in Safari and it’s a little different on Mac, iPhone, and iPad but almost similar. In this guide, we’ll show you how to block any website on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad if you’re using the Safari or any other browser.
Guide to Block Sites on Safari on iPhone, MacBook and iPad
Safari is a great web browser when it comes to browsing. But when you’ve to block certain websites for your employees or kids, it could be a little difficult for new Apple device owners.
However, Apple provides a system-wide solution to block websites on your device entirely whether it is Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
The method involves using the Screen Time feature on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS to block multiple websites. You can either choose to block only adult websites or choose custom sites to block.
So here’s how to block websites in Safari or any other browser on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
When blocking websites with Screen Time, it works system wide and your machine can’t access the blocked URL anywhere. Be it in web browser or any installed apps. It acts like a system-wide parental control.
Steps to Block Websites on Safari in macOS
The easiest way to block websites on Mac is by using the new Screen Time feature. The Screen Time feature on macOS was introduced with the launch of macOS Catalina.
For this method to work, you need to be running macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or above. If you haven’t updated your Mac yet, then you should update it to the latest version for it to work. Once you update your macOS to the latest version, then follow these steps to block sites in Safari on Mac.
- Click on the Apple logo on the top-left corner of your screen.
- Select System Preferences.
- Click on Screen Time from the System Preferences.
- Select Content & Privacy from the options on the left.
- If it is not turned on by default, then you can click on the Turn On button.
- Under Web Content, choose Limit Adult websites option to block well known adult sites automatically.
- Click on the Customize button to block any other website that you wish to restrict.
- Click on the “+” button under the Restricted section.
- Type the URL of the website to block or restrict from viewing in Safari.
- Furthermore, you can add as many sites as you want by again clicking the “+” button.
- Save the blocked list by clicking on OK
- Visit the websites/URLs in your browser and you won’t be able to access them anymore.
This is how you can block websites in Safari. On top of this, the websites are blocked on other browsers as well. Whether you use Google Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or any other browser, the restricted sites will not open on any of the browsers.
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Furthermore, if any user knows how to unblock the blocked websites in Safari, then it’s best to use a passcode for Screen Time as well.
Also, the restriction popup contains an “Add Website” button which adds the website to whitelist but it requires the administrator password. Make sure the password is strong enough to guess.
Steps to Block Sites on iPhone and iPad
Blocking websites on iPhone and iPad are pretty similar to that of a Mac. However, you should be running iOS 13/iPadOS 13 or above to block websites on iPhone and iPad respectively.
If you aren’t running on iOS/iPadOS 13 or above, then you should update to the latest version. Once updated to the latest version of iOS and iPadOS, follow these steps to block websites in Safari on an iPhone and iPad.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Scroll down and select Screen Time.
- Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions and enable it.
- Now select Content Restriction.
- Tap on Web Content.
- Choose Limit Adult Websites to automatically restrict known adult websites.
- Under choose Never Allow, tap on Add Website to add custom sites.
- Type the URL that you want to block and hit Done.
After adding the websites list, they will be blocked and you can’t open them on the iPhone or iPad anywhere including Safari browser. Using Screen Time is the best method to block websites in Safari on iPhone and iPad. Similar to macOS, the websites will be blocked on other browsers as well including Chrome and other browsers.
You can swipe left on the website URL, and tap on Delete to unblock the website whenever you want.
Block Websites System-wise on macOS, iOS and iPadOS
Whatever the reason may be for your blocking, you’ll be able to block any site on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. However, make sure that you don’t let anyone access the Screen Time feature without any passcode. If they know how to get past the blocking, the blocking will be of no use.
In addition to blocking websites on Safari whether it’s Mac, iPhone, or iPad, it also blocks them at system-level blocking. Hence you can’t access those sites anywhere inside your device with any tool. I guess blocking sites on Safari isn’t hard as you think.
Hope this guide helped you in blocking websites in Safari without any parental control apps and modifying your router setting. If you have any queries or suggestions related to this topic, make sure to leave them in the comments.