How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Unproductive browsing habits can be hard to break. If you procrastinate throughout the day, consider blocking unwanted websites to regain focus.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

If you are using a Mac with macOS Catalina, you can use the built-in Screen Time controls to block unnecessary websites. To limit your time spent on a site, follow these steps:

1. Open Screen Time settings.

2. Choose the “Website” option.

3. Select “Add Website” to add the URL you want to block.

4. Set the desired time limit for that website.

By following these steps, you can effectively manage and control your website usage on your Mac.

Blocking Websites Using Screen Time

Screen Time in macOS Catalina works similarly to on the iPhone and iPad. The functionality brings several controls to monitor and control activities on your Mac. Whether you are familiar with certain aspects or haven’t checked them out yet, here’s the step-by-step process to block sites easily. Note: Step 1: Open the Apple menu, then click System Preferences.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Step 2: Locate and click the option Screen Time.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Note: To activate Screen Time on your Mac, follow these steps:

1. Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.

2. Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.

3. Click on Screen Time.

4. In the lower-left corner of the Screen Time panel, click Options.

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5. Finally, click Turn On to activate Screen Time for your Mac.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Step 4: Check the box next to Share Across Devices if you want any configurations to apply to all your devices, including those tied to the same Apple ID.

You can also check the box next to Use Screen Time Passcode to set up a passcode and prevent unauthorized changes to Screen Time.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Step 5: Click Content & Privacy on the left-side navigation pane, then click Turn On.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Step 6: Click the radio button next to the Web Content restriction labeled Limit Adult Websites. Then, click Customize.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

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Step 7: Click the ‘+’ icon under Restricted section.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Step 8: Insert the URL of the site you want to block and click OK.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Step 9: Repeat for any other sites you want to block, click OK, and exit the Screen Time panel.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Try loading a blocked website in Safari or another browser. You won’t be able to access it, along with any sites that contain NSFW content or those you manually block.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

To white-list a site, click Add Website and enter the Screen Time Passcode. If you are imposing these restrictions on yourself, it will require restraint.

Imposing Time Limits on Websites

Screen Time in macOS Catalina allows you to set time limits on websites. You can browse the website for a specific amount of time before it becomes blocked. The process is described below:

Note:

Step 1: Go to the Screen Time panel and click on App Limits. Then, click on the ‘+’ icon.

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How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Step 2: Scroll down and expand Websites option.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Step 3: Click the green ‘+’ icon to add the website you want to impose time limits on. Insert the URL and press Enter.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

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Step 5: Insert a daily time limit for the site, click Done.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

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Step 6: The site is listed in the App Limits section. Add time limits to other sites and exit Screen Time.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

Note: Once the daily time limit is up, the site will be blocked, and you won’t be able to access it anymore. You can lift the limit by clicking the Ignore Limit option (Screen Time Passcode needed), so restraint is needed.

How to Block Websites in Safari With Screen Time on Mac

If you have the Share Across Devices option enabled in the Screen Time Options panel, time spent on restricted websites on other devices will count toward the total time limit.

Procrastinate Less

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