Google Chrome is a great tool for finding things for your work, college assignments, or some things as well. It really helps to make things easy and increase your productivity capability. But it is not that easy all the time. Yeah like, do you ever find yourself accessing Facebook, Twitter, or other websites while doing your work? In my case, the answer is yes. And these sites create distraction and ultimately your productive capability goes down. There are some others as well. Like, you are doing a Google search and in the results there are some fake news that you actually know it but eventually you click on it just because of its catchy title. And I bet, how to block these websites was came into mind.
Yeah, I know it happens so what? What should you do to get rid of these websites? Well, you can block these websites on Google Chrome browser. There are plenty of ways to block websites.
In this article, we will talk “How to block websites on chrome”. It is an easy process and, most importantly, you can unblock it when you need it again.
How to Block Websites on Chrome PC (Chrome Extension)
Google Chrome extensions are a great way to block a website on a chrome browser. Here are the two useful Chrome extensions that will let you do this. It’s a very quick and easy method to block websites. Here, we are mentioning some Chrome extension for blocking the websites on the device.
1). Block Site : Block Website Using “Block Site” Google Chrome Extension
This is the first and most recommended tool to block a site in your chrome browser. Follow the simple steps for installation and use.
1. Go to the Google Chrome web store and search “Block Site” Chrome extension.
“BlockSite” make you free from distraction and any harmful websites that might cause any serious issues. There are many websites that are intended to download viruses and malware into your computer system. That is not slow your PC but also reduces productivity.
That’s why we recommend “Block Site,” available through the Chrome web store. Search for the “Block Site” extension and download it to your Chrome browser.
2. Click “Add Extension” to install
When you click “Add to Chrome” there is a pop-up window that will summarizes “what extension actually does”. Click “Add extension” and install the extension on your Google Chrome browser.
3. Click Block Site icon at the top right corner of the Chrome Browser
To make you confirm that the Chrome extension has been installed, look at the top right corner of the browser. You will see Block Site extension icon with an orange shield with a circle and a diagonal line through the middle. Click on it and you will find a list of blocked sites.
4. Start blocking websites.
Now, all is done. You have successfully installed Block Site Chrome extension. Now let’s start blocking the sites you want. Simply go to a website, click that orange shield icon in the top right, and click “Block this site.” Now you’ve successfully blocked it. You will find those blocked sites in the blocked sites list.
To unblock the site, click “Edit your list”. You will find a “-“(minus) symbol right in front of each blocked website. Just click on the “minus” icon to unblock it.
2.) uBlacklist: Block Website Using “uBlacklist” Google Chrome Extension
uBlacklist is a simple and easy-to-use Google Chrome extension you can use to block websites. The installation process is the same as described above. The extension works in the same way as “Block Site” but offers something more which is not present in the Block Site. With the use of uBlacklist Chrome extension, you can directly block websites that appear in your Google search results.
Once you installed the uBlacklist Google Chrome extension into your browser, you will “Block this site” option next to every result on Google. Simply click on it and next time it will not appear in your result.
You can also block the sites by managing the blocked sites list. After the installation, click on the uBlacklist icon at the top right corner of the browser. You will see a list of sites that are blocked. To block the site of your choice, type the URL of the websites in the list manually.
To unblock any site you want, simply remove the site from the blocked list manually. You can sync your list to Google Drive to use on other devices and import your blocklist from Personal Blocklist.
3.) TinyFilter PRO
TinyFilter Pro extension is also a very comprehensive website blocker tool for Google Chrome. It is highly customizable and you can personalize your filtering preferences. You can use this tool to block media websites, spam websites or any other, can block certain keywords and temporarily allow any website as per your choice if it required.
Install Tiny Filter from the Chrome Web Store to block adult and pornographic content, malware, and spyware from the Internet.
You can protect TinyFilter with a password so that none can uninstalled it without permission.
StayFocusd is a free productivity extension for Google Chrome browser that lets you block websites that are intended to waste your time while you are on work. It has very good customizable features like you can block websites as much and as long as you want.
For example, you can set a time limit that how much time you want to waste each day on those distracting websites like Twitter, Facebook and Buzzfeed. It could be 30 minutes, 1 hours, or maybe more. Set your limit, and once you reach your limit, StayFocusd kicks you off and doesn’t let you extend your time. You can also create time restrictions for certain sites and set hours, such as Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
StayFocusd’s Nuclear Option you can use to block by one of the following method: All websites, all websites except those you’ve whitelisted and all those you’ve blacklisted. Once enabled, this option cannot be undone or deactivated.
You have the option to block entire domains or a subdomain—for instance, you may choose to block www.facebook.com but not developers.facebook.com. You can turn off StayFocusd on weekends or allow it to only run on certain days of the week.
Check whether those block sites actually live or not by using some other browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Explorer, or Safari. Regardless of all these things, Stayfocusd offers some great features and options. So use it to and stay focused the way that works best for you.
5.) Blocksi Web Filter
Blocksi Web Filter is a great extension for Google Chrome offers Parental Control, Web filtering, YouTube filtering for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. As it name suggests, it has a web filtering option you can use to block 79 categories of contents across the internet such as pornography, adult content, security, malware, etc.
It parental control features let you protect children from viewing inappropriate and adult content. Use Blocksi Web Filter to block websites on Chrome browser.
How to Block Websites on Chrome Mobile (Android)
Today, over two-third of the global population are using mobile devices. This is a big number, and it affects directly on your productivity capability. A survey report in the past revealed that the average office employee spends 56 minutes per day using their cell phone at work for non-work activity and most of them wasting their time on social media. So, you need to be aware of these things and should block those websites on your Android which can cause distraction from work.
To block the websites on the Android device, you should need to install “Block Site”. Yeah, the same Google Chrome extension but in the form of Android application. Here is the process of how you can block websites on Chrome Android.
1. Open Google Play Store on Your Mobile, Search “BlockSite” and Install.
For those who don’t know what it is?, Google Play Store is the app store where you can download app for your phone, including both free and paid. Open Google Play and search for the BlockSite app and install on your phone.
2. “Enable” the app in your phone’s settings to allow the app to block websites.
After the successfull installation, open the BlockSite app on your phone. Now “Go to settings” when it prompted, give permission to the app to block sites for the phone. Go to the phone settings and enable its control. You will find this app in your settings list and will either be prompted to “Enable” the app or “Use service.” Tap on it, and this will activate the app for you.
3. Launch BlockSite and Tap on “+” Icon to Block Websites
Now, the BlockSite is activated and you need to open the app. You will find a green “+” icon, just tap on it. This will let you to the page where you can block either a website or a mobile app. Now, as per your suitable choice, tap “Website” or “App”. To block websites, type the full URL of the website you want to block. You’ll see a green checkmark at the upper right corner of the app. Tap on it, and you will have successfully blocked this website.
In the next screen that appears, you’ll be able to edit or remove websites and apps from your blocked list at any time.
How to Block Websites on Chrome Mobile (iOS Devices)
iOS offers a build in feature to restrict websites on your iPhone and iPad. This feature works on both, build in a safari browser and any third-party app like Google Chrome or Firefox or anything else. It has to note that this restriction feature is not the part of iOS 11 or any version than this. Starting from iOS 12 content restrictions is adopted, and it is also available in iOS 13.
However, for your information, Apple’s adult-related content list is automatically blocked. So, when it comes to your kinds, you do not have to worry as those are already blocked and apply on all the browser installed on your device including Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera or anything else.
Okay well, enough info, let’s check how you can block websites on iOS devices. Follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iOS device.
Step 2: Now, you are in your phone settings. Tap on the “Screen Time” and go into the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” option. Here you have to enter Restrictions passcode. If you already had a Restrictions passcode put it in the place otherwise you have to create one. To create one, go to Screen Time Passcode option. This is mandatory so that no one can modify your restrictions without your permission.
Step 3: Okay, you inserted your passcode successfully. Now, tap on the Content Restrictions option. You can find this option next to Content & Privacy Restrictions.
Step 4: Under “Content Restrictions”, you will find “Web Content” option, just tap on it. Open “Limit Adult Websites” and now you will see Always Allow and Never Allow option, choose “Never Allow”
Step 6: Tap Add Website under Never Allow and then add the URL of the website that you want to block. Continue this process and add more websites into this.
Now, just to ensure that it is working fine just visit the website which has been blocked. Use Chrome and other browsers to do so.
The first method is the in-build option in the device, but you can do this using some third-party app as well. If you don’t like this method or you have to find it difficult, than you can choose third-party app options. There are a few apps that provide you to block websites on your iOS device. Here are two apps that we have picked up for this purpose. Check it.
1. Zero Willpower: With this app, you can easily create a list of websites you want to block on your iPhone’s Safari browser. Zero Willpower also offers to block the websites for a specific time period or for a limited period. However, this is not a free app, you have to pay $1.99 for this. If you do not want a paid tool for this, then there is also a free option.
2. Site Blocker: It has the same functionality as Zero Willpower but more importantly it is free. Site Blocker lets you block websites on Safari browser and has a timer and suggestions like features as well.
Now you’re all set to block distracting websites from your Chrome browser on the desktop or Android. If you’re still struggling with distraction and less productivity, let’s head to another available option.
How to Block Websites on Chrome Android Using a Firewall
A firewall is a network security tool which monitors all incoming and outgoing traffic and based on a defined set of security rules it accepts, rejects or drops that specific traffic. It establishes a barrier between secured internal networks and outside untrusted network, such as the Internet.
When it comes to choose a firewall for Android device, there is always a name called NoRoot Firewall. It is one of the most downloaded firewalls for Android and you don’t have root your phone as its suggest. NoRoot Firewall works for both connection either it is a Wi-Fi connection or a mobile data connection. It is a free app and most important, doesn’t contain ads, and has no in-app purchases. Check the steps to block websites using NoRoot Firewall.
1. Open NoRoot Firewall and select the Global Filters tab.
2. Tap on the New Pre-Filter.
3. Enter the full URL of the site you want to block, including http or https in front of the domain name.
4. In the Port line, tap the down arrow, then tap the asterisk (*).
5. Tap OK and go to the Home tab.
6. Tap Start. The pre-filter you created to block the website will be added to the list of firewall rules.
How to Block Websites on Chrome with Parental Controls
Above, we let you know how to block websites on Chrome using extension on all platforms like Windows, iOS and Android, and these methods work really well. But you have to be more strict when it comes to your children. You should choose an effective way to block websites. And here you can use parental controls option. Yeah.. that right, how to block websites on chrome with parental controls?
One of the easiest ways to set up parental controls is by configuring them on your router. Wi-Fi routers nowadays offers this built-in website-blocking features and you should for the parental control. This work is much better than this Google Chrome extension for website blocking. So, if your router offers this feature, you can use it to block a website, and no one on your Wi-Fi network will be able to access it. But here are some crap also, people could still use VPN or proxies server to get rid of this. Yeah, of course—nothing is foolproof.
How to Block Websites on Chrome by Editing Windows Hosts File
Windows Hosts file is editable and you can use it to block websites on your Chrome browser. Whether you are a Windows user, Mac user or Linux user, there is always a Hosts File in your computer and you can use it effectively to block websites on the computer. It does not require technical knowledge to do it. Yeah, it seems techy but it not. This method will block websites on all browsers installed on that computer.
Here are some steps, how you can edit Hosts File in Windows computer to block websites.
Edit Windows Hosts File
1. Go to “C:WindowsSystem32Driversetc” and open the “hosts” file using Notepad. (I prefer Notepad++ myself.)
2. Scroll to the bottom, then under all the hash symbols (you can delete everything marked with the hash symbol if you like so you have a clean sheet), type “127.0.0.1” followed by “localhost.”
3. On the next line type “127.0.0.1” followed by the address of the site you want to block, then repeat this step for every other site you want to block.
Nowadays, Internet is the need for everyone and we can’t imagine living without it. Yeah, of course it is much needed thing but you should not everything has two face. There are some social media services like Facebook. Instagram, Twitter, and some more are designed to distract your attention. You need to think that it is equally bad as it is good.
Lastly, blocking websites is an important way of protecting your children from online predators and sites with explicit content and saving your useful time. Furthermore, always block those which are intended to inject malware and viruses into your computer system. I use website blocking on Chrome to block addictive websites, and this helps renew my focus on work and stay productive. So, these are some options to block websites on Chrome permanently or temporarily.