How to Block Games on Computer: Mac and Windows PC

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Rosa Reyes
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Games can be distracting and a waste of time. Game addiction makes us can’t focus on work, reduces productivity, and poses health risks. Also, certain games are inappropriate for kids and teens. So blocking access to games becomes a necessary measure for many of us.

This article shows you how to block games on computer, be it a Windows PC or Mac. It talks about how to block game apps and browser-based games. It also talks about how to block games permanently or only during certain hours. Whether you are looking for a way to block games for kids or yourself, this article can help.

 

How to block games on computer permanently

There are two common types of games that one can play on a computer:

  • The game apps that one downloads and installs on a computer.
  • The online games that one plays through a web browser.

This part shows you how to block them.

 

How to block game apps

Step 1. Install the game blocker.

Download and install AppCrypt on a Windows or Mac computer.

Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7 Free Download macOS 10.12 or later

Step 2. Set a password.

When you open it for the first time, set a password. It’s recommended to select the Launch at System Startup checkbox.

a dialog asking users to set a password

Step 3. Open the main window.

On a Windows PC, click the AppCrypt icon in the taskbar. Choose Open Main Window. On a Mac, click the lock icon in the menu bar.

clicking the lock icon in the menu bar on Mac bringing up the Open Main Window option

Now enter the password to access the main window.

a dialog asking for password

Step 4. Add specific game apps to block.

the App Lock tab showing that three games are added

On a Mac, under the App Lock tab, click the Add button the Add button icon. Select the specific games that you want to block and then click Open. Alternatively, you can use drag and drop.

On a Windows PC, drag the desktop shortcuts of the games into the App Lock tab, either individually or all at once. Alternatively, you can use the Add button.

Note: For Windows users, if a certain game doesn’t have a desktop shortcut, you need to manually look for its file. This file is what you click to play the game. And drag it into the App Lock tab.

The game apps that you directly download from their official sites, are usually located at “C:\Program Files” or “C:\Program Files (x86)”.

If you want to block a game app downloaded from Steam, Epic Games, or other apps used to buy and download games, then you need to find the .exe file that actually runs the game and block it. For example, I want to block a game called Aurora Hills Chapter 1. It was downloaded from Steam on my PC. The .exe file I need to block is located at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Aurora Hills Chapter 1.

the path of the .exe file

Now the game apps are blocked.

a screen showing that a specific game is blocked

 

How to block gaming websites

Browser games are available on gaming websites. A game can be available on different gaming websites. A gaming website can provide various games. Below is how to block such websites. Since the same game blocker is used, I skip the first three steps.

Step 1. Go to the Web Block tab.

In AppCrypt, click the Web Block tab.

the Web Block tab

Step 2. Add specific gaming sites to block.

In the URL field, enter a game website that you’d like to block and click Add. Also, you can block a specific game from a game website by entering the URL of it.

the Web Block tab showing that two gaming sites are added

In addition to specifying websites, you can click the Import dropdown menu to choose the category Game Sites, which will automatically add tons of gaming websites to block.

(Here’s a note for Windows users. To be able to block websites on supported browsers, AppCrypt requires you to install an extension on the browsers.)

Now the game websites are blocked on Chrome, Safari (on Mac only), Edge, Firefox (on Windows only), Opera and Brave. AppCrypt supports these six browsers and allows you to lock unsupported browsers.

Tip: It’s also possible to block all websites except user-specified ones, which allows you to block all game websites on supported browsers. To do so, turn on Block all website at the bottom of the Web Block tab, click Exceptions, and then add specific websites to the Always Allow list.

the Web Block tab showing that the Block all websites option is turned on, and the Exceptions dialog showing the Always Allow list

 

Summary

The blocking is permanent as long as AppCrypt is running.

When one tries to open a blocked game app, one will be prompted to enter the password. Without knowing the password, one won’t be able to open the game.

When one tries to open a gaming site, the site won’t open.

There are four ways to unblock a game permanently or temporarily: removing the game app or site from the block list, entering the password when prompted, quitting AppCrypt, and disabling App Lock or Web Block. Any way requires the password.

By following the steps above, parents can make games inaccessible on their children’s computers or other computers like the family computer. The same steps can also help prevent adults from accessing games. If you want to stop yourself from playing games, please ask someone else (like a family member) to set the password for you.

 

How to limit gaming time by blocking games at certain times

As mentioned, AppCrypt keeps blocking the items on the block list as long as it’s running. What if you don’t like the idea of blocking games forever? Perhaps you only want to prevent your children or yourself from spending too much time playing video games.

The good news is that AppCrypt allows you to schedule the blocking.

Step 1. Add games to the block list.

The previous part of the article shows you how to do this step by step.

Step 2. Schedule the blocking of a specific game.

Go to the App Lock tab or Web Block tab to find the game app or website. Click it, and a clock icon will appear. Click the clock icon to bring up the Custom Schedule dialog. Turn on Custom Schedule.

the Custom Schedule dialog showing that a schedule is added and the times of the day are specified

Click the existing schedule to edit it according to your needs. You can specify times of the day and days of the week. You can add multiple schedules if needed.

This way, you control the amount of time your children or yourself can spend on games and the specific times when games are accessible. There’s lots of flexibility. For example, you can set a one-hour time limit on games on school days or work days and allow more gaming time on weekends.

If you want to set a time limit for all game apps and sites instead of a specific game, click the Schedule button on the top toolbar. The General schedule works on all blocked websites and apps in the block list.

 

Conclusion

Gaming is not a bad thing. But sometimes you may have to prevent or limit access to games for the sake of parental controls, productivity or digital wellness. Too much gaming can lead to excessive screen time, emotional and even physical health problems, negative effects on study, work or personal life, etc. This article provides instructions on how to block games on computer and talks about the details that you’d probably like to know about the blocking. I hope it’s helpful.

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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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  • John Linneker

    By far the best games blocking app, and it was worth the money. It really helped me quit my game addiction.

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