How to Block Facebook on Chrome Temporarily or Permanently

2019-07-12 05:45:17 / Posted by Peter William to Utility Follow @ Peter

Social networking websites like Facebook are fun and useful. At the same time, they can be addictive and distracting. To get rid of social media distraction, it’s a good idea to block access to Facebook and websites alike. This guide will show you how to block Facebook on Chrome on different platforms and devices.

Benefits of blocking Facebook

  • Facebook is so addictive that sometimes we just can’t help but frequently checking notifications, interacting with friends, refreshing feeds, etc. It can easily distract us from work or study. After we block Facebook on Chrome, we are able to become more focused and productive.
  • Students tend to spend a lot of time on Facebook. According to a study, students who don’t use Facebook have higher grades than those who are addicted to it. By blocking Facebook temporarily, one will have more time available for study.
  • Children are more vulnerable to online bullying and scams. By blocking or limiting access to Facebook and similar social media platforms, parents can help protect their kids from cyberbullying, hate speech and other issues.

The list can go on. The methods below will show you how to block access Facebook on Chrome with super ease.

Block Facebook on Chrome on macOS and Windows

Method 1. Use AppCrypt

OS: OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later, including macOS 10.14 Mojave

AppCrypt can block any website on Mac regardless of the web browser used. You can use it to easily block or unblock Facebook on Chrome. In addition to being a website blocker, it can also lock system apps and third-party apps on Mac.

Step 1. Download and install AppCrypt. When you open this Facebook blocker for Chrome for the first time, you will be asked to set a password.

set a password to block or unblock facebook.com and other sites

Note: The password will be required when you block or unblock websites, configure settings, etc. It’s important to remember the password.

Step 2. Click WebBlock in the upper right corner.

WebBlock button

To block Facebook on Chrome, enter facebook.com and hit Return.

add Facebook to the blacklist

Now let’s check the result. Open Chrome on your Mac, type www.facebook.com in the address bar and hit Return. You will be presented with a message telling you that the site is blocked by AppCrypt. To unblock, just remove the domain name from the blacklist.

Pro tips

  • Temporarily unblock Facebook To unblock Facebook (and all other blocked websites), click the icon of AppCrypt in the top menu bar and select Disable WebBlock. Enter the password correctly. Now you can open the site(s) instantly. In the same way, you can click Enable WebBlock to continue to stop access to facebook.com.Disable WebBlock
  • Block all websites except approved ones Another way to block Facebook on Chrome is to use the Whitelist feature. Select the checkbox before Whitelist in the lower right corner. Enter the approved websites one by one.

In reality, it’s usually not enough to block Facebook only on Chrome. One can easily use Safari or install a different web browser. This method works regardless of the browser used. In addition, it works in Administrator account, which is a benefit that some other methods don’t offer.

Also, this Facebook blocker for Chrome can:

  • Password protect apps
  • Lock apps during certain hours
  • Detect and record failed attempts to open locked apps

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Method 2. Use URL Blocker

OS: Windows 7/8/10

Especially designed for the purpose of blocking websites on Windows, URL Blocker is free and easy to use. It is able to block Facebook and any other website in any browser.

Step 1. Download this Facebook blocker for PC. It needs no installation and can be opened directly.

Step 2. To block Facebook on Chrome in Windows 10 or other supported versions, click Add in the lower right corner. Enter facebook.com. Click Add again. To add multiple websites to block, just repeat the process.

block websites on PC

To unblock a blocked site, select the checkbox before it and click Delete. If you need to permanently block the access to facebook.com, just let it stay in the list and never remove URL Blocker from your computer. The Export/Import feature allows you to easily export and import custom blacklist of websites.

Method 3. Use Chrome extensions

OS: Windows, macOS, etc.

There are quite a few extensions that can limit or block Facebook on Chrome. They are handy to use and require no software installation. Block Site - Website Blocker for Chrome is one of them.

Step 1. Find Block Site in Chrome Web Store. Click Add to Chrome. Click Add extension. Once it installed, an icon will appear in the toolbar.

Step 2. Go to https://www.facebook.com/. Click the said icon in the toolbar. Click Block this site.

block facebook.com using Chrome extension Block Site

Now you won’t be able to open Facebook anymore. To unblock, click the icon and slide the toggle switch off to temporarily turn off the extension. Alternatively, control-click its icon and select options. Navigate to the BLOCKED SITES list and delete facebook.com from the list.

list of blocked sites

One drawback is that one is still able to access blocked sites without any limit by opening an Incognito Window. Here's a solution. Click Manage Extensions and enable Allow in incognito.

Pro tip

To lock Facebook in Google Chrome with password using this extension, you need to sign up. Once signed up, click Password Protection and enable Require password to access blocked sites. If you try to visit www.facebook.com again, you will find a new option Enter password to gain access.

Method 4. Use Parental Controls

OS: macOS

To block Facebook on Chrome without extension, in addition to using the first two methods, you can also use Parental Controls. The feature comes with macOS and offers an array of options for parents to control children’s access to web, apps, etc.

Step 1. Open System Preferences on your Mac. Click Parental Controls. You can choose to create an exclusive account for this feature. Or, you can enable Parental Controls for an already existing non-administrator user.

Step 2. Go the Web tab. From the three Bowser Restrictions options, select Try to limit access to adult websites. Click Customize. Add facebook.com to the block list. Alternatively, you can select Allow access to only these websites and create a whitelist.

block Facebook and any other sites on Chrome and other browsers

The biggest disadvantage is that it doesn’t allow you to block sites on an administrator account.

Block Facebook on Chrome on iOS and Android

This part will talk about how to block Facebook on Chrome mobile.

Method 1. Use Screen Time

OS: iOS 12 or later

Screen Time is a feature available for iOS 12 and later. It is designed to control screen time by restricting access to apps and websites on iPhone and iPad.

Step 1. Before being able to block Facebook on Chrome on iPhone, you need to turn on Screen Time first and set a passcode. Skip this step if you already have it turned on.

Step 2. Navigate to Content Restrictions and tap Web Content. You will be presented with three options. Tap Limit Adult Websites. In the NEVER ALLOW section, tap Add Website and type in facebook.com. Or, you can create a whitelist by tapping Allowed Websites Only.

tap Web Content in Screen Time

If your device is running on iOS 11 or earlier, you can set access limit by going to Settings > General > Restrictions.

Method 2. Use Adult Block

OS: Android 5.0 or later

Despite the name, this app actually allows you to easily block any website. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and other mobile browsers. You can use it to effortlessly block Facebook and other websites on your Android phone.

block Facebook site using Adult Block

Here are some other Android apps that can be used as Facebook blocker.

  • BlockSite - Block Distracting Apps & Sites
  • Stay Focused - App Block (Control Phone Addiction)
  • Freedom | Block Distracting Apps and Websites

Wrapping up

There are different methods available on how to block Facebook on Chrome on different devices. Some of them only work with Chrome, which is actually not enough in most situations. Tools like AppCrypt are more versatile and powerful. In addition, you can also block websites on computer by editing hosts file in Terminal (on Mac) or Notepad (on PC). The method may not be suitable or easy enough for everyone, so it isn’t included in this guide.

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