How to Block Netflix on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android Easily

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Rosa Reyes
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With over 240 million paid subscribers, Netflix is the most popular streaming service. Netflix offers users a wide variety of shows and movies. Netflix also gives users parental control options to block certain shows and movies. What if implementing Netflix parental controls is not enough? How to block Netflix? How to set a time limit on Netflix? Find answers in this article.

By blocking or limiting access to the Netflix app or website, people can stop watching Netflix or set a time limit on it, which can help reduce screen time or distractions. By doing so, parents can have more control over children’s access to Netflix.

 

How to block Netflix on Mac

The fact is that there isn’t a Netflix app for Mac. The only way to watch Netflix on a Mac computer is to go to the Netflix website. Therefore, to restrict Netflix on Mac is to restrict access to netflix.com.

When working as a Netflix blocker, Cisdem AppCrypt can do the following.

  • Block the entire netflix.com
  • Support Safari, Chrome, Firefox (on Windows only), Edge, Opera and Brave
  • Block specific pages on netflix.com, like the details page of a TV show or movie
  • Protect the blocking with a password
  • Block permanently or only during certain times
  • Help prevent or limit your access to Netflix
  • Also help parents control their children’s access to Netflix

AppCrypt also allows you to lock apps with a password. You can use it to lock unsupported browsers if needed.

Steps: How to block Netflix on Chrome, Safari and more browsers

1. Download and install AppCrypt.

Free Download macOS 10.12 or later

2. The first time you open it, set a password. (To block yourself from Netflix, you can ask someone else like a family member to set the password for you.) It’s recommended to select the Launch at System Startup checkbox.

a dialog asking users to set a password

3. Click the lock icon in the menu bar and choose Open Main Window.

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

4. Enter the password to access the main window.

a screen asking for the password

5. Under the Web Block tab, enter the Netflix website in the URL field and click Add.

the Web Block tab showing that Netflix is added to the block list

In step 5, if you want, you can click the Import dropdown menu and choose Video Sites. This will automatically add Netflix and many other popular streaming or video sites to the block list.

Now, Netflix is blocked on the supported browsers on your Mac. And all Netflix content becomes inaccessible. When you or your child tries to access the website, it won’t open.

a message saying that access is blocked

How do you unblock Netflix? There are four ways to unblock it (temporarily or permanently), such as quitting AppCrypt or removing Netflix from the block list. But any of the four ways requires the password. Therefore, the blocking is quite effective.

Tip: How to put a time limit on Netflix

If you have selected the Launch at System Startup checkbox, then by default the blocking of Netflix is permanent.

If your purpose is to spend less time on Netflix instead of completely quitting watching Netflix, this tip is for you.

Under the Web Block tab, select Netflix. Click the clock icon that appears, which will bring up the Custom Schedule dialog. In the dialog, first turn on the Custom Schedule option. Click the existing schedule and edit it based on your needs. Just specify the time periods when you want Netflix to be blocked. You can add more schedules if needed.

For example, on each weekday, you can schedule the blocking to turn on all day except for one hour. You can allow more Netflix time on weekends.

the Custom Schedule dialog showing two schedules for blocking Netflix

 

How to stop watching Netflix on Windows computers

Like with Mac, Netflix is available on Windows computers via the website netflix.com. But unlike with Mac, the Netflix app is available for Windows 10 and Windows 11. Therefore, to block the access, you can block the website, or the app, or both.

Steps: How to block the website

1. Download and install Cisdem AppCrypt.

Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7

2. Set a password when you open it for the first time.

a dialog asking users to set a password

3. In the taskbar, click the AppCrypt icon. (Alternatively, right-click the icon and choose Open Main Window.)

clicking the AppCrypt icon in the taskbar bringing up the Open Main Window option

4. To access the main window, please enter the password.

a screen asking for password

5. Under the Web Block tab, please install the extension on the browser(s) of your choice.

the Web Block tab

6. In the URL field, enter netflix.com. Click Add.

netflix.com is added

To learn more details and how to set time limits on Netflix, please go to this section of the article.

Steps: How to block the app

1. Install My Lockbox.

2. Set a password when you first open it.

the My Lockbox window showing an Enter password field and a Confirm password field

3. In File Explorer, go to C:\Program Files\WindowsApps. There, you will find two Netflix folders. Drag the following folder into the Folder to protect field.

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\4DF9E0F8.Netflix_6.98.1805.0_x64__mcm4njqhnhss8

the Netflix folder is added to the Folder to protect field

4. Click OK.

Now the Netflix app is blocked on your computer. If you want to temporarily unblock it, just click Unlock. To block it again, click Lock. To remove the Netflix app from the block list, click Clear.

the My Lockbox window showing an Unlock button and a Clear button

 

How to block Netflix on iPhone or iPad

You can have a great Netflix experience on your iPhone thanks to the app. The app even allows you to download movies and shows to watch offline, helping make your daily commute more enjoyable. In addition, Netflix is good at recommending great content based on your tastes thanks to the smart algorithms they use. You may find yourself spending more and more time on Netflix.

How do you fight your Netflix addiction? It’s a good idea to block Netflix app on iPhone or iPad.

1. On your device running iOS 12 or later, go to Settings.

2. Tap Screen Time and then turn it on.

3. Tell Screen Time whether it’s your device or your child’s device.

4. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode. Set a passcode. If you want to effectively block yourself from Netflix, it’s recommended to ask someone else to set the passcode.

5. Tap App Limits and then Add Limit.

6. Tap the Entertainment category to expand it and select Netflix. Tap Next in the top right corner.

select Netflix

7. Set the minimum time limit of 1 minute for every day. Enable Block at End of Limit.

Now the Netflix app is restricted on your iPhone or iPad. If you just want to stop yourself from watching so much Netflix rather than quitting it, you can set time limits based on your needs in Step 7.

You can also block netflix.com access if needed. Go to Screen Time main screen. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. Turn on the restrictions. Tap Content Restrictions > Web Content > Limit Adult Websites. Tap Add Website below Never Allow and add Netflix to limit.

 

How to disable access to Netflix on Android

The Netflix app is also available on Android phones and tablets. Netflix keeps optimizing the app to bring a better experience for Android users. If you spend several hours per day watching Netflix on your Android device, you may want to put a stop to it.

1. On your Android phone or tablet, install Block Site in Play Store.

2. Open Block Site. Enable it in your phone’s Accessibility settings.

3. Tap the plus icon (+).

tap the plus icon

4. Go to the App tab and block the Netflix app.

the App tab

5. Go to the Website tab and enter netflix.com to block.

Now Netflix is blocked forever until you unblock it. To block Netflix at certain times, you can use Block Site’s Schedule feature. You can set the same time limit on Netflix for every day or different limits for different days of the week.

 

Can you block Netflix on router?

If your router has parental controls, it’s possible to use it to stop access to Netflix. I’ll use a TP-Link router to show you how to do this.

1. From your web browser, visit http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1.

2. Log in with your user name and password.

3. Now you have access to your router’s settings. Go to Advanced.

4. On the left, click HomeCare. Choose Parental Controls.

5. Click Add to create a profile. Name the profile.

6. Add the device(s) on which you’d like to make Netflix inaccessible.

7. Select a filter level and then go to the Filter Content section to add Netflix to block.

8. This step is optional. If your purpose is to set time limits, you can configure the Time Limits settings.

 

Netflix parental controls

Above is how to restrict access to Netflix. If you aim to block certain content such as horror movies rather than the entire Netflix, Netflix’s parental controls are here for you.

There are a number of things that parents can do to make Netflix child friendly, such as creating a Kids profile, setting Viewing Restrictions and creating a profile lock.

How to block shows and movies on Netflix

1. From your browser, visit the Netflix website.

2. In the top right corner of the page, from the dropdown menu, choose Manage Profiles.

3. Click Add Profile to add a profile. If you are creating a profile for a kid, check the box next to Kid. Click Continue. The profile is added.

4. Click the Manage Profiles button. Click the edit icon of the new profile.

5. Click Edit.

6. Enter your account password to access Viewing Restrictions.

7. Set a Profile Maturity Rating, say, TV-G. This will automatically block certain movies and shows on Netflix.

8. You can also manually block specific titles on Netflix for the user of the profile. To do this, go to the Title Restrictions section.

 

Conclusion

Compared to most other popular streaming services, Netflix has great parental controls. But many users still need an extra layer of control. For people and companies that want to completely make Netflix unavailable, Netflix parental controls don’t help. This article shows you how to block Netflix on Mac, Windows and mobile devices permanently or during certain hours. I hope it is useful.

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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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