How to Block Websites on Safari on Mac, iPhone and iPad


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Do you know how to block a websites on Safari MAC? If you have no idea, then you’ve come to the right place. Many people want to prevent others like their children from visiting certain websites on their Mac computers or iOS devices. There are a few easy ways through which you can prevent other from accessing specific websites or URLs. Below we will show you how to block a website on Safari on Mac and iOS devices.


How to Block Websites on Safari for Mac Users

Mac users can block websites on Safari mac without Parental Control,  but with website blocker apps and host files. 

#Method 1. Block Websites on Safari with Safari Website Blocker App

There is a Safari website blocker appcalled AppCryptwhich is also an app blocker for Mac OS. With AppCrypt for Mac, you can block any website, URL, Mac app including Mail, FaceBook, Safari, DropBox and so on. The best thing about this software is when you block apps in a period time, you cannot access the blocked apps unless and until the time you have set gets expired.

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Instructions on how to block websites on Safari on MAC

Step 1. Install and launch AppCrypt on your Mac. And you will see the interface as below screenshot. It will ask you to set a password for locking apps and websites. Enter your password that is easy to remember and not easy to guess by others.

appcrypt set password

Step 2. Click "WebBlock" button on the top right and it will pop up a window showing the website blacklist and whitelist.

Cistem AppCrypt holds many advantages. And it provides free trial version for MAC users. I suggest you can test the performance. It would cost you nothing. 

Outstanding performances you should know

  • Lock Apps-Lock Photos, Contacts, Emails, etc., to protect your privacy highly.
  • Block Websites-Block Safari, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Games, Ads etc., you won’t be distracted when you are focused on working or learning.
  • Customize time schedule-You can make a plan for when the apps or websites be blocked and when can be relieved.
  • Catch Intruder-If an intruder gets in your MAC, it can catch the intruder with exactly intruding time and take a photo.

#Method 2. Block and Unblock Websites on Safari with Host Files

Block websites in Safari on Mac

1. Open Spotlight Searchand search for the Terminal. Then launch the Terminal.

2. In the command line, type in "sudo nano /etc/hosts", enter your admin password when asked.

3. Then use your down arrow to get to the bottom and press Enter. On a new line, type in "".And press Enter. Type another URL or Site following the same steps. Do not add more than one URL or site in a single line.

4. Now, hold down Control + “O” to save the changes to the host database. Then exit the screen.

5. Remove the existing cache by typing in "sudo dscacheutil -flushcache" in the command line, and then press Enter to finish the process.

Anyone should receive an “Unable to connect” error message when he or she goes to the websites you added in the Terminal Host file.Above are the steps on how to block websites on Safari with Terminal. 

Unblock the websites in Safari on Mac

Launch Terminal -> type “sudo pico /etc/hosts” -> remove the URLs and Sites-> press Ctrl + O and Enter.

If you are a Mac newbie, you’d better not try this method. And it may not work with websites ending with .org. So Method1 is highly recommended to block websites on Mac internet browsers like Safari, Google Chrome.

How to Block Specific Websites on Safari for iPhone and iPad Users

How to block websites on Safari mobile?If you try to protect your kids from hitting URLs that may take them to adult content, or there are only a few sites you want to make sure they never land on when using your iOS devices, you can use the automatic settings and the blacklist or whitelist features on your iPhone or iPad to block specific websites on Safari.

1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap General, and then Restrictions.

2. To enable Restrictions, type a 4-digit password that others like your children won't be able to guess easily. Type the password again to confirm it.

3. Then tap on “Websites” under “Allowed Content”. Tap on “Limit Adult Content”. Then tap “Add a Website” under NEVER ALLOW.

4. Type the URL of the website you wish to block in the Website field. Tap Done to finish.

If you want to add more websites to the blacklist, you need repeat this process.

Keep in mind that if the certain websites have different mobile sites, you may need to block them separately on your iOS devices.

If you just want some specific websites to be accessed, tap Add a Website under ALWAYS ALLOW and add the URLs.


Nowadays networks have been becoming increasingly powerful. To choose a good protector to protect our privacy is extremely necessary. It not only can prevent your private information from leaking, but also can help you manage the apps and websites properly, to improve quality of work and study. Download for a free trial now!

2018-07-12 03:09:18 / Posted byConnie Wisley to Utility Follow @ Connie

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