Are you seeking a simple way to prevent yourself or other users from accessing a website in Google Chrome? We’ve got you covered, whether you want to keep yourself from becoming sidetracked by banning YouTube or Reddit, or you want to block inappropriate websites that aren’t covered by parental settings so your kids can browse the web safely. When it comes to browser market share, Chrome takes the lead with almost 73 percent. In this article, you can find information on how to block websites on Chrome on desktops, iOS, and Android. We’ll delve deeper using a variety of methods, including utilizing an extension, modifying your host’s file, and changing your mobile settings.
Let’s get rid of some distractions!
How to Block Websites on Chrome (Desktop)
The best way to ban a website on a desktop version of Chrome is to install an extension. However, BlockSite is the latest and has over 1000.000 registered users. There are a number of features.
The installation process is almost instantaneous, as it is with other Chrome extensions. To view this extension page, click on the link above or look for the “Blossom site” in the Chrome Web Store.
Then, in the Installation box, click ‘Add to Chrome’ and click on ‘Add extension‘ to confirm the request.
Once you’ve added the extension, it’ll ask for your permission to record browsing data, which you can decline.
Then you see the application’s user interface, where you can add your first block site. Just enter a URL and hit Enter, for example, reddit.com, to block all websites.
Now, you’re going to see that option, if you try to access Reddit in the middle of your working day.
A dissatisfied puppy will push you to go back to work, instead of numerous sub-examinations.
How to Block Sites in Incognito Mode
The incognito mode does not have extension settings by default, and BlockSite is no exception.
Go to Extension Settings to make sure you block a site while using Chrome Incognito mode. You should be able to find the BlockSite add-on in the toolbar if you have already closed the register.
Go to the settings page from there, then at the very top of the page, select “Enable In Incognito Mode.”
Now, you can’t contact them, even if in incognito mode you’re trying to visit prohibited pages.
How to protect your websites using a password (For Parental Controls & Office Computers)
You need to take still another step, whether you are a relevant parent or an office manager to enhance productivity.
Users may easily find the plugin page and unlock the sites without any problems by using the extension. To avoid this, the extension has to be protected with passwords.
Go to the details page on the BlockSite and go through the protection tab for passwords. See the option first and enter your desired email and password.
Upon registration and registration, all Chrome users will need to register to make changes.
We have a list of 22 Gmail add-ons to help improve your inbox experience if you want to control your Gmail inbox in the same manner.
How to Block a Website in Chrome Temporarily
BlockSite also provides this option if you don’t want to ban websites permanently but only to temporarily block distractions while you are working.
You need the extension pinned to use it, however. So if you can’t see the icon in your toolbar, click on the piece, then click on BlockSite to add it.
Next, in the toolbar, click the BlockSite icon, browse the Work Mode tab, and click “Release Start.”
You can then add the sites to a list and proceed with the click once they have all been listed.
Next, work and intervals can be set. The standard interval of 25 minutes is the Pomodoro Technique, followed by a break of 5 minutes. They can also be adjusted to a working day of 8 hours.
How to Block a Website on Chrome Without an Extension
Don’t want to block websites with a Chrome extension? You can ban websites in two other ways completely:
- You can utilize the host’s file modification to block access to sites, as far as you are an administrator.
- You can restrict websites from accessing distracting sites on any connected wired device at the router level, preventing your kids (or staff).
1. Blocking Websites Editing the Hosts File
You can use the so-called “files of hosts” to restrict Chrome websites and all other web browsers in Windows.
This is in the folder below: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc
Make sure that you open Notepad or another basic text editor for the host’s file.
You want to add lines in front of any domain that you desire to block using your localhost IP:
After the final commented line that begins with #, add the additional lines of code. Make sure you spaced away from the domain names and the IP address of the local host.
Press CTRL+S to update the file or save it manually from the menu (do not save the file with a .txt extension).
If you receive an error message that prevents you from saving your changes, you may need to reset the file permissions. Right-click the file, and select from the dropdown menu the “Properties” option.
Give your user complete control and then click “Apply.” The document should be edited and saved without any problems now.
You should be able to save the file again if you try again. It’s time to face the music now that you’ve saved the file.
Try visiting one of the restricted websites on Chrome.
You shouldn’t be able to visit any of the websites in the list from any browser if you’ve done everything correctly. You can’t even download the website.
Things aren’t too different for macOS users. What you should do is the following.
Type the following command into your terminal:
sudo nano /etc/hosts
Then, following this pattern, move your pointer to the last line and add all websites you’d like to ban:
Save your changes and quit the file once you’ve added all of the websites. It’s possible that you’ll need to flush your DNS cache to ensure that all of your modifications have taken effect.
2. Blocking Websites Using Your Router (Mac & Windows)
You can use your router’s website blocking capability to block websites in Chrome and other browsers if it has one. In fact, any wifi-enabled device, including tablets and smartphones, will be unable to access the websites.
Although many routers use 192.168.1.1 as their default IP address, this isn’t always the case, so make sure.
To gain access to your router’s settings, you must first discover its IP address.
To find your router’s IP address on a Mac, go to System Preferences and click on the Mac icon. Go ahead and open the Network window after that.
You must select the appropriate connection, either wifi or ethernet, and the IP information may be found under the status.
To access your router, copy and paste the address into your browser.
Do you, on the other hand, have a Windows PC? Here’s how to figure out what your router’s IP address is.
You may open Command Prompt on a Windows machine by typing “cmd” into the search box and pressing enter.
Once it’s open, type “ipconfig” and hit enter. Under “default gateway” the address of your router can be found.
To access your router, copy and paste your address into your browser.
The next step is to alter the settings on your router.
To do so, you will need the login credentials of your router administrator. It’s entered into the documents/box where the router arrived if you didn’t alter it.
You’ll see an admin login prompt if you copy and paste the address into Chrome.
The latter stages are determined by your router. Netgear routers, for example, include restricted site settings under the Security tab.
You can then scroll down to a section called “Block Sites” and block websites based on keywords or domain names.
Enter a domain name in the field, then click the Add Keyword button to block the website through your router.
How to Block a Website on Chrome (Mobile)
Unlike desktop PCs, the methodology for different devices is not the same. Due to the stronger privacy configuration of the iPhone, you will not need an app for blocking websites.
Then, there is an Android phone area below and an iPhone portion.
How to Block Sites on Android
The BlockSite app is the simplest way to block websites on an Android phone. To begin, go to the Google Play Store and search for and install the app.
Then, to provide the app access, you must change your accessibility settings (the app will walk you through this). The BlockSite area is usually found near the bottom of the settings menu on most phones.
Following that, you can begin blocking websites on your phone.
To begin blocking your first site, click the + sign.
Choose the website or app you wish to prohibit by searching for a keyword or domain name.
You’ve successfully blocked your first Android website.
If you try to access a restricted website from your mobile device, you’ll get the same disappointed puppy as on your desktop.
How to Block Sites on iOS
You don’t even need to install an app to start blocking sites if you have one of the newest iPhone models. You can do so by going into the iPhone’s settings.
To begin, go to your phone’s general settings and scroll down to the Screen Time option.
Then, scroll down the content limitations settings until you find and hit the “Web Content” tab.
You can select one of the alternatives offered here:
- Unrestricted Access
- Limited Adult Websites
- Allowed websites Only
Select the “Limit Adult Websites” option to begin adding specific websites that you will never allow.
You won’t be able to start loading websites once you’ve put them on the list, whether you’re connected to your home wifi or using your data plan.
How to Block Notifications in Chrome Browser
The fact that you can block websites is only half of the issue; notifications can also distract (and ruin) your work. So, let’s look at how they can be disabled in Chrome.
You do not need an extension or update files or OS settings in order to deactivate a notice.
In Chrome’s general privacy settings, you can disable push notifications from websites. You can get there instantly with this URL: chrome://settings/content/notifications or navigate to the settings screen and click Privacy and security.
Then go to “Site settings” and select “Notifications” from the drop-down menu.
You may now either prevent sites from requesting permission to send notifications altogether or ban certain sites by URL.
Chrome Mobile Notifications Blocking
Notifications are turned off by default on the mobile version of Chrome for iOS (iPhones and iPad), thus there are no notification settings and no need to alter them.
It’s even easier to block notifications on Android than it is on the desktop version. Here’s how to go about it.
Scroll down and press the Settings link after clicking the more icon in Chrome’s corner.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Notifications option.
With a simple tap, you may switch off all app notifications (including all sites).
You may block notifications from specific sites by scrolling down to the site’s section and tapping the button next to the site you wish to block.
The quality of your job is more important than the number of hours you spend in front of the computer.
You should therefore try to help yourself and limit your distractions. You can quickly block websites on Chrome on any device if you follow the steps in this guide. Distractions on your computer, mobile device, or tablet will no longer be an issue.
Now it’s your turn: how do you keep distractions from destroying your productivity? What apps do you have installed on your phone? Let us know what you think in the comments area!