Block a Website on iPhone and iPad in iOS 12

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Stay on task and focused; block websites in Safari on your iPhone or iPad using Screen Time in iOS 12. Whether you're trying to eliminate time spent on "time-killing" sites, or you want to be sure your browser won't connect to questionable web content, the Screen Time app is an easy and effective solution.

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Block Websites in iOS 12

Screen Time offers three options for content restriction; Unrestricted Access, Limit Adult Websites, and Allowed Websites Only. The focus of this guide will be on the Limit Adult Websites selection, which isn't dedicated to adult-related sites only. This method allows you to add individual URLs to your device's Never Allow list. There is no limit to the number of websites you can add, and they will remain blocked while Screen time is enabled, or you turn off Content & Privacy Restrictions.

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For this VisiHow tutorial, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 12.1.4.

Block Website in Safari on iPhone and iPad with Screen Time

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  1. 1
    Open the Settings app.
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  2. 2
    Tap Screen Time.
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  3. 3
    Tap Turn On Screen Time.
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  4. 4
    Tap Continue.
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  5. 5
    Tap This is My iPhone.
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  6. 6
    Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
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  7. 7
    Tap the toggle switch to enable Content & Privacy Restrictions, then tap Content Restrictions.
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  8. 8
    Tap Web Content.
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  9. 9
    Select Limit Adult Websites, then under Never Allow:, tap Add Website.
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  10. 10
    Enter the website address, then tap Done in the lower right corner.
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    Each site URL you add is listed under Never Allow.To add more sites, repeat step # 9.
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  12. 12
    Open Safari browser.
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  13. 13
    Enter one of the web URLs you just added to your Never Allow list, then tap Go.
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    If you enter the correct URL, you should see the message; You cannot browse this page "www.nameofsite.com" because it is restricted.
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    To remove sites from your restricted list, open the Settings app, then tap Screen Time.
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    Tap Turn Off Screen Time, then when the dialog box appears, tap Turn Off Screen Time one more time
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    Once Screen Time is turned off, sites in your Never Allow get cleared.
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    Disable Content & Privacy Restrictions in step # 7 if you don't want to add your blocked sites each time.
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