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Chrome is undoubtedly one of the best and the most frequently used browsers across all devices – Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, you name. Day in and day out, we surf hundreds of websites using Chrome. Yet, if there are websites that are hampering your productivity or if there are websites that you don’t want your children, students, or employees to access on the computer or device that has been assigned to them, we’ll give you really quick ways you can block websites on Chrome, doesn’t matter what platform you are using.
How To Block Websites On Chrome
Speed up things and take a grip of websites, you or your loved ones watch. Here are some easy ways you can block sites on Chrome.
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– Use Browser Extensions
Want to block websites on Chrome on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows? Here’s a really simple method.
Several Chrome extensions can help you add websites to their list and even password protect them. One such extension is BlockSite. Here is how you can block sites in Chrome using this extension.
1. Head to https://chrome.google.com/webstore
2. Type BlockSite in the search bar
3. Click on Add to Chrome
4. Head to the website that you want to block and then click on the BlockSite extension
5. Click on Block this site
6. You can even password protect these websites by adding a password for the same by clicking on Edit block list and then from the left-hand pane selecting Password Protection
– Using Apps On Android and iOS Devices
The world of Android apps lets you do several spectacular things such as cleaning junk, playing all kinds of games, checking mobile data, listening to music, and several other things. Well! Add one more jewel to the list – you can now block sites on Chrome with the help of Apps.
For instance, you can use Mobile Security by Trend Micro and block websites. It also doubles up as a privacy scanner, Wi-Fi checker, and many other things. To know more about how you can block websites using Mobile Security, read this post.
– Using Hosts File On Windows 10
The host file plays a crucial role in how your computer communicates with your internet, more specifically the websites your computer is communicating with. Here, we’ll talk about how you can block websites not just on Chrome but other browsers as well.
At the outset, we’d request you to do two things before you try the below-mentioned steps.
(i) Create a restore point. So that if anything goes wrong you can safely revert to your old settings
(ii) Copy and paste the host file at the desired location. So, that you can get the old file back should something wrong happens with the existing host file.
Let’s get down to the actual steps to block sites on Chrome or any other browser using host file –
- Open File Explorer and head to
- Here we’ll be focusing on the Host But before doing anything, you should create a backup of the Host file. For that, copy the file and paste it at your desired location, e.g. desktop
- Come back to the etc location > right-click on hosts and choose Notepad
- Copy the complete text as it is
- In the Windows search bar type notepad and then click on Run as administrator
- Paste the text as it is in the administrator notepad that opens
- Here comes the actual part, for every new website that you want to block, add a new line with 0.0.1 <website url>
For example, if you want to block Xyz, type
- Save the file at the location mentioned in point no. 1 and make sure to choose all files as file type
– Use The Screen Time Feature In iOS
Are you sharing your iPhone with your son, daughter, or younger sibling, who you just want to have access to certain websites? Here are the steps you can do just that –
1. Open Settings app
2. Click on Screen Time from the left-hand side
3. From the right-hand side select Content & Privacy Restrictions
4. Tap on Web Content and select Allowed Websites only
5. Add websites that you want the user to access
So, these are some easy ways you can block websites on Chrome on Android, Windows 10, Mac, and iOS. And, if there is an even simpler way that we missed out, do let us know in the comment section below. If you found value in this content, do give it a thumbs up and share the blog as much as possible. You can also connect with us and stay updated on our content on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Flipboard, and Instagram. If you are more into videos on tech how-to’s, best of apps and features and stuff, we even have a YouTube channel.