Freedom for iOS FAQ

Is your App Blocker a VPN?

With our iOS 2.0 application, blocks are immediate, and do not require a VPN connection. We use Apple's Network Extensions technology to install a "Limited VPN" that blocks content on your phone, where it is fast and secure, and never sent to our servers. So while the App Blocker uses VPN technology, it is NOT a VPN.  It never connects to a remote service, and it never sends your traffic off the phone.

Will my internet speed be impacted by App Blocker?

No. As all blocks happen directly on the phone, there is no noticeable difference in internet speed.

Will battery be impacted by your App Blocker?

No. Since only a very small portion of your traffic is going over the VPN, we don’t require the extra battery consumption to run a full VPN.

Will I see a VPN Icon?

No - you will never see a VPN icon with our 2.0 version.  Prior versions (>1.15) did include a VPN icon, but we've completely abandoned that technology. 

When I try to visit a page that is blocked, how come I don't see the green Freedom block page like on the desktop?

Since the method we use to block websites for iOS is different from the method used on Mac OS X and Windows, we aren't able to display a nice block page at this time.

I've run into problems with Freedom iOS in the past. Have things improved?

If you are using Freedom for iOS version 1.0,  please upgrade to version 2.0.  It is a free upgrade and a massive improvement in functionality.

With our iOS 2.0 application, blocks are immediate, and do not require a VPN connection. We use Apple's Network Extensions technology to install a "Limited VPN" that blocks content on your phone, where it is fast and secure, and never sent to our servers.

If you've run into problems with Freedom in the past, give Freedom 2.0 a shot - it is a major upgrade in terms of functionality.