How to block apps with Freedom

Here's a refresher on how to add apps and websites to your blocklist

Blocking apps

Freedom allows you to block more than websites - we can also block mobile apps.  Blocking mobile apps is very similar to blocking a website, you just need to give Freedom the URL's specific to the app you wish to block.  

To block apps  add the app URLs to your blocklist by typing the URLs into the text box and selecting 'add block'. We've made a list of custom URL's for commonly used apps.

Important note: Our mobile service works by blocking the content coming in to apps.  This can take up to 5 minutes to kick in due to caching - so make sure you run sessions lengths of 10 minutes or more.  If your apps are still refreshing new data after 5 minutes, please let us know so we can help you with your blocklist!

Commonly used apps and the URLs to block:

Please note, with the release of our iOS 2.0 client, it is much easier to block apps.  We've tried to make this as easy as possible by adding pre-made filters for common apps.  We are working to add more and appreciate your feedback on the apps you'd like to see blocked.

Hearthstone/WoW/etc.

battle.net

unity3d.com

blizzard.com

Twitter

Please use our pre-made Twitter filter

Facebook

Please use our pre-made Facebook filter

Youtube

Please use our pre-made YouTube

New York Times

Please use our premade NY Times filter

Buzzfeed

buzzfeed.com

Washington Post

washingtonpost.com

ESPN

espn.go.com

espn.com

LinkedIn

Please use our pre-made LinkedIn filter

Vine

vine.com

Amazon

Please use our pre-made Amazon filter

Instagram

Please use our pre-made Instagram filter

Snapchat

Please use our pre-made Snapchat filter

Reddit

reddit.com

Gmail

Please use our pre-made Gmail filter

Tumblr

Please use our pre-made Tumblr filter

Pinterest

Please use our pre-made Pinterest filter

BBC

bbc.com

bbc.co.uk

Yik Yak

yikyakapp.com

yikyakapi.net

Whisper

whisper.sh

tigertext.me

Tinder

Please use our pre-made Tinder filter

OKCupid

Please use our pre-made OK Cupid filter

Whatsapp

Please use our pre-made Whatsapp filter

Netflix

Please use our pre-made Netflix filter

CNN

cnn.com

Boom Beach/Clash of Clans/Supercell

Unfortunately these games connect directly via IP, and cannot be blocked at present.

Guardian

guardian.com

guardianapis.com

The Wall Street Journal

wsj.com

wsj.net

App not on the list?  How to find URLs to block:

If you're looking to block an app that's not listed, we've got a few options:

  1. Go to the app's page in the App Store, and locate the "Developer Website" - generally the company behind the App's website.  Add this website to the blocklist to see if it helps.
  2. Google "How to block [app]" - often times you'll find a discussion of how people have blocked the app on their router.  If you find results, you can add the website to the blocklist.
  3. Remove the app and block the App Store.  If you are not having any luck, you can always remove the App and use our "iOS App Store" block.  This will prevent you from re-downloading the app while Freedom is running.
  4. Ask us!  We're happy to search our database to find a hit.

How to block games:

Many games use a high degree of security to prevent abuse or fraudulent play.  In addition, some games are downloaded completely onto your phone, and don't really need a network connection.  If you're having trouble blocking games, you can do the following:

  1. Block the iOS App Store.  This blocks the Game Center which renders many games unplayable.
  2. Remove the game and block the app store.
  3. We're happy to search our database to see if there's a hit.