With Freedom, it's easy to block email across all of your devices. Whether it's mail websites on your browser, mail apps on your mobile device, or desktop email clients on your Mac or Windows computer, Freedom makes it simple to block distracting emails.
For a tutorial on how to block email on Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out the video above! For platform specific directions, please continue reading.
1. To block your desktop email apps from connecting to the internet, select Block Email and Chat. You will be able to open your email app during your block sessions, but you will not be able to receive or send email while this setting is checked. Note: Chat apps will also be blocked from connecting to the internet while this setting is checked.
2. To block your email app from being opened at all, use Mac Desktop App Blocking to block your email client. Only open and active apps will populate in your "Manage Blocked Desktop Apps" list. If the email client you want to block doesn't appear, just open the app and it will appear. Note: To quit blocked apps instead of hiding them, select Kill Blocked Apps here:
1. To block your email app from being opened at all, use Windows Desktop App Blocking to block your email client. Only open and active apps will populate in your "Manage Blocked Desktop Apps" list. If the email client you want to block doesn't appear, just open the app and it will appear.
Note: On Windows, desktop app blocking will quit blocked apps. Please use caution with this, as desktop app blocking will quit the app, potentially losing unsaved work if a Freedom session starts while you are working in an app you wish to block (e.g. drafting an email).
1. To block the Gmail app and Gmail accounts in the iOS Mail app, simply add the Gmail block to your blocklists:
2. To block all other email on iOS, you will need to identify your email address' IMAP and SMTP servers (ie. imap.google.com, smtp.google.com), and add those URLs to your blocklist to block incoming and outgoing mail. Please check this article for more info on identifying your email's IMAP/SMTP servers.
1. To block email on Android, just add your email app to your list of blocked applications.
Start by tapping Blocklists -> tapping "Manage" next to Blocked Applications.
On the blocked applications screen, simply select the email apps you want to block.
Note: You might not see all of your apps by default. To fix this, tap the three dots next to the magnifying glass and tap "Show all apps":
Finally, tap "New Session" (clock icon), tap Blocklists and add Block Android Apps to your session, and then tap "Start Session".
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