CONTENTS:

  1. How to block mobile apps (iOS, Android)
  2. How to block desktop apps (Mac, Windows, iOS)
  3. Adding desktop apps to a blocklist (Mac + Windows)

HOW TO BLOCK MOBILE APPS


Important note: Our latest app, Freedom 5.0, has significant improvements to app blocking.  If you are running into any problems with Freedom, please make sure you upgrade to our latest version, which may solve the problem for you!

Note: Our pre-made filters will block both the website and its corresponding mobile app. For example if select the Gmail filter, it will block both Gmail.com and the Gmail iOS app.

To block a mobile app that is not already listed, you need its URL, similar to when you add a website to your blocklist. 

If you need help finding the URL for a mobile app, view our App URL Chart below or contact us at support@freedom.to.

iOS

1. Launch the Freedom app and log in.


2. Go to the Blocklists tab at the bottom


3. Either click on one of your blocklists to edit it, or create a new blocklist by selecting Add a blocklist

4. Select what you want to block by toggling the pre-made filters or by  selecting add block and adding your own websites and apps in the field empty field and selecting Add.

5. Enter the URL of a website or mobile app URL that you wish to block and select Add. Repeat this step until you have added all websites and mobile apps you wish to block.
 If you need help finding the URL for a mobile app, view the chart below. 

6. Select Save.

Android

To choose the apps you wish to block, tap the Blocklists icon from the bottom of the screen and then tap "Manage" next to Blocked Applications.

After tapping "Manage", you'll see a list of your phone apps. On this screen, you can select the apps you wish to block while a Freedom session is running. Tap the toggle button next to the apps you would like to block and then tap "Save".

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":

To block websites, tap the Blocklists icon from the bottom of the screen and then tap "Distractions" to add our premade blocks and custom websites to your blocklist. 


THINGS TO 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!


URLs FOR COMMONLY BLOCKED APPS

Many apps will require a different URL from their website in order to be blocked. Below is a list of URLs for commonly blocked apps. 

Can't find the URL for an app you want to block? Contact us at support@freedom.to and we'll be happy to help!

HOW TO BLOCK DESKTOP APPS

Mac

1. Make sure the Freedom app is running and you’re logged in.

2. Click the Freedom icon in the top menu bar.

3. Select Manage Blocked Desktop Apps

4. When the window opens, select which desktop apps you want to block.

5. Click Save and close window.

Windows

1. Make sure the Freedom app is running and you’re logged in.

2. Click the Freedom icon in the menu bar.

3. Select Manage Blocked Desktop Apps.

4. When the window opens, select which desktop apps you want to block.

5. Click Save and close the window

ADDING DESKTOP APPS TO A BLOCKLIST

Mac + Windows

  1. Go to Freedom.to and log in.

2. To add desktop app blocking to one of your block sessions, select Block Desktop Apps under Select blocklists.

3. Select your devices and session length, then click start. Note

4. All your selected desktop apps will now be blocked when you select that blocklist.

Still having trouble?

If you're having any difficulty, please feel free to send us an email at support@freedom.to or chat with us via the green chat bubble in the bottom right corner of the page. We're happy to help!

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