Follow the instructions below to create a Start Now block session. To learn more about scheduling a block sessions in advance (Start Later or Recurring Sessions), click here.

Mac and Windows

1. Launch Freedom and log in at
2. Create custom block list by selecting Add a blocklist on the dashboard

3. Name your blocklist

4. There are 3 options for choosing sites and mobile apps that you want to block

  1. Category filters: Select a category filter to block popular websites and apps within a category such as social media or news. To see which websites are included within these categories, simply hover your mouse over the filter to reveal the list.
  2. Pre-made filters: Select from our list of pre-made filters of popular websites and mobile apps. When applicable, these filters include both the website and corresponding iOS app. For example, selecting Gmail will block both the Gmail website and its iOS app.
  3. Add your own websites + mobile apps: Add the URL in the box above the filters and select add block. Need help finding an app URL? Click here.

For help with adding websites blocklist, click here.
For help adding mobile and desktop apps to a blocklist, click here.

6. Click Save to save your blocklist

7. Select Start Now at the top of the dashboard and enter how many minutes you want the block to last.

8. Select {Your blocklist name} under Select blocklists

9. Select what devices you want to include in your block. 

10. Select Start.

Once you have created a few blocklists and installed Freedom on your desktop computer, you can also start a Freedom session directly from the app in your menu bar:

1. Select devices

2. Select blocklists

3. Choose a session length and start your session


1. Launch the Freedom app on your device and log in.

2. Once in the app, select the Blocklists tab at the bottom

3. Create custom blocklist by selecting Add a blocklist

4. Name your blocklist and toggle any of the sites and their corresponding
apps from the filter list that you want to block

5. Add any additional sites you want to block by entering the URL in the field above the filter list and tapping Add Block. For more help adding mobile and desktop apps to a blocklist, click here.

6. Click Save to save your blocklist

7. To start a session now: Select the Start session tab at the bottom

8. Select which devices you’d like to include in your block session.

9. Select which blocklists you'd like to include in your block session

10. Select either the Session Length or the End Time of the session.

To start a session later or create a recurring session see section Scheduling a session in advance.

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