Looking for a flexible way to block distracting sites without the need for the Freedom desktop client? We're happy to announce that we now have a dedicated Chrome browser extension for this, Pause!

Pause by Freedom is a simple browser extension that challenges you to momentarily pause and reflect before visiting a distracting website. These "pauses" are not tied to our desktop Freedom app, so you can use Pause to add some flexibility to your blocking and boost your focus outside of your scheduled sessions.

We've built Pause to be privacy-conscious.  All of the tracking data is stored locally and not sent anywhere (the cloud, our servers, etc).  You can also disable tracking and hide sites, if you want to.

How to Install

1. Click here to go to the Pause installation page in the Chrome Web Store extension library

2. Click "Add to Chrome"

3. Click "Add Extension" when prompted

Using Pause

Pause comes pre-loaded with a list of 50 top distracting websites, with a default pause time of 5 seconds. 

For more customization, you can add or remove sites from your Pause list. You can also configure the amount of time you'd like to be Paused. To customize Pause, simply click on the icon and click "Open Settings":

From Settings, you can

  • Change the length of Pause Time

  • Add or Remove sites from your Pause list


We hope you find Limit to be a simple and useful tool for developing healthier online habits and routines.

Feature Requests

Pause is designed to be as lightweight as possible, but if you want more features, let us know and we'll consider!


Q: What's the difference between Freedom Lab extensions (Insight, Limit, Pause) and the main Freedom Extension?

A: Freedom Lab extensions are Chrome-only extensions, and they work to add additional features that our users have requested! Since these are standalone extensions, they do not require the Mac/Windows desktop Freedom app to function.

Insight - Allows you to track your browsing habits on websites. Click here for more info!

Limit - Allows you to create daily time limit for distracting sites. Click here for more info!

The main Freedom browser extension is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, and requires you to be logged into the Mac/Windows desktop app to function. This extension ensures that all of your blocked pages block correctly and display our signature "green screen", and also fixes some minor issues that might cause issues with blocks not working.  Click here for more info!

Still need help?

If you're having any difficulty using Pause, please feel free to send us an email at [email protected] 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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