Until recently, Freedom for Mac and Windows required the use of a proxy for blocks to be effective. This could cause issues with:

  • Other apps that use a proxy
  • Windows apps such as Microsoft Office, Skype, and other Windows Store apps
  • VPNs
  • Workplace or public computers that don't allow use of a proxy
  • In some cases, slower computer performance

Now, Freedom has a non-proxy mode that should fix these issues!

How to Use

To use Freedom in non-proxy mode, select it from your desktop menu:

Note: You may need to restart Freedom and start a new session for it to fully kick in.


Blocking no longer working in some browsers after turning on non-proxy mode?

Not all browsers are currently compatible with non-proxy mode. Please see this article for compatible browsers: Supported Browsers for Website Exceptions and Non-Proxy Mode on Mac or Windows. If there is a browser you would like us to add, just let us know!

Turning on non-proxy mode blocks apps that aren't on your blocked apps list?

On a Mac, any browser that is not compatible will automatically be hidden in non-proxy or website exceptions mode. 

Freedom's proxy still appears to be on after switching to non-proxy mode?

We recommend starting a new session and then manually turning off the proxy in your Mac or Windows settings. It shouldn't turn on again.

Still need help?

If you're having any difficulty using non-proxy mode, 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!

Did this answer your question?