Desktop Controls Explained

The desktop controls are broken down into 5 areas:

Account Info

This section displays your username and session status.

  • Sync Freedom: Manually sync blocklists and sessions. Try this option if you've made changes that don't seem to be taking effect, or if sessions aren't starting or ending.

Start Session

This section will allow you to start a Freedom session directly from your desktop menu.

  • Select Devices: Choose devices for the session.

  • Select Blocklists: Choose blocklists for the session.

  • Start a Session: Start session with selected devices and blocklists.

  • Schedule a Session: Manage scheduled sessions.


This section allows you to control the Freedom app's behavior.

  • Launch Dashboard: Opens your browser dashboard.

  • Manage Blocked Desktop Apps: Opens a list of desktop apps that you can block with Desktop App blocking. Note: Apps may need to be running to populate on this list.

  • Options → Start at Login: When enabled, Freedom will launch when you log in to your computer.

  • Options → Disable Quit During Sessions: When enabled, Freedom will prevent you from quitting during a running session.

  • Options → Disable Activity Monitor During Sessions: When enabled, Freedom will prevent you accessing Activity Monitor so you cannot manually quit the app during an active block session.

Advanced Options

  • Options → Advanced → Block Everything: If selected, all network connectivity (ie. streaming, syncing, wifi printing, email programs, chat programs, etc.) is blocked during sessions that include the "Block All Websites" filter. **Please note that "Block All Websites" needs to be included in your sessions for this to work.**

  • Options → Advanced → Block Email Clients: If selected, desktop email and some chat older programs, such as IRC or Jabber, will be blocked during any kind of session.

  • Options → Advanced → Kill Blocked Apps: If selected, blocked desktop apps will be force quit instead of hidden. Please use with caution, as quitting may potentially cause unsaved work (email drafts, etc.) to be lost.

  • Options → Advanced → Troubleshooting Info: This contains information that is useful for troubleshooting any issues with Freedom. When contacting support, you may be asked to send this information.

  • Options → Advanced → Non-Proxy Mode: This option can be used if you are experiencing proxy-related issues. Please see Non-Proxy Mode for Mac for more information. This option can only be selected when there are no active sessions.

  • Options → Advanced → App blocking Locked Mode: This will prevent the removal of apps from the blocked apps list while a session is active.

  • Options → Advanced → Block Fullscreen Apps: This will block any app if it's in fullscreen mode during a session. This setting is available to prevent circumventing of blocks by keeping apps in fullscreen mode.

  • Options → Advanced → Play audio notification on session start/end: Select these if you want a sound to play upon notification of session beginning or end.

Website Exceptions

  • Manage Website Exceptions: This is where you add the URLs for the sites you want to allow. For more information on this feature, please see Mac Website Exceptions

  • Enable Website Exceptions: Website exceptions will only work when you have this selected.


  • About Freedom: Displays current version number.

  • Launch Tour: Launches a setup guide.

  • Update Freedom: Checks for updates.

Log out

  • Log out: Logs out of the client (useful for switching to a different Freedom account).

  • Quit: Quits the client.

Having trouble?

If you're having any difficulty, 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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