What is Desktop App Blocking?
With Desktop App Blocking, Freedom quits desktop apps during your Freedom session. This means that you can block your access to mail clients, games, music streaming, editing software, word processors, and more. For example, let's say you've got a great game on your computer that is distracting you when you're working. You'd simply add that game to your list of apps to block, and Freedom will quit that game if you try to open it!
How to use Desktop App Blocking
To select which apps you'd like to block, select "Manage Blocked Desktop Apps" from the Freedom menu.
Next, a window will open up which allows you to select the apps you want to block. Click on the apps you'd like to block, and then press "Save".
Note: Only open and active apps will populate in this list. If the app you want to block doesn't appear, just launch the app, select "Refresh" on the blocked apps list, and it should appear!
Once you've selected the apps you wish to block, press Save.
Finally, visit your dashboard and add "Apps" to your session under "Block these distractions." This lets Freedom know when to turn on App Blocking when this blocklist is running.
To get blocking working on a Windows computer, you need to:
Select the apps you wish to block with the Freedom desktop app.
Add "Block Apps" to your Session.
When you run a Freedom session containing the Block Apps blocklist, the app blocking feature will turn on.
A few important points.
You must select the apps you wish to block individually on your devices. Because there are so many different types of apps and installations, the apps you choose to block on your desktop only affect that device. So you'll need to set up the apps you wish to block on each device.
To make it impossible to edit your Blocked Windows App list while a block session active you can select the "Disable Quit During Session" option from the Options menu below "Manage Blocked Windows Apps".
Apps requiring "Run as Administrator"
For some apps, you may have to run Freedom as an administrator to have sufficient permissions for blocking. If you are having trouble finding an app on the list even though it's actively running, or if blocking just isn't working for a particular app, try quitting the Freedom app and then restarting it by right clicking and selecting "Run as Administrator."
If you are running other apps as administrator, Freedom will need to be running as administrator to block them. Here is how to make sure Freedom always runs as admin at startup:
Open the folder Windows (C:) > Programs and Files(x86) > Freedom
Right click on FreedomBlocker.exe and choose Properties
Select the Compatibility tab
Under Settings, select Run this program as an administrator
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