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How to Install Freedom for iPhone or iPad
How to Install Freedom for iPhone or iPad

This article provides a detailed walkthrough of how to install the Freedom app on your iOS device.

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Thanks for using Freedom on your iOS device! Here's how to set up the app on your iPhone/iPad.


Download Freedom from the App Store and sign in

To begin using Freedom on your iOS device, first download the Freedom app from App Store.

Once you download the app, open Freedom and sign in with your account email and password.

Follow the onboarding flow to install blocking tools

You will be taken through the following steps to set Freedom up on your iOS device.

1. Tap "Continue" to start moving through the prompts.

2. Tap "Allow Screen Time"

3. When you are prompted to give Freedom access to Screen Time, tap "Continue" then "Allow with Face ID/Touch ID."

4. Tap "Install Profile" to install the Freedom Profile (VPN), then tap "Allow" and enter your passcode/Face ID/Touch ID to install the Profile. More information on this blocking tool can be found here: The Freedom Profile (VPN) Explained.

5. Tap "Allow Notifications" to allow Freedom to send you notifications. This is optional, but we recommend enabling Session Start/End notifications to help keep Freedom active on your device. This can be changed at any time from the Settings tab of the Freedom iOS App.

How to add blocking tools if you skip the onboarding flow

Add app-blocking permissions (available on iOS 16+)

To block apps in Freedom 6.0+ (available starting with iOS 16), you will need to give Freedom permission to access Screen Time. To do this, go to the Today tab and tap on "Enable App Blocking."

You will then see a pop-up requesting that you give Freedom access to Screen Time. Select 'Continue' and then follow the steps to authorize Freedom.

After completing these steps, you will be able to select which apps you would like to add to your blocklist. For more information on app blocking, see How to block apps on iOS.

Install the Freedom Profile

Go to the Today tab, and tap on "Install Freedom Profile" to install the Freedom VPN profile. Installing the VPN profile allows Freedom to block content in browsers like Google Chrome and within apps.

On the next screen, tap Install Freedom Profile.

Use Touch ID, Face ID, or Passcode to install the Freedom VPN.

When the VPN is installed, it will look like this. Please note that you do not need to toggle the VPN on or off manually. The VPN we use is a local VPN, and will connect automatically to block the sites and apps on your blocklist.

You can also install the Profile by going to Settings > Blocking Tools and tapping "Install" next to "Freedom Profile."

Install the Content Blocker

To block content in Safari, install the Safari Content Blocker. On iOS 15+, you can find this setting under iOS Settings > Safari > Extensions. We also recommend turning on "All Websites" under Safari > Content Blockers > Toggle "All Websites".

On iOS 14 and older, you can find this under iOS Settings > Safari > Content Blockers.

Customize Settings

Tapping the settings icon will take you to our settings screen. Here you can enable locked mode, configure notifications, turn the blog posts/today screen on or off, and reinstall the Freedom profile if necessary. For more information, see Freedom for iOS menu options explained.

Having trouble?

If you're having any difficulty, please feel free to contact us. We're happy to help!

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