How to Block a Website on Safari iOS or iPad?

Learn how to block a website and adult content on the Apple Safari on iPhone or iPad. You can either block a website URL or whitelist specific site URLs.

People who are using Macbook or iPhones will probably be using Safari for their daily internet browser needs. For the Windows platform, Chrome is the best choice and now even Microsoft Edge has joined the bandwagon. Similarly, on Apple devices, Safari is the one to go, due to its vast features, including blocking websites facility.

If you are concerned that your children can get access to adult content or other harmful sites which feature violence, then you probably want to block those websites on your kid’s devices. Safari lets you blacklist and whitelist websites giving you more control over your browsing experience.

Safari lets you block certain sites, and you only have to add the URL into the never allowed field. If you don’t want your kids to access any other websites rather than the sites that you have picked, you can do that as well.

Related: How to Enable Privacy and Security Settings in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

If you only want to limit Adult content, Safari has a built option to limit Adult content. The different methods to block websites on Safari are further mentioned below based on the needs.

How to Block Adult Content on Safari iOS?

If you only wish to block adult sites on Safari, so that your kids can’t have access to any such harmful things. You only have to enable a feature that is already available on your Apple device.

The feature will prevent your kids from accessing any adult sites. Safari will automatically blacklist the sites that have adult content.

Here are the steps to Block the Adult Content Sites on Safari browser on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Tap on your iPhone Settings icon to open up Settings, then go to Screen Time.
  2. Now, Click on the Content & Privacy Restrictions option.
    Content and Privacy Restrictions Screen Time settings
  3. Enable the toggle for Content & Privacy Restriction to make options available.
  4. Go to Content Restrictions.
    Content Restrictions under Content and Privacy Restrictions setting
  5. On the content restrictions page, tap on the Web Content.
  6. And, click on Limit Adult Websites to enable the automatic blacklisting adult sites to feature.
    iOS Limit Adult Websites Web Content


By using this feature, you will be enabled to automatically blacklist all the major possible websites that have adult contents, but this won’t be blacklisting sites that are not very well known or have hidden contents.

Note: It won’t block any violence and adult content on any social media.

How to Block a Website on Safari iOS?

If you want to protect your kids from specific sites, for example, social media sites, etc. Then you can block those particular websites on Safari. You only have to know the URL of the websites.

It will be wise if you collect all the URLs of the websites that you want to block beforehand. Copy the URL from the Safari address bar and add them to the blocking site list.

Here are the steps to block websites in Safari browser on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch your Settings app, go to Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  2. Then again, on the next page, click on Content Restrictions > Web Content.
    Web Content under Content Restrictions settings
  3. On the Web Content page, click on the Limit Adult Website.
  4. Now under the NEVER ALLOW section, tap on the Add Website option.
  5. Now, simply paste or type the website URL that you want to block.
    Enter URL to Block Website in iOS
  6. Click on Done, and now you have blocked that specific site.


By using this method, you can add as many websites you want to block list. It also blocks blacklisted websites automatically that have adult content. However, if you don’t know the URL of a certain website, then you can’t block the site.

How to Allow Specific Websites on Safari iOS?

By using this method, you will be blocking each and every website on Safari. However, this will only grant you access to a few websites that you would have whitelisted.

It is important for you to know the URL of the website to whitelist the site. The method will prevent your kids from accessing any suspicious sites, and they can only visit sites that you have whitelisted.

Follow the steps below to block all the websites and to enable a specific website on Safari:

  1. Open up your Settings app, tap on Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  2. On the content & privacy restrictions, click on Content Restrictions, tap on Web Content next.
  3. Now click on the option Allowed Websites Only.
    Allowed Websites Only Web Content iPadOS
  4. Click on Add Website to add the websites that you want to have access to.
  5. Simply paste your URL or type the web address, and tap on the Done button.


Using this method will block each and every website on the internet; you can only access the website that you have whitelisted.

In order to enable access to other websites, you must manually add the website address into the Allowed Website section.

Bottom Line: Block Website on Safari

You can block the adult websites on Safari, just open up your Settings app and enable the Limit Adult websites options under Content & Privacy > Content Restrictions > Web content. This will restrict all the famous adult and pornographic content.

If you want to block a specific website, then go to the Web content page of your settings app. Make sure that you have enabled the Limit adult websites feature then click on the Add a website option under the NEVER ALLOW label. Type or paste your website address and click on done.

To access only a specific website, and to block every website, go to the web content page in Settings and tap on Allow websites Only. Click on Add website option and the website address that you want to have access to click on done, and now all the other websites will be blocked rather than the whitelisted site.

Similarly, you can also improve the privacy and security of your safari browser that can help in protecting your data with malicious attacks.

I personally, use the feature to block adult content and a few other websites that I no longer want to view or visit. As mentioned, the content and site blocking feature in Safari are really helpful if you have kids at your home you often grab your phone or use a shared iPad.

What do you think about the feature to block websites on Safari browser? Do you use it often?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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3 Responses

  1. Ishita says:

    But as soon as i type in the url, it shows this website is blocked but unfortunately right underneath it shows an option to allow that website access. So that defeats the purpose if it is so easy to unlock the website.

  2. Sharon Couch says:

    I have recently had an ad that keeps popping up, even if I wanted to check it out IT IS IN GERMAN!!

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