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Block a Website in Safari app on iPhone & iPad

Are you looking to restrict access to a particular site in Apple Safari on your iPhone or iPad? Learn how to block specific websites using content restriction settings.

We can block access to sites using the built-in content restriction settings. It allows you to block the adult content or add the site URL to the blocking list to stop the access.

Alternatively, you can add the site address to the allowed list that will only permit access to the added site and block everything else.

Block Websites on Safari browser

In this guide, we have shared the steps to allow a few sites or block sites from opening in Apple Safari on iPhone and iPad.

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Note: Settings configured in the ‘Content Restrictions’ setting page are valid across all the browsers installed on the device. It is not just limited to the Safari browser.

Limiting Adult Content on iPhone Settings

If you only wish to block adult sites, enable a feature in content & privacy restrictions on your Apple device. It prevents anyone using the device from accessing any adult sites. Safari app will automatically stop accessing adult content sites. Here are the steps to do:

  1. Open the device Settings app, and choose the Screen Time tab.
  2. Tap on the Content & Privacy Restrictions option.
  3. Enable the toggle for Content & Privacy Restriction to make all other options available.
    Content and Privacy Restrictions in iPhone settings
  4. Tap on the Content Restrictions tab option.
  5. Select Web Content within Content Restriction.
  6. Switch to Limit Adult Websites to enable the automatic blocklisting of adult sites feature.
    Switch to Limit Adult Websites in iPhone Settings

You also have the option to add the website URL into the Always Allow and Never Allow sections to allow or block more adult website URLs.

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Note: Limit Adult Websites option won’t block any violence and adult content on social media.

Blocking a Website URL on iPhone Settings

You can block a particular websites from accessing using the URL. Copy the URL and add them to the blocking site list. Here are the steps to block website:

  1. Launch your Settings app, and go to Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions option.
  2. Select the Web Content option within the Content Restriction tab.
    Web Content under Content Restrictions settings
  3. On the Web Content page, switch to the Limit Adult Website option.
  4. Now under the NEVER ALLOW section, tap on the Add Website command.
  5. Enter the site URL to block.
    Enter URL to Block Website in iOS
  6. Hit on the Done button on the keyboard.

This method allows you to add as many websites as you want to the block list. It also blocks blocklisted websites automatically that have adult content.

Allowing Only Specific Websites in Safari app

Using this method, you will be blocking every website. However, it will only grant you access to websites you would have added in allowed list. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open your Settings app and tap Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions option.
  2. Next, tap on Content Restrictions and then the Web Content option.
  3. Switch to the option Allowed Websites Only.
    Allowed Websites Only Web Content iPadOS
  4. Tap on Add Website to add the websites you want access to.
  5. Enter the URL, and tap the Done command button.

It will block every website on the internet and only allows you to access the website added to Allowed List. To enable access to other sites, you must manually add the website URL address to the Allowed Website section or change the option back to Unrestricted Access.

Bottom Line

We can configure the content and restrictions settings in Apple devices to block the websites from accessing on Safari browser. We can either block adult content only or add the website URL to restriction.

There is also option to allow only selected sites and block the rest.

Similarly, you can also block the websites in the Safari on Mac. You can use the same Content Restrictions setting or the Hosts file and browser extensions to stop websites.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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