Skip to content

How to Block a Website on Safari iOS or iPad?

Safari is one of the safest browsers for iOS and iPads. In Safari, you can time block or allow any sites that you might find malicious or damaging. It also allows you to block the adult sites on your device. To control these options, you need to open the Settings app on the iOS device and navigate Screen Time>Content & Privacy Restrictions. Thereafter open-content restrictions and tap on Web content. From there you can control blocking and allowing the sites.

People who are using Macbooks 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 the 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 of adult sites 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 content, but this won’t be blacklisting sites that are not very well known or have hidden content.

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 the Safari browser on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch your Settings app, and 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 as you want to the 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, and tap on Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  2. On the content & privacy restrictions, click on Content Restrictions, and 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 which can help in protecting your data from 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 the Safari browser? Do you use it often?

FAQs: Block a Website on Safari iOS or iPad

Now, let us go through some of the frequently asked questions regarding how to block a website on Safari iOS or iPad.

How to Block a specific website on Safari iOS?

Tap on the Settings app on your iOS device and then navigate to Screen Time>Content & Privacy Restrictions. Now, click on the Content restrictions and open Web content. On the Web Content page, click on the Limit Adult Website, and under the Never Allow section tap on Add Website and paste the URL of the site that you want to block in Safari iOS.

How to Block Adult Content on Safari iOS or iPad?

Tap on the Settings app on your iOS device and then navigate to Screen Time>Content & Privacy Restrictions. Now, click on the Content restrictions and open Web content. On the Web Content page, click on the Limit Adult Website to block adult content on Safri iOS or iPad.

How to allow specific websites on Safari iOS?

Tap on the Settings app on your iOS device and then navigate to Screen Time>Content & Privacy Restrictions. Now, click on the Content restrictions and open Web content. There will be an option as, Allowed Websites Only, tap on it and click on Add website and enter the URL to allow the specific site on Safari iOS, and tap on done.

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

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

If you've any thoughts on How to Block a Website on Safari iOS or iPad?, then feel free to drop in below comment box.

Also, please subscribe to our @DigitalTechStudio YouTube channel for helpful videos tutorials.

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive compensation for your purchases using our links; of course at no extra cost to you (indeed, you may get special discounts).

4 thoughts on “How to Block a Website on Safari iOS or iPad?”

  1. 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. The answer to the question in the headline is “Apple doesn’t allow that.” Safari and iOS absolutely do not allow you to block a specific website. They only allow you to block adult websites AND a specific website of your choice. But what if an adult needs a restriction from certain websites, but doesn’t want adult websites because they have a gambling addiction (not my issue), compulsivity post on social media (not my issue, except for an occasional problem with Twitter), read news websites compulsively to the exusion of working (my problem)? Unlike other browsers, Safari doesn’t allow it and – because Apple doesn’t let Chrome handle content blocking, Chrome on iOS doesn’t allow it either.

    Yes, as an adult who knows his own passwords, I can bypass any restrictions I set, but that little barrier almost always is enough to stop me. So, instead I have to leave my phone on another room to get work done, which presents other issues.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *