Taking Control: How to Block Apps on Your iPhone


Taking Control: How to Block Apps on Your iPhone

How to Block Apps on Your iPhone

We’ve all been there. Maybe a certain game is a major time suck, or a social media app is causing unwanted stress. Whatever the reason, there are times when you might want to block apps on your iPhone. Here’s how to achieve some digital peace of mind:

1. Using Screen Time:

a. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

b. Scroll down and tap Screen Time. This feature helps you manage app usage.

c. If you haven’t already set up Screen Time, tap Turn On Screen Time.

d. Choose This is My iPhone or This is My Child’s iPhone depending on how you’ll be using Screen Time.

e. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.

f. Enter your passcode (or create one if you haven’t already). This passcode will be required for future changes to these settings.

g. Tap Allowed Apps.

h. Find the app you want to block and toggle the switch next to it to the off position. The app will disappear from your home screen.

Important Note: This method completely blocks the app. If you just want to limit app usage, explore App Limits within Screen Time.

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2. Restrictions for Downloads and Purchases:

While not directly blocking apps, you can also restrict downloads and purchases to prevent unwanted app installations.

a. Follow steps 1-5 from the Screen Time method above.

b. Instead of Allowed Apps, tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.

c. Set Installing Apps and In-App Purchases to Don’t Allow. This will prevent any new app downloads or in-app purchases.

Remember: These settings require a passcode, so if you’re blocking apps for a child, make sure the passcode is secure and not easily guessed.

Taking Back Control:

Blocking apps can be a helpful tool for productivity, focus, or simply taking a break from the digital world. By following these steps, you can manage your iPhone usage and keep unwanted apps at bay.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about blocking apps on iPhone:

1. Q: Can I block apps temporarily instead of completely?

A: Absolutely! Screen Time offers App Limits which allow you to set time restrictions on specific app categories or individual apps. This lets you control how much time is spent on those apps without completely blocking them.

2. Q: Will I still get notifications for blocked apps?

A: No, if you completely block an app using Screen Time’s Allowed Apps, you won’t receive notifications for that app.

3. Q: What if I forget the Screen Time passcode?

A: If you created a Screen Time passcode and forget it, you’ll need to reset your iPhone to factory settings to regain access. This will erase all your data, so be sure to back up your phone before attempting this.

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4. Q: Are there any third-party apps that can block apps?

A: There might be some third-party parental control apps that offer app blocking features. However, it’s important to be cautious when downloading such apps and only choose those with strong reputations and security practices. The built-in Screen Time features are usually sufficient for most users.

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