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October 15, 2022

9 Website Blockers For Studying, Productivity, & Focus

Take advantage of numerous website blockers for studying, productivity, and focus. Here are some of our top picks. 
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The Internet is a double-edged sword – it provides practical information to live our lives better and, on the other side, offers infinite distractions and opportunities.

From social media to gaming, there’s always a website ready to help us forget our tasks, whether researching, studying, or finishing a project.

Let’s be honest – willpower can only do so much. Luckily, you can take advantage of numerous website blockers for studying, productivity, and focus. Here are some of our top picks. 

1. LeechBlock NG

A free-to-use web extension for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and different Chromium-based browsers, LeechBLock lets you block up to 30 sets of websites. 

LeechBlock is not designed to block offensive sites or used for parental control. Instead, its lockdown feature can help you block websites immediately or set up a schedule for each set. For example, you can block a site for 20 minutes or an hour. 

2. Freedom

Freedom is a paid app you can choose to pay monthly, annually, or forever. It is used to block websites and apps and is available for Windows and Mac users. In addition, it can sync your blocking rules across all your devices. 

This site has three features: not only can it block apps and sites for desktop and mobile, but it can also block the Internet – now that’s power. 

  • Locked Mode – Qutting an active block session is impossible for the user.
  • Block All – Blocks all websites, or it’s like turning off the Internet. 
  • Block All Except – The sites that matter for your task at hand.

One of the best features of Freedom is its Chrome browser extension called Limit. It lets you set a time limit to a website you’re using before it gets blocked. Limit work the other way around instead of blocking a website completely. 

For example, if you’re accessing Facebook and set the timer for 10 minutes only, it will block the site when the time runs out. 

3. FamiSafe

FamiSafe is designed for families. It allows parents to limit their children's screen time, track their real-time location, and detect inappropriate content.

The app's monitoring feature makes sure that your kids don't get cyberbullied or are exposed to harmful things like pornography, gambling, or too much gaming.

Once you and your children have downloaded the app to their phones, you can set the settings everything from your phone.

Some of its features are YouTube App Control, wherein you can check your child’s viewing history and block channels and video. In addition, TikTok History reports videos used and screen time while using the app. 

4. BlockerX

BlockerX blocks all access to pornographic websites. And since adult content can still be accessed via different apps, social media, and similar websites – the app can help you block all that. 

For parents, the app’s uninstall feature can be disabled, ensuring that your children are not in danger of accessing porn materials from their phones. 

BlockerX works best with Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, and Brave. In addition, the app is available both for Android and iOS. 

5. FocalFilter

FocalFilter is a free tool that is pretty straightforward. You get to add the websites you want to block and set the time duration. Then, you can use the websites you listed again when the time runs out. 

6. BlockSite

BlockSite is a simple website blocker with a timer and scheduling that contains funny pictures if you try to access a blocked website. Here are some of its features:

  • Focus Mode lets you set times when to disable websites and when to browse them again.
  • Built-In Adult Blocker ensures you don't see inappropriate content by blocking all known adult websites by default.
  • It also has a “disable uninstall” feature. 
  • BlockSite can be synced between your desktop and mobile device.

7. Forest

With the help of Forest, you can stay focused by treating website blocking into a game. It lets you grow a forest as long as you don’t use any app. 

It will prompt you to wait if you try using your device while the app runs. But if you do so, it will kill one of your trees.

Forest works with Trees for the Future to plant real trees. Whenever a user uses virtual coins to plant a tree, an amount is donated to the organization to plant a real tree. 

8. Serene

A Mac OS-only website blocker, serene helps block distracting websites and apps when you enter a session.

In addition, this site can also help you create your ideal deep work environment by silencing your phone, updating your Slack status, controlling Internet-connected lights, and so on.

9. 1Focus

Another Mac OS-only website blocker, 1Focus is another straightforward website blocker whose features vary between free and paid. This site works in Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Brave, and Opera. Here are some of its features:

Free 

  • Block specific apps: email, games, or unsupported web browsers.
  • Block internet access by blocking the installed web browsers and the App Store.
  • Block duration between 1 minute and one day.
  • Impossible to bypass. You cannot cancel an active block.
  • Competent user support at onefocusapp.com/support.

Pro

  • Schedule recurring blocks
  • Block all websites or apps except specific ones.
  • Create separate block lists for different tasks.
  • Suspend blocking for a limited time.
  • Block URL keywords using asterisks.
  • Block websites by category. 

Conclusion

The Internet is a fantastic resource but can also be a huge distraction. If you feel your productivity is suffering due to your attachment to the Internet, it might be time to start using some website blockers.

You might also want to set up a daily schedule in which you block certain websites for a certain amount of time. This way, you won't give in to temptation throughout the day.

If you're looking for a way to block websites and apps so you can be more present in your life, Opal is here to help. Opal, the #1 Screen Time App, is designed to help you schedule your days, block distracting apps and focus fully on any device.

Here's How to Block Apps With Opal:

  • Download Opal from the App Store and sync the Chrome extension;
  • Create an App Group to block specific social media sites;
  • Start a session.

Yes, it's that easy! While you'll still be able to open your apps, you won't be able to refresh your feed and see any new posts.

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