Way back in iOS 6, there was no direct way to block certain websites in Safari. We had a few ugly workarounds but that wasn’t cutting it. In iOS 7, thankfully, you can block websites on your iPhone and iPad through Restrictions. If your iDevice is running iOS 8 or later, please refer this post.
You don’t find yourself having to block websites on the iPhone – mostly – but if you are sharing the iPhone with your kids, you want to block certain websites. The same applies for iPads used at home where kids get to play with it too. Read on to find out how you can block specific websites from showing up in Safari (on your iPhone and iPad).
- Open the Settings app
- Tap on General
- Scroll down and tap on Restrictions
- If you have enabled restrictions already, enter the code. If not, you will have to tap on Enable Restrictions – then enter a random password twice to enable restrictions.
- Once inside Restrictions, scroll down and tap on Websites
- Tap on Limit Adult Content
- Under NEVER ALLOW, tap on Add a website…
- Enter the full URL of the website. (eg., www.samsung.com)
Test if the restriction works by opening the URL in Safari. Open Safari and go to the website you just blocked. You should see a screen similar to this one:
When you block a website, the iPhone/iPad prevents showing the contents of the website in Safari. And in any other browser that you use on your iPhone/iPad. However, Safari explicitly shows a ‘Allow Website’ link which asks for the restriction passcode. Anyone smart enough will gather that the owner of the iPhone/iPad has specifically blocked this website. On other browsers, a generic error (Webpage Not Available) is displayed and the restriction is masked.