If you’re an iPhone or iPad owner (especially one whose children use your device), you might occasionally want to block access to a specific website. Whether that website is one of adult nature or just something, you don’t want your children to be able to readily access, blocking specific websites on an iPhone or iPad takes just a few taps.

We’re going to run through how you can make sure a specific website isn’t accessible in Safari. This process recently changed with the release of iOS 12, so if you think you already know how to block websites, you might be surprised. Apple has rolled this particular functionality into its new Screen Time feature, and while it’s now hidden below a couple of extra taps, it still works like a charm.

Head into the Settings app, scroll down a bit and tap the “Screen Time” option.

Next, tap “Content Privacy & Restrictions.”

If it’s not already activated, flick the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” toggle on and then tap “Content Restrictions” to proceed.

On the content restrictions page, tap the “Web Content” option. You might notice that it says “Unrestricted Access,” but you will be changing that shortly.

Don’t worry; you’re almost done.

Next, enable the “Limit Adult Websites” option, which is required before you can block specific sites. From there, tap “Add Website” at the bottom of the screen. This is where you will enter the URL of the website you are going to block.

On the Add Website page, type the URL of the website you want to block and then tap “Done” on the keyboard.

At this point, you’re all done, and the website is blocked. You can test this by heading over to Safari and trying to access the website in question. If all has gone according to plan, you will see an error similar to the one we have here.

If you need to add more websites, return to the same place and keep adding. If you decide to remove one at a later date, swipe on the URL and then tap “Delete.”

If you prefer to use Chrome instead of Safari, there are some workarounds for blocking websites in Chrome even though there’s no built-in feature for it.

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Oliver Haslam is a professional freelance writer with nearly ten years of experience. His work has been published on Macworld, PCMag, 1Password's blog, and other websites. He writes about all things Apple.
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