How to Block Websites on an iPhone

Regardless of whether your child has their own iPhone, or uses yours on a regular basis, it stands to reason that you want to ensure they remain safe online. Fortunately, this is a straightforward process that can be carried out using the following processes.

Blacklisting Specific Websites

This option will allow for general web browsing, other than the sites you ask to be blocked. This is done by launching the Settings app from the home screen, then tap General, followed by Restrictions.

At this point you may need to Enable Restrictions. If you do, you will be asked to enter a four-digit password that your children won’t be able to work out. You will then need to enter the password again to confirm it.

From here, you then need to click on Websites, Allowed Content and then Limit Adult Content. To add websites, tap on Add a Website beneath the Never Allow tab, then click Done. You will need to repeat this process for each website you want to block. It’s also worth noting that if you’re looking to block specific websites, you will also need to block their mobile counterpart.

For example, if you want to block Facebook, you would need to block both www.facebook.com and m.facebook.com. Although they represent the same site, two different addresses are used, depending on whether the site is accessed by a mobile device or desktop. However, the mobile site could still be accessed via laptop.

Whitelisting Specific Sites

If you’re only looking to allow your child to access specific sites, then you may want to use the whitelisting methods. This blocks any websites other than those listed.

As before, launch the Settings app from the home screen, followed by General and then finally Restrictions. Again, you may need to enable descriptions, so you will enter a four-digit password as before, which will need to be confirmed.

You then need to tap on Websites, and then Specific Websites Only. As with the blacklist method, you will need to enter each website manually.

Are There Any Other Alternatives?

While the aforementioned are the most popular methods of restricting websites, there are other ways of restricting access to websites. However, these can be limited, but may prove to be useful in the correct settings.

If your child only has access to your iPhone via Wi-Fi, then you may want to log into your administrator panel to restrict access. The settings made within the router will apply to all devices, but won’t alter the settings of the device itself. So, if your child was to use the phone when out and about, then the settings wouldn’t apply.

The process of logging into your router can depend on the manufacturer. If you don’t have any instructions to hand, then you should be able to find them quite easily online. If your router was supplied by a broadband provider, then you could contact the company for further assistance.

Child-Friendly Browsers

While third-party browsers can’t eliminate the unsavoury websites from an iPhone altogether, it is an option that’s worth exploring if you just want to ensure that your child doesn’t stray onto the wrong path. If you search the application store, there are many child-safe browsers available, including Mobicip and Surfboard for Kids.