If we want to prevent ourselves or our children from accessing inappropriate websites, we must know a few things. Today, we will discuss how to block websites on Android
There are many reasons why you might want to block a website on an Android device. We don’t want children to see inappropriate stuff on this device, therefore we block it.
It’s possible that we block a number of websites because they take our attention away from what we’re doing at the moment, like when we’re working and need all the help we can get to stay focused.
To do this, there are a few things we can do to make sure that certain websites don’t bother us or that our kids are safe. We’ll look at them and talk about them so it’s as easy as possible for you to block all the websites you need to.
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Plugins for browsers
If we’re all going to have a browser on our Android device, it’s going to be Google Chrome, since it’s built into the operating system that the big G owns.
We can’t block websites with this browser, so we have to use other ones that are already on the market and have been direct competitors of Google for years.
Mozilla Firefox is a browser that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and is one of the most popular ones for Android.
We’re going to need the LeechBlock plugin, and to get it, you just need to follow these easy steps:
- We open Firefox on our phone or tablet.
- Click on the Menu button next (three vertical buttons at the bottom right).
- Now we look for the word “complements” and type it in.
- Right now, we need to look for LeechBlock NG on the list of recommended browser extensions in front of us.
- When we find an extension, we click the + button next to it and then click the Add button to make it work in Firefox.
- The extension can be found in the Plugins section after it has been added.
- We tap Settings in the LeechBlock NG menu to start blocking websites we don’t want to be available in our Android browser.
- LeechBlock Block through apps
- If you don’t want to use Firefox or want something that works better on your Android device as a whole, you can use certain apps to make sure that websites you don’t want to see don’t show up.
We’ll look at two examples that will help us figure out how to make the block we need.
Google Family Link
If we want to keep ourselves and especially our kids safe from inappropriate content, use Google Family Link. An app that will let us block websites in Chrome. Limit the access to certain apps, and even manage adult content from Google Play.
For Google Family Link, the child’s phone must have its own Google account, be in our Google family network, and only work on one device.
Setting it up is a bit of a pain, but if you follow these steps, you shouldn’t have any trouble:
On both smartphones, we downloaded Google Family Link for parents and for kids and teens. They are both used for different things.
Main device: We start the app, tap Next, and are asked if our Google account is a parent or child’s.
Main terminal: We put the Google account of the child as the account we want to watch.
Device for parents: it will ask us now for the phone number of our child. We press Next to see the link code.
We open the Family Link app on the child’s device. When asked, we must look for the child’s Google account and choose it.
Both terminals: The secondary device will then ask the main device for its link code. Next, we put the binding code of the primary device into the secondary.
Child device: We put the Google account email for our child in case we were asked to verify.
Main terminal: We keep pressing Next until the app tells us to finish setting up the second device.
Child Terminal: The app will now ask for permission to do a lot of things. We have to give all of them. When you ask for it, we have to give the second device a name.
Child device: The app will ask us which apps we want the child to be able to use. We can accept or reject the ones we want and then click “Next” to finish setting up the device.
This is another app that will help us block websites. Its interface is easy to understand and, most importantly, its options are clear, which is something that people like.
The best thing about this app is that it can block the website that we want, and it also has a “work mode” that makes that website inaccessible only when we are working.
Blocksite can be locked with a password so that only we can get in. Besides, and it can be synced with the desktop version to block the same sites on both.
There is a free version and a paid version that gives you more features, like being able to block more websites.
We will be able to stop inappropriate content from getting to our computer by using OpenDNS. To do this, we need to change our Internet service provider’s DNS servers.
We need to do the following:
- We start by going to Settings, then Connections, then WiFi, and finally Advanced.
- Now we enter Change DNS settings.
What we just told you isn’t always true, because many brands have a customization layer that changes a step or where a menu is placed. It’s possible that the DNS change is not even there.
With the information you just read, you will be able to block the websites you need and at the right time. These systems can be used to keep us safe or to keep the kids safe.