- If you want to block social media apps yourself, you can use dozens of apps, extensions, and tools.
- We’ve picked out three tools to block any website or app – Freedom, StayFocusd, and RescueTime – which are great for blocking social media.
- Blocking social media apps can save you time, stop distractions, and protect your sanity.
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Social media can be addictive, and we’ve all had those times when it’s impossible to look away from Twitter or YouTube.
But if your social media usage becomes an issue, you may want to consider downloading an app or browser extension to limit your time on sites that hamper your productivity.
How to block social media apps from yourself
Here are three different tools that allow you to block social media sites on your own and save time.
Social media blocker # 1: Freedom (app)
Freedom is one of the most popular social media blocker apps available today. It can be used on smartphones, tablets and computers, and is compatible with Windows, Android, Mac / iOS and Chrome devices. There are a handful of browser extensions that can be used with Freedom for additional leverage.
The main attraction of Freedom is that it allows users to set their own limits: you can block specific websites, block all websites except the ones you need, or block the entire internet. It also allows you to schedule specific times that you are allowed to use specific sites, as well as record the time you spend on each website.
Use of Freedom is free for the first seven sessions, after which you will be required to pay a subscription in order to continue using it.
Social media blocker # 2: StayFocusd (browser extension)
StayFocusd is a free browser extension that controls how much time you can spend on specific websites each day. It is currently only available for
, which means it won’t work on other web browsers like Firefox or Microsoft Edge. The downside is that you can easily switch to another browser without StayFocusd installed.
StayFocusd, as the name suggests, limits the amount of time users can spend on specific websites, in an effort to keep you focused. Once users have reached their daily time limit for the sites in question, StayFocusd will lock them out of those websites for the remainder of the day.
There is also a strict “Nuclear Option” which prevents you from overriding any restrictions you set, so make sure you are certain and not accidentally adding extra zeros to the time limit (in hours).
Its site blocking capabilities are also quite powerful – you can use it to block specific sites, as well as individual website pages, paths, and content hosted on an individual page (like photos or videos). It also syncs with all your other devices, so you can’t get around its software by opening unwanted sites on another device.
Social media blocker # 3: RescueTime (app and browser extension)
Rescue time is an app and browser plug-in that automatically tracks the time users spend on websites, documents, and other programs. The app is available on Windows, Android, Mac / iOS, Chrome, and Linux devices, and its browser plug-in can be used on Chrome, Firefox, and Brave. Best of all, you can add it to as many devices as you want.
RescueTime not only blocks specific websites during specific time periods, but also allows users to take advantage of other productivity tools, such as goal setting exercises and reports on time spent at each site, in addition to the Productivity Challenge course module. It can also be integrated with many other applications, such as
RescueTime is free for the first 14 days of use, after which you will need to pay a subscription to continue using it.