When you try to visit a website that has been blacklisted in Google Chrome, the browser will not allow you to. Chrome will redirect you to an error page rather than load the requested webpage, notwithstanding your search or click.
You can restrict access to specific websites in Chrome in many different ways. Protecting devices from malware, keeping tabs on children’s online activity, and increasing workplace efficiency can all benefit from filtering or blocking access to specific websites.
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How Does Blocking Websites on Chrome Work?
The best approach to ban a website on the desktop version of Chrome, according to experts, is to install a browser extension. A free website blocker for Chrome called BlockSite is suggested. (Just so you know, not all Google Chrome add-ons boost your security while browsing. Here’s a secret regarding Google’s incognito browsing mode:
- You can get BlockSite by searching for it in the Chrome Web Store and then installing it by going to the “Add to Chrome Button” > “Add extension” menu item.
- To activate the shield, locate it in the upper right corner of your screen and click on its orange icon.
To access BlockSite’s configuration menu and set a password, click the cogwheel icon at the top of the pop-up window.
- You can begin blocking sites immediately. Select “Block Sites” from the sidebar menu of BlockSite’s configuration page, and then enter the URL you wish to restrict access to.
- Alternatively, you can visit the site you wish to block, click the BlockSite shield icon, and then
- select “Block this site” from the resulting pop-up box.
- Now, when you try to access a restricted website, a sad dog will greet you instead.
How to Block Websites on Chrome via Desktop
In addition to its Chrome extension, BlockSite also has an Android app that can be used to restrict access to specific websites.
- Find BlockSite in the App Store, then get it set up on your device.
- Allow the app access to your phone’s settings as directed.
- Simply add the website’s keyword or domain name to the blacklist by clicking the plus sign.
- To save the site, press it and then hit “Done.” The same sad dog will now appear in the Chrome app when you visit a restricted website.
How to Block Websites on Chrome via iPhone
If you have a newer iPhone, you can disable access to specific websites right in the device’s own privacy settings.
- Choose Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restriction from the Settings menu.
- Web Content can be found toward the bottom of the menu.
- Select “Limit Adult Websites” from the menu.
- Just click “Add Website” and type in the address of the site you want to block. Your phone’s Chrome app will no longer be able to load the blocked site.
How to Block Websites on Chrome without An Extension
Google Chrome’s BlockList URL feature allows you to ban websites without installing an extension, provided you have a Google Admin account. Go and see if there are any more cool things you can do using Google.
- Go to your Google Admin account’s homepage after signing in.
- Use Chrome, then go to Settings > Users & Browsers in Devices > Settings.
- Select the root node to prevent access for everyone, or a child node to limit access for just kids.
- Select “URL Blocking” from the menu that appears.
- In the “Blocked URLs” section, type in the web addresses you don’t want visitors to access. Up to one thousand URLs may be blocked.
- Select “Save” from the file menu.
Alternately, you can restrict access to specific websites on Chrome and other browsers on any WiFi-enabled device, such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- In the beginning, check if the IP address 192.168.1.1 is used by your router. Users of Macs can view their IP address in the Network section of System Preferences, whether they are connected by WiFi or ethernet. Using Windows, type “cmd” into the search bar, and then hit enter to launch the “Command Prompt.” From there, you can retrieve your router’s IP address.
- When you get to that prompt, tap the “ipconfig” key and enter again. When you look under “default gateway,” you’ll see the address of your router.
- Just type the IP address of your router into Chrome’s address bar.
- In the login window that has appeared, enter the credentials for your router. If you have misplaced the paperwork or box in which your router was packaged, you should be able to locate your login details there.
- Follow the instructions provided by your router’s manufacturer to access the page used to set up site blocking. On Netgear routers, for instance, the restricted site settings can be accessed via the Security menu.
- There, you may enter the keywords or domain names of the sites you want to ban in the “Block Sites” box.
- To permanently restrict a website on your router, select it using “Add Keyword.” Any device that uses WiFi will now be unable to access the site.
How to Unblock Websites on Chrome
Having second thoughts about preventing access to a certain website? Chrome’s built-in blocking features are always easily bypassed.
- By tapping the “Settings” button, you can remove the offending sites from BlockSite’s blacklist.
- By clicking the shield symbol, then selecting Settings > Blocked Sites, you can unblock websites from the BlockSite extension on your computer’s desktop. Then, open the blocked site by clicking the red circle next to it.
- Chrome’s URLBlockList lets you unblock websites by returning to the menu and removing the domain from “Blocked URLs.”
- If you go back into your WiFi router’s prohibited site settings and select “Delete Keyword,” the sites will no longer be blocked.