How Do I Block an App on My Mobile?

Tyler Yates

Do you ever find yourself using an app too much and want to take a break from it? Or maybe you want to prevent someone from accessing a certain app on your phone?

Whatever the reason may be, blocking an app on your mobile device is a straightforward process. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to block an app on both iOS and Android devices.

How to Block an App on iOS

If you have an iPhone or iPad, follow these steps to block an app:

Step 1: Open Settings

Go to your home screen and locate the Settings app. It has a grey icon with gears on it. Tap on it to open.

Step 2: Select Screen Time

Scroll down until you see “Screen Time” and tap on it. If you haven’t set up Screen Time before, you will need to do so by following the prompts.

Step 3: Tap App Limits

Once in Screen Time, select “App Limits” and then tap “Add Limit.”

Step 4: Choose Apps

Select the apps that you want to block by tapping their icons. You can choose multiple apps at once.

Step 5: Set Time Limit

After selecting the apps, set a time limit for them by scrolling the wheel up or down. You can also choose specific days of the week for this time limit if needed.

Step 6: Enable Limit

Tap “Add” in the top right corner of the screen. This will enable the limit for those selected apps.

Now when you try to access those apps during their blocked time period, they will be greyed out and unresponsive until the time limit is over.

How to Block an App on Android

If you have an Android device, the process is slightly different:

Locate the Settings app on your home screen or app drawer and tap to open it.

Step 2: Select Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls

Scroll down until you see “Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls” and tap on it. If you don’t see this option, try searching for it in the search bar at the top of the Settings page.

Step 3: Choose App Timer

Select “App Timer” from the menu options.

Step 4: Add Time Limit

Tap “Set up” to add a time limit to a specific app. Select the app that you want to block and set a time limit for it.

Step 5: Enable Timer

Tap “OK” to enable the timer for that app. Once enabled, you will not be able to access that app during its blocked time period.


Blocking an app on your mobile device is a simple process that can help you take a break from using certain apps or prevent someone else from accessing them. By following these steps, you can easily block apps on both iOS and Android devices. So go ahead and take control of your mobile usage!