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How to Block Porn on Safari (step by step)

How to block porn on Safari:

Three-tiered approach: Use an accountability/filtering software solution that uses the buddy system (someone else has to turn it off), the screen time controls on your iPhone, or both. You can try Covenant Eyes here or Blocker X.

The way you approach blocking adult content on the Safari browser will significantly depend on the device you're using. In this article, I'll address the following:

  • Desktop computers (Mac or Windows)
  • Laptops (Mac or Windows)
  • iPhones and iPads

I will not address Android phones or Linux systems.

This article is geared towards adults who are struggling with pornography and want to set up something that can help them avoid it. It does not address solutions for parents who simply want to regulate their children's internet experience.

Third-party apps like Covenant Eyes or BlockerX are going to be critical on desktop devices and somewhat more optional/supplemental for iPhone and iPad.

Let's dive in.

Read more: Best porn blocking software overall

Safari on a desktop or laptop

Safari is available for both Windows and Mac. The problem with using Safari on a desktop or laptop is that these systems are much easier to circumvent. They're designed for families who want to monitor a child's use and are not ideal for those wanting to put up boundaries for themselves.

Note that if you're using a Mac desktop or laptop, you can use Screen Time, which is a very effective blocking method.

Read more: How to set up screen time on Mac OS

In these environments, using one of the following programs is also advisable:

  • Covenant Eyes
  • BlockerX

Both of these programs use the "buddy system," which does a couple of different things:

  • They send reports of your internet usage to an approved family member or friend.
  • They cannot be turned off or uninstalled without cooperation from said family member or friend.
Blocking pornography on Windows desktop is a little trickier than on other systems.

Blocking pornography on Windows desktop is a little trickier than on other systems.

This is by far the most effective way to curtail your internet usage. While both offer filters and various pricing options, BlockerX has a wider range of blocking/filtering, while Covenant Eyes is more focused on the accountability side of things. They actually have image monitoring technology that can detect graphic images with or without keywords.

We would recommend these or similar programs for blocking porn on Safari that's installed on a desktop or laptop.

Keep in mind that this is an effective strategy for other browsers as well, not just Safari.

Safari on an iPhone or iPad

With iPhones and iPads, you typically have three layers of control when trying to block porn on a specific browser:

  1. The browser's own settings
  2. Screen Time configuration in the iOS settings menu
  3. Third-party accountability and/or blocking apps

As mentioned, the browser settings are typically not your best option. I'd recommend going straight to Screen Time and setting up a few parameters, including the following:

  • Set Screen Time to filter internet access by blocking specific URLs.
  • Set Screen Time to filter internet access by blocking specific keywords.

You can also set it to disable the App Store and the Safari browser if you'd rather avoid it entirely. However, however you set it up, make sure that a spouse or friend is the one that sets the passcode. If and when you need to make changes or adjustments, have them put the passcode in for you and then re-enable the restrictions.

With URL and keyword restrictions, there might be some you miss. If you do slip up, just add them to the list as you go. Don't beat yourself up over that sort of thing. It takes time to get all this stuff right.

We can use several strategies, some that are native to iOS, to block porn on Safari for iPhones and iPads.

We can use several strategies, some that are native to iOS, to block porn on Safari for iPhones and iPads.

Do these techniques only work with Safari?

These techniques work with almost all browsers, particularly the screen time settings in your iPhone. Safari is a little different because it is a native browser to the Mac OS, kind of like Edge is to Windows, but the process is still pretty much the same.

You want to put all the blocks and filters in place at the device level, which will take care of all the browsers and apps, especially Safari.

So do the basics and then add the third-party buddy-system software like Covenant Eyes or BlockerX

Why don't you just use the Safari search restrictions?

I would not rely solely on the restrictions within the web browser itself or the options in Windows. As mentioned, these are typically easier to circumvent and are designed for parents who want to manage their kids' screen time.

There's certainly nothing wrong with setting them up, and every little bit helps. But I'd recommend continuing through the additional steps we've outlined.

You can access the Safari parental controls here for more information.

Read more: Safari parental controls

Conclusion

In closing, we recommend thinking in terms of the device rather than a specific browser because you can always download a different browser. Make sure your device is locked down before accessing and changing browser settings.

If your computer or mobile device is properly protected, you can use any browser you want.

We sincerely hope this helps you in your journey to break one of the most difficult habits to break.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below. We would love the chance to help.

Author

  • Adam Grainger

    Adam is a software engineer with experience in blocker software and VPNs. He has helped produce software and written content for a number of churches and organizations to help people stay focused and have a better experience online.

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