Please Try again!
You Can Now Block Distracting macOS Apps With the Freedom App 
productivity

You Can Now Block Distracting macOS Apps With the Freedom App 

Nick Douglas, Gawker Media

Instead of a screencap, here's George Michael singing "Freedom" (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

macOS: Freedom , the cross-platform app that blocks distracting websites , just got even more powerful. Now on macOS, and soon on Windows, Freedom can block desktop apps .

In Freedom 1.6, you can open a list of all your desktop apps, then select the ones you want to block. Then (just like blocking websites) you can block those apps on the fly, or during scheduled hours. So you can block Chrome and TweetDeck while you get an hour of work done in Excel. Or you can block all your games from 10-6.

GIF

Screencap by Freedom

Freedom still can't block iOS apps, only the internet domains they access. So you can only put an app like Twitter into "offline mode," and you can't block an offline app such as an addicting mobile game. It's a huge limitation. And there's still no Freedom Android app; for that, you'll need Offtime , which comes free with a Freedom license.

Still, blocking desktop apps is a big step forward, especially if you work from home. I used to waste my afternoons playing Mini Metro when I should have been writing. App-blocking would have fixed that.

Right now, Freedom is 40% off with the code FOCUS, bringing a yearly subscription down to $17.40, and bringing a "forever" license down to a still-hefty $77.40. (Both licenses include unlimited downloads to all your devices.)

Freedom | Official site

Contribute to LifeHacker

Write for Us

Subscribe for latest stories