What is appblocker?

Our appblocker and gameblocker features are two of the most used and popular features for parents. Both appblocker and gameblocker are available with all our premium subscriptions. With a simple click, the parent can quickly block all internet functionality from the app or game that is on our current list. Netsanity has a list of most of the top apps and games that have been thoroughly researched and profiled.

Here in the appblocker section, you will see icons for popular apps that parents often request to be blocked.

How do I use it?

For a visual walk-through of appblocker please click this link.

By default they are in the green-shaded allowed area, and are not blocked. If you hover your mouse over an app icon (not in a mobile/tablet view), you will see their name. To block an app from functioning on the user’s device, simply click it! The app will appear in the lower blocked area and you will know that it is currently being blocked. To return the app to the allowed list, simple click it again and it will appear back in the allowed area.
Don't forget to click the [Apply Changes] button in the top area for your changes to take effect.

Please note that there are many internet interactions that happen behind the scenes when you select an app to be blocked or unblocked. It may take up to 7-10 minutes for your changes to take place and app functionality to stop working. This is by design and does not mean there is anything wrong with the appblocker function.

If you have a suggestion for an app to be added, please send us an email appblocker@netsanity.net and we will gladly add it to the list once we have enough requests for it. Not all apps can be profiled and blocked but our team is constantly evaluating popular ones to add and remove from our listings.

Apple iOS Device Considerations

The appblocker in no way disables the app from the screen, nor does it delete it, on Apple devices. Netsanity does not manipulate the app in any way, but our service intelligently blocks internet access specific to that app!

On Apple devices, you can also hideapps from the restrictions page. There are several caveats to this feature so please read the hideapps help before you use it.

Samsung Android Device Considerations

In addition to blocking internet access to the websites the app uses, if it is actually installed, it will be disabled. The reason it's important to also block internet access, is if the app is disabled but the internet is not, many apps have web based versions that can be accessed via a browser.

Individual apps that are not listed in the Appblocker, may also be blocked from the "Manage Device View" for Samsung Android devices.  This is accessible via the drop-down on the side menu of the user page, or the "Manage Device" button on the main page.

Appblocker Walkthrough

Click the bouncing arrow to get started!

Step 1: The first step is to log in to Your Netsanity Parental Dashboard

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Step 2: Click Manage Child next to the child you would like to block apps using AppBlocker.

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Step 3: Now click Appblocker in the left-hand menu.

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Step 4: Now, simply click the icon for the app you would like to block to remove it from the allowed section.  In this example we will block Facebook and Instagram.

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Step 5: We see that Facebook no longer shows in the allowed apps list, and it is listed below in the blocked apps list.

Now click Instagram to block it as well.

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Step 6: To unblock an app - you would simply click on it in the blocked apps list to return it to the allowed.

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Step 7: Be sure to click Apply Changes when done blocking or unblocking apps. Allow up to 15 minutes for the change to work on your child's device. For more information about Appblocker please visit this article: http://bit.ly/2CZ4h1T

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Here's an interactive tutorial for the visual learners


Last updated/checked: 04/08/2019