How to Block an App on iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

Blocking an app on your iPhone is a simple process that can help you manage your screen time or prevent others from accessing certain apps. In just a few steps, you can restrict access to any app on your device. Ready to take control of your app usage? Let’s dive in!

Step by Step Tutorial on How to Block an App on iPhone

Before we start, keep in mind that blocking an app on your iPhone means that you or anyone else won’t be able to open the app without entering a Screen Time passcode. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Settings app

Open the Settings app on your iPhone to start the process of blocking an app.

The Settings app is where most of the magic happens on your iPhone. It’s your go-to place for changing your phone’s settings, and it’s where we’ll begin to block an app.

Step 2: Tap on Screen Time

Scroll down and tap on the Screen Time option in the Settings menu.

Screen Time is a feature on your iPhone that tracks how much time you spend on your device and on individual apps. It also allows you to set limitations and restrictions.

Step 3: Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions

Once in Screen Time, tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions to access the app blocking features.

You might need to enable Content & Privacy Restrictions by toggling the switch at the top if it’s not already on.

Step 4: Enter your Screen Time passcode

If prompted, enter your Screen Time passcode to access the app block settings.

This passcode is what keeps your restrictions secure, so make sure it’s something you’ll remember but not easily guessed by others.

Step 5: Tap on Allowed Apps

Scroll down and tap on Allowed Apps to see a list of apps that you can block or allow.

Allowed Apps is where you can control which apps are available for use on your iPhone.

Step 6: Toggle off the apps you want to block

Find the app you want to block in the list and toggle the switch to the off position.

When you toggle off an app, it will no longer appear on the home screen, effectively blocking access to it.

After completing these steps, the selected app will be blocked on your iPhone, and you will need to enter your Screen Time passcode to access it.

Tips for Blocking an App on iPhone

  • Make sure to remember your Screen Time passcode, as you will need it to change settings or to unblock the app in the future.
  • If you’re blocking an app for a child’s iPhone, consider using a passcode they won’t be able to guess easily.
  • Be aware that blocking an app will not delete any data within the app; it simply restricts access.
  • You can also set time limits for specific apps in the Screen Time settings if you want to limit usage rather than fully block access.
  • If you ever want to unblock the app, you can follow the same steps and toggle the app back on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I forget my Screen Time passcode?

If you forget your Screen Time passcode, you may need to erase your iPhone and set it up as a new device to remove the passcode.

Can I block apps on my child’s iPhone remotely?

Yes, with Family Sharing set up, you can use Screen Time on your device to manage your child’s iPhone settings, including blocking apps.

Will blocking an app delete its data?

No, blocking an app only prevents it from being opened. The app’s data remains intact until you choose to delete the app.

Is there a limit to the number of apps I can block?

No, you can block as many apps as you like using the Screen Time settings.

Can I set a time limit for an app instead of fully blocking it?

Absolutely! Screen Time also allows you to set daily time limits for app usage, which is a great alternative to fully blocking an app.


  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Screen Time.
  3. Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Enter your Screen Time passcode if prompted.
  5. Tap on Allowed Apps.
  6. Toggle off the apps you want to block.


Blocking an app on your iPhone can be a powerful tool to help manage distractions, limit screen time for children, or even give yourself a bit of digital detox. Whether it’s social media, games, or any other app that you find taking up too much of your time, Screen Time provides an easy and effective solution. Just remember to choose a Screen Time passcode that’s secure and memorable, and don’t be afraid to utilize other features like app time limits for a more customized approach. And if you do happen to forget that passcode, don’t panic—although recovering from that situation is a bit trickier, it’s not impossible. So go ahead, take control of your iPhone usage, and enjoy the benefits that come with a more balanced digital life.