Turning on iOS restrictions (Settings - General - Restrictions) and the web filter inside (probably "Websites - Restrict adult content" or something similar in English), I tried whitelisting wikipedia.org but the whitelist doesn't seem to work. For instance, the page "https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role-based_access_control" is still blocked.

I tried whitelisting *.wikipedia.org/*. It still doesn't work, and I can't find any instructions on how to format the entries.

How do I exclude a specific domain from being filtered?

With respect, please refrain from non-answers such as "just turn off restrictions" or suggesting unrealistic solutions like "you have to enter every possible subdomain by hand without using wildcards".

Iphone 5 running Ios 8.4

  • Please provide more detail on where in settings you are enabling and attempting to whitelist. I tried to follow along and see if I could figure it out, but I can't find the settings section you are working with.
    – Tyson
    Aug 5, 2015 at 12:33
  • @Tyson I added the path to restrictions.
    – Andreas
    Aug 5, 2015 at 12:41

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According to Andreas, he recently tried it again and it works fine now. But here's a somehwhat comprehensive answer anyways:

There are two ways to whitelist a website:

  1. From Safari: When you try to access a website and it gets blocked, tap "Allow Access" and then the restrictions passcode.
  2. From Settings: Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enter the passcode. Then go to the Safari settings. There, add your website to "Always allow" list. In your case, adding "wikipedia.org" would be enough.

Unfortunately, there are no ways to add wildcards like "*.google.*", which is what I need and why I ended up here.

Note: If the website you are trying to whitelist is in the Never Allow list, then remove first from that list. Otherwise whatever you do, that website will still get blocked since the Never Allow list trumps the Always Allow list.

About Domains and Subdomains: Domains trump subdomains. In other words, if apple.com is on the blacklist, all subdomains, like developer.apple.com for example, will also be blocked.

On the other hand, if developer.apple.com is on the blacklist, but not apple.com, then only the former will be blocked and the latter would still be accessible.

Note: If there are screen time limitations (app limits) in effect, you may also have to add the whitelisted domains and sub-domains to the specific screen time limit - go to 'websites' at the bottom of the list and tick the circles against the permitted domains.

  • To quote myself: "I tried whitelisting wikipedia.org". Could you summarize why doing this would now work? Which version of iOS are you talking about?
    – Andreas
    Jan 25, 2018 at 14:28
  • Sorry, I missed that. It works on iOS 7 or later. Maybe you had wikipedia.org in the Never Allow list? This list trumps the Always Allow list. I'll add this note to the answer.
    – Carl
    Jan 26, 2018 at 14:31
  • I just tried this out and can confirm that it works now. However I'm pretty sure I didn't mistakenly put Wikipedia on the blacklist last time I tried this, so if this works in iOS 7 as you say then I suspect Apple has pushed new filter rules to devices. Could you shift focus to domains and subdomains in your answer, as well as underline the fact that what I tried in the question now actually works? Then I'll accept it.
    – Andreas
    Jan 26, 2018 at 15:45
  • I updated my answer.
    – Carl
    Feb 9, 2018 at 15:05

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