I want to disable Safari and Chrome after 11pm at night. I should be in bed sleeping at that point, and not on the internet, so I find that restriction very helpful to break my bad sleep hygiene habits.

However since the last iOS update I can’t seem to restrict Safari or Chrome anymore. The apps are just missing from the "Always Allowed" screen.

How can you limit access to the internet on an iOS device to certain hours? It feels like a bug to only be able to limit every other app on your phone! (And strangely Firefox DOES appear in the list -- just Safari and Chrome are missing.)

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  • You can set downtime limits in iOS’ screen time settings. Downtime will not block Safari/Chrome but it’ll prompt you to enter screen time passcode for every individual website, so hopefully that will discourage you using the web. You can also set other apps to be allowed during downtime (Safari being one notable app you can’t exempt?). Let me know if that helps! – AVelj Nov 1 '20 at 3:02
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    No, that's not what I need. I need unlimited access to the internet until after 11pm. This was a feature in iOS 13 :( – Django Reinhardt Nov 2 '20 at 23:00
  • You can set the downtime limit to be say 11pm-7am (or whenever you wake up). That way only the "Always Allowed" apps will be available between those times and Safari will essentially prompt you to enter a screentime passcode for literally every single website during that time period? Outside of that time, you will have free-rein to use all apps including Safari. Does this help? – AVelj Nov 3 '20 at 10:38
  • @AVelj No, that's the problem. Chrome and Safari no longer appear in the "Always Allowed" screen in settings. – Django Reinhardt Nov 3 '20 at 16:43
  • Safari has never been in the always allowed options at least since iOS 12. Not sure about chrome because i don’t use it. But this shouldn’t be a problem if you are setting screen time at night to avoid using the internet? – AVelj Nov 4 '20 at 4:48

I have found a solution! It's not perfect, but I've been testing it and it just about works:

  1. In Chrome, on the device in question, go to this address: chrome://flags/
  2. Then search for "screentime" (all one word).
  3. You should see: Enables ScreenTime Integration
  4. Switch this to ENABLED.

It's a bit glitchy, but it works. It locks Chrome in the way you'd expect it to.

In the meantime, tell the developers how important this is to you here: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=1162695

It seems the longterm plan might be for Chrome to fully support Screen Time (like Safari does), allowing users to manually allow access to specific websites during Downtime.

More information: https://www.chromestory.com/2020/09/chrome-ios-screen-time/

It's unclear when this feature will be added however.

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