How to block not family friendly websites on android and Smartphone? How to filter the internet or certain websites for the entire family? It does not make sense to filter the internet via the computer because in today’s world everyone has a Smartphone, Android tablet or iPad that can access the internet.
The only way to filter the internet or block torrent is to filter it at the router, which can only be done via OpenDNS. Below is a simple step by step tutorial on how to filter the internet for your iPhone, iPad, Android smart phones and Windows 8 Tablet for the entire family.
Method 01 – Apple iOS Parental Control [ Wifi & 3G/4G Data ]
Unlike Android where you can change the DNS and block adult websites without installing any apps, Apple’s iPhone on the other hand uses a more ‘fool’ proof method via the Parental Control feature. There are pros and cons, the problem with Android is a hard reset will reset the existing DNS and parental control apps, whereas an iPhone or iPad requires a password to perform such a task, thus making it harder to bypass the filter.
So, how to block non-family friendly websites on the iPhone, iPod & iPad? First off you will need to update to iOS 7 to use the Adult Web Filtering feature. This is a new feature in iOS 7 and above.
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Method 02 – Block not family friendly websites via DNS [ Wifi only ]
This method is a set once and forget about it. No manual update, no software and no hardware. Enter the following DNS IP addresses in the Primary and Secondary fields. 22.214.171.124 (Primary) and 126.96.36.199 (Secondary). OpenDNS is one of the many DNS provider, there are 8 more free DNS – visit our previous article – 8 Free Parental Control – No Software and No Download
The tutorial below is shown on an Apple iOS powered iPad, which is the same for iPhone. This DNS works on Android smartphones and tablets too, from Samsung to HTC, from Sony to Nokia. The user interface for Android and Windows OS may differ from one another, they key ingredient is to input the DNS.
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Method 03 – Advanced Blocking with Customization Block P2P Torrent and more
This method gives you a lot of control on which content to be blocked from your kids’ devices, from downloading illegal torrent, watching movies, visiting gambling sites, not family friendly websites. The drawback is if you have a dynamic IP address, you will have to update the IP address every time you switch off and on the router.
First, you will have to sign up with OpenDNS for their free account. The free account is limited to only 1 IP Address. When you are done verifying, login in.
- Step 1 – Click on the ‘Dashboard’ tab.
- Step 2 – Select the ‘Settings’ tab.
- Step 3 – OpenDNS will automatically detect your IP address, if not, input your IP Address. Click on the ‘Add This Network’ button to add your IP address.
A window will pop up, follow the procedure:
- Step 4 – Give a name
- Step 5 – If you are subscribing a home package, not a business internet package, chances are it is a dynamic IP.
- Step 6 – Since it is a Dynamic IP, it will change every time you turn off the router, thus by downloading the ‘OpenDNS Updater’, the software will automatically detect and update the dynamic IP address.
- Step 7 – Click on the ‘Done’ button
- Step 8 – The page will refresh. Click on the IP link
- Step 9 – Click on ‘Custom’ to individually select the type of sites to block.
- Step 10 – Click on ‘Apply’ to block the specific sites.
The next time varies from one router to another. To enable filtering on the entire internet in the house, you will have to set the DNS in your router. Different manufacturers use different user interfaces, thus we are not able to show you. To access your router, type 192.168.1.1 into your browser and login in. In most cases, the username and password are both “admin”.
Alternatively, if you only have 1 PC with no tablets or smartphones with internet access, you can set the DNS on Windows by changing the DNS. The DNS for OpenDNS are 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. And the results:
There you go, why pay for an expensive hardware when OpenDNS has the ability to transform your cheap router into a powerful web filtering content system. OpenDNS has more on how to change your DNS settings for various router such as Huawei, Apple, D-Link, NetGear, 3 Com, Belkin and more.