How to Block Apps on Chromebook: The Only Guide you’ll need

How to Block Apps on Chromebook
Are your kids safe from mature apps? Image credit

The internet can be both a beautiful and traumatic place, especially for the young and innocent eyes. Even in the world of business, the internet isn’t a safe working environment if there are no restrictions set. Fortunately, our technology keeps getting better and now learning how to block apps on Chromebook is as easy as ever!

In today’s guide, we’re going to give you two amazing options to block apps. But first, we’ll talk about the difference of the two. One app is geared towards families while the other, is for a more professional standpoint.

Also read: How To Block YouTube On Chromebook

Please do take note that the latter option isn’t free as it requires a Google Enterprise account.

How to block apps on Chromebook using Family Link App

Google Family Link
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Google’s Family Link App is by far the most comprehensive monitoring and restrictions app you’ll ever need. Apart from the fact that it can filter mature websites, it can also give you full control on how your child(ren) interacts with their Chromebook or Android devices.

Since we are focusing on blocking apps on Chromebook, let’s get to it, shall we?

First, let’s talk about what you need:

  • Chromebook
  • Android or iOS device
  • Google Account of your child(ren)

Got everything? Cool. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Family Link App
  2. Select the person you want to manage
  3. Go to Apps Installed and tap More to proceed
  4. Choose the app(s) that you want to allow or restrict
  5. The Allow app can be toggled on or off
  6. Restrict and allow as you see fit

Don’t have access to your Family Link App? We got you! Here’s how to block apps on Chromebook using Family Link on the web:

  1. Open your browser and access the Family Link on the web
  2. Select the person you want to manage
  3. Look for the Android apps section and click it
  4. The Allow app can be toggled on or off
  5. Restrict and allow as you see fit

How to block apps on Chromebook using Google Workspace

Google Workspace
Formerly known as G-Suite. Image credit

If you manage an organization, then it’s very important to know how to restrict access to your members. Whether we’re talking about students or employees, these can be done with the help of the Google Admin console.

Here’s what you need:

  • Google Account of the people in your group
  • Turn on Chrome Browser Management if you’re managing devices outside Chrome OS (Windows macOS and Linux)

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Access your Google Admin console
  2. Once you’re on the home page, simply go to Devices> Chrome and click on Apps & extensions> Users & browsers.
  3. Depending on your preferences, you can either set a universal restriction across all users or you can create specific ones for each user. For the latter, just select a child organizational unit in the options
  4. Under these options, you can set the following restrictions:
    • Allow all other apps and extensions
    • Allow other apps from the Google Play Store only
    • Allow other apps & extensions from the Chrome Web Store only
    • Block all other apps & extensions

Hit save once done.

Conclusion

Whether you are a parent or a leader of an enterprise account, it’s very refreshing to know how to block apps on Chromebook. We believe that these options are the safest and most reliable ones for your devices.

For more helpful tips and tricks, be sure to check out our other content related to Chromebooks, and Chrome OS in general. We regularly update our content to ensure that all the information is still relevant in today’s tech.

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