How to block all gambling sites on your phone for free

What’s the best way to stop yourself from accessing online sites to gamble?

Firstly there are two types of blocking software available:

  1. Gambling-specific software. This targets online gambling sites and ensures you are blocked from access.
  2. General software. This can be used to block any site and is often used for parental controls and safer browsing .

We will show you both types of software but will focus mainly on the gambling-specific options.

Secondly, there are some more advanced techniques such as blocking gambling sites using your router. We will go through this, as well as some other self-exclusion options.

How to block gambling sites on ANDROID for free

(Samsung, Huawei, Sony, Google Pixel, Nokia phones etc.)

Gamban

www.gamban.com

Is Gamban free?

Our partners at GamCare are currently working with Gamban to pilot free access to their blocking software alongside other tools and support including GAMSTOP self-exclusion, part of the TalkBanStop campaign.

Contact GamCare here https://www.gamcare.org.uk/talk/  and you will be able to receive a free Gamban licence for up to 15 devices.

Gamblock
www.gamblock.com (Windows computers and Android phones)

Android users click here to install Gamblock: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamban.beanstalkhps.gambanapp&gl=GB

Netnanny – not free but worth considering
www.netnanny.com – Netnanny is a general blocking software and has capability on Windows computers, ioS, and Android phones.

Here is the Netnanny app for Android devices.

How to block gambling sites on IPHONE for free

GamBan

GamBan also works on IOS and can be found on the Apple Store.

Netnanny – paid option
www.netnanny.com – Netnanny is a general blocking software and has capability on Windows computers, ioS, and Android phones.

Download Netnanny app for Apple devices.

How to permanently block gambling sites on your computer for free

Gamblock
www.gamblock.com (Windows computers and Android phones)

Betfilter
www.betfilter.com (Windows, Mac, Android and iOS)

BetBlocker
https://betblocker.org/
(Windows, Linux and Mac)

Netnanny – you will have to pay for this service.
www.netnanny.com –
Netnanny is a general blocking software and has capability on Windows computers, ioS, and Android phones.

Can I block gambling sites on my router?

If you are a little more tech-savvy, you can stop gambling sites by banning them from your WiFi router. You will need to know the IP addresses of the website you wish to block, or otherwise use parental controls if your router has them.

This will prevent you accessing the sites, though the caveat is that you can easily remove the controls yourself. Using a service such as GAMSTOP (see below) will prevent you from circumventing the controls.

Here is a brief guide on how to block sites via your router on the main UK Internet Service Providers such as BT, Sky, Virgin etc.

Contacting your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can be a good idea. They may be able to opt you out of all ‘Adult’ sites. Some providers can provide anti-virus software which can block gambling sites.

How do I block gambling sites on Google Chrome?

Using an extension on Google chrome is the easiest way to block websites. The most well known is called BlockSite. For Windows: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/blocksite-block-websites/eiimnmioipafcokbfikbljfdeojpcgbh?hl=en

For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.blocksite&gl=GB

The more complex way is to follow the steps on this page for blocking websites on Chrome.

What other free self-exclusion techniques can I use?

At the beginning of you recovery journey you’re vulnerable to relapse. We recommend registering with the GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme. GAMSTOP will prevent you from accessing accounts with all British licensed online gambling businesses for free, from six months up to five years, and will also make sure you don’t receive further marketing messages from gambling businesses during this time.

Can I ask my bank to block gambling transactions?

Most banks and building societies now offer a blocking service for gambling transactions.

You can also block gambling transactions through most bank and building society accounts now. GamCare curates a list of the organisations that offer blocking here.

Take the next step…

We are here to help; call us on 0330 1340 286 or visit Get Support if you would like to talk about your gambling. All our services are free and confidential.

Visit our Self Exclusion page here.