Are local apps like Mail, Spotify, League of Legends and more stopping you from being productive? Let the Focus app block them so you can work without distraction.

Blocking Applications

The problem with most website blockers is that they do not help you block the time-wasting applications on your computer.

Instead of taking an extreme approach and deleting them all, Focus can help you block access to all distracting local apps for a set period of time.

Put them aside from work, and regain access to them when all your tasks are done.

How To See The Apps That Are Currently Being Blocked By Focus

To access the list of local applications that Focus will block when it gets activated, To access this feature, click the Focus menubar icon, click Preferences and then click on the Blocking tab.

Underneath the Blocking tab, make sure that the Applications tab is selected:

Seeing the applications being blocked by Focus

How To Block A Distracting App With Focus And Stop Yourself From Accessing It

There are two ways that you can add local applications to the block list.

DRAG AND DROP

With the Preferences window in Focus still open (under Blocking -> Applications), launch a new Finder on your Mac and go to the Applications folder:

Dragging and dropping an app you want to block into Focus

Select the desired application and drag its icon to the block list. Once Focus is activated, the app you just dragged into the block list will not be accessible

ADD THE LOCAL APP WITHIN FOCUS

With the Preferences window in Focus still open (under Blocking -> Applications), click on the "+" icon at the bottom of the Applications blocklist and you will activate Finder:

Adding a local app to block within Focus itself

Navigate towards the folder locating the app you want to block (if it does not automatically appear), select the app and it will be added to the list.

How To Stop Focus From Blocking A Mac App

Whatever your motivations are, you've decided that you no longer need to block yourself from access an app.

Here's how to remove that app from the block list in Focus:

With the Preferences window in Focus still open (under Blocking -> Applications), highlight the app you want to remove and click on the "-" icon. It's that simple!

How To Update An App In The Focus Blocklist If It Has Changed

Whether the filename of the app has changed or its location has changed, you can still block it!

With the Preferences window in Focus still open (under Blocking -> Applications), remove the listing for the app and then re-add the app to the list with the "+" icon.

Use the Finder window that opens to locate the new app and add it to the blacklist.



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