How to Block Someone on a Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever wanted to block someone on your Mac? Whether it’s a persistent telemarketer or an annoying acquaintance, sometimes it’s necessary to cut off all communication with certain individuals. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps of blocking someone on a Mac using various methods.

Method 1: Blocking Calls

If you want to block someone from calling you on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open the FaceTime app on your Mac.

  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “FaceTime” and select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

  3. In the Preferences window, navigate to the “Settings” tab.

  4. Click on the “Blocked” tab.

  5. To add a contact to your blocked list, click on the “+” button below the list of blocked contacts.

  6. Type in the name or phone number of the person you want to block and press Enter.

Note: The person you block will not be notified that they have been blocked. They will simply be unable to call you via FaceTime.

Method 2: Blocking Messages

If you want to block someone from sending you messages on your Mac, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.

  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “Messages” and select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

  3. In the Preferences window, navigate to the “Accounts” tab.

  4. Select your iMessage account from the list on the left.

  5. To block a contact, click on the “+” button below the list of blocked contacts.

  6. Type in the name or email address of the person you want to block and press Enter.

Note: When you block someone in Messages, they will not be notified. However, they will no longer be able to send you messages or see when you are online.

Method 3: Blocking Websites

If you want to block certain websites on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Terminal app on your Mac. You can find it by going to “Applications” > “Utilities” > “Terminal”.

  2. In the Terminal window, type in the following command and press Enter:
    sudo nano /etc/hosts

  3. You will be prompted to enter your password. Type it in and press Enter.

  4. In the Nano text editor, use your arrow keys to navigate to the end of the file.

  5. To block a website, type in “127.0.1 [website URL]” (without quotes), replacing [website URL] with the URL of the website you want to block.

    • For example, to block Facebook, you would type:
      127.1 facebook.com

  6. Press Control + O to save the changes and Control + X to exit Nano.

  7. To apply the changes, type in the following command and press Enter:
    sudo dscacheutil -flushcache

Note: Blocking websites using this method will prevent your Mac from accessing those sites. However, it’s important to remember that this method only blocks access on your Mac and does not affect other devices or networks.

Conclusion

Blocking someone on your Mac can be a useful way to eliminate unwanted communication. Whether you’re blocking calls, messages, or websites, these methods will help you regain control over who can reach you. Remember to use these blocking features responsibly and enjoy a more peaceful digital experience!

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