Mac users may be interested to know that they can view a list of visited websites using Screen Time. This can be useful if your child has a Mac for use at school, or even for educational and office settings, or any other environment where you want to supervise web usage. With Screen Time on Mac, it’s easy to do.
Apple Screen Time is a functionality built into iOS and macOS devices that helps users track their device usage, and offers many parental control tools to limit the content that children and other users can access. The ability to view the list of visited websites is one tool that can come in handy if you want to block unwanted websites that are being accessed from your Mac.
Don’t know how to track web usage on Mac? Do not worry. In this article, we will discuss exactly how you can view a list of visited websites on Mac using Screen Time.
How to View a List of Visited Websites on Mac with Screen Time
Before you continue with this procedure, keep in mind that you can only access this list if Screen Time is enabled on your system. Screen Time is enabled by default in macOS, unless you change the setting. Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the steps.
- Open “System Preferences” on your Mac from the Dock.
- This will open a new window on your Mac. Here, select “Screen Time” to go a step further.
- You will be taken to the “App Usage” section of Screen Time. Now, scroll down in the right pane, as shown in the screenshot below to find all the websites visited from the Mac.
- Hover over the website to access more options. Clicking on the “i” icon will give you more information about the website such as age rating, category etc. Additionally, you can restrict access to this website by simply clicking on the screen time option as shown here.
This is it. Now you know how to easily view all visited websites on your Mac with Screen Time.
If someone else is using your Mac, we highly recommend that you use a Screen Time passcode and keep changing it periodically to ensure unauthorized users don’t mess with your Screen Time settings and make unnecessary changes.
It’s worth noting that you can only see a list of websites accessed from Safari. Therefore, if the person is using a third party browser like Chrome or Firefox, you will not be able to track the data. If so, you can check your browser history and then use Screen Time to restrict access to certain websites.
Screen Time is limited on newer Macs with macOS Catalina, Big Sur, and so on, so if you don’t have this feature available then you obviously won’t be able to use it for this purpose. However, as mentioned a moment ago, you can still view your web browser history to determine what sites were visited on your Mac (or any computer or device).
Once you find out that users are spending too much time on a particular website, you can set a daily limit for that website from the same menu. Or, if you see that a user is accessing a site you don’t want, you can block the website using Screen Time on macOS.
Does your child use an iPhone or iPad? If so, you can continue to check their web usage using Screen Time on iOS in a fairly similar manner. You can also block websites using Screen Time on iPhone and iPad.