Tools

A collection of software tools to help curb unhealthy technology habits. If I’m missing anything, you can let me know here.

NOTE: The “Pay-4-Premium” label defines a tool that provides an excellent free option, but also gives you the option to pay for premium features.

Total listed: 12

Name: Moment
Platform: iOS
Pricing: Pay-4-Premium
Description: Tracks how much time you’ve spent on your phone.
Name: StayFocusd
Platform: Chrome
Pricing: Free
Description: Limit the amount of time you spend on time-wasting websites.
Name: HideRec (Remove Recommendations Youtube VK Facebook)
Platform: Chrome
Pricing: Free
Description: Hides YouTube, Facebook, and VK recommendation systems as well as other addictive features. You can support the developer here.
Name: SelfControl
Platform: MacOS
Pricing: Free
Description: Block access to websites or mail servers for a pre-set length of time.
Name: Cold Turkey
Platform: MacOS, Windows (includes accompanying browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera)
Pricing: Pay-4-Premium
Description: Block websites and apps. Schedule blocks. Get daily usage statistics. Set a password so you can’t cheat it. (Disclaimer: Some of these features are Premium only)
Name: Latitude
Platform: Chrome
Pricing: Free
Description: Disable addictive features on websites like YouTube, Reddit, Facebook and more. Set per-defined website blocks. Additionally, it’s a mood tracker and promotes mindful online shopping and news consumption.
Name: Freedom
Platform: iOS, MacOS, Windows (desktop versions have accompanying browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera)
Pricing: Paid
Description: Block websites, apps, or the internet as a whole with the click of a button.
Name: RescueTime
Platform: MacOS, Windows, Android, Linux
Pricing: Pay-4-Premium
Description: Block distracting websites. Get usage statistics. Track offline activity. (Disclaimer: Some of these features are Premium only)
Name: History AutoDelete
Platform: Firefox, Chrome
Pricing: Free
Description: This is not specifically designed to fight internet addiction, but I’ve found it helpful in practice since it fulfills this goal: “Out of sight, out of mind.”. You’ll need to select Auto Delete and Clear All History on the website of your choice to get it to work as wanted.
Name: Simple Blocker
Platform: Chrome
Pricing: Free
Description: Simple Blocker is an easy to use Chrome extension which allows you to block websites. You can block specific subdomains (news.google.com) or entire websites (facebook.com) at the click of a button.
Name: Prod – a thoughtful to-do list
Platform: Chrome
Pricing: Free
Description: Prod blocks websites you waste time on and unblocks them once you’ve finished your to-do list.
Name: Clear New Tab
Platform: Chrome
Pricing: Free
Description: Out of sight, out of mind. Clear New Tab removes the “most visited websites” thumbnails from new tabs without removing your browser theme’s image.