How to See List of Websites Visited on Mac with Screen Time

Aug 25, 2020 - Leave a Comment

Mac users may be interested to know they can see a list of visited websites by using Screen Time. This can be helpful if your child has a Mac for school use, or even for educational and office settings, or other environments where keeping an eye on web usage is desired. With Screen Time on the Mac, this is easy to do.

Apple’s Screen Time is a functionality that’s baked into iOS and macOS devices that helps users keep track of their device usage, and offers a lot of parental control tools to restrict the content that children and other users are able to access. The ability to view the list of websites visited is one such tool that could come in handy if you want to block any unwanted websites that are being accessed from the Mac.

Can’t figure out how to keep track of the web usage on a Mac? Don’t fret. In this article, we’ll cover exactly how you can see the list of websites visited on a Mac using Screen Time.

How to See List of Websites Visited on Mac with Screen Time

Before you go ahead 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 on macOS, unless you changed the settings. Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the steps.

  1. Head over to “System Preferences” on your Mac from the Dock.

  2. This will open a new window on your Mac. Here, choose “Screen Time” to proceed further.

  3. You’ll be taken to the “App Usage” section in Screen Time. Now, scroll down in the right pane, as indicated in the screenshot below to find all the websites that were visited from the Mac.

  4. Hover the cursor over a website to access more options. Clicking on the “i” icon will give you more information regarding the website such as age rating, category, etc. Plus, you can limit access to this website by simply clicking on the screen time option as shown here.

There you go. Now you know how to easily view all the websites visited on your Mac with Screen Time.

If the Mac is used by someone else, we highly recommend you to use a Screen Time passcode and keep changing it periodically to make sure unauthorized users don’t fiddle around with your Screen Time settings and make unnecessary changes.

It’s worth noting that you can only see the list of websites that were accessed from Safari. Therefore, if the person uses third-party browsers like Chrome or Firefox, you won’t be able to keep track of the data. In that case, you can check the browser’s history and then use Screen Time to restrict access to specific websites.

Screen Time is limited to newer Macs with MacOS Catalina, Big Sur, and onward, so if you don’t have this feature available then you obviously won’t be able to use it for this purpose. As mentioned a moment ago however, you can still look through a web browsers history to determine what sites are visited on a Mac (or any computer or device for that matter).

Once you notice that the user is spending too much time on a specific website, you can set daily limits for that website from the same menu. Or, if you see that the user is accessing an unwanted site, you can block a website using Screen Time on macOS.

Does your kid use an iPhone or iPad? If so, you can keep a check on their web usage using Screen Time on iOS in a fairly similar way. You can block websites using Screen Time on iPhone and iPad too.

We hope you were able to use Screen Time to find all the browsing data on your Mac. What other parental control features do you use to restrict the device usage? Do let us know your thoughts and opinions on Apple’s Screen Time in the comments section down below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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