Ochi - Block Apps & Websites 4+

Limit Screen Time Control

Michael Tigas

    • 4.4 • 25 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

Description

“A great tool if you’re looking for a way to become more focused and less distracted.” - 9to5Mac, Chance Miller
“The design of the iPhone & macOS app is appealing, both simple and colorful.” - TechRadar, Daryl Baxter
“Ochi lets you create a more focused work environment.” - MacStories, John Voorhees
“Great for maintaining productivity so you never accidentally find yourself on Twitter.” - Matthew Cassinelli
“Ochi is great for when you want to focus on really specific tasks.” - Christopher Lawley

Block distracting apps & websites on all devices.

Create timed filters that help you stay focused and spend your time wisely on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Ochi was built for people that want to quickly block distracting apps & websites, at the press of a button. Configure filters for managing distractions during the day, and when it's time to go to bed.

Features
• Block access to iOS apps, Mac apps, and Websites
• Filter websites by category, including Social Media, Chat, and News
• Apply multiple timed or untimed filters, with different rules
• Schedule daily recurring filters
• Limit how often filters can be temporarily suspended
• Lock & hide sensitive filter details
• Assign shortcuts to filters that turn on Focus and filters on other devices
• Integrate Ochi into your workflow with Shortcut automations
• Sync filters between iPhone, iPad, and Mac
• Themeable widgets for quickly starting a filter

If you have any questions, please reach out to ochi@michaeltigas.com.au

Privacy Policy: https://ochithe.app/privacypolicy/
Terms of Use: https://ochithe.app/termsofuse/

What’s New

Version 1.1.2

- Chinese & Hindi localisation support!
- Added Shopping to the website category list
- Fixed an issue where where Ochi would freeze after a little while, if multiple website categories were selected for an active filter

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

chchen2021 ,

Great App/Website Blocker Across Apple Devices

I have been looking for a blocker for both apps and websites while I am at work. After quite some research, I settled on Ochi, which is really easy to set up and works on both macOS and iOS. Ochi has all the modern perks of a native Apple app, supporting Shortcuts and iCloud syncing among other things. The developer is very responsive to support questions. The free version is beyond generous, offering a single filter that can be configured to block an unlimited number of apps and websites together.

The only major limitation on macOS so far is that website blocking does not work on Firefox (for which I use LeechBlock, an open-source extension). Web blocking works very well on Safari and Chrome-based browsers. On iOS there are more system limitations, but Ochi has managed to accomplish a lot within these limits. It is particularly clever to use the Focus mode for macOS control of Ochi filters across Apple devices.

Developer Response ,

This is a fantastic review for Ochi... thank you so much - I really appreciate it! 🙏🏻

I'm really glad to hear you're enjoying its level of integration with the Apple ecosystem, sharing & applying filters across your devices is very important for maintaining focus! Shortcuts & iCloud were a no-brainer.

Thanks for the feedback on Firefox, I'll try to work this out in a future update 🙂 It will be great to cover even more web browsers.

jacob92&3 ,

Good App - too expensive

This app generally is great. It is relatively easy to use (setup can be confusing, however). I do think this is the best anti-distraction app on the market right now but there are some significant negatives.

First and most importantly, the price point is too high for premium. A subscription is offered, but if you want a one time purchase it’s $50 which I think is way too high for the value this app brings. Second, this app is very easy to circumvent. Consider cold turkey app blocker for windows, there is almost no way around this blocker when it is enabled - this app by contrast is very easy to disable. Third, not all apps can be blocked only ~15 apps which cause procrastination for most people (Instagram, Reddit, etc) so it’s not highly customizable.

Again, this is the best app on the market for distraction blocking. I just think there’s a lot of room in this app and the market as a whole to grow. Large developers won’t touch this market because it is very easy for Apple to implement themselves, they just choose not to. I guess we will see what indie developers can do!

Developer Response ,

Hey! Appreciate the kind review 🙏

I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed using Ochi, but also sorry to hear that Ochi Pro might not be your cup of tea. That’s OK, I’ve intentionally designed the app to be a great distraction blocking utility without any compulsory upgrades, and to also help steer you away from bad habits. 🙂

Unfortunately those limitations you mentioned are a result of restrictions in iOS, where there’s generally a backdoor to most things (in terms of user configuration). Fortunately the Mac app allows you to lock-down your environment, forcing you to adhere to the restrictions you impose.

Personally speaking, and given those iOS limitations, I’m glad I can at least kick the late-night Twitter/Reddit doom scrolling habit to the curb with the scheduling feature. My will power is as its lowest then, so it’s served as a great reminder that I shouldn’t be opening those apps.

This being said, it is indeed possible to block more apps that the default list offered. You can create “custom apps/groups” that can be assigned to filters, and will appear in the list of apps for Ochi’s “App Open Check” shortcut action. I use this to block 15 games under a single automation, without the need to create 15 individual custom apps.

I agree there’s plenty of room for the app to grow, and I have some great ideas planned to make it even better. Thanks again, and I hope you end up continuing to use Ochi, even if it’s just on the free tier. 🙃

ccc14313432 ,

Too difficult to disable when you've made a filter error

I made several filters but if you do not expressly allow activity monitor, there is no way to stop the filter. I have been basically locked out of doing essential tasks because of improperly built filters. There should be some ability to edit filters regardless of filter use.

Additionally, if you start a filter but made an error and want to add an app to the filter, you cannot even if you force quit Ochi via activity monitor because, when you start Ochi up again, the filter does not reset after a force quit; the filter continues.

Developer Response ,

Appreciate the kind review and feedback!

The ability to add more websites & apps to an active “blocking” filter is a great idea, especially for when you encounter distractions that you didn’t initially consider. Will consider this for a future update.

Interesting point about Activity Monitor as well, however, this is partly by design to prevent loopholes with escaping active filters. Will keep a note on this one too!

Subscriptions

Ochi Pro - Yearly
Filter Scheduling, Unlimited Filters + more
Free Trial

App Privacy

The developer, Michael Tigas, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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