How to Disable Data for Specific Apps on Windows and Mac PC

Don’t want to share data with apps while using your personal computer? In this post, you will be learning how to disable data for specific apps on Windows and Mac PC.

How to Disable Data for Specific Apps on Windows and Mac PC

Not all apps should be allowed to have internet access. Apart from reducing data usage and saving data costs, disabling data for some apps will guarantee a safer and more secure environment on a PC.

Do you want to disable data for specific apps on Windows and Mac? Continue below with this simple guide.

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Why You Should Disable Internet for Specific Apps

Blocking an app from using the internet will prevent the sharing of data with its developer. Also, if you are not the only one using the system and wouldn’t want others to see some of your online content in some apps, blocking the internet for such apps won’t be a bad idea.

In turn, data usage on your PC will reduce and save you data costs.

How to Disable Data for Specific Apps on Windows

  1. Open your PC, and go to Control Panel >> System and Security >> Windows Defender Firewall.
  2. Next, click Advanced settings to see the advanced firewall settings and select Outbound Rules on the left.
  3. Now, click New Rule from your right and select Program when asked what kind of rule you want to create. Click Next at the bottom of the window.
  4. On the next screen, select This program path and click Browse. Find the app that you want to disable the internet.
  5. Once you find the app's EXE file, click the address bar in File Explorer and press Ctrl + C on your keyboard to copy the folder path. Please don't select the EXE file yet. Now, go back to the firewall panel and paste the copied path in This program path.
  6. Enter the name of the EXE file (Ctrl + V) and click Next.
  7. Now, choose Block the connection and click Next.
  8. Ensure you tick all the options and click Next to disable the network on the app.
  9. Lastly, you can enter a name for your rule, add a description and click Finish.
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The app will be denied internet access henceforth.

To re-enable the internet for the app, go back to Outbound Rules in Windows Defender advance settings to find the rule created. You should then select and click Disable Rule and the app will start to connect to the internet again. You can also delete the rule if you won’t be needing it anymore.

How to Disable Data for Specific Apps on Mac

You can only block incoming connections for an app using the built-in macOS firewall. Follow the steps below to do that:

  1. On your Mac, click the Apple logo in the top-left and select System Preferences.
  2. Next go to Security & Privacy >> Firewall >> Firewall Options and click the Add (+) button.
  3. Add the app and select Block incoming connections from the next menu.
  4. Click OK to save.
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Only a few systems apps really need the internet to run properly. Unnecessary data access on apps that do not require it will only let them send data online, exposing you to their developers.

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