Put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in your life.

Devices

  • Web Browser Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • iOs

Price

  • $2 for the iPhone version

Functionality

Forest is able to block websites access on multiple devices with a web browser plug-in. Each break allows you to grow a tree. You get points while you growing virtual trees. You can redeem your points and allow the NGO Trees for the Future (Trees.org) to plant real trees. To use this feature you need to buy the iOS App.

How to install

  • Visit the site with the browser you want to set-up and click on “Name of your browser Add-ons”
  • iOS : In the app store

Configuration

Web browser :

  1. On the plugin configuration page add websites on the black list (or the white one)

iOS App:

  1. Open parameter and adjust your preferences
  2. Set the timer and start

Gamification:

Forest  partners with a real-tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on the earth. When users spend virtual coins they earn in Forest on planting real trees, Forest team donates our partner and create orders of planting. https://trees.org/

Quote from trees.org about forest.
« Forest is a popular productivity app that helps people beat their phone addiction and manage their time in an interesting and pleasant way. Users can earn credits by not using their cell phones and plant real trees around the world with the credits. With Forest, users can have a delightful experience to spend less time on their cell phones, focus on what’s more important in their lives, and keep our environment green. »

Conclusion

Good point:

Freedom is a very powerful interface to block usage of websites on all web browser during a length of time, you can schedule break during the day.
The app interface is complete.
Simple to use and the gamification is a good motivation to take a break and focus on important things.
Plug-ins are free and you don’t need an account to use them.

Bad point:

There is no synchronization of the lists which is not  convenient.
Two mode for the plugins the white list is the list of site you can use and block all others, the black list is the list of site that you block.
The iPhone App is not a web blocker, It just forces you not to use another App during the break.
It is addictive 😉

Forest is an application to help you focus on your work more than doing a digital detox.