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How to block and allow pop-ups in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac?

Block and Allow Pop-ups in Safari on Your Apple Devices

When we hear the word pop-up, we instantly remember annoying ads, but sometimes pop-ups can be a good thing. For example, if you're on a shopping website, a pop-up can be an offer for a discount or a notice about a sale going on. Some websites use a pop-up window for logging in.

How to Block and Allow Pop-ups in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac?

So, not all pop-up windows are bad and irritating. That's why sometimes you need to allow pop-ups. Fortunately, you can allow and block pop-ups when you want.

On iPhone, you can only block pop-ups on all websites together, so you'll need to allow them when on certain websites and then go back and block them again. On Mac, you can block either a specific website or all at once.

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Allow Safari Pop-Ups on iPhone and iPad

You can't select a specific website to allow pop-ups on iPhone and iPad. When you allow them, you will see pop-ups on all sites.

To allow pop-ups in Safari on iPhone and iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Safari".

Tap on Safari

3. Locate the "Block Pop-ups" option and toggle the switch to disable the feature.

Allow Safari pop-ups on iPhone and iPad

4. If the option is not turned on, you don't need to do anything. The pop-ups are already allowed.

Now, you can see and interact with the pop-ups in the Safari browser.

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Allow Safari Pop-Ups on Mac

There are two ways you can allow pop-ups on your Mac. You can either do it from the Safari preferences or the Safari window.

When allowing pop-ups from the Safari preferences, you can either allow them on specific websites or all websites.

To allow pop-ups in Safari from Safari preferences on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Safari browser and go to the website you want to allow pop-ups.
2. Then, from the menu bar, click on "Safari" and select "Preferences".
3. Go to the "Websites" tab.
4. On the left sidebar, scroll to the bottom and click on "Pop-up Windows".
5. Now, next to the website name, click on the drop-down menu and select "Allow".

Allow Safari pop-ups on Mac

6. If you want to allow pop-ups on all websites, at the bottom right corner, next to "When visiting other websites", click on the drop-down menu and select "Allow".

In the Safari window, you can only allow pop-ups for that one specific website.

To allow pop-ups in Safari from Safari window on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Safari browser and go to the website you want to allow pop-ups.
2. Then, right-click on the website address bar and select "Settings For This Website" from the quick menu.

Tap on Settings for This Website

3. Locate the "Pop-up Windows" option and click on the drop-down menu.
4. Select "Allow" to allow website pop-ups.

Allow Safari pop-ups on Mac on site

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Block Safari Pop-Ups on iPhone and iPad

Blocking pop-ups in Safari on your iPhone or iPad is almost the same as allowing them.

To block pop-ups in Safari on iPhone and iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Safari".
3. Locate the "Block Pop-ups" option and toggle the switch to turn on the feature.

Now, all pop-ups will be disabled, and you won't see any on all websites.

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Block Safari Pop-Ups on Mac

To block pop-ups on Safari, go to the browser preferences or a specific website window.

To block pop-ups in Safari from Safari preferences on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Safari browser and go to the website you want to block pop-ups.
2. Then, from the menu bar, click on "Safari" and select "Preferences".
3. Go to the "Websites" tab.
4. On the left sidebar, scroll to the bottom and click on "Pop-up Windows".
5. Now, next to the website name, click on the drop-down menu and select "Block" or "Block and Notify".
6. If you want to block pop-ups on all websites, at the bottom right corner, next to "When visiting other websites", click on the drop-down menu and select "Block" or "Block and Notify".

To block pop-ups in Safari from the Safari window on Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Safari browser and go to the website you want to block pop-ups.
2. Then, right-click on the website address bar and select "Settings For This Website" from the quick menu.
3. Locate the "Pop-up Windows" option and click on the drop-down menu.
4. Select the "Block" or "Block and Notify" option.

We hope you found the information you were looking for and now know how to allow or block pop-ups on a website or all websites.

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