How to turn a pop-up blocker off in your web browser

We remember the days when web browsing was interrupted by pop-up ads – those small windows would suddenly appear in the foreground, distracting our attention. Because they can be so annoying, web browsers now automatically block pop-up windows. But blocking all pop-ups can also disable website features you need.
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Enabling pop-ups lets you take advantage of website features like chat windows

Why turn off pop-up blockers?

Blocking pop-ups can interfere with the functionality of a website – like banks or retail sites that use pop-ups to open customer service chats. So, although most web browsers block pop-up windows by default, it is possible to enable specific websites to use pop-ups while still blocking all others. There is also the option of allowing all pop-up windows. Here’s how you can turn off pop-up blockers and enjoy the browsing experience that suits you best.

How to allow pop-ups on a Mac

Like other web browsers, the Safari browser on your Mac blocks pop-ups by default; however, you can adjust the settings to enable all pop-ups. Just open your Safari browser, go to the drop-down menu, click Preferences and follow these steps:
  1. Select Websites
  2. Click Pop-up Windows in the left navigation pane
  3. Locate When visiting other websites in the lower right of the screen
  4. Click the drop-down menu and select from the following options:
    • Allow: You will see all website pop-ups
    • Block and Notify: Pop-ups will not appear automatically, but if there are pop-ups on a website you have the option of showing them
    • Block: You will not see any website pop-ups
You can also set your Safari browser to allow pop-ups from specific websites only. Make sure you are on the website for which you would like to allow pop-ups, and then go to Preferences > Websites > Pop-up Windows as described above. Now the website you are visiting will appear on a list of Currently Open Websites. Click on the drop-down menu and select Allow to enable pop-ups on that website.

Bonus explainer: To unblock pop-ups in Safari on your iPhone or iPad, simply go to the  Settings, scroll down to Safari and tap, and then toggle off the Block Pop-ups button (the color will change from green to gray).

Allow pop-ups in Chrome

Pop-ups are blocked by default in the Google Chrome browser. Whenever Chrome prevents a pop-up window from opening, “Pop-up blocked” will appear in the address bar. If you would like to turn pop-ups on, open the Chrome browser on your computer, open the browser menu by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner, and follow these steps:
  1. Click Settings > Privacy and security > Site settings
  2. Scroll down to Pop-ups and redirects and click the arrow on the right to open the menu where you can set your preferences
  3. To allow all pop-ups, click the circle next to Sites can send pop-ups and use redirects to make this your default
  4. To allow pop-ups on specific websites, scroll to Allowed to send pop-ups and use redirects, and click Add
  5. Enter the website name and save by clicking Add
Bonus explainer: If you use the Chrome app on an Android phone or tablet and would like to allow pop-ups, open the app and tap Settings > Permissions > Pop-ups and redirects, then toggle off Pop-ups and redirects. On an iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app and tap More > Settings > Content Settings > Block Pop-ups.

How to disable pop-up blockers in other browsers

The process for disabling pop-up blockers is similar in most web browsers. For example, in the desktop version of Mozilla Firefox go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Permissions and uncheck Block pop-up windows.

Similarly, in Microsoft Edge go to Settings > Cookies and site permissions > Pop-ups and redirects and switch of Block.
Pro tip: Why do I keep getting pop-ups?

If you have not enabled pop-ups in your browser and they keep appearing anyway, this could have several different causes. It could be that you have subscribed to receive notifications from a specific website, for example. In other cases, an ad may be designed to look like a pop-up but is not actually one. However, sometimes unwanted pop-ups can be a sign that your device has been infected by malware. If you do not have antivirus software, install an antivirus program from a reputable provider. Run a virus scan and follow the instructions to quarantine or remove any malware that’s discovered.

We hope this post helped you adjust your pop-up settings just the way you like! We look forward to your feedback!

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