The 8 Best Ad Blockers for Safari In 2020

Get rid of annoying ads and pop-ups with these handy extensions

Love Safari but hate the ads? Ad blocking extensions for Safari are easy to install and will instantly improve your browsing experience. Here's a rundown the best ad blockers for Safari in 2020 to get you started.

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Best Free Ad Blocker: uBlock

uBlock ad blocker for Safari
What We Like
  • Blocks ads on Facebook and YouTube.

  • Custom zapper mode for removing webpage elements.

  • Helps protect against some forms of malware.

What We Don't Like
  • Dashboard setup is more involved than other ad blockers.

  • Setting up rules and filters is non-intuitive.

uBlock is a free, customizable extension that blocks annoying ads and pop-ups, and prevents tracking by marketers. uBlock works by using sets of rules (i.e., comprehensive filter lists) to strip unwanted ads and pop-ups from websites. You can choose to turn ad blocking on or off, as well as allow or disallow non-intrusive advertising. With uBlock, you can change your blocking settings on the fly, and allow specific sites as you browse.

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Best Cross-Platform Ad Blocker: Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus for Safari
What We Like
  • Reliably blocks YoutTube ads.

  • Blocks tracking and malware.

  • Works on a wide range of browsers.

What We Don't Like
  • May not block all Twitter ads.

  • Interface is busy and confusing.

Adblock Plus is a popular, free ad blocker that works across an impressive range of browser types. The extension won't cost you anything and does a good job of blocking ads, banners, and pop-ups from websites and Youtube videos. Adblock Plus also helps prevent tracking by advertisers and provides a certain level of malware protection. The settings are somewhat basic, but you can allow or disallow acceptable ads and add individual sites to a safe list.

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Fastest Ad Blocker: Unicorn Blocker

Unicorn Blocker for Mac
What We Like
  • Optimized for Mac devices and Safari users.

  • Can increase battery life.

What We Don't Like
  • You'll have to pay to use it.

  • May not work for YouTube ads.

Unicorn Blocker is a highly-rated, Safari-only extension that prides itself on delivering 3x the blocking speed of other ad blockers. It accomplishes this by using the Apple-supported content blocker API, which blocks ads before they download it to a web page. Unicorn Blocker blocks video ads, auto-direct ads, scrolling ads, pop-ups, 18+ ads, and also thwarts attempts by advertisers to track you or infect your device with malware. So, if you're dedicated to Apple products, this one may be worth paying extra for.

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Best for Decluttering Webpages: Ghostery Lite

Ghostery Lite app for Mac
What We Like
  • Easy to turn on and off various options.

  • Enhanced Anti-Tracking for extra privacy.

  • Blocks social widget trackers.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't disable specific trackers.

  • May not block ads on YouTube.

Ghostery Lite is a free ad-blocking app for Safari that strips unwanted ads from your browser while preventing advertisers from tracking your activities. What makes Ghostery Lite stand out is the ability to block more than just ads. You can also block site analytics, adult content, and comments sections from web pages to help declutter web pages and speed up load times. And, if you change your mind later, it's easy to open the menu and change your settings.

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Best for Preventing Tracking: Disconnect Premium

Disconnect Premium for Safari
What We Like
  • Real-time information and statistics on who's tracking you.

  • Visualize page feature.

What We Don't Like
  • Must pay for the Premium version.

  • Only blocks privacy-invasive ads.

Disconnect Premium is an extension that blocks attempts by marketing companies and advertisers to track your online activities. This includes invisible tracking and malvertising threats, which can inject malicious code into advertising networks. Disconnect claims to increase page loads times by up to 44 percent and shows which trackers it's blocking. Disconnect Premium also allows you to encrypt your connections and works across all of your applications.

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Best Privacy-Focused Ad Blocker: Better Blocker

Better Blocker for Safari
What We Like
  • Clean, easy-to-use interface.

  • Committed to openness and transparency.

What We Don't Like
  • No free version.

  • Not good for blocking YouTube ads.

Better Blocker is a privacy tool for Safari that blocks tracking scripts, tracking pixels, and behavioral advertising. Better Blocker relies on a proprietary tracker database that is compiled by crawling the web. Open-source Better Blocker follows the Ethical Design Manifesto and blocks some of the worst offenders on the internet for you. The app is designed to be lightweight and excels at blocking annoying content while allowing pages to load properly.

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Best for Customization: AdGuard

AdGuard Stealth Mode
What We Like
  • Ability to add your own custom filters.

  • Offers a wide range of features at no cost.

  • Helps to block fake news.

What We Don't Like
  • Customization requires more technical knowledge.

  • Too much emphasis on downloading the full app.

AdGuard is a free, yet sophisticated ad blocker that offers a high level of customization. In addition to ad blocking, you can remove social elements from web pages (such as Like or Share buttons), remove annoyances like cookie notices, and add your own custom user filters. The list of what you can filter is extensive, although it will require more technical knowledge of web pages and HTML. But if you like to customize and tinker, this is the ad blocker for you.

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Best for iPhone: 1Blocker X

1 Blocker X for Safari
What We Like
  • Optimized for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

  • Uses Safari content blocker technology (API) to speed up load times.

What We Don't Like
  • No free version.

  • Pricier than other ad blockers.

1Blocker X is optimized for Safari across all of your Mac devices. It enhances your browsing experience by blocking ads, trackers, pop-ups, persistent cookie consent dialogs, and newsletter signup prompts. With over 115,000 rules, 1Blocker X will help your web pages load faster and even has ad-block rules for specific countries. You can also modify the settings to accommodate your own rules.