How to Enable the Pop-up Blocker in Safari

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Managing Safari Pop-ups

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Pop-up windows have long been an annoyance that many web surfers would rather do without. While some do serve a purpose, most modern browsers provide a way to suppress them from appearing.

Apple's Safari browser offers an integrated pop-up blocker on both the Windows and Mac platforms, as well as on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This tutorial shows you how to enable or disable this handy feature in a few simple steps.

Enable or Disable Safari Pop-ups

Follow the steps that pertain to your Safari browser. If you're on a computer, use one of these first two sets of instructions, or the last one for mobile Safari.

Block Pop-ups in macOS and macOS Sierra

The pop-up blocker for Mac computers is accessible through the Web content section of Safari's settings:

  1. Click Safari in the browser menu, located at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose Preferences when the drop-down menu appears, to open Safari's General Preferences dialog box.

    You can instead use the Command+Comma (,) shortcut keys in lieu of clicking through the menu.
  3. Click on the Security tab to open the Security Preferences window.
  4. In the Web content section, put a check box next to the option called Block pop-up windows.

    If this check box is already selected, then Safari's integrated pop-up blocker is currently enabled.

Safari's Pop-up Blocker Settings on Windows

You can block pop-ups in Safari for Windows with the CTRL+Shift+K keyboard combo or you can follow these steps:

  1. Click the gear icon at the top right of Safari.
  2. In that new menu, click the option called Block Pop-Up Windows.

Another way to enable or disable the pop-up blocker in Safari is through the Preferences > Security > Block pop-up windows option.

Block Pop-ups on iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)

The Safari pop-up blocker can be turned on and off on an iOS device too:

  1. From the home screen, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down the list and tap the Safari option.
  3. In that new list, find the GENERAL section.
  4. In that section is an option called Block Pop-ups. Tap the button to the right to toggle the option on. It will turn green to indicate that Safari is blocking pop-ups.