How to Enable the Safari Pop-up Blocker

Block pop-ups on Mac, Windows, and iOS

Apple's Safari browser offers an integrated pop-up blocker on the Windows and Mac platforms, as well as on iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone

You might need to disable the pop-up blocker for access to some sites. Alternatively, install plug-ins that suppress tracking and pop-ups for individual sites and browsing sessions.

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

  1. From the menu along the top of the Safari window, choose Safari > Preferences.

    The keyboard shortcut to Safari's Preferences page is Command+, (comma).

    Safari on a Mac with the Preferences menu item highlighted
  2. Select Websites.

    Safari preferences with the Websites tab highlighted
  3. Click Pop-up Windows.

    Safari preferences with the Pop-up Blocker section highlighted
  4. Select the desired action for the current website. Block and Notify blocks pop-ups on the site and notifies you when it happens. Block blocks pop-ups without notifying you. Allow allows pop-ups.

    Pop-up settings in Safari
  5. To do the same when visiting other websites, select When visiting other websites in the lower-right corner of the window. If this checkbox is selected, Safari's integrated pop-up blocker is enabled.

In older OS X versions, select Windows > Preferences, then check the Block pop-up windows box.

Safari preferences with the

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

You can turn the Safari pop-up blocker on and off on an iOS device too.

  1. From the home screen, open Settings.

  2. Scroll down the list and tap Safari.

  3. In the Safari screen, locate the General section.

    Three iOS screens showing Settings icon, Safari button, and Block Pop-ups toggle set to ON
  4. Tap the Block Pop-ups toggle switch to turn it on or off. It turns green to indicate that Safari is blocking pop-ups.

Safari's Pop-up Blocker Settings on Windows

Apple has discontinued Safari for Windows, and Safari 5.1.7 was the last version made for PCs. If you still have Safari on your PC, use one of two methods to block pop-ups.

The first is to use the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+K. Here are the steps for the second method:

  1. In the top-right corner of the Safari window, select Settings (the gear icon).

  2. In the Settings menu, choose Block Pop-Up Windows.

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