How to Enable the Safari Pop-up Blocker

Block pop-ups on Mac, Windows, and iOS

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Pop-up windows are used for a variety of purposes; for example, for a banking website to show a canceled check. However, many pop-ups contain unwanted ads. Most browsers provide a way to block these pop-ups. Apple's Safari browser offers an integrated pop-up blocker on the Windows and Mac platforms, as well as on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. 

You may need to disable the pop-up blocker to access necessary pop-ups. Alternatively, install plug-ins that suppress tracking and pop-ups for more control over individual sites and browsing sessions.

Block Safari Pop-ups in Mac OS X and macOS Sierra

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

  1. Go to the browser menu and select Safari.

  2. Choose Preferences.

    Or press the Command+, (comma) keyboard shortcut.

    Preferences menu in Safari for macOS
  3. In the Websites dialog box, click Websites, then, in the left pane, select Pop-up Windows.

    Websites tab, Pop-up Windows section in Safari for macOS
  4. Make your selection for the current website. Choose to either block pop-ups and notify you when it happens (Block and Notify), block without notifying you (Block) or allow pop-ups (Allow).

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

    Block and Notify, Block, or Allow pop-ups for other websites in Safari preferences
  6. On earlier macOS versions, select Windows > Preferences, then select the Block pop-up windows check box.

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.