How To Block or Allow Pop-Ups On Your Mac

This article explains how you can block or allow pop-up window ads on your Mac. Generally, pop-ups are forms of advertising. The good news is that you can easily configure your Safari browser to allow or block pop-up windows.

How to block pop-ups in Safari

Pop-ups are annoying. They are unwanted. Sometimes they may slow down your computer. Some pop-ups may use phishing methods. Some may attempt to trick you into downloading and installing dangerous software on your Mac. Some pop-ups are just annoying because they may interrupt what you are doing.

Here is how to block them

  1. Open Safari
  2. From the Safari menu, choose Preferences
  3. Click the Websites tab
  4. Click Pop-up Windows on the left sidebar. In here you can see the “currently open websites”. You can adjust your settings for these individual websites.
  5. If you want to block popups, find the “When visiting other websites” option (bottom of the window). There are two options to block: Block and Block and Notify.Safari Block Popups
  6. If you select Block and Notify, then you will be notified an a popup is blocked. When a pop-up is blocked in Safari, Safari will briefly say: “Pop-up Window Blocked” in the search field. Also, the address bar will indicate this. You can also decide to allow pop-ups, if you click the small window icon. If you select the Block option, then Safari will block popups without letting you know.

Safari pop-up

Safari Block popup

Please note that if you still get pop-ups after blocking them, then your computer could have malware.

It is a good idea to turn on Fraudulent Website Warning in Safari security settings by going to Safari > Preferences > Security.

How to allow pop-ups in Safari

You may want to allow pop-ups for variety of reasons. Sometimes, certain websites may require you to disable pop-up blockers in order for them to work correctly. It is obvious that some legitimate websites may have web content in pop-up windows. Not all pop-up windows are malicious, dangerous or invasive. Please note that you can allow pop-ups from a specific site. In fact, we recommend this. To do this, open the website where a pop-up is blocked. In the search field (address bar) click the window icon (see the image above).

Here is how turn off pop-ups completely for all sites:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari > Preferences
  3. Select the Websites tab
  4. Click “Pop-Up Windows” from the left side menu
  5. And then select AllowAllow Pop-ups

Please note that by default, Safari disables pop-ups automatically in the browser, unless you configure differently.

See also: Safari Says: Not Secure. What Does It Mean?

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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2 thoughts on “How To Block or Allow Pop-Ups On Your Mac”

  1. I hope that this will eliminate the pop-ups that appear to be generated from GOOGLE for various services. It fills the whole right-side of my screen on my desktop. Very annoying especially when I am on a ‘ZOOM’ conference.

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  2. I followed these exact instructions and allowed pop-ups on my computer so I could finish a final exam for my online class. However, even though I have successfully allowed the pops ups in the preferences/websites tab…pop-ups are STILL blocked when I go to take my final exam. I click on the tab I need to start the recording of my computer screen and it says the whole ‘oops! you must enable pop-ups in your setting’…I’ve redone it multiple times and refreshed the page, logged off and back on. But to no avail. Any help or direction?

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