How to Enable the Pop-up Blocker in Safari

Block pop-ups on Mac, Windows and iOS

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Pop-up windows have long been an annoyance that many Web users 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. 

Block Pop-ups in Mac OS X and macOS Sierra

Screenshots showing how to enable or disable the pop-up blocker in Safari on a Mac

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 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.

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

Screenshots showing how to allow or block pop-ups on an iPhone

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.

Safari's Pop-up Blocker Settings on Windows

Screenshot showing how to enable or disable pop-ups for Safari in Windows

Block pop-ups in Safari for Windows with the CTRL+Shift+K keyboard combo or you can follow these steps to do it:

  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.

Blocking Pop-ups

Although most pop-up windows consist of advertising or worse, some websites still use them for specific, legitimate purposes. For example, some WordPress-powered sites will launch a file-upload dialog box in a pop-up window, and some banking websites will display facts like check images in pop-ups. 

Safari's pop-up blocker behavior is, by default, strict. You may find that you'll need to disable the pop-up blocker to access a necessary pop-up. Alternatively, you can also install plug-ins that suppress tracking and pop-ups for you in a way that gives you more granular control over individual sites and browsing sessions.