How to Enable Pop Up Blocker on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Pop-up ads can be annoying and interrupt your browsing experience. Thankfully, Mac provides a built-in feature to block these pop-ups. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to enable the pop-up blocker on your Mac.

Step 1: Launch Safari

To begin, open Safari, which is the default web browser on Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or click on its icon in the Dock.

Step 2: Access Preferences

Once Safari is open, click on the “Safari” menu in the top-left corner of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “Preferences.” Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Command + ,” to open Preferences.

Step 3: Open Security Settings

In the Preferences window, click on the “Security” tab located at the top. This will display various security-related options for Safari.

Step 4: Enable Pop-up Blocker

Under the Security tab, you will see an option labeled “Block pop-up windows.” Make sure this option is checked by clicking on its corresponding checkbox. Enabling this option will activate Safari’s built-in pop-up blocker.


It’s worth mentioning that Safari’s pop-up blocker is generally effective at blocking unwanted pop-ups without affecting legitimate website functionality. However, there may be instances where a legitimate website requires pop-ups for certain features or functions. In such cases, you can temporarily disable or allow specific websites to display pop-ups by clicking on “Settings for This Website” button located next to “Block pop-up windows” checkbox.

  • To disable pop-up blocking for a specific website:
    1. Visit the website that you want to allow pop-ups for.
    2. Click on the “Safari” menu and select “Settings for This Website.”
    3. In the settings panel, locate the “Pop-up Windows” section.
    4. Choose “Allow” from the dropdown menu next to the website’s URL.
  • To enable pop-up blocking again:
    1. Follow steps 1 and 2 mentioned above.
    2. In the settings panel, locate the website for which you want to re-enable pop-up blocking.
    3. Select “Block and Notify” from the dropdown menu next to the website’s URL.

Step 5: Close Preferences

Once you have enabled Safari’s pop-up blocker, you can close the Preferences window by clicking on its red close button in the top-left corner.


By following these simple steps, you can easily enable Safari’s built-in pop-up blocker on your Mac. This will help enhance your browsing experience by reducing unwanted interruptions caused by pop-up ads. Remember that you can always customize pop-up blocking settings for specific websites using Safari’s preferences.

So go ahead, enable your pop-up blocker, and enjoy a smoother browsing experience on your Mac!

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