How to Turn on Pop Up Blocker on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of annoying pop-up ads interrupting your browsing experience on your Mac? Fortunately, there’s a simple solution – turning on the pop-up blocker!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. So, let’s get started.

Step 1: Launch Safari

If you are using Safari as your default browser, open it by clicking on the Safari icon in your Dock or by searching for it in Spotlight.

Step 2: Access Safari Preferences

In the top menu bar, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Command + ,” to open Preferences.

Step 3: Navigate to Security Settings

In the Preferences window that opens up, click on the “Security” tab located at the top of the window.

Step 4: Enable Pop-Up Blocker

To turn on the pop-up blocker, check the box next to “Block pop-up windows.” Once enabled, Safari will prevent most pop-ups from appearing while you browse.


If you want to allow specific websites to display pop-ups while keeping the blocker enabled for others, click on “Exceptions..” and add those websites to the list of allowed sites.

Step 5: Save Changes

After enabling the pop-up blocker, click on the “X” button at the top-left corner of the Preferences window or press “Command + W” to close it. Your changes will be automatically saved.

Step 6: Test Pop-Up Blocker

To ensure that your pop-up blocker is working correctly, visit a website known for displaying pop-ups. If the blocker is enabled, you should no longer see any intrusive pop-up windows.

Additional Tips

If you’re not using Safari as your default browser, don’t worry! Other popular browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox also have built-in pop-up blockers. Simply follow similar steps in their respective settings to turn them on.


By following these simple steps, you can easily turn on the pop-up blocker on your Mac and enjoy an uninterrupted browsing experience. Say goodbye to annoying pop-ups and focus on what matters most – the content you want to see!

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