How to allow pop-ups on a Mac

Your browser blocks a lot of things, and most of the time, it’s for a good reason. There are times, however, when you want to receive notifications, pop-ups for work, or something that a website you know and love has to offer. When you can’t get that information because your Mac blocks pop-ups, you may find yourself in a frustrating pickle.

But don’t fret. We cover how you can allow pop-ups on a Mac in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

Enable pop-ups on Safari

Safari Pop-Up Settings

The default browser on your Mac makes managing pop-ups very simple. Here’s what to do:

Step 1: With Safari active, click Safari located in the top left corner followed by Preferences in the resulting drop-down menu.

Step 2: In a pop-up window, click the Websites tab at the top followed by the Pop-up Windows entry on the left.

Step 3: To enable pop-ups on a specific website, click the drop-down menu next to the website’s name and click Allow. If you want to allow pop-ups on all websites, select Allow on the drop-down menu next to When visiting other websites located at the bottom.

Finally, when Safari actively blocks a pop-up, a little notification appears in the browser’s address bar to let you know it happened. If you need this pop-up to enable a feature then you can quickly retrieve it. Just click on the notification and Safari will give you an option to view the pop-up.

It’s not a great way to manage pop-ups in general, but it is useful if you occasionally view a pop-up but don’t want to change any of your settings permanently.

Enable pop-ups on Firefox

Firefox MacOS Pop-Up Setting

Firefox is also a very common browser choice for Mac users, even more so since its Quantum revamp. If you use Firefox, take a look at how you can enable pop-ups within Mozilla’s popular browser:

Step 1: While in a Firefox window, select Firefox in the top left corner, followed by Preferences in the resulting drop-down menu.

Step 2: In the new Preferences tab, click Privacy & Security listed on the left and scroll down to the Permissions section.

Step 3: Un-check the box next to Block pop-up windows to enable pop-ups for all websites.

Firefox Manually Allow Website Pop-Up

Step 4: If you don’t want to enable all pop-ups, use the Exceptions button instead. This opens a new window where you can manually enter the website’s address — use the copy/paste method —  and click the Allow and Save Changes buttons. You can add as many websites as you want to your exceptions, and remove them as needed when you are done.

Enable pop-ups on Chrome

A lot of Mac users also like Chrome as an alternative to Safari. Let’s look at how Chrome manages pop-ups and what you can do about them (here are some great blocking methods too):

Chrome Pop-Ups Redirects MacOS

Step 1: With a Chrome browser window open, click Chrome listed in the top left corner followed by Preferences on the resulting drop-down menu.

Step 2: A new Settings tab opens. Scroll to the very bottom and click Advanced to expand the settings.

Step 3: The Privacy and security section loads by default. Click the Site Settings option.

Step 4: Scroll down and click Pop-ups and redirects. You’ll see a new page with an option to toggle between Blocked (recommended) and Allowed. Switch to Allowed to enable all pop-ups.

Chrome MacOS Pop-Up Settings

Step 5: Under Allow, you can manually add individual sites to the pop-up allow list. This works well if you have another list of allowed sites that you can copy and paste into Chrome and save.

Step 6: You also have an option to automatically allow pop-ups from any site you visit in Chrome. When a page in Chrome blocks pop-ups you will see a small icon in the address bar called Pop up blocked, which looks like a window with an X on it. You can click this icon to allow the pop-up or choose to allow pop-ups from that particular site.

Note: You can also access the pop-up settings by entering chrome://settings/content/popups in the address bar.

What about third-party apps?

Adblock Plus Chrome

Third-party ad-blocking apps like Adblock Plus get rid of ads and pop-ups. These apps typically create a little icon on your browser’s toolbar that shows you how many ads are currently blocked, as shown above.

However, you may need to enable pop-up windows in these apps as well, as they may incorrectly identify and block innocent pop-ups. When you visit a site where you need pop-ups, click on the AdBlock icon and find a way to add the site to your whitelist, or disable the block for that specific site. Most ad-blocking apps should allow you to do this — an important step that you don’t want to forget.

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