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How to allow pop-ups on a Mac

Some pop-ups can pose a potential threat to your PC, while others are completely harmless and even useful. Whenever you want to receive notifications from your favorite website or access important webpages, pop-up blockers can be an inconvenience. But how can you enable pop-ups on sites you trust and disable them on other sites? 

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

5 minutes

What You Need

  • Mac device

  • Browser, such as Safari, Firefox, or Chrome

We’ll show you how to enable pop-ups on a Mac, no matter what browser you’re using.

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Enable pop-ups on Safari

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.

Step 4: 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.

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Enable pop-ups on Firefox

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: Uncheck the box next to Block Pop-Up Windows to enable pop-ups for all websites.

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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.

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Enable pop-ups on Chrome

Chrome is a popular browser for Android and Mac owners alike. The steps illustrated below explains how Chrome manages pop-ups and how you can deal with them manually.

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. To the right, you should see a list of options, with Privacy and Security among them. Click on it.

Step 3: Select Site Settings, 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.

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Step 4: 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 5: 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.

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What about third-party apps?

Third-party ad-blocking apps like Adblock Plus get rid of ads and pop-ups. As you can see in the image, external apps provide a visual indicator of the present number of ads they have blocked.

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. You should keep this in mind when using these third-party apps as the majority of them possess this capability.

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