How you can Enable Popups on a Mac

In general, we try to avoid pop-ups, but sometimes you have to let them through. Here you find out how this works.

Are you having problems with a website on macOS because your browser is blocking popups for it? Fortunately, you can turn off the pop-up blocker on your computer in popular browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

Allow popups on a Mac

Once the blockers are disabled, any websites you open in these browsers will be able to launch pop-up windows. You also have the option to only enable pop-ups for specific websites on your Mac.

A popup is a small window that either opens automatically when you are on a website or when you click a link on the website. Shopping sites, discount sites, and such other sites often open pop-up windows to get your attention.

You shouldn't confuse these website popups with the tiny notifications that appear on your Mac. These notifications are generated by your system or your installed apps. They have nothing to do with the popups you see in your browsers.

It's easy to turn off the pop-up blocker in Safari. All you have to do is go to a settings menu and change an option there to turn off the pop-up blocker. Where this option is located depends on the version of Safari you are using.

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You can also use the Terminal to enable and disable the pop-up blocker in Safari.

With Safari 12 and later versions, you can turn off the pop-up blocker for all websites or specific websites that you select in the browser.

You can access the Pop-up Blocker in Safari 12 and later as follows:

  1. Start Safari and click on safari Menu at the top and select Settings.

  2. Go to Websites Tab.

  3. Choose Popup window on the left and choose enable from the drop down menu on the right.

  4. If you want, you can provide a list of websites that you want to block pop-ups for.

Safari 11 and earlier have a check box that allows you to enable and disable the pop-up blocker with a single click.

How to find this box:

  1. Open Safari and click safari Menu at the top and select Settings.

  2. Go to security Tab.

  3. Uncheck the box Block pop-up windows.

    Allow popups in Safari on Mac

Those of you who prefer Terminal would be happy to know that there is a Terminal command to enable and disable pop-ups in Safari on your Mac.

How to use this command:

  1. Start the terminal.

  2. Enter the following command to disable the pop-up blocker in Safari.
    Default values ​​write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2JavaScriptCanOpenWindowsAutomatically -bool true

  3. Use this command to enable the pop-up blocker in Safari.
    Default values ​​write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2JavaScriptCanOpenWindowsAutomatically -bool false

If you're using Chrome as your default browser, unlocking pop-ups is as easy as going into the Chrome settings menu and turning off an option.

How to do it:

  1. In Chrome, click the three dots in the top right corner and select the settings.

  2. click Privacy and security on the left and select Page settings from the right area.

  3. Scroll all the way down and click Popups and redirects.

  4. Click the switch next to Blocked (recommended) to disable Chrome's pop-up blocker. The switch should now read Allowed to.

    Allow pop-ups in Chrome on a Mac

Firefox takes almost the same approach to disabling the pop-up blocker as Google Chrome. You go into the settings, deactivate an option and you are done.

Here's how:

  1. Open Firefox, click the three horizontal lines in the top right corner and select Settings.

  2. click Privacy & security on the left.

  3. Scroll down to Permissions Section. Then disable that Block pop-up windows Possibility.

  4. If you want to allow pop-ups from certain websites while blocking all other websites, click Exceptions and add your websites to the whitelist.

Some websites require you to enable pop-ups on your computer in order for those websites to work. You can do this pretty easily by allowing popups in different browsers for macOS, as we've seen here.

Popups aren't the only hassle on the web. Some websites these days use notifications to get your attention. If you want to stop doing this, you can turn off site notifications in most web browsers.

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Mahesh is a tech writer at MakeUseOf. He has been writing technical guides for about 8 years and has covered many subjects. He loves teaching people how to get the most out of their devices.

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