Easily Block or Allow Pop-Ups in Safari on iPhone

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Is the pop-up blocker for Safari stopping pop-ups you actually need? Conversely, if you've been having trouble with pop-ups on your iPhone whenever you try to browse online, you're probably hoping for a way to block pop-ups on Safari. In this tip, we'll show you how to do both. Let's go over how to use the pop-up blocker on iPhone.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Temporarily disable your pop-up blocker if a website relies on them to function.
  • Block intrusive pop-ups if you are having trouble browsing the web.

How to Turn Off the Pop-Up Blocker on iPhone

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 16 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

The Safari pop-up blocker on iPhone is turned on by default, meaning that pop-ups will be blocked in Safari unless you turn your pop-up blocker off. Note that this article doesn't cover how to disable in-app rating pop-ups on the iPhone; you will need to do that in the App Store settings. If you're looking to learn more about browsing settings on your iPhone or other devices, our free Tip of the Day newsletter can help. If you find that pop-ups you actually want are being blocked, you can simply allow pop-ups in Safari while you browse that site and then switch it back on! Here's how to allow pop-ups on iPhone:

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  1. Open Settings.

    iphone home screen with a red box around settings app
  2. Scroll down to Safari and tap it.

    iphone settings menu with a red box around safari
  3. Scroll down under General until you find Block Pop-ups. If the toggle is green, tap the Block Pop-ups toggle to turn off the pop-up blocker on Safari.

    iphone safari settings with a red box around block pop ups toggle

That's how to disable the pop-up blocker on iPhone. For one of Apple's simpler settings, it can make quite a difference in your experience while browsing on Safari. If you want to turn your pop-up blocker back on, you can follow the same steps above. Have you ever come across an image you loved on Safari, but were unsure how to save it properly? If so, you might want to learn these two easy ways to save images from Safari on your iPhone.

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Author Details

Rich Hall

Rich Hall has written about Handheld and Pocket computers for the last 13 years. He is the Editor of Pocket PC magazine and former editor of The HP Palmtop Paper, the NEC Ultralite Connection and the HP Portable Paper. He began his career as a high school Math and English teacher. Rich lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with his wife, Lucinda, and their children, Robert and Ella. You can contact him at Rich@PocketPCMag.com.