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How To Allow Pop Ups On Mac

By C. Arboleda, Last updated: June 14, 2019

For most individuals, the pop-up windows can be a nuisance in general but it has its uses. Several banking, financial and tax websites utilize pop-ups to showcase documents or extra information.

Although most people believe that these website pop-ups are bad elements or simply an annoyance, they are oftentimes a necessary component when using a website or accessing some material. Furthermore, pop-up windows have been disabled in Safari for Mac. In case you want to access these pop-ups, there are ways on how to allow pop ups on Mac.

Why do pop-ups appear on Mac

The main purpose of pop-ups is to grab your attention. In most cases, they hover over the web browser window which blocks your view. This draws your attention to the pop-up instead of the web browser.

Oftentimes, the pop-ups appear once you visit questionable websites that might contain adult content. They also pop-up on regular third-party websites that claim that you won something or there is an issue with your Mac. Generally, these pop-ups do not manifest on authentic websites except in cases where there is some type of adware installed on your device.

In most cases, you can deal with this issue by simply closing the pop-up window. There are scenarios though in which you are forced to close the website since the pop-up can be persistent.

How To Allow Pop Ups On Mac

How to enable pop-ups on Safari

For Mac users, the majority use Safari as the main web browser. If you are using Safari and there is a need to access pop-ups for whatsoever reason, there are several methods to allow pop-ups for websites that you visit using Safari.

Let us take a close look at various methods on how to allow pop-ups on Mac.

How to allow pop-ups on Safari for specific websites

In case you are going to use a specific website that utilizes pop-up windows, you can allow pop-ups for this specific website easily via the “Preferences” in Safari.

  1. Open the Safari application if it is not yet open. Proceed to the website address that you want to enable pop-ups for.
  2. On the Safari menu, select “Preferences”
  3. Choose the “Websites” tab and tap on “Pop-Up Windows” on the left side of the menu
  4. Locate the website URL in the list and tap on the drop-down selection menu just next to that URL and select “Allow”
  5. Close Safari “Preferences”

With this approach, it is the ideal choice since it allows you to block all general pop-ups in Safari while at the same time allowing them on designated websites that require the use of them to function properly.

Allow Pop Ups On Mac Safari

Steps on how to quickly allow pop-ups on a website in Safari

When visiting a specific website that tries to open a pop-up, Safari will send a notification of this action. At this point, you can decide on how to allow the pop-up to be seen. You can do this by following these steps.

  1. From Safari, navigate to the specific website that you want pop-ups to be enabled.
  2. Once the pop-up window attempts to display, you will notice that the URL bar changes to a message indicating “Pop-up Window Blocked”. At this point, tap on the miniature pop-up window icon to enable pop-up windows for the currently active website.

Remember that this feature requires the “Block & Notify” option to be enabled in the “Pop-Up Windows” setting area of the “Preferences” in Safari.

Steps on how to allow all pop-ups in Safari

In case you decide to allow all pop-up windows in Safari, you should take a close look at these steps:

  1. Open the Safari application if you have not opened it yet
  2. Pull down the Safari menu and select “Preferences”
  3. Choose the “Websites” tab and tap on “Pop-Up Windows” on the left side of the menu
  4. Find the drop-down selection menu just next to “When visiting other websites” and select “Allow” to enable all pop-up windows in Safari from all websites being visited.
  5. Close Safari “Preferences”.

Remember that it is not suggested to enable all pop-ups for all websites since you might later encounter some websites that can misuse the feature. This is the reason why they are disabled in most modern web browsers. In case you need this setting, you can easily enable it.

Generally, there are some websites that open pop-ups by accessing new windows, but with Safari, it opens them as tabs instead. This all depends on how they are initiated from the website and how Safari has been configured.

Depending on the approach that you will use to allow the pop-up windows in Safari, you can adjust the settings later if necessary.

Although we are focusing on Safari for Mac, you also have the option to enable pop-up windows in Safari for iPad or iPhone. In case you need to access pop-ups in Safari, minimal adjustments on the settings is all you need.

How to enable pop-ups on Firefox

Firefox has been a preferred web browser for those who have a Mac. Since you are using Firefox as your web browser, there are steps that you should be familiar with if you want to allow pop-ups.

  • Step 1. In the Firefox window, choose the “Menu” that you can pinpoint as three dots. Tap on “Preferences”.
  • Step 2. You must find the “Privacy & Security” panel. Go to a section known as “Permissions”. You will see a header labeled as “Block pop-up windows” that has a checkbox beside it. Simply uncheck the box to allow the pop-ups.
  • Step 3. Remember that it is not recommended to allow all the pop-ups, especially when it comes to websites with questionable nature. As a substitute, tap on “Exceptions”. A new window opens in which you can designate a specific website where pop-ups are allowed access. Simply copy the correct web address from the address bar and paste it on the “Exceptions” form and then tap on “Allow”. Add as many websites to the list and simply remove them later.

Allow Pop Ups On Mac Firefox


How to enable pop-ups on Chrome

For those who are using Chrome as a web browser on their Mac, you must follow a different set of steps if you want to allow pop-ups.

  • Step 1. Open Chrome and tap on the three points on the upper right part of the interface and choose “Settings”. This opens a different tab that has settings options. Go to the lowest part of this window and select “Advanced”.
  • Step 2. After selecting “Advanced”, another section specifically “Privacy and Security” opens. Within this section, tap on the tab labeled as “Content settings”.
  • Step 3. Another section opens that has an entry labeled as “Pop-ups”. Choose it and you are taken to a different window with an option to shift from “Blocked” or “Allowed”. Tap on “Allowed” to enable the pop-ups.
  • Step 4. At this section, there is the “Allow” option in which you can enumerate specific websites where pop-ups are allowed.
  • Step 5. There is also a selection to routinely enable pop-ups from websites that you will visit. In case a page prevents the appearance of pop-ups, there is a miniature icon within the address bar indicating “Pop-up blocked” that strikingly resembles a window that has an X. Tap on the icon to enable pop-ups or select the option from specific websites.

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Aside from the steps discussed above on how to allow pop-ups on Mac, you might need one of the tools in PowerMyMac. Within the Toolkit module of PowerMyMac, you will find Maintenance which includes several tools that can help optimize and speed up the overall performance of your Mac.

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