How To Allow Pop Ups On Mac: A Comprehensive Guide

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Enabling Pop-ups in Safari
  3. Enabling Pop-ups in Chrome
  4. Enabling Pop-ups in Firefox
  5. FAQs
  6. Related Articles

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There are times when you might need to allow pop-ups on your Mac. Perhaps it’s for a specific website that needs pop-ups enabled to function correctly, or maybe you’re testing a website you’re developing. Regardless of your reasons, this guide will provide clear, step-by-step instructions on how to allow pop-ups on your Mac safely and quickly.

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Enabling Pop-ups in Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select “Preferences…”
  4. In the new window, go to the “Websites” tab.
  5. In the left-hand column, select “Pop-up Windows.”
  6. Here you can set your preferences. “Block and Notify” will stop pop-ups but will inform you when they are blocked, “Block” will stop pop-ups without notifications, and “Allow” will let all pop-ups through.

Enabling Pop-ups in Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three dots in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings.”
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Advanced.”
  5. Under “Privacy and Security,” click on “Site Settings.”
  6. Scroll down and click on “Pop-ups and redirects.”
  7. Here, you can choose to “Allowed” or “Blocked” as per your preference.

Enabling Pop-ups in Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click on the three lines in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select “Options.”
  4. In the new tab, select “Privacy & Security.”
  5. Scroll down to “Permissions” and click on “Settings…” next to “Block pop-up windows.”
  6. Here you can choose to allow or block pop-ups and add exceptions for specific sites.


Q: How can I allow pop-ups on a Mac?

A: You can allow pop-ups on a Mac by adjusting your browser settings. In Safari, this is done in “Preferences” under the “Websites” tab. In Chrome, it’s under “Settings,” then “Site Settings.” In Firefox, it’s in “Options,” then “Privacy & Security.”

Q: Is it safe to allow pop-ups?

A: While pop-ups can be a legitimate part of a website’s function, they can also be used for malicious purposes like phishing or to deliver malware. Therefore, it’s usually best to allow them only for sites you trust.

Q: Can I allow pop-ups for specific websites?

A: Yes, most browsers allow you to set exceptions for specific sites. This can be done in the same menu where you enable or disable pop-ups.