Although most of us associate pop-ups with the word “annoying”, that’s not always the case. Not all pop-ups are pesky annoyances. Some are actually important for a site to work correctly. The most common example – banking sites. They often display important information, like your monthly statements, in pop-ups. Even some test and exam sites need pop-ups to function correctly. It may be a poor design choice in this era, but it’s also the reality of your situation.
But when visiting these sites on your iPhone, you’ll realize quickly that the site is not working correctly. It’s because your iPhone automatically blocks pop-ups. Of course, normally we’re grateful for this service. But it becomes just as annoying when you need those pop-ups.
Whether you’re going about your business on Safari or another browser like Chrome, you’ll have to first disable the pop-up blocker. Fortunately, the whole feat is so easy, it takes less than a minute to disable it. And when you’re done with it, you can just enable it again so you don’t have to face those annoying buggers on other websites.
Disable Pop Up Blocker on Safari
Disabling pop-ups on Safari is a piece of cake. But unfortunately, there is no option to disable pop-ups for specific sites on iPhone as you can do on a Mac or your PC. Pop-ups are either disabled completely or allowed on all websites.
The pop-up blocker is on by default. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Then, scroll down and tap the option for ‘Safari’.
You’ll see a lot of options to configure your browsing experience on Safari. Among these options, turn off the toggle for ‘Block Pop-ups’.
Then, switch back to Safari and reload the site that wasn’t loading correctly. It will start functioning again.
When you’re done, go back to settings and enable the toggle for ‘Block Pop-ups’ again.
Disable Pop up Blocker in Chrome
Chrome is another popular choice of browser after Safari on iPhone. And Chome automatically blocks all pop-ups on your iPhone screen too. But on Chrome, you do get the choice to allow pop-ups for a specific site or completely disable the pop-up blocker.
Disable Pop up Blocker
You can disable the pop-up blocker in Chrome from the browser settings. Open Chrome browser on your iPhone and tap the ‘More options’ icon (three-dot menu) in the bottom right corner.
Then, tap ‘Settings’ from the overlay menu that appears.
Chrome settings will open. Scroll down to the end and tap the option for ‘Content Settings’.
Go to ‘Block Pop-ups’ from the content settings screen.
Disable the toggle for ‘Block pop-ups’ to allow pop-ups on websites.
Tap ‘Done’ to return to your open tab. Reload the site for changes to take effect.
Allow Pop-ups for Specific Sites
You can also allow pop-ups for specific websites on Chrome instead of disabling the pop-up blocker completely. On the site where a pop-up is being blocked, you’ll find the option ‘Pop-up blocked’ at the bottom of the screen. Tap it, and then tap ‘Always Allow’ to change your preference for the particular site only.
A little side-note though: even though the option is great for allowing pop-ups on sites where they are useful instead of completing disabling the pop-up blocker, it isn’t always reliable.
So, in case, you don’t see the option at the bottom of the screen on a site, you can always use the method above to disable the pop-up blocker and enable it once your work is done.
Pop-ups are annoying no matter where you’re surfing the web but they are infinitely more annoying on the small screens of our phones. So, it makes sense that browsers on iPhones automatically block pop-ups. But when you need them, they also make it extremely easy to disable the pop-up blocker.