If are looking for a way to block or allow pop-ups in Chrome, we will show you. The Google Chrome browser already does a good job at blocking out of the box pop-up windows. However, this could sometimes prevent the ones you are expecting from some trusted websites. To take control, you need to allow or block pop-up ads in Chrome by yourself.
Ordinarily, the Chrome browser automatically disables pop-up in the browser, but this is often overlooked. But you should note that not all of these pop-ups are malicious, and some of them are already used for legitimate reasons.
How to Block or Allow Pop-ups in Chrome
- Normally, when Chrome blocks a pop-up, it would display an icon that has a red X in the corner of the Omnibox.
- In case you think it is an error and you would rather see pop-ups from the website, then you can just click on the icon, and it will show you some site-specific options.
- You can then select Always Allow Pop-ups and Redirects option, then click Done.
- Once you click Done, refresh the web page to save your choice. Then you will begin to see intended pop-ups on the website.
- However, if you just want to see a pop-up from the site once, you can click on the blue link in this window. This will redirect you to the pop-up, which was initially blocked.
Block Pop-ups from Specific Sites
You can explicitly block a website from showing you pop-ups. To do this, you just have to add it to Chrome’s block list. To do this, follow the step below:
- Start by clicking on the menu icon on your Chrome browser and then select the Settings. Another option is to just type chrome settings link (chrome://settings/) into your Omnibox directly.
- While in the Settings tab, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Advanced.
- Then navigate to the Privacy and Security heading where you will see the Content Settings option and select it.
- In the settings, then select the Pop-ups and Redirects option.
- Then for a website that might have been mistakenly added to the Allow list, you can quickly revoke its permission so that Chrome can start blocking the pop-ups again.
If not, you can as well add the website to the block list manually. To do this, just follow the steps explained below.
- In the Allow heading, look for the problematic website and click on the three-dotted More button then select Block.
- This will move the URL from the Allow list to the Blocked list.
- In case the site you want to block is not listed under the Allow heading or Blocked list, select the Add button, which you will find to the right of the Block heading.
- Then, a prompt will open up asking you to type the URL of the website you want to block. Once you do so, just click Add.
- You should note that when choosing the web address, if you want to block all the pop-ups across the whole site, then you should use the asterisks [*] prefix so that it would catch all the subdomains from that particular website.
- This will now handle all future pop-ups for that website and all of its subdomains that are under the Block list.
How to Allow All Pop-ups
Although, allowing pop-ups on your browser is locally not recommended because of how annoying and intrusive they could get. But for some reason, if you choose to allow all sites display pop-ups, you would need to bypass Chrome’s pop-up blocker.
You can decide to let only a particular website show pop-ups by adding it to the Allow list, which we already mentioned above. To do this, just follow the steps below.
- Open your Chrome browser and navigate to its Settings.
- Then click on the Content Settings, and once it opens up, select the Pop-ups and Redirects option.
- Alternatively, you can just type the Chrome’s settings link (chrome://settings/) into your Omnibox and hit enter.
- At the top of the page, just toggle the switch to either Block or Allow pop-ups.
You should also read on how to stop pop up ads entirely from appearing on your iPhone here.
Now, you can block all pop-up ads to enjoy a better browsing experience free of those annoying ads. You can also choose to allow only specific websites that you trust to display these pop-up ads. Also, if, for any reason, you want to allow pop-up ads, you can do so as well. Using the steps explained above, you can now successfully manage the display of pop-up ads in your Chrome browser.
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