How to Stop Blocking Pop Ups on an iPhone 13

Blocking pop-ups on desktop or laptop web browsers is so common and effective that it’s possible that you forgot about them. It’s also spread to browsers on mobile phones, as the Safari browser on your iPhone blocks all pop-ups by default.

Years ago websites used to use pop-ups aggressively to draw your attention to things, but it was something that was overrun by disruptive ads and viruses. As a result, it became standard practice to block pop-ups by default.

Since pop-up blocking is so common, most people that run websites won’t even think about serving content to their users that way.

But occasionally you might visit a page where a form or document is only accessible from a pop-up window, so you need to stop blocking pop-ups so that you can view that content.

You can stop blocking pop-ups in Safari on your iPhone by going to Settings > Safari > then turning off the Block Pop-ups setting.

Once that pop-up blocker is turned off you will be able to visit a page that wants to deliver you a pop-up window and you will be able to access it.

Our article below provides information on enabling or disabling the pop-up blocker as needed on your iPhone.

How to Turn Off the Pop Up Blocker in Safari on an iPhone 13

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Choose Safari.
  3. Turn off Block Pop-ups.

Our guide continues below with additional information on the iPhone 13 pop-up blocker, including pictures of these steps.

How to Disable the Safari iPhone 13 Pop Up Blocker (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.3.1 operating system.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open Settings

Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Safari option.

open the Safari menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Block Pop-ups to turn it off.

You will know that your pop-up blocker is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. I have it turned off in the picture below.

how to stop blocking pop ups on an iPhone 13

Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about using the iPhone 13 pop up blocker.

More Information on How to Block or Allow iPhone 13 Pop Ups

If you are already on the Web page where you need to access a pop-up then you will probably need to refresh the page to make the pop-up appear, since your iPhone probably already blocked it.

You can refresh a page in Safari by tapping the circular arrow icon that appears next to the address bar.

Once you turn off the pop-up blocker any pop-ups that are present on Web pages you visit will come through. If you are only turning it off because you need it for a specific reason then it’s a good idea to turn it back off once you’re done.

Changing the pop-up blocker for Safari won’t affect other browsers that you have on your phone, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

If you use those browsers then you will need to turn off the pop-up blocker for them as well. For example, you can turn off the Chrome pop-up blocker on an iPhone by going to Settings > Content Settings > Block Pop-ups.

Sometimes a pop up will open as a separate tab in Safari, so you may need to switch to a different tab to view the pop-up or get back to the original page. You can touch the button that looks like two overlapping squares at the bottom of Safari to view your open tabs and select the one you need.

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