Do you keep getting annoying pop-ups from websites? This is how you block them!

“Be the first to know about new deals!”, Or “Website [X] do you want to send notifications. ” Are these kinds of annoying pop-ups familiar to you? There is a way to block website notifications and in this article we will explain how it works.

Block popups and website notifications in 3 steps

Some websites send pop-up messages to promote their new products, newsletter or a temporary discount, for example. The notifications can be useful, but many people find them especially annoying.

Fortunately, there is a way to block website notifications. Safari – the default browser of the iPhone, iPad and Mac – has an option to silence intrusive popups. This is how you set it up on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app, scroll down and choose ‘Safari’;

  2. Scroll down again and tap the switch next to Block Pop-ups;

  3. Does the box turn green? From now on, website notifications will be blocked!

From now on, sites will no longer be able to send you intrusive notifications. Be aware of this, because sometimes pop-ups can be useful. For example, to receive a discount code when you have registered for the newsletter of a webshop.

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Block popups in Safari on Mac:

You can also block pop-ups from websites on the Mac:

  1. Start Safari and click on Safari in the menu at the top;
  2. Choose ‘Preferences’ and go to ‘Websites’;
  3. Tap ‘Pop-up windows’ and choose whether you want to block notifications from one website, a few sites, or all websites.

You can also choose ‘Block and inform’ here. If you choose this option, you will see at the top of the URL address bar whether a website is showing pop-ups. Tap this symbol to view the notification in question.

Block website notifications in Chrome

Do you use Google Chrome to browse the internet? Then blocking site notifications works slightly differently:

  1. Open the Chrome app on your iPhone or iPad;
  2. Tap the three dots at the bottom right of the screen and choose ‘Settings’;
  3. Select ‘Content settings’ and go to ‘Block pop-ups’;
  4. Slide the switch for ‘Block Pop-ups’ so that the box turns blue.

On the Macversion from Google Chrome it works like this:

  1. Tap the three dots at the top right of the screen and select ‘Settings’;
  2. Go to ‘Privacy and Security’, choose ‘Site Settings’ and then ‘Notifications’;
  3. There you indicate whether you all want to block pop-ups, or silence (or approve) one particular site.

You can also choose ‘Quieter notification prompts’. This is similar to ‘Block and Notify’ on Safari. Websites can still send you notifications, but you will not see them. You must actively open them by pressing the icon next to the address bar.

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