Pop-ups used to be a major problem in the early days of the internet. Sites use them to advertise and spam users. Modern browsers like Google Chrome have gotten good at blocking pop-ups by default. However, you may need to enable pop-ups in the Chrome browser for select sites like banking
However, there are times when you may need to allow pop-ups from certain sites. These are sites that you trust and know won’t display ads or other unwanted content. In such a case, you may want to enable pop-ups in Chrome. We will explain how to enable pop-ups for select sites in Chrome browser.
Enable/Disable Pop-Ups in Chrome Web App
Launch Chrome browser and open the site where you want to allow pop-ups on. Click on the lock icon on the left side of the address bar. In the drop-down menu, check if you can find Pop-ups and redirects. If so, select Allow from the list.
This will allow pop-ups and also redirects on that particular site only. Chrome will continue to block pop-ups on other sites.
When a pop-up is blocked on a site by Chrome, you may notice a pop-up blocker icon in the far right of the address bar. Click on that icon to allow pop-ups on that site alone. However, in our case, the icon wasn’t always visible.
Alternatively, you can also do it from the Settings menu if you can’t view the pop-up option in the address bar.
Step 1: Click on the three-dot menu icon on the right and select Settings. You can also type chrome://settings in the address bar and hit Enter.
Step 2: Select Privacy and security from the left sidebar and click on Site Settings.
Step 3: Scroll all the way towards the bottom and select Pop-ups and redirects.
Step 4: Click Add button under Allow heading to add a site to the whitelist for which you want to allow pop-ups in the Chrome browser.
Step 5: Enter the URL of the domain name or site that you want to block in the pop-up that follows and click on Add.
You can Block, Edit the URL, or Remove the site from the Allow or even Block lists anytime by clicking on the three-dot menu icon.
Above the list is a universal Blocked (recommended) button to allow or block all pop-ups. If the button is toggled off, it means pop-ups from all sites are blocked, which is also the default position in Google Chrome, and most browsers, for that matter.
Enable/Disable Pop-Ups in Chrome Mobile App
Unlike its desktop counterpart, there is no way to allow pop-ups for select sites in Chrome’s Android and iOS apps. You may either allow for all sites or disallow for all. We recommend you allow it temporarily and then disallow it immediately after your work is done.
Here are steps for Android:
Step 1: Open Chrome on your phone, tap on the three-dot menu icon at the top, and select Settings.
Step 2: Tap on Site settings and then Pop-ups and redirects.
Step 3: Toggle Pop-ups and redirects button here.
Here are steps for iOS:
Step 1: Tap on the three-dot menu in Chrome and select Settings and then Content Settings.
Step 2: Tap on Block Pop-ups and disable Block Pop-ups.
Scan for Virus, Malware Afterwards
We recommend our readers to have an antivirus and Malwarebytes on their computer. Malwarebytes is also available on Android and iOS. After your work is done, it is a good idea to turn on the pop-up blocker and then run a full scan to be on the safer side. It may protect you from future data breaches and headaches.
Pop in, Pop Out
Chrome browser packs Pop-up blocker as one of the many features. So if you have to enable it for select sites, you can do that in Chrome. Other popular browsers like Firefox and Edge have been working to improve their game too. Plus, some new kids on the block like Brave and Vivaldi take a different approach altogether.
This is good. The end-users get more choice and may even decide on using two or more browsers for different purposes. After all, there is no set rule, and browsers are just a means to an end.
Last updated on 07 February, 2022
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