How often do you encounter pop-ups on your computer?
If you are using Google Chrome, the frequency of pop-ups appearing on your screen should be close to none. It is because Chrome does a fantastic job of blocking the distracting elements.
However, it might also disallow some required pop-ups depending on the website you are using.
Therefore, I created this guide to show you how to unblock pop-ups in Chrome. Although I highly suggest using this only on websites that you trust.
So, without any further ado, let’s get started.
How to Allow Pop-ups from a Specific Website
A few websites use pop-ups for marketing their products or third-party products. It cannot be delightful if the suggestions are not useful for you. However, sometimes you might like a website and want it to show you pop-ups.
Whenever Chrome blocks a pop-up from a website, a small window icon with a red cross appears in the Omnibox. It signifies that Chrome has stopped something from loading.
To unblock the pop-up on a website you have open in Chrome, click on the window icon in your Omnibox. It should open a small box like the one below.
Here, you can select to continue blocking or allow pop-ups on the website. You can also check what Chrome is blocking by visiting the link in blue color.
Click done once you have marked your preferred choice. Complete the procedure by refreshing the page.
There you go, you have successfully allowed pop-ups on Chrome for a specific website.
How to Allow Pop-ups on Chrome Manually
You might have accidentally blocked pop-ups on a website that you wanted to allow. Now, Chrome would not show you the automatic pop-up blocking icon once you have provided a preferred choice.
Don’t worry, though. Chrome lets you tweak all the settings you have ever made. Here’s how to allow pop-ups on Chrome manually.
1. Click on the “Menu” button. (Three vertical dots)
2. Now, go to “Settings.”
3. Find Site settings in the “Privacy” section.
4. Here, go to the “Pop-ups and redirects” option in the Content section.
You can skip all the above steps by copying the following address in Chrome’s Omnibox and click Enter.
Here, you have multiple options to disable or enable pop-ups on a specific website. You can also choose to allow pop-ups on all websites. However, I do not recommend opting for that one to save yourself from potentially harmful elements.
You can notice that the “Pop-ups and redirects” section has a block and allow list. Let me explain how it works.
Block Pop-ups on Chrome Manually
Let’s say you have to block all the pop-ups from Facebook.com permanently.
Click on the “Add” button in front of “Block” to do so.
Then, add the desired domain name, in this case, “facebook.com.”
Finally, click on the “Add” button to block all the pop-ups from the website.
Allow Pop-ups on Chrome Manually
Like blocking a website permanently, Chrome also has an Allow list to enable pop-ups on specific websites. This list contains all the websites you allowed pop-ups for in the past.
Here’s how you can add a website to the list.
Click on the “Add” button in front of Allow.
Now, add the website URL for which you want to enable pop-ups. Here, I am taking the example of an online flappy bird game. The game uses pop-ups creatively to render various game elements. Our article about Chrome Experiments covers more such extraordinary use of pop-ups by various developers.
Finally, click “Add” to enable pop-ups for the preferred website.
You can also switch a website from block list to allow list or vice-versa using a single click.
Click on the three vertical dots of any website from the block list.
Here, you can see the “Allow” option. Click it to allow pop-ups from that particular website.
Click “Remove” to apply the universal settings to the website, i.e., remove it from any list.
Permanently Allow Pop-ups on all Websites
Once again, I highly advise you not to allow pop-ups for all websites for security reasons. However, if you still want to do it, here’s how you can enable pop-ups on Chrome for all websites.
Go to the “Pop-ups and redirects” page by following the above steps. Or, paste the following URL in the Chrome Omnibox and hit “Enter.”
Here, the very first option is to enable or disable the pop-up blocker. The setting is “On” by default. You can see the “Blocked(Recommended)” text. Toggle the button in front of it to disable the pop-up blocker.
Now, the text should change to “Allowed.”
That’s all. You successfully disabled the pop-up blocker on Chrome. Now, it will not stop any pop-up or redirect by default.
Note: The URLs in the block list still won’t show the pop-ups. The universal setting won’t apply to them unless you remove them from the list.
Use the Site Information Shortcut
As I mentioned earlier, Chrome would not show you the small window icon in the Omnibox if you already decided on a website.
You can follow the above steps to manually remove the site from the allow or block list. Or, you can use a shortcut to do the exact thing without leaving the website.
Say you have blocked pop-ups for facebook.com, but now you want to allow them.
Go to facebook.com and click on the “Site information” button. It is the icon before any website name in the Omnibox.
The icon usually resembles a lock if the website follows the HTTPS protocol. Otherwise, it can change for various websites depending on the nature of the connection.
Here, you will find all the specific settings you have made for that particular website. It includes allowing cookies, pop-ups, notifications, and numerous others.
Click on the drop-down in front of the pop-up setting to change it quickly.
How to Allow Pop-ups on Chrome for Android
Similar to the desktop browser, Chrome’s mobile browser also blocks the pop-ups by default. Here’s how to disable or enable pop-ups on Chrome for Android devices.
1. Open Chrome.
2. Then, click on the “Menu” button. (Three vertical dots)
3. Go to “Settings.”
4. Scroll down to find “Site settings.”
5. Now, go to “Pop-ups and redirects.”
6. Toggle on the button to disable the pop-up blocker.
Here, if the button is “Off“, that means the pop-up blocker is active. If you “On” the button, then Chrome will start showing pop-ups.
Chrome does its job effortlessly at blocking unwanted redirection from a website. However, we might need to disable this feature for some trustworthy sites. The site might be creatively using the pop-ups, or you might want to go where the site is taking you.
We discussed a few ways to allow pop-ups on Chrome for desktop and Android browsers. Feel free to comment below if you have any queries.