Pop-ups and especially pop-up ads can be very annoying when surfing the internet. Fortunately, there’s a way you can block them. Here’s how you do that in Chrome: in the browser on your computer and in the mobile app on your Android device, iPhone or iPad.
How to block pop-ups in Chrome on your PC
This is how you block pop-ups in Chrome, if you are using the browser on your computer:
- Open the browser and click on the three vertical dots that you see at the top-right corner.
- Click “Settings”.
- In the left-hand column, click “Privacy and security”. Scroll down and find the option “Site settings”. Alternatively, you can use the search bar: type “pop” and the option “Site settings” will appear.
- Click “Site settings” to open a new list of settings. Scroll down. Almost at the bottom of the page, you’ll find “Pop-ups and redirects”. Click there.
- In the new window, you can opt to block all pop-ups (toggle the option to “Blocked”). Or you can choose to block or allow the pop-ups only on certain websites.
Blocking pop-ups on your Android phone or tablet
If you are using Chrome on your Android phone or tablet, blocking the pop-ups is very easy:
- Open Chrome (mobile app).
- At the upper-right corner of the screen, tap the three vertical dots (“More”).
- Tap “Settings” and then scroll down to “Site settings”.
- Find the “Pop-ups” option and tap it.
- Touch the slider button to activate or deactivate the blocking option.
This is how you block pop-ups on your iPhone or iPad
iPhone and iPad owners usually surf the web using Safari, but some choose to install the Chrome mobile app. For the ones using Google’s browser: this is how you block pop-ups on your iOS device.
- Open the Chrome app and look for the horizontal dots.
- In the list, tap “Settings”.
- Scroll down and find the option “Content settings”. Tap it.
- In the new window, tap “Block Pop-ups”.
- Use the slider to activate or deactivate the option.