How To Turn off Ad Blocker on Safari on Mac, iPhone or iPad

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Browsing the web should be a smooth and enjoyable experience but every once in a while you might bump into ads that not only take up a chunk of your screen space but also consume your data bandwidth and contribute to longer loading time when opening the site’s webpages. Content filtering tools or ad blockers exist to prevent these ads and popups from affecting your browsing experience as well as protect your online identity Fromm being tracked. 

However, there might arise a situation where you might have to disable an ad blocker for accessing some part of the website that cannot be accessed with an ad blocker turned ON. If you’re in such a situation while using Safari for browsing the web on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you can follow the steps below to disable the ad blockers on your web browser. 

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How to Disable Ad blockers on Safari on Mac

If you’re using the Safari browser on your Mac and want to disable an ad blocker on it, then the following set of steps should help you get it done. 

Disable Ad Blocker in Safari Settings

Safari has a native content blocking system that prevents ads, popups, trackers, and other undesirable items from appearing on a website. This option is turned ON by default but you can disable it inside Safari’s Preferences to see a website with all of its elements appear as originally intended. 

Before you disable the Content Blockers on a website, launch the Safari application on your Mac and go to the website you want to disable content blockers from. Here, right-click or Control-click on the site’s Address bar and select the ‘Settings for This Website’ option when a popup menu appears. 

This should bring up another popup menu at the top of the Safari window. On this popup, uncheck the box adjacent to ‘Enable Content Blockers’.

This should disable Content Blockers for this particular website but Safari will keep it enabled for other websites you visit. When you disable Content Blockers for a website on Safari, the website will reload and this time it will show all the elements of the page as it was originally intended.

While the above method can be helpful if you wish to disable ad-blocking for an individual website, if you want to do it for multiple websites, this can be done in a different way. 

For that, launch the Safari app on your Mac and go to Safari > Preferences from the menu bar at the top. 

When the Safari Preferences window loads up, go to the ‘Websites’ tab at the top and then click on the ‘Content Blockers’ option from the left sidebar. 

On the right-hand panel, you should be able to see a list of all the websites that are currently open on Safari and the ones you have configured content blockers on in two different sections.

If you wish to disable Content Blockers for a particular website, select the ‘Off’ option on the right side of the website listing. 

If a website you plan to disable Content Blockers on isn’t listed on this window or if you want to disable the option for all other websites you visit in the future, you can do so by choosing the ‘Off’ option adjacent to “When visiting other websites”.

You can also remove a website from configured websites by selecting them from the “Configured Websites” section and then clicking on the ‘Remove’ option. 

Disable Ad blocker extension on Safari

If you use a third-party extension on Safari for the purpose of ad blocking, then you can also choose to disable it to unblock a certain element from a website. All third-party extensions come with a dedicated button that can be enabled adjacent to the Safari Address bar at the top. You can use this button to disable the ad blocker temporarily or for keeping it switched off when visiting a website.

The process of disabling content blocking using third-party extensions is more or less the same for all extensions available for Safari. For the sake of explaining this to you, we’re using the Adblock Pro app for Mac developed by Crypto Inc.  

Before you go ahead and disable the ad blocker extension entirely, we’ll help you learn how you can temporarily disable the ad blocker for a particular website or for a specific time. For this, open the Safari application on your Mac and go to the website you want to whitelist for your ad blocker. Now, tap on the ad blocker extension’s icon on Safari’s topmost toolbar. 

From here you can tap on the option that suits your requirement.

  • Pause Blocking: When you select this option, you are essentially disabling your ad blocker for your current browsing session. This will turn OFF your ad blocker from preventing ads to show up for the time you re-enable the ad blocker for Safari again. 
  • Whitelist Ads: Selecting this option will disable the ad blocker for the particular website. When you whitelist ads on a website, you will see ads whenever you visit the website anytime in the future until you blacklist it again. 

While the names of these options may differ from one extension to another, their functionality will remain more or less the same. 

If you wish to disable ad blockers on Safari permanently, you will have to disable its third-party extension from your Mac’s native browser. To do that, open Safari Settings by going to Safari > Preferences from the Menu bar. 

When the Preferences window loads up, select the ‘Extensions’ tab at the top. 

Inside the Extensions screen, uncheck the boxes adjacent to the several features of your ad blocker extension from the left sidebar. You can uncheck all the boxes of the ad blocker extension to disable all parts of the app’s functions. 

If you’re sure that you no longer might benefit from the extension on Safari, you can go ahead and remove it from your Mac by selecting the extension from the left sidebar and then clicking on the ‘Uninstall’ option on the right-hand pane. 

How to Disable Ad blockers on Safari on iPhone/iPad

Similar to Safari on macOS, you can also disable content blockers on iOS’ native browser on your iPhone or iPad. However, you will have to install a third-party content blocker app on iOS and then enable them inside the Settings app for the Content Blocker setting to appear on your iPhone or iPad. In this instance, we’re using the 1Blocker app that has dedicated Safari extensions for iOS.

When you have a content blocker app installed on iOS, you can disable the blocker temporarily, for a particular website, or permanently depending on your preferences. 

Disable an Ad blocker temporarily

For disabling the ad blocker temporarily for all websites you’re currently visiting, open the Safari app on your iOS device and launch any website. When the website loads up, tap on the ‘aA’ icon at the top left corner to see the Website View popup menu. 

Inside this menu, tap on the ‘Turn Off Content Blockers’ option to temporarily prevent the ad blocker to work during your current browsing session. 

Disable an Ad blocker for an individual website

If you wish to disable the ad blocker for a particular website, you need to access the Website View menu on Safari yet again. For this, open the Safari app on iPhone or iPad, go to the website you want to turn OFF the ad blocker on, and then tap on the ‘aA’ icon from the top left corner. 

When the Website View menu appears, tap on the ‘Website Settings’ option to launch the specific controls for the particular website. 

On the pop-up screen, toggle OFF the ‘Use Content Blockers’ from green to grey to whitelist ads for the selected website. 

Disable an Ad blocker permanently

In case you don’t wish to use an ad blocker for a long time or permanently, you can disable it inside Safari settings on iOS. For this, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, scroll down, and tap on ‘Safari’. 

Inside Safari settings, scroll down and tap on the ‘Content Blockers’ option under the ‘General’ section. 

From here, disable all the modules of the content-blocker you no longer want to use. 

You can follow the above approach if you don’t want to remove the ad blocker app from iOS but only want to disable it inside Safari. 

If you wish to no longer use the ad blocker app, you can simply uninstall the app from iOS by opening the App Library section, locating the app, long-pressing on it, and selecting the ‘Delete App’ option on the screen. 

When might you need to turn off Ad blockers On Safari?

There are a ton of reasons why you might want to disable ad blockers on your web browser. The biggest reason is actually an obvious one- it’s to access websites that aren’t visible when you have ad blockers enabled. Some websites depend entirely on the revenue they generate by displaying ads and can detect when you use an ad blocker to prevent it from being visible. The only way you can access these sites is to turn off ad blockers on these websites. 

Most websites might be accessible with ad blockers enabled but parts of them like web forms won’t load up on some occasions. In those situations, you’re better off pausing your ad blocker temporarily so that you can get your work done or submit the form and then go back to reactivating the ad blocker.  

Another major reason to turn off ad blockers is an ethical one. By disabling content blocking, you can support the sites and companies whose content you like and consume often. If a site shows less intrusive ads that don’t really hamper your browsing experience, you can leave them unblocked so you can continue supporting their revenue.  

Can you Disable Detection of Ad blockers on Safari?

“It looks like you’re using an ad blocker”. 

This is one of the phrases you may encounter when you visit a website that detects when you’re using an ad blocker to prevent ads from popping up on the site.  This happens when a site detects that its ad-based resources are being hidden or rejected by your browser. Some websites are designed to track the presence of an ad blocker by extracting a fraction of the JavaScript code. 

So, can you disable a site’s ability to detect an ad blocker on Safari?

Yes. One way to do that is by using the Anti-Adblock Killer extension on your web browser. The extension can be installed on most popular browsers including Safari but using it isn’t as straightforward as installing an extension on Safari. To block a page from detecting your ad blocker on Safari, you first need to install the extension for Safari, then subscribe to different filter lists, and install user scripts.

If you don’t want to go through this complex process, there are other easy but effective ways to evade ad blocker detection. These include:

  • Use Private Windows on Safari: Going incognito is pretty much the best alternative to blocking. That’s because the ads that are shown to you won’t be targeted to you and even if you click on one, you don’t stand the risk of getting linked to your account. You can open Private Window on Safari by going to Safari > New Private Window from the Menu bar at the top.
  • Enable Reader View on Safari: Apple’s native web browser offers a dedicated reading mode that when enabled can force sites to be shown without javascript. When you toggle Reader View for a webpage, you will only be able to see the text and images present. With Reader View enabled, neither ads nor ad-detection prompt will load up or be visible on a webpage. Reader View can be enabled using the Reader View button on a website’s address bar or by using the “Command + Shift + R” keyboard shortcut on a website.
  • Disable JavaScript on Safari: You can also permanently disable JavaScript for Safari by going to Safari > Preferences > Security > Web Content and then unchecking the “Enable JavaScript” checkbox. While you may escape ads and detection, you may also encounter issues when loading the website as some elements of the site may not load up on Safari or may malfunction. 

That’s all we have on disabling ad blockers on Safari. 

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