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How to Enable or Disable Pop-ups on Firefox

How to Enable or Disable Pop-ups on Firefox

Aside from knowing how to clear your cookies and website history regularly, you should also learn how to manage pop-ups in Firefox. Pop-ups are annoying, and you don’t want them to ruin your web browsing experience. But sometimes, you might have to enable pop-ups for some websites. So, you should know how to enable or disable pop-ups on Firefox to streamline your browsing experience.

How to Enable or Disable Pop-Ups on Firefox

Pop-up blocking is enabled by default on Firefox. However, you might’ve accidentally turned it off and wondered why important pop-ups are not showing. Luckily, turning this feature on or off in Firefox is easy.

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click the hamburger icon on the top right.
  3. Select Privacy & Security.
    Privacy and Security on Firefox
  4. Scroll down to Permissions.
  5. Check/uncheck the box next to Block pop-up windows.
    blocking and unblocking pop up winows in Firefox

The changes will take effect immediately; you don’t need to restart your browser.

How to Allow Pop-ups For Certain Websites in Firefox

If you hate pop-ups but need to turn them on for specific websites, Firefox has got you covered, too. You can make exceptions so they’re only enabled when visiting certain websites. 

  1. Open Firefox and click the hamburger icon in the top-right.
  2. Head to Permissions in the Privacy & Security tab on Firefox’s settings.
  3. Click Exceptions next to Block pop-up windows.
    Exceptions settings for pop-ups in Firefox
  4. Type in the website you want to exempt in the text box and hit Enter.
  5. Click Save changes.
    Exceptions settings for pop-ups in Firefox

How to Disable Pop-Ups in Firefox on Android or iPhone

Even if you’re using Firefox on Android or iPhone, you still have complete control over pop-ups. Like its desktop counterpart, Firefox blocks pop-ups by default on its mobile app. But some pop-ups might go through. Unlike the desktop app, Firefox on Android does not provide any pop-up management option. So, your best option is to use a third-party plugin.

  1. Open the Firefox app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon and select Add-ons.
    add-ons button on Firefox Android
  3. Search for AdGuard AdBlocker in the extension store.
  4. Tap Add to Firefox.
  5. Select Add to finalize extension installation.
    finalizing add-on in firefox android

You can enable ads again by disabling the add-on. There are other ad blockers on the extension store that you can also try out.

On iPhone, follow these steps.

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon and select Settings.
    Settings button on iOS Firefox
  3. Select General.
  4. Toggle the switch next to Block Pop-up Windows to enable or disable pop-ups.
    Enabling and disabling pop-ups Firefox iOS

Better Control Over Pop-Ups

In some cases, pop-ups are helpful but can also contain potentially harmful links. Having better control over your pop-ups is a great way to keep yourself safe while using Firefox. Next, you might want to learn how to block websites with Firefox.


Q: Are pop-ups harmful in Firefox?

A: Pop-ups are used in many ways, such as forms, links, etc. Whether or not they’re harmful depends on the website you’re getting the pop-up from. Make sure to tread carefully when interacting with pop-ups.

Q: Can I use ad blocker extensions on Firefox iOS?

A: No. Ad blockers or extensions aren’t available on Firefox’s iOS version. As such, you’ll have to use the built-in ad blockers to manage pop-ups.

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Jonas Sunico

Dec 3, 2023

Jonas is a writer with over 6 years of experience in the tech and gaming industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from University of the East Philippines and is one of the proud leaders of the academe's Journalism Society. At heart, he's a hardcore tech junkie that loves video games, the latest gadgets, and the wonderful science behind social media and AI.

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