How to block pop-ups on your iPad in Safari, for a smoother web-browsing experience

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You can block pop-ups on an iPad in just a few steps.

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Pop-up ads are a common annoyance on the web, which is why most modern browsers employ some form of pop-up blocking. 

Your iPad is no different — the built-in Safari browser has its own pop-up ad blocker, which is turned on by default. If your iPad's pop-up blocking has been turned off, however, it's easy to turn back on. 

Here's how to do it. 

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How to block pop-ups on your iPad

1. Start the Settings app.

2. In the pane on the left, tap "Safari."

3. In the General section, turn on "Block Pop-ups" by swiping the switch to the right. 

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You can find the pop-up ad blocking control in the Settings app on the Safari page.

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That's all there is to it — when enabled, you should not see any pop-up ads. 

There might be situations, though, when you need to turn off the pop-up blocker, such as if a web site needs to display a pop-up which isn't an ad. For more information, read our article "How to allow pop-ups on your iPad by turning off its default pop-up blocker."

How to block pop-ups by clearing your iPad's cache

On rare occasion, you might see pop-ups even if the pop-up blocker is on. This is generally because the pop-up is still stored in the cache. 

The remedy is to clear your iPad's browser cache. Here's how:

1. Start the Settings app.

2. In the pane on the left, tap "Safari."

3. Tap "Clear History and Website Data."

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You can eradicate any remaining pop-ups by clearing your browser cache.

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4. Confirm this is what you want to do by tapping "Clear" in the pop-up window.

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