How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (2022)

AdBlock is a popular content filtering extension for major web browsers like Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge.

We also reviewed this extension in our best ad blocker roundup. As the name suggests, its main function is to block unwanted and annoying advertisements from being displayed when you surf the Internet.

However, installing AdBlock prevents you from accessing websites whose revenue are driven by display ads. For example, I wanted to visit CNN but ran into this warning instead.

How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (1)

I can easily whitelist those sites, but it’s going to be very time-consuming because I don’t know which sites are like CNN and which are not. Also, I want to ensure I never run into this problem again. So today, I am going to show you how to disable or remove AdBlock in commonly used browsers, step by step.

This guide is best for those of you who want to temporarily disable Adblock because you need access to a certain website, but you plan to enable it later on in order not to get spammed by those annoying advertisements.

Table of Contents

  • How to Disable AdBlock on Chrome
  • How to Disable AdBlock on Safari
  • How to Disable AdBlock on Firefox
  • How to Disable AdBlock on Microsoft Edge
  • How to Disable AdBlock on Opera
  • How about Other Internet Browsers?

How to Disable AdBlock on Chrome

Note: The tutorial below is based on Chrome for macOS. If you are using Chrome on a Windows PC or an iOS or Android device, the interfaces will look slightly different but the processes should be similar.

Step 1: Open the Chrome browser and go to Extensions. You can do this by clicking the three vertical dots located at the top-right corner of your browser. Then click More Tools and Extension.

Step 2: Toggle your AdBlock off. Depending on how many extensions you’ve added to Chrome, it may take you a while to locate “Adblock”. I’ve only installed five plugins, so it’s quite easy to spot the AdBlock icon.

Step 3: If you want to remove AdBlock for good, not just temporarily disable it, simply click the Remove button.

Alternatively, you can click on the AdBlock icon at the top-right corner beside the three vertical dots, then hit Pause on this site.

How to Disable AdBlock on Safari

Note: I’m using Safari on an Apple MacBook Pro, thus the screenshots are taken on Safari for macOS. If you’re using the Safari browser on a PC or an iPhone/iPad, the interface will be different. However, the processes should be similar.

Step 1: Open the Safari browser. Click the Safari menu at the top-left corner of your screen, followed by Preferences.

Step 2: Go to the Extensions tab on the new window that pops up, then simply uncheck AdBlock and it will be disabled.

Step 3: If you want to permanently remove AdBlock from Safari, click Uninstall.

Similar to Chrome, you don’t have to necessarily go to Settings. You can disable AdBlock for just one website. To do so, locate the icon on the left side of the address bar. Click Don’t run on this page and you’re all set.

How to Disable AdBlock on Firefox

Note: I’m using Firefox for Mac. If you use Firefox for Windows 10, iOS, or Android, the interface will look different but the processes should be quite similar.

Step 1: Open your Firefox browser, click Tools at the top of your screen, and then click Add-ons.

Step 2: Click Extensions. A window with all your installed extensions will appear. Then, disable AdBlock.

Step 3: If you want to permanently remove AdBlock from Firefox, simply hit the Remove button (right next to Disable).

How to Disable AdBlock on Microsoft Edge

If you are using Microsoft Edge (or Internet Explorer) on a PC, you can also turn off AdBlock easily. Just follow the steps below. Note: Since I only have a Mac, I let my teammate JP finish this part. He uses an HP laptop (Windows 10) which has Adblock Plus installed.

Step 1: Open the Edge browser. Click the three-dot setting icon and select Extensions.

Step 2: Find the AdBlock extension and click the geared setting icon.

Step 3: Toggle AdBlock from on to off. If you want to completely remove this ad blocker extension, hit the Uninstall button below.

How to Disable AdBlock on Opera

Note: I’m using Opera for Mac as an example. The screenshots below will look different if you use the Opera browser on a PC or mobile device, but the processes should be similar.

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Step 1: Open your Opera browser. On the top menu bar, click View > Show Extensions.

Step 2: You will be directed to a page that shows you all the extensions you’ve installed. Find the AdBlock plugin and hit Disable.

Step 3: If you wish to remove AdBlock from your Opera browser, you can do so by clicking on the cross at the top right-hand corner of the white area.

How about Other Internet Browsers?

As with the other browsers not mentioned here, you can simply disable AdBlock without having to go to your settings. The Adblock icon should be located at the top-right of your browser. Just click on the icon, and then hit Pause AdBlock.

That’s it! As you can see, the method is similar for each web browser. You just have to locate your browser’s extension page and then you can either disable or remove AdBlock.

That’s all there is regarding how to disable AdBlock from major browsers. I hope this article has been useful for you.

Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. If you find a better solution or run into a problem during the process, feel free to leave a comment as well.

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15 Comments

  1. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (17)

    Benni on October 22, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Adblocker advert pop-ups continuously on my computer. They are more frequent and more annoying than pop-up adds. Because of these constant popup adblocker adds, I will never subscribe for Adblock.

    Reply

  2. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (18)

    Farideh on August 30, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    I turned off unlock ad still not working

    Reply

  3. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (19)

    Daniel Clayton on February 20, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    I’m gonna transport back to 2010 before all this “ab blocking” b.s. That should do the trick.

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    BTW…does anyone have a working transporter available? Mine’s not quite finished yet.

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  4. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (20)

    Terrance MacCormack on March 7, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I do not have ad block on chrome. The site still wants me to disable what isn’t there. So what do I do?

    Reply

  5. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (21)

    Mike Reynolds on February 19, 2021 at 5:53 am

    I have been watching SBS on Demand without any problems, but today I get a message saying that there is a problem, and I should remove or disable an adblocker. I have never installed one of these. I can still access SBS on Demand on my TV. What can I do?

    Reply

  6. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (22)

    Kirk Brotemarkle on February 18, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    I have removed all of my ad blocker programs, but still get the warning msg on Firefox and Chrome. I am beginning to believe that there is something in the registry left over which is triggering the warning! But What? I have tried uninstalling the browsers and re-installing them with no luck. Is there a common file in the blocker programs which might make the browsers think I still have an ad block program installed?

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  7. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (23)

    Jack on January 3, 2021 at 2:00 am

    P.S. The ads that are blocked are inside text of news articles. I have plenty of ads, but I’ve become totally blind to them. So why does the film company insist that I turn off my ad blocker.

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  8. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (24)

    Jack on January 3, 2021 at 1:55 am

    You tell me how to turn off adblocker, but I have no adblocker once I get to where you send me nor anything that appears a possible blocker.

    I have the misfortune to be on Chrome 10. I know that some ads are blocked, but I have no idea of what blocks them. I’ve been on this all evening when I’d hoped to see 2 films, but they won’t show with the mysterious adblocker blocking.

    It would have been better in any case for your clear description to show how to whiteline than to shut down the whole thing.

    So what’s the next idea?

    Reply

  9. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (25)

    Karen Becconsall on November 4, 2020 at 3:57 am

    I dont have ad blocker i have standard protection,I have allowed pop ups and adds on sbs on demand,I have disabled personalize adds on google,I have tried the edge browser and followed directions on tracking,have allowed cookies , and updated the browser and NOTHING IS WORKING to get videos to play on sbs.Any advice?

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  10. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (26)

    Christine Davis on October 13, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I can play videos from SBS On Demand on my mobile phone and tablet, but not on my laptop.
    I do not have an Adblocker installed, so are there any instructions for allowing SBS On Demand in this circumstance?

    Reply

  11. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (27)

    Penélope on July 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    I don’t have the Ad Blocker, and yet it gives this problem! 😥😪😓😓

    Reply

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  12. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (28)

    Faye on June 9, 2020 at 4:38 am

    for those who does not have the adblock, you can disable it this way:
    beside the url is a padlock icon (eg. (lock) google.com). click that icon and go to SITE SETTINGS. in the SETTINGS, scroll down the page until you see the ADS option and then select the drop down arrow across it and select ALLOW. the ads will now be allowed on the site you needed.
    note: i am a google chrome user. i don’t know if this is applicable for other browsers.

    Reply

  13. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (29)

    doug on June 4, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t believe you can remove ad blocker from Edge. Don’t know where you get your “info” you are sharing with everyone, but you need to make something else up.

    Reply

  14. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (30)

    Esther Gardner on February 17, 2020 at 2:28 am

    this does not work for a chromebook

    Reply

  15. How to Disable or Turn off AdBlock (Step-by-Step Guide) (31)

    Ian Hutchinson on August 12, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I have been through your recommendation for Chrome, but cannot find ad blocker anywhere

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    Reply

FAQs

How do I turn off my ad blocker? ›

Turn off the ad blocker
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app .
  2. At the top right, tap More Info .
  3. Tap Site settings.
  4. Next to "Ads," tap the Down arrow .
  5. Tap Allowed.
  6. Reload the webpage.

How do I stop sites from telling me to turn off my ad blocker? ›

Click the AdBlock toolbar icon and select either Once or Always under "Pause on this site" on the pop-up menu. If you select Once, AdBlock will automatically start blocking ads again when you leave the site. If you select Always the site will be added to your allowlist and will display ads every time you visit.

How do you turn on ad blocker? ›

How to enable / disable Chrome ad blocker, or a Chrome extension
  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Open the Settings menu, and click Security and Privacy.
  3. Select Site Settings, and then click Additional permissions.
  4. From here, you can toggle Ads on or off, and also adjust Popups and redirects.
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Why can't I turn off adblock? ›

To turn off ad-blocking extensions:

Select the gear icon to open Tools and select the Manage Add-ons option. Select Toolbars and Extensions, located in the left navigation pane. Right-click on your ad-blocking extension, then select Disable.

Where is ad blocker in settings? ›

In Google Chrome

In the drop-down menu, select "Settings". Next, go to the tab "Extensions" on the left side of the screen. This will open the extension window of Google Chrome, where you will find Adblock Plus.

Why do websites keep saying I have an ad blocker? ›

1. The primary cause for the notification to appear is another extension that is preventing JavaScript from running, hiding ads, or blocking trackers and cookies. Some of the most common culprits encountered are other ad blockers, Kaspersky Anti-Banner, Ghostery, PrivacyBadger, Disconnect and NoScript.

How do I disable AdBlock for certain websites safari? ›

How Do I Disable AdBlock?
  1. In Safari, click Safari.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Click Websites.
  4. Click Content Blockers.
  5. Click the name of the website you wish to switch the AdBlock or content blocker off on.
  6. Click Remove.
  7. The AdBlock is now removed.
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Where is my ad blocker app? ›

The most definitive way is to look for AdBlock in the list of extensions installed in your browser: In Chrome or Opera, type about:extensions in the address bar. In Safari, go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

What is ad blocker? ›

About AdBlock

The open-source software we create is designed to give users control over what they see in their web browser. It also gives users the ability to have control over their privacy by blocking many of the tools that advertisers and technology companies use to track people when they are online.

How do I turn off ads on Google Chrome? ›

Turn pop-ups on or off
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app .
  2. To the right of the address bar, tap More. Settings.
  3. Tap Permissions. Pop-ups and redirects.
  4. Turn off Pop-ups and redirects.

Why does it say I have AdBlock when I don t? ›

The primary cause for the notification to appear is another extension that is preventing JavaScript from running, hiding ads, or blocking trackers and cookies. Some of the most common culprits encountered are other ad blockers, Kaspersky Anti-Banner, Ghostery, PrivacyBadger, Disconnect and NoScript.

Why is Adblock blocking so many ads? ›

Malware and other extensions could also inject ads and other kinds of content into websites, which we might block. This could cause the counter to go up even on websites that aren't expected to have any ads on them.

How do I stop ads for free? ›

Top 5 Best Free Ad Blockers & Pop-Up Blockers
  1. uBlock Origin. Released in 2014, uBlock Origin is an effective browser extension tool for blocking ads, including pop-ups. ...
  2. AdBlock. ...
  3. AdBlock Plus. ...
  4. Stands Fair Adblocker. ...
  5. Ghostery.

Why am I getting ads on my browser? ›

If you're seeing the pop-up ads on every website you visit, or if your browser's homepage has been changed unexpectedly, it's possible your browser has been infected by a type of malware known as adware. Adware injects ads into web pages in such a way that they can't be blocked.

Can Websites make you turn off AdBlock? ›

AdBlock Support

While using AdBlock, you may occasionally run into a website that requires you to disable your ad blocker before accessing the content. The AdBlock desktop extension is simple to pause so that you can access the content you're looking for.

Where is the AdBlock button on Safari? ›

If the AdBlock icon does not appear on the Safari toolbar, go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions and make sure the option for the AdBlock Icon is selected. If the AdBlock Icon is selected and still does not appear in the toolbar, in Safari go to View > Customize Toolbar… and drag the AdBlock icon to the toolbar.

How do I turn on ad blocker in Safari? ›

How to block ads in Safari for iOS
  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Select Safari from the list.
  3. Toggle the Block Pop-ups option.

Does Chrome Remove AdBlock? ›

Google's changing how extensions work, and getting rid of the dynamic filtering that ad blockers rely on in the process. In 2023, Google is making a huge change to how Chrome web browser extensions work — and it might be killing Chrome ad blockers in the process.

How can I tell if I have AdBlock? ›

A quick way to tell whether AdBlock is installed is to look for the AdBlock icon in your browser's toolbar. The AdBlock icon looks like our logo, a white hand inside a stop sign.

Is AdBlock safe to use? ›

It's been around since 2009 — and has built a trustworthy reputation. Its site makes a clear statement that Adblock will never record your browsing history or sell your data to third parties. Adblock also has a clean history of never exposing users to malware.

Can you turn off Google ads? ›

You can't turn off ads entirely, but you can prevent Google from targeting you for brands and products that the algorithm thinks you'll like.

How do I know if I have an ad blocker on my computer? ›

On your computer

A quick way to tell whether AdBlock is installed is to look for the AdBlock icon in your browser's toolbar. The AdBlock icon looks like our logo, a white hand inside a stop sign.

How do I turn on AdBlock on Chrome? ›

How to Block Ads From Chrome Settings
  1. Access the Chrome Three Dot Menu. ...
  2. Scroll Down the Settings Page to Find “Advanced” ...
  3. Click on Site Settings. ...
  4. Find the Ads Section and Change Blocked Sites Function. ...
  5. Go Get the AdBlock Extension. ...
  6. Add the AdBlock Extension to Your Browser.

How do you find out what is blocking ads? ›

You can use AdBlock's resource page to see all the requests a website makes and how AdBlock deals with them. You can also use it to create exceptions, filters that customize what resources AdBlock blocks or hides. A resource is anything a web page asks to download to your browser.

How can I tell which Adblocker is blocking? ›

How to view a blocked element. From the Chrome toolbar, click the Chrome menu icon. Hover over More Tools and select Developer Tools. Click the >> icon in the upper right corner and select Adblock Plus.

What is ad blocker on Chrome? ›

AdBlock for Chrome is an ad blocking browser extension, which means it removes ads from Chrome and provides protection from third-party trackers.

Why is AdBlock disabled in Chrome? ›

If AdBlock is constantly being uninstalled or disabled every time you open Chrome, it could mean your computer is infected with malware. Malware often looks for and uninstalls extensions that can keep them from doing their nefarious work.

How do you stop ads on Google? ›

Try AdLock for Android, and you'll fall in love.
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How to Stop Google Ads on Android Phone
  1. Take your smartphone and tap “Menu”;
  2. Proceed to “Settings”;
  3. In “Settings” scroll to “Accounts” sections and tap “Google”;
  4. In the “Privacy” section tap “Ads”;
  5. In the “Ads” window check the “Opt-out of interest-based ads” checkbox;
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Where do I find ad blockers on my iPhone? ›

On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Safari. Turn on Block Pop-ups. Turn on Fraudulent Website Warning.

How do I turn off all ads on my iPhone? ›

Turn off personalized ads on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Go to Settings > Privacy > Apple Advertising. Turn off Personalized Ads.

How do I cancel ads on my phone? ›

Turn pop-ups on or off
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app .
  2. To the right of the address bar, tap More. Settings.
  3. Tap Permissions. Pop-ups and redirects.
  4. Turn off Pop-ups and redirects.

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