Safari: Content Blockers


Content Blockers were introduced to block different objects in Safari. Some content blockers block ads and some block certain keywords. They can block all sites with the word Trump or Hillary in them or block ads on a site.

Would you rather pay a monthly membership for each site you visit or view a few friendly ads? One thing you have to think about is that many websites allow you to view their content for free generating their revenue from their ads instead. So when you have your content blocker enabled some sites might require you to disable you ad blocker. So please think of this as you are viewing mine and other peoples sites. Help support the online community so that we can continue to get great content for free.

 

System Requirements

iOS

iOS 9 and up on 64-bit devices including:

  • iPhone X (10)
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6th generation

macOS

  • macOS 11 with Safari 10
  • macOS 10.12 and later

 

Where to Find them and Download them

All content blockers can be downloaded for their respective apps stores.

 

How to Enable a Content Blocker on iOS

To enable a content blocker go to Settings–>Safari–>Content Blockers and flip the switch.

 

How to Enable a Content Blocker on macOS

To enable a content blocker open Safari. Then tap on the Safari menu–>Preferences. Click on the “Websites” tab at the top and then click on “Content Blockers” on the left.

 

Most Notable Content Blockers

Crystal

Christal blocks ads when viewing websites on your iOS device.

Trump Trump

Trump Trump will block sites on your iOS device that contain the word Trump.

 

*Notice*

Do you use a VPN ad blocker? You can tell if you are using a VPN Ad blocker by going to Settings–>General–>VPN. If you use a VPN content blocker it will be listed here. Those apps are against Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines and have slowly been removed from the App Store. This also means that these apps are unsupported which can lead someone to hacking it and being able to retrieve all of your viewing history. Content blockers are also safer because unlike VPNs all of the ad blocking is done locally on your device. In order to prevent this switch to using a content blocker.

3 thoughts on “Safari: Content Blockers

    1. Hello Barbara Lawrence,
      This is Ralph of Apple Guide. I apologize for the late response. According to an Apple Developer support page (https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/General/Conceptual/ExtensibilityPG/ContentBlocker.html) “Content Blocker extensions are available for iOS 9.0 and later, macOS 10.11 with Safari 10, and macOS 10.12 and later. The iOS extensions run only on 64-bit devices.” According to Apple’s Technical Specifications for the 5th Generation iPad (https://support.apple.com/kb/SP751?locale=en_US) this iPad has a “A9 chip with 64-bit architecture”. So it should work. But since it doesn’t you can try these few things:

      1. Open the app. Sometimes you have to open the app before the system notices it.
      2. Are you running iOS 9? You can check by going to Settings>General>About. If you find that your not then try updating. You can check for updates by going to Settings>General>Software Update.
      3. Open the app and see if there is a setup before you are able to enable it in settings
      4. Check the compatibility requirements by searching for the app in the App Store. Once you have found it and opened the app preview scroll down until you see compatibility. Now read through the list and make sure your app is compatible.
      5 If none of this works you can always attempt to contact the developer by clicking on “App Support” above the Information group.

      If you have any further problems please let me know by emailing me at ralphbusiness@zoho.com I would love to hear from you.

      Thank you much for coming to Apple Guide: Apple Products the Simple Way. Once again I apologize for the late response. I hope you had a pleasent experience and you come back again soon!

      Best Wishes,
      Ralph Shepherd

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