User Guide: AdBlock for Safari Mac app

Our AdBlock for Safari Mac app now includes optional AdBlock VPN access, all in one convenient app. See below for a quick tour of the app.

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Home

The Home screen is where you can easily access the ad blocker or the VPN. Ad blocking happens automatically and for free. To adjust any settings for ad blocking, go to the Ad Blocking tab. Screenshot_2023-03-02_at_11.05.20_AM.pngTo ensure optimal Connection Health, be sure you are using both our ad blocker and our VPN. Learn more about using AdBlock VPN in the VPN section below.

 

Ad Blocking
On the Ad Blocking tab, you can see how many ads are blocked. You can also manage the sites where you want to see ads and whether or not you want to allow non-intrusive ads to appear. When you click "Pause Ad Blocking" it allows ads on every site you visit.  Screenshot_2023-03-06_at_12.18.21_PM.png

 

Allow ads on a site
When you visit a site that doesn't allow ad blockers or it's just a site you want to support by allowing ads, you can add it to your allow list. Allow listing tells AdBlock to allow the site's ads to appear every time you visit, while still blocking ads everywhere else.

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Change what AdBlock shows or hides
AdBlock participates in Acceptable Ads which allows ads that meet specified guidelines to display. You can learn more here: About the Acceptable Ads program and "non-intrusive" ads. You can opt in or out of Acceptable Ads at any time by toggling the switch on this screen. To ensure the change takes effect, reload any open webpages.

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VPN

If you're new to using a VPN, you may want to start by reading these articles:

To begin using AdBlock VPN, you'll need to have an account created through a purchase:

  • If you haven't yet made a purchase, you can do so via Apple by selecting one of the options on this screen or through our website here: Buy AdBlock VPN
  • If you've already purchased through Apple, select "I already have a VPN subscription" and then click on Restore Apple Purchase (signing in with your email will not work if you used Apple to pay).
  • If you used another method to pay, select "I already have a VPN subscription" and sign in using the email on your receipt.

If you are logging into AdBlock VPN for the first time, you'll need to allow AdBlock VPN to enable the system extension and add a VPN profile. Follow the onscreen prompts. If you encounter any problems, please see this article: About AdBlock VPN Permissions for Mac.

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After logging in, select a server location and click Connect. Connecting to a location nearer to you typically results in a faster connection

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Once connected, the menu will confirm a secure connection as shown in the examples below. At any time, you can change your server location by clicking on the location displayed.

To stop using the VPN, click on Disconnect. Just like when you connect or change locations, you will need to reload any webpages to ensure that the change is recognized.

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Additional resources:

To enable Advanced UI options, like those shown in the screenshot below, go to the Settings tab.

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Account
On the Account tab, you can manage your AdBlock VPN subscription. We currently provide free access to our ad blocker so no payment is required. If you'd like to support us through a contribution, you can do so here: Love AdBlock? Contribute here! Screenshot_2023-03-06_at_12.24.18_PM.png
Settings

On the Settings tab, you can make changes on how the app appears and behaves.

Launch at Login - The AdBlock app will automatically open when you log in. The VPN will not automatically connect. Note: Only the VPN requires that the app is open to use it. Ad blocking will still work regardless if the app is open or not.

Show Advanced UI - When you enable the Advanced UI for the VPN, both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses as well as the connection time, will display on the VPN tab.

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Using the menu bar icon

The menu bar icon appears on the top menu bar when the AdBlock for Safari app is open. If you are using the app only for ad blocking, the app can remain closed and will still continue to block ads. The app must be open when using the VPN.

Ad blocking

Clicking on pause will pause ad blocking on all sites. Likewise, clicking on play will resume ad blocking on all sites.

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VPN

The menu bar icon can also be used to quickly connect or disconnect to the VPN. To change the server location, click the three dots which will open the main app window where you can select a new location.

When a secure connection is established the menu bar icon will appear in black. When there is not a secure connection, the menu bar will appear greyed out.

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Using the Safari toolbar icon

Clicking on the Safari toolbar icon provides quick access to ad blocking options. If you'd prefer not to see the icon, you can disable it by going to Safari > Settings > Extensions and deselecting the AdBlock Icon option.

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Pause button

Clicking on the pause button will pause AdBlock on all sites. Don't forget to refresh the page after pausing or unpausing!

 

 

 

 

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Allow Ads on this...

Adding a Page or a Site to your allow list will tell AdBlock to show ads every time you visit.

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