How to view a Safari website without content blockers on your iPhone or iPad

iOS's content blockers are great for speeding up Safari and eliminating annoying trackers and ads from your daily workflow, but they can occasionally go too far on certain sites, blocking content along with ads and throwing the baby out with the bathwater. (If you like viewing statistics for your own website, for example, sites like Parsely's backend will be completely unusable with a content blocker enabled.)

If it's a site you visit regularly and don't want the content blocked, consider whitelisting it: You can do this by visiting your content blocker of choice and selecting Add Unrestricted Site or Add Whitelisted Site. When you visit Safari afterwards, that webpage will now display without blocking.

If it's a site you don't plan to visit regularly, however, there's an even easier way to go about this—right inside Safari.

How to temporarily view a website without content blockers in Safari

  1. Visit the affected site in Safari.
  2. Tap and hold the Refresh button in the URL bar.
  3. Tap Reload Without Content Blockers.

  1. The website will then reload as a temporarily whitelisted site.

Unlike whitelisting an entire domain, this trick only covers a single page; when you reload, or visit a different page on the site, you'll be back to a content-blocked experience.

Serenity Caldwell

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

  • Thanks Serenity. I was actually wondering how to do that.
  • That's what I'm here for!
  • I think there also might be a share sheet icon too that will do this on the iOS level.
  • I also like this new way of requesting the full desktop version of a site (since that also pops up as an option when you hold on "refresh"). It feels faster to select than the old way, and I like that you can find it in the same place as "without content blocker" so that you don't have to remember different approaches for each.
  • This whole thing is asinine. Just imagine the confusion and anger these content blockers will cause the average consumer who tries to use them. And how long until iMore starts losing advertising revenue to support the site? This page alone has a number of ads on it. How will Ms. Caldwell get paid for her excellent how-to articles? How much will you and be willing to pay for access to iMore’s content? $10/mo? How much does it cost to keep iMore online and pay its editors and contributors. Jason Snell is conflicted about it on his AD SUPPORTED blog Six Colors. As a protest I am going to block the entire iMore domain so I hopefully don’t see a single ad on this site. I have already subscribed to AppleInsider’s paid mobile app subscription. Let’s see how long it takes iMore to start begging for money.
  • Just tried that with Crystal installed. Worked perfectly. Thanks!