Getting Congratulations Pop-up on iPhone in Safari? How to Fix it

A couple of days back, my iPhone X flashes a weird message that reads “Congratulations! You won an iPhone, press any button to confirm” in Safari browser. I was terrified to see this type of ads in Safari at first, thinking that it must be a virus entered my phone. However, later I realized it was not a virus, but can be a malicious attempt of some scammers. I fixed this pop-up issue and now it is your turn to get rid of Congratulations pop-up on iPhone in Safari browser.

Moreover, this is not the first time the congratulations ads appear as it first appeared in iOS 9 and it continues to pester users in iOS 11. Some iPhone X users have also registered this about this Ads problem. Since I fixed the issue on my iPhone X, I hope you can also remove Congratulations, user pop-up in Safari browser on your iPhone SE, 5s, 5, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X.

So what should you do to solve the issue? There are a few solutions you can follow on your iOS device. If the solutions do not work, you should immediately contact Apple.

Keep Getting Congratulations You Won Pop-up in Safari Browser on iPhone and iPad? How to Get Rid of it

What happens when you click on Congratulations Ads?

You are not supposed to click such pop-ups as they might land you on a survey page or on a webpage, which claims you have won a freebie. These are marketing tricks or scams; the purpose of such nasty attempts is to get your mobile data or your email address so that they can send more such spams in your mailbox. If this is a phishing scam, it can siphon off your Facebook friends’ list. Then, your Facebook friends may receive unsolicited messages claiming to be from you.

Keep Getting Congratulations You Won Pop-up in Safari Browser on iPhone and iPad? How to Get Rid of it

Force close your Safari Web Browser

The pop-up is very juicy and hence, you would like to take some action over there, maybe tapping on it. But no! Instead, you should force close your Safari web browser with immediate effect. Note that such pop-ups, if tapped anywhere (even on X button), open up unsolicited contents, most probably advertisements.

On your iPhone 8 or earlier, simply double tap on the Home button (if you are using AssistiveTouch, double-tap on that white virtual button) to bring up the app switcher. Next, swipe the Safari card up to force close the browser.

On your iPhone X, follow this guide to force quit app.

Delete Safari Browsing History & Website Data

Safari stores the cookies when you browse websites; the pop-up is likely to be stored as website data, which need to be removed. Check this complete guide on how to clear Safari history, cookies, and cache on iPhone.

Step #1: Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Step #2: Tap on Safari from the settings page.

Tap on Safari in Settings on iPhone

Step #3: Scroll down and tap on Clear History and Website data and then confirm your action.

Delete Safari Browsing History and Website Data on iPhone and iPad

Turn ON Block Pop-Ups and Fraudulent Website Working

If you have not turned on Safari security settings especially Block Pop-ups and Fraudulent Website Warning, then follow this below mentioned steps:

Step #1: Launch Settings App on your device.

Step #2: Tap on Safari.

Tap on Safari in Settings on iPhone

Step #3: Under General, you will find an option for Block Pop-ups, simply turn it ON.

Turn ON Block Pop-up in Safari on iPhone

Step #4: Under Privacy & Security, Toggle ON Fraudulent Website Warning.

Toggle ON Fraudulent Website Warning in Safari Settings on iPhone

Bring it to the notice of Apple

Apple encourages users to protect their Apple ID by setting up two-factor authentication. Moreover, if you come across any such phishing emails, fake ‘virus’ alerts, phony support calls, and other scams, you need to report such attempts.

Alternatively, you can contact Apple Support to seek more help.

That’s all friends!

You have saved yourself from running into a scam. But what about others? There may be some of your friends, who could be a victim of this ads. You can help your friends by sharing this solution.

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