You’ve probably experienced visiting a website like Reddit or LinkedIn on your iPhone only to be greeted with an annoying, near-full-screen pop-up urging you to view the content in their app instead of the website.

New iOS App Blocks Those Annoying ‘Open in App’ Pop-Ups in Safari
It is common practice for websites that have bundled iOS apps to push users to open (if they already have the app installed) or download their app from the App Store to view the content they are trying to view. However, it can be very annoying for end users, as these pop-ups are usually quite intrusive to the actual content, creating a subpar experience.

Fortunately, there is a new way to block these pop-ups in Safari on ‌iPhone‌ and iPad. Developer Alex Zamoshchin has created a new Safari extension called “Banish” (via Bold fireball), which can run on iOS and iPadOS and is designed to specifically get rid of these pop-ups. The $2 app helps eliminate a majority of these pop-ups in popular web versions of apps, but it doesn’t get rid of similar banners that appear at the top of Safari to recommend opening the current page of an installed app .

The banner at the top of Safari is built into Safari and WebKit itself, so to get rid of them, you need to uninstall the respective app from your device. Banish instead drops pop-ups implemented on the websites themselves.

To use Banish, download it from the App Store and follow the on-screen instructions to grant the app the necessary permission in Settings, Safari, and Extensions. You can learn more about Banish here.

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