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


It is common for websites with associated 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 popups are usually quite intrusive to the actual content, creating a substandard 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 Daring Fireball) which can run on iOS and iPadOS and is designed specifically to get rid of those popups. The app, which costs $2, helps eliminate a majority of those popups in popular web versions of apps, but doesn’t remove similar banners that appear at the top of Safari to recommend the current page in an installed app.

The banner at the top of Safari is built into Safari and WebKit itself, so to remove it, you’ll need to uninstall the respective app from your device. Banish instead removes popups implemented on the websites themselves.

To use Banish, download it from the App Store and follow the on-screen instructions to give the app the necessary permissions in Settings, Safari, and Extensions. More information about Banish can be found here.

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