How to Stop Those Irritating “Open in App” Website Popups on iPhone

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Now there is a way to prevent websites from asking you to open their page in their app.


Hate “Open in App” website pop-ups?

Nothing is more annoying on your iPhone when you are browsing a website in Safari browser and a pop-up appears on the website asking if you want to open that page in the website’s official app.

These “Open in Application” website pop-ups hide the webpage in question and are usually just a nuisance to website visitors. After all, if we wanted to use the website in an app, we would have opened the app instead of the Safari browser.

Many websites are now displaying these “Open in App” pop-ups, including major websites like Reddit and Twitter, among other financials – and they’re becoming more common by the month.

Luckily, there is now a way to get rid of those “Open in App” popups in Safari browser on iPhone and iPad…

Why do websites try to trick you into using their app instead?

A big question that many users have about these “Open in App” pop-ups appearing on their favorite websites is why do websites care that you use their app instead of the site? After all, presumably, they want as much web traffic as possible on their websites. This is because more visitors equates to more clicks on the page and therefore greater ad revenue potential.

The reason you see so many of these “Open in app” pop-ups now is that websites are starting to prefer you to use their apps instead. Why? Because if you have a website’s app installed on your iPhone, that website can – potentially – track a lot more information about you than if you use its website in a browser.

For example, by using a website’s app, they can potentially see what other apps you’re using on your phone, your current or consistent location, and have current or consistent access to your contacts, and more. All of this information that their app can glean from your iPhone makes the data they can acquire much more valuable than the data they acquire when you visit their website in a browser.

It’s worth noting that in iOS you can prevent any app from acquiring much of this data, but websites know that your average iOS user probably won’t implement all of the security and privacy features that you would expect. ‘Apple has integrated into the operating system.

How to Stop “Open in App” Website Popups on iPhone

The good news is that users can now easily stop annoying “Open in App” pop-ups appearing on their favorite websites with a new Safari extension for iOS and iPadOS. called banish.

Before we tell you how to use Banish to stop “Open in app” pop-ups on websites, it’s important to note a few requirements and limitations:

  • Banish requires you to be running iOS 15 and later on your iPhone and iPadOS 15 or later on your iPad.
  • Banish only works with the Safari browser. If you’re using Chrome or Firefox on your iPhone, Banish won’t block “Open in App” pop-ups in those browsers.
  • Banish will not block banners that appear above a website that changes the website to you that has an app that is already installed on your iPhone. This “feature” is built into Safari by Apple (and Apple should allow users to disable it, but they don’t). If you don’t want to see these banners, uninstall the app.

So, if you’re ready to block “Open in app” pop-ups on websites:

  1. Download the Ban app/plugin here. It costs $1.99.
  2. Once the Banish app is installed on your device, tap the app icon to open it.
  3. Now follow Banish’s instructions to install the Safari extension on your iPhone or iPad.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure the Banish extension is now enabled in Safari. To do this, open the Settings app on iPhone or iPad and tap on Safari. Now tap on Extensions and on the next screen make sure Banish is enabled (make sure its switch is set to ON [green]).

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering technology on KnowYourMobile for nearly 10 years. Before that, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted one of the best Hollywood novels by Weekly entertainment. Michael is also a writer for other publications, including VICE and Fast Company.

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