You may have tried visiting a website like Reddit or LinkedIn on your iPhone only to be greeted with an annoying almost full-screen popup urging you to view the content in their app instead of the website.


It’s a common practice for websites that come with 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’re trying to view. It can be quite annoying for end users, although these popups are usually somewhat intrusive on the actual content, creating a sub-par 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 fireball daringIt can run on iOS and iPadOS and is specifically designed to get rid of those pop-ups. The $2 app helps get rid of most of those popups in popular web versions of apps, but it doesn’t get rid of the similar banners that appear at the top of Safari to recommend opening the current page in an installed version. Application.

The banner at the top of Safari is integrated into Safari and WebKit itself, so to get rid of it, you will have to uninstall the app in question from your device. Instead, banishment gets rid of popups that are implemented in the websites themselves.

To use Banish, download it from the App Store and follow the onscreen instructions to give the app the necessary permission under Settings and Safari & Extensions. You can learn more about the ban here.

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