It would seem that iOS has been thought out to the smallest detail almost since its release, and Apple regularly adds more features to it. For example, you can change the default Mail or Browser application. But it’s still not enough to be an ideal operating system. When you open any link, the system for some reason displays the “Open in application” banner, although it can do this automatically without asking. Today we will talk about why iOS offers to open a link in the application and how you can get rid of this banner.
Banners in Safari
Everyone at least once experienced irritation due to the fact that a link from TikTok or another service initially opened for some reason in Safari or the application’s built-in web browser, although the necessary program is installed on the iPhone. Instead of going straight to view, you are forced to open the page first, and only then agree that iOS opens this link in the application.
Agree, complete nonsense?. And this has been happening for a long time: no matter how many versions of iOS come out, there is this useless “Open in app” banner everywhere. And so with almost every link.
Or another case: I intentionally want to open the link not in the application, but in Safari, but the browser still sticks out at the top or in the middle of the screen, offering to use the application. Despite the various chips of the Apple Silicon processor, machine learning and other goodies that Apple is proud of, the iPhone is not able to remember which link opens where, that the desired application is already installed and immediately launch it. It is even difficult to find an explanation for this: there is practically no mention on the Web why this banner appears.
It is believed that the main reason is the lack of the desired application on the iPhone : even if it is installed, Safari automatically associates the web page with the application by loading the banner in the browser. But in fact, the whole problem is in the link itself with metadata, because of which an intrusive banner appears.
Others argue that the banner, which prompts you to choose between Safari and the application , is built into the browser itself using WebKit, an engine for displaying web pages. In short, in order for the user to remove the “Open in Application” banner, you need to get rid of the application itself. But there is another way.
How to open links in the desired application
Fortunately, the developers in the App Store are on the alert: I found a convenient Banish extension for you . It blocks annoying “Open in app” banners without deleting the app. Thanks to Banish , when you click on a link , you are immediately taken to the application. With it, you can remove pop-up windows that appear out of the blue when you accidentally click on a certain area of the page or an inconspicuous translucent banner. Banish cleans up the browser page and saves screen space.
Even if you have the right application on your iPhone, but you fundamentally want to open a link in Safari, with this extension it will open in the browser, but there will be no banner with an obsessive suggestion to go to the program either in the middle of the screen or at the top, as it happens when Watch YouTube in Safari. The application costs only $3, but saves you a headache.
In addition, Banish helps you use websites that usually detect AdBlocker and require you to disable it. Until you do this, the site is actually unavailable, and when disconnected, various advertising banners appear on the page that interfere with normal display. With Banish, there is no such problem: the pop-up window disappears and you can safely use the site without disabling the extensions.
- Download Banish from the link and install it on your iPhone.
- Go to the app and click “Open Settings”.
- Select Safari and click Extensions.
- Activate Banish and allow all websites to use it.
After that, you can, with a clear conscience, remove the Banish shortcut from the desktop – it will remain in the application library. The extension works great, websites don’t notice it, and it doesn’t take up much space. It doesn’t have many reviews at the moment, probably due to the fact that you have to pay for the app. But if you have a small amount of money, then you can get rid of intrusive banners once and for all.