Four iOS Safari Extensions to Make the Web Less Annoying
Constant pop-ups, annoying forms, and frustrating website behaviors can make browsing and using the web an unpleasant experience. Thankfully on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, several Safari extensions help turn the experience around.
We've listed some Safari extensions that you may not have known about that can help remove annoyances and make a pleasant Safari experience.
No More Cookies
Users can choose whether they want to accept or reject advertising, functional, performance, and other cookies. The settings are applied universally to all websites.
Super Agent for Safari is free with no in-app subscription and can be found in the App Store.
'Open in App?' No Thanks.
Some websites with accompanying apps on the App Store love to bombard users with pop-ups and banners to push them to use their app rather than the website.
Banish, a relatively new Safari extension on the App Store gets rid of such website notifications. Banish is a one-time purchase of $2 with no in-app subscription and can be found in the App Store.
StopTheMadness, as the name suggests, is a general-purpose privacy protection extension with several nifty features. Within the extension's settings page, StopTheMadness includes several toggles that users can enable and disable, including:
- Bypassing Google's AMP webpages
- Protects the ability to copy, cut, and paste on websites
- Gets rid of link trackers and clickjacking in Google search results, and others
- Stop autoplaying videos
- Stop all audio and video on websites
StopTheMadness is a one-time purchase of $7.99 with no in-app subscription and can be found in the App Store.
Dark Mode For All
Spearheaded by the introduction of systemwide dark mode in iOS 13, many websites on the web now have the option of light and dark themes. For those websites that don’t have a dark mode option, however, there is a solution.
Noir is a Safari extension that automatically turns a website into dark mode, even if it doesn’t support it. Noir only kicks in if the website doesn’t have a native dark mode theme built-in. This can be especially helpful when your phone is in dark mode, but a website isn’t and you’re suddenly blinded by a bright white webpage.
Noir is a $2.99 purchase with no in-app subscription and can be found in the App Store.
Top Rated Comments
"MacRumors Forums would like your permission to enable push notifications."
When i clicked it away, i got this:
"We strongly recommend enabling push notifications on this device so that you can be kept up-to-date with site activity."
I wonder if any of these extensions would prevent this annoyance ?
I hate Facebook, because I cannot select and copy text from there.
I hate Facebook, again, for no controls in videos, and if I tap a playing video, it starts from the beginning.
It’s important to trust the app that you’re giving the access to. Many will note no data is sent and in some cases that’s probably verifiable by monitoring network traffic if they truly send no data to their servers. Some apps that do have network components might be harder to monitor but.
I think it’s worth being weary with extensions, but at the same time be mindful that the Apple warning is very nuclear in its wording and that apps that don’t send data off your device at all will still have that notice.