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.

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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

super agent ios safari extension
Perhaps the most universally dreaded web pop-up is: "This website uses cookies. Accept or Reject?" Virtually every website shows users a form to consent to using cookies as they browse that website. While it may be helpful for some to have granular controller over the use of cookies on each website they visit, there is likely to be a better solution for many.

Super Agent for Safari is an extension that automatically fills out the cookies consent form on each website you visit, meaning you'll no longer see those annoying pop-ups. The Super Agent for Safari app lets you customize how you would like websites to use 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.

banish safari app pop ups
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, Literally

stopthemadness ios safari extension
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

noir ios safari extension
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.

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Top Rated Comments

ct2k7 Avatar
22 months ago
If you use YouTube on Safari, use the Vinegar.app to make the video element a <video> one. Kills adds, and adds useful options. (Also works on Mac)/
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maktaba Avatar
22 months ago
My biggest concern with Safari extensions is that these can collect your browser data. Content blockers are fine - no data is sent back to the app. But with extensions, everything is sent.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DMG35 Avatar
22 months ago
Awesome stuff; thank you for this!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nozuka Avatar
22 months ago
On this article i got this:

"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 ?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krspkbl Avatar
22 months ago
Only extension i use is Wipr which is an adblocker. Also gets rid of trackers and the cookie/GDPR notices. i'm quite happy with it.

it blocks 89% of trackers on this page:

https://d3ward.github.io/toolz/adblock.html

for comparison, default safari is 12%, Duckduck Go browser is ~40% and Block Bear is ~64%

it is a paid app but worth it, imo. by far the best adblocker i've used on iOS.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
USB-Adapter Avatar
22 months ago
Does StopTheMadness really work?

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.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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