It’s a common practice for websites that have a companion iOS app to push users to open (if they already have the app installed) or download their app from the App Store to see what they’re trying to see. However, this can be very annoying to the end user, as these pop-ups are often quite disruptive to the reading of the actual content, creating a substandard experience.
Thankfully, there is a new way toiPhoneandiPadBlock these pop-ups in the Safari browser. Developer Alex Zamoshchin has created a new Safari extension called “Banish” that runs on iOS and iPadOS and is designed to specifically get rid of these pop-ups. The $2 app helps eliminate most of the pop-ups in the popular web version of the app, but it doesn’t get rid of the similar banners that appear at the top of Safari browsers that recommend installing open the current page in the application.
The banner at the top of Safari is built into Safari and WebKit itself, so to get rid of these you have to uninstall the corresponding app from your device. Instead, Banish gets rid of the popups implemented by the website itself.
To use Banish, download the app from the App Store:
And follow the on-screen instructions to give the app the required permissions in Settings, Safari and Extensions.
You can learn more about Banish here: