If you want to expand Apple's in-house browser Safari with additional functions, you need Safari extensions on the iPhone or iPad. You can find out how to install them and which Safari extensions are worthwhile in this guide.
If you don't want to use Chrome, Firefox, Opera or other browsers on your iPhone or iPad, Apple's own Safari browser is a good preinstalled alternative. However, in its basic configuration, the web browser only masters the most essential features. However, since iOS 15 or iPadOS 15, you have the option of expanding the browser's functions with Safari extensions. You can find out how this works in the following guide.
Safari Extensions: How to install extensions on iPhone and iPad
The Safari extensions Notebook Web Clipper, Momentum, Honey and Grammarly are installed on this iPhone. Image: © Apple 2021
In the following, we will explain to you in step-by-step instructions how to install Safari extensions on your device. For the sake of simplicity, we only mention the iPhone in the instructions, but the installation steps for the browser extensions on the iPad are identical.
- Tap the gear icon on your iPhone to open Settings.
- Then scroll down and choose Safari> Extensions.
- Tap "More Extensions" to search for extensions in the App Store.
- Once you have found one or more interesting extensions, tap the purchase price or, for free extensions, tap "Go" to start the installation process. Then just follow the instructions displayed to complete the installation.
Manage or remove Safari extensions
To manage your Safari extension, tap either on the AA symbol in the Safari address bar and then on "Manage extensions".
To remove an extension, swipe down on the home screen of your iPhone and look for the extension to be deleted. Then briefly press and hold the app icon of the extension, tap on "Delete" and follow the instructions on the screen.
You should try these safari extensions
If you haven't found the right Safari extensions while browsing through the App Store, we have a small selection of extensions that will make surfing the web easier for you.
1Password: One of the best login, password and credit card managers out there
Safari extension 1Pawword Image: © Agile Bits Inc. 2021
If you have problems remembering your usernames and passwords for websites or if you just don't feel like entering them every time, you can use the 1Passwort app to make surfing the net much easier.
Passwords that are stored with the service are encrypted with AES 256-bit encryption and are therefore particularly well secured. The app also saves credit card and online banking information and protects it from access by third parties.
- Price : free (requires paid subscription)
Amplosion: Bypass AMP versions of websites
Safari Extension Amplosion Image: © Crhistian Selig 2021
The abbreviation "AMP" stands for "Accelerated Mobile Pages". This is a web format developed by Google to optimize search results for mobile browsers. AMP websites should generally reduce the loading times of websites for mobile devices. However, there are many restrictions with AMP pages compared to classic HTML, for example, affecting the display of the website.
If you search for websites with Google, the search engine presents you with AMP pages in the top results. The Safari extension Amplosion ensures that when you click on the search results you are redirected to the normal mobile version of the website.
- Price : 2.99 euros
Noir: Also on the go on websites in dark mode
Safari Extension Noir Image: © Jeffrey Kuiken 2021
Since iOS 13, iPhones have supported a system-wide dark mode. This is less stressful for the eyes, especially in low light. It's just annoying that websites still shine as brightly as floodlights even in dark mode. The Safari extension Noir solves this problem.
With the extension, the light background of web pages becomes black and the text becomes white. If dark mode leads to problems on some websites, the mode can also be deactivated on certain sites.
- Price: 2.99 euros
Super Agent: Automatically agree to data protection regulations
Safari Extension Super Agent Image: © Super Agent, Inc 2021
In order not to violate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), websites must first ask for your permission when setting cookies. If you are surfing a website for the first time, you can select which cookies you want to allow in a menu. This is good for protecting your data, but the constant deselecting of unwanted cookies can be annoying in the long run.
You can save a little time with the Safari extension Super Agent. In the app you can specify which types of cookies you generally want to allow. If you then surf a website that has not yet set any cookies, Super Agent will automatically select your saved cookie preferences.
- Price : free
HyperWeb: The Swiss Army Knife among the Safari extensions
Safari-Extension Hyperweb Image: © Laso Technologies Inc 2021
If it is too tedious for you to download a separate extension for each additional feature for Safari on iOS, then you can also use the HyperWeb extension. The Safari extension is a collection of several practical functions. These include an advertising and tracking blocker, the rejection of cookies, a dark mode, the deactivation of AMP pages, an HTML inspector and many other useful features.
- Price : free (requires a paid subscription)
- With Safari Extensions you can expand Apple's own browser for iOS and iPadOS with additional functions.
- To install an extension, navigate to "Settings> Safari> Extensions". There you can search for extensions in the App Store by tapping on "More extensions".
- To manage your installed extensions in Safari, tap on the AA symbol in the address bar and then on "Manage extensions".
- If you want to delete installed Safari extensions, swipe down on the home screen of your iPhone or iPad, look for the extension you want, briefly press and hold the app symbol and then select "Delete".