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How to use Safari Extensions on your iPhone and iPad

One of the most handy types of software in anyone is the browser extension: those cool little applets that let your browser do what you want it to do. And one of the best things about iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is that you can now add extensions to the Safari browser. Even though this is a new feature launched with the latest version of iOS, there are already a number of useful extensions that you can add.

The following is an overview of how to add extensions to your Safari app. Although we have illustrated the process using an iPhone, you can follow the same basic instructions with an iPad. We’ve also included a sample of some extensions you can try.

How to add extensions

  • Tap the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and select Safari> Extensions.
  • Any extensions you have already installed will be listed here. Tap “More Extensions” if you would like to see what’s available in the App Store. (You can also just go to the App Store and search on “Safari Extensions.”)

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In your settings, go to Safari> Extensions to see your current extensions and get new ones.
  • Once you’ve installed your first extension, you’ll see a small “puzzle piece” icon on the left side of Safari’s address bar. Tap it and the menu that appears will include your current extensions as well as a “Manage extensions” selection, which allows you to turn your extensions on and off.

It's easy to install a new extension from the App Store.

It’s easy to install a new extension from the App Store.

Once installed, you can manage your extensions from the Safari address bar.

Once installed, you can manage your extensions from the Safari address bar.

Some extensions to try

This is a small sample of some of the extensions that you can now access through the App Store. While there aren’t many extensions available yet (compared to the number of extensions for, say, Chrome), it’s a safe bet that there will be a lot more over the next few months.

Amplification ($ 2.99)

AMP, short for “Accelerated Mobile Pages”, is a web format created by Google to optimize search results for mobile browsers. However, if you’d rather have Google not modify the web pages you download, you can use Amplosion to redirect AMP links that appear in search results to normal mobile links.

Black ($ 2.99)

When you’re browsing at night and you’ve set your iPhone or iPad to dark mode, you often come to a website that is bright enough to make you cry. Black allows you to set a dark mode for all the websites you visit.

1 Password (subscription required)

1Password is a well-known and respected password manager. If you’re a 1Password user, there’s no doubt you’ll want to add this one to your mobile Safari app.

Super Agent for Safari (free)

This handy extension automatically fills in a website’s cookie consent forms based on your preferences, which can save you a lot of time and irritation.

Web Inspector (free)

Something for Developers: An app that lets you inspect a website’s HTML coding, modify it, debug it, and perform other essential tasks.

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