apps with built in web browsers and safari history

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by ericadam, May 25, 2015.

  1. ericadam macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2015
    apps that have the ability to load a web page inside the app, like bbc news or fox news. if you load websites in the apps do these websites appear in the safari history. or does it not appear anywhere.

    sorry for noob question. android user thinking of switching. :apple:
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    One of Apple's requirements for developers who want their app in the App store is that the app has to be sandboxed. I.e., it has to operate without influencing other apps or system functions.

    There are certain allowed exceptions such as access to your photos, contacts, etc for apps that depend on that access for their primary functions. But in general this is the rule.

    So, if an app accesses the internet to load a web page one of two things will happen. It will either prompt Safari to load the page, in which case the page will appear in Safari's history because it's Safari that loaded the page or the app internalizes the web page with it's own "browser". Apps that do the later do not have those pages appear in Safari history because Safari is never opened.

    So, if you're wanting to keep page history out of Safari then you'll want to find apps that do not load Safari externally.

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