Safari - stop links from opening apps?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Brien, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Brien, Apr 15, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2018

    Brien macrumors 68030

    Brien

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    Is there any way to prevent Safari from opening apps when I click on a link? So far the only way I’ve found is to uninstall the app.
     
  2. chabig macrumors 603

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    Well don't click the link! Clicking the link is asking the machine to do something. What alternative behavior would you prefer?
     
  3. Brien, Apr 15, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2018

    Brien thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Huh? I think you are misunderstanding me. Safari links are opening the app (Yelp, Target etc.) instead of the website.
     
  4. chabig macrumors 603

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    I searched the web and I think that behavior is specifically coded by app developers. So for example, a Target app registers itself with the OS so links open inside the target app. Developers like that because the links then open in their cafefully crafted iOS app rather than a hard to read web page or a crappy mobile web page. I don't think you can disable the behavior.
     
  5. mattguy10 macrumors 6502a

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    You can lightly press and hold on the link (not 3D Touch if you have a device that has it) and a menu should pop up with an “Open in New Tab” option. This will open a new tab in Safari and shouldn’t bring you to another app instead.
     
  6. Brien thread starter macrumors 68030

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  7. Brien thread starter macrumors 68030

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    This seems to no longer work in iOS 12, FWIW. (Thread necro, sorry!)
     
  8. mattguy10 macrumors 6502a

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    Still works fine for me on iOS 12.1
     

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