Unsmartifier - Safari plugin removes app banners on iPhone

On the Apple iPhone, websites have the option of displaying banners in the Safari browser that refer to their own iOS app. These banners are set at the top of the website and thus limit the section of the page that can be viewed. They can be removed using a corresponding button, but if you tap right next to them, you end up in the App Store. the Unsmartifier app sets the from iOS 15 an end, because from this iPhone operating system Safari plugins can be installed. As such, Unsmartifier filters out the website code for app banners and blocks their display.

TL; DR: You can go directly to the App Store here

Unsmartifier is a Safari plugin that blocks the Smart App Banners in the Safari web browser from iOS 15. If the app banners on mobile websites annoy you, then I recommend this free download from the App Store.

Unsmartifier is a Safari plugin that blocks the Smart App Banners in the Safari web browser from iOS 15. If the app banners on mobile websites annoy you, then I recommend this free download from the App Store.

The Unsmartifier app download is free

The Safari plugin that you get in the form of an app from the official iOS App Store download is completely free. It also does not exchange the website banners for its own advertising. If you want to support the developer Arno Appenzeller, there is the possibility of giving a so-called “tea tip” - you can choose between € 0,99, € 1,99 and € 2,99. Once the free download is complete, all you have to do is activate the plugin and enable it for all websites. I will explain how in the following.

Instructions for the Unsmartifier app from iOS 15 on the iPhone

First you have to go to the settings on your iPhone. You can do this via the corresponding app symbol (cogwheels) or open the Unsmartifier app and tap the link to the settings app. If you have used one of these two options, then proceed as follows:

  1. Select the in the settings Safari-Menu item
  2. Type there again Extensions an
  3. Under "Allow these extensions" you type Unsmartifier an
  4. Set the slider to On (so that it turns green)
  5. Select the point under "All websites" Allow
After installing the Unsmartifier app, continue as follows: Settings -> Safari -> Extensions -> Unsmartifier -> Activate and apply to all websites. The app banners are already hidden in Safari on the iPhone.

After installing the Unsmartifier app, continue as follows: Settings -> Safari -> Extensions -> Unsmartifier -> Activate and apply to all websites. The app banners are already hidden in Safari on the iPhone.

An Apple offer: App banners on mobile websites

The app banners, which not only advertise the download of the respective app on mobile websites, but also motivate users to switch to the app if they are available, are elements that Apple launched. The Safari browser was factory-equipped with this option, which website operators can use. That is probably also the reason why Apple itself does not offer a way to hide these disruptive elements. Thanks to the enabling of Safari plugins from iOS 15, you can now use third-party solutions. Incidentally, the plugin presented is called “Unsmartifier” because the elements are called “Smart App Banner”.

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