One of the most useful types of software in anyone’s quiver is the browser extension: those cool little applets that let your browser do whatever you want it to do. And one of the coolest things about iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is that you can now add extensions to the Safari browser. While this is a new feature launched with the latest iOS version, there are already some useful extensions available for you to add.
What follows is an overview of how to add extensions to your Safari app – although we’ve illustrated the process with an iPhone, you can follow the same basic instructions with an iPad. We’ve also included some extensions for you to try.
- Tap the Settings app.
- Scroll down and select Safari > Extensions.
- All extensions you have already installed will be listed here. Tap More Extensions to see what’s available in the App Store. (You can also just go to the App Store and search for “Safari Extensions.”)
- After you’ve installed your first extension, you’ll see a small “puzzle piece” icon on the left side of Safari’s address bar. Tap that and the menu that appears will have your current extensions plus a “Manage Extensions” selection, which will allow you to enable and disable your extensions.
Some extensions to try
This is a small sampling of some of the extensions you can now access through the App Store. While there aren’t many extensions available yet (compared to the number of extensions for Chrome, for example), it’s a pretty safe bet that many more will follow in the coming months.
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 not have Google modify the web pages you upload, you can use Amplosion to redirect the AMP links that appear in search results to normal mobile links.
If you’re browsing at night and put your iPhone or iPad in dark mode, you’ll often come across a website that’s bright enough to make your eyes water. Noir allows you to set a dark mode for all the websites you visit.
1Password (subscription required)
1Password is a well-known and respected password manager. If you are a 1Password user, there is no doubt that you will want to add it to your Safari mobile app.
Super Agent for Safari (free)
This handy extension automatically fills a website’s cookie consent forms based on your preferences, which can save you a lot of time and aggravation.
web inspector (free)
Something for developers: an app that lets you inspect, modify, debug, and perform other essential tasks in a website’s HTML coding.