Banish is a new Safari extension that removes those annoying ‘Open in App’ prompts
We’ve all experienced this annoyance with Safari. Someone sends you a TikTok, and even though you don’t have TikTok downloaded, you click the link to view it in Safari. Instead of being taken to the video immediately, you’ll be prompted to say “HEY. Open it in the app!” Say no, walk away, and decline the request, so you can finally watch the video your friend sent you.
This happens everywhere. Whenever you’re sent a link for an app you haven’t downloaded and you try to use Safari, you’ll be prompted to “Open in app.” Fortunately, it looks like someone has created a Safari extension that removes them all.
Banish (opens in a new tab) is a new app for Safari that aims to remove all those “annoying” “Open in App” banners:
Banish is an ultra-efficient Safari extension that removes annoying “Open in App” banners and other dark web patterns. Block annoying pop-ups and save valuable screen real estate.
People seem to be very happy with it
Personally, I’m always hesitant to download Safari extensions from developers I don’t recognize, but Banish seems to have some happy customers. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber says he does his one job well:
“Banish does one thing, and it does it well: fire nuclear panels in Safari on iPhone and iPad.”
TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez notes that the app does more than remove the “Open in app” message, and can also remove pop-up blockers that require you to sign in:
“The app turned out to be incredibly useful. For example, when on Quora, clicking a link to another Quora page would usually pop up a blocker requiring you to log in to continue browsing the website. With Banish, this window pop-up was gone and I could use the site normally.”
The app currently has 4.7 stars on the App Store and only costs a one-time payment of $1.99. So, if you have a couple of bucks to spare and don’t want to deal with those pesky prompts anymore, Banish looks like a great option.