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iOS users can take advantage of content blocking apps

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What to Know

  • Download and set up an ad blocker app. Then, on iPhone: Settings > Safari > Content Blockers ( on ).
  • Suggested ad blockers: 1Blocker, Crystal Adblock, Norton Ad Blocker, Purify.
  • Natively block Safari pop-ups on iPhone: Settings > Safari > Block Pop-ups ( on ).

This article explains how to use content blockers to block ads in Safari on iPhones with iOS 9 or higher.

Your phone must have iOS 9 or higher to use content blockers. Update the iPhone OS to ensure it has the most up-to-date version with current security patches.

How to Block Ads on iPhone With Safari

Using an ad blocker for your iPhone means your browser won't download ads. This usually translates to faster page loads, a longer-lasting battery, and less wireless data usage. If you don't want to see pop-up ads, there is a way to block these ads. Here's how to do so using the Safari web browser for iPhone.

Content blockers are apps that add new features that your default web browser doesn't have. These are like third-party keyboards —separate apps that work inside other apps that support them. This means that to block ads, you need to install at least one of these apps.

Most iPhone content blockers work the same way. When you go to a website, the app checks a list of ad services and servers. If it finds these on the site you're visiting, the app blocks the website from loading those ads on the page. Some apps take a comprehensive approach by blocking the ads and tracking the cookies used by advertisers based on those cookies' URLs .

How to Install Content Blocking Apps

To block ads with Safari content blocker apps, install the app, and then enable it from the iPhone Settings app.

Go to the App Store and download a content-blocking app to your iPhone. The example here is Norton Ad Blocker, but all ad-blocking apps work similarly. See the list below for other suggested apps.

Open the ad blocker app and follow the instructions to set it up. Every app is different, but each offers instructions to turn on the ad-blocking abilities.

On the iPhone home screen, open the Settings app.

Select Safari > Content Blockers .

Move the toggle switch next to the ad-blocker app you installed to On (green).

Choose an Ad-Blocking Plug-In for Safari

There is a sizable market for ad-blocking Safari plug-ins. The following options can get you started:

  • 1Blocker : Free, with in-app purchases. In addition to more than 50,000 built-in blocker rules, this app supports custom rules to block sites and cookies and to hide other elements.
  • Crystal Adblock : At $0.99, the developer claims that this ad blocker loads pages four times faster and uses 50 percent less data. This app also lets you opt to view ads on some sites to support those sites.
  • Norton Ad Blocker : This free ad-blocking app from the company behind the popular and long-running antivirus software also lets you add exceptions.
  • Purify : Grab this content blocker for $1.99 to block ads and tracking software. It includes a list (typically called a whitelist) to allow you to see ads on some sites if you like. According to the developer, after blocking Safari ads with this app, you can expect a fourfold increase in page load speeds and your web browsing data usage to be cut in half.

How to Block Pop-Ups on the iPhone Natively

Ad-blocking apps can block all kinds of ads and trackers used by advertisers. If you only want to block intrusive pop-ups, you don't need to download an app because pop-up blocking is a built-in feature in Safari. Here's what you need to do:

On the iPhone home screen, select Settings > Safari .

Toggle the Block Pop-ups switch to On (green), if it isn't already.

You can enable the Safari pop-up blocker on your computer, too.

Why You Should Block Ads

The main benefit of blocking ads is that you don't see advertising. However, there are other key benefits to using these anti-advertisement apps:

  • Websites load faster : Ads are extra elements on the page that have to load, and ads often stream video or play animations. It takes time for the page to fully download and often causes other things like non-ad images and videos to take longer to display.
  • You'll be more secure : Many ads are vectors for malware. Infected ads hit a network, even a legitimate one, to disrupt your device.
  • You use less data : When you no longer see ads, you won't use your monthly data allowances to load ads. Some ad-blocking apps claim to save you lots of data. While their numbers may be inflated, you'll reduce your data usage to some degree because ad images and videos don't download to your phone.
  • A longer-lasting battery : Downloading ads, just like downloading anything in Safari, requires energy. One way to have a longer-lasting battery is to stop downloading so much data, which is what happens when you use an ad blocker.

Why You Shouldn't Block Ads

One downside you might encounter when you block ads on your iPhone is that some websites don't load properly. Some sites detect whether their ads load, and if ads don't load, you can't use the site until you unblock their ads.

Almost every site on the internet makes the majority of its money by showing advertising to its readers. If the ads are blocked, the site doesn't get paid. The money made from advertising pays writers and editors, funds server and bandwidth costs, buys equipment, pays for photography and travel, and more. Without that income, it's possible that a site you visit every day could go out of business. Consider supporting your favorite sites by whitelisting them, so ads on those sites still display.

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Best ad blockers for iPhone and iPad in 2022

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If you're tired of all the ads but don't want to use Reader View every time you surf the web, you can add content blockers to your iPhone or iPad, which will put them out of sight and help keep your activities private while you're online.

Ad blockers work in Safari and are only available on devices that support 64-bit architecture. In order to use an ad blocker after you've downloaded it, you'll need to enable it in Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

How to block ads on your iPhone and iPad

Here are the best ad blockers for iPhone and iPad.

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1Blocker is really customizable. You can set different rules for blocking ads, trackers, cookies, website comments, Twitter and Facebook widgets, adult websites, and more. Plus, you can add your favorite sites to the Whitelist ( ahem , iMore) and block specific websites from access at all. You can also customize whether to block or allow cookies and page elements from specific sites.

1Blocker is free to download, but it's really more of a trial version. For a $4.99 in-app purchase, you'll be able to unlock the ability to use more than one feature at a time. If your ad-blocking needs are minimal, you'll have a great experience with the free download and just blocking ads or trackers. But if you're looking at 1Blocker, it's probably because you want the advanced features, like custom rules, a Whitelist extension for Safari, and iCloud syncing so your ad block settings are synced across all your iOS devices.

If you really want to customize your web browsing experience, and like the idea of being able to set up rules for different websites, the full, in-app purchase of 1Blocker is worth it.

Free with in-app purchases - Download now

AdGuard blocks dozens of different types of ads to speed up your Safari browsing on iPhone and iPad. You can set up rules for specific websites and manually block ads from sites as you visit them using the Share sheet in Safari. You can also use at least two dozen preset filter lists, like EasyList, Malware Domains, and EasyPrivacy, on top of the AdGuard filters. It blocks trackers from social media sites and basically cleans up Safari so your browsing experience is smoother.

With the pro version of AdGuard for $1.99, you can add the ability to use a local DNS proxy to block ads outside of Safari in other web browsers and apps.

Get AdGuard for a clean, fast web browsing experience in Safari.

Free - Download now

If you want a simple ad blocker for iOS Safari, then you should give Wipr a try. This lightweight blocker provides hassle-free blocking just by activating it. Wipr automatically updates itself to make sure that you don't see unwanted ads. However, due to the barebones simplicity that Wipr is known for, you won't find any customizable settings or whitelist options for the sites that you want to support. And best of all, Wipr does not take money in order to let certain ads show up, unlike some other ad blockers that have caused controversy in the past.

Wipr also has an active developer who is always available for support if you have issues.

$2 with in-app purchases - Download now

AdBlock Pro for Safari

If you're serious about blocking ads and want the best feature set, then AdBlock Pro for Safari is what you need. AdBlock will improve your overall Safari experience by blocking all ads, including normal ads and banners, autoplay ads, those pesky fake "x" button ads, scrolling banners, timed popups, redirects to "xxx" sites, YouTube ads in Safari, and no more online tracking. With all of these available ad-blocking options, you will get 2x faster browsing in Safari and over 50 percent lower data usage. AdBlock Pro can even bypass those anti-adblock detectors, sync your settings between devices via iCloud, and much more.

AdBlock Pro is a beefy ad-blocker that gives you a ton of options to improve your online experience. It may have a higher price tag than you would expect, but it's well worth the cost to have a little less annoyance in your online life.

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Ka-Block! is an open-sourced content blocker for iOS that works with Safari through an extension. With Ka-Block!, you're going to find a fast and curated filter list that will eliminate pretty much all of those annoying ads you'll find on the Internet. The pesky trackers are also blocked with Ka-Block!, so you don't need to worry about those.

With Ka-Block!, you're getting a fast and lightweight content blocker that costs nothing and is constantly updated.

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Best ad blockers for iPhone and iPad in 2023

Ads are the most annoying part of accessing the internet from your iPhone. I get it! If you are tired of stumbling upon an ad every few seconds, I have curated a list of the best ad blockers for iPhone and iPad. They will not only enhance your surfing experience but also prevent tracking of your online activities. But before you get to the list, let’s learn more about these blockers.

Where can I block ads using ad blockers on iPhone?

You can block ads on iPhone and iPad for Safari browser only. The feature is supported for devices with 64-bit architecture. Here’s how you can block pop-up ads using Safari settings on iPhone and iPad.

  • In the Settings app on your iPhone and iPad, locate and tap Safari .
  • Now toggle on Block Pop-ups and Fraudulent Website Warning .

Note : The setting, as it says, will only help you block pop-up windows and prevent fraudulent websites. This doesn’t completely block ads from your online journey.

Hence, if you want to block all forms of ads on iPhone and iPad completely, you’d need third-party apps to do so. To help you learn about the same and install them on your device, I have prepared a list of the 5 best iPhone adblocker apps. Let’s have a look.

What are the best ad blockers for iPhone and iPad?

  • Ad Blocker: Safari Adblock
  • Adblock Plus
  • Avast Secure Browser

1. 1Blocker: Privacy & Ad Blocke‪r

1Blocker Privacy and Ad Blocker iPhone app screenshot

The application has proven its expertise in blocking ads, trackers, and other annoying elements on sites you visit. Being a native app, 1Blocker serves you impeccably and getting rid of all of them, and offers a smooth experience while surfing the web. It also delivers a range of customization options to empower your security and privacy further.

While there’s a premium version, as part of its free services, you can use features like enabling anyone blocking category, allowlist sites through Safari extension, and sync devices using iCloud.

Price : Free (In-app purchases starting $1.99)

Compatibility : iOS/iPadOS 13.0 or later

2. AdGuard: adblock&privac‪y

AdGuard best ad blocker app for iPhone screenshot

The app allows you to remove all forms of ads from your Safari browser and eventually boost its performance by making it 4x faster. You’ll also experience a significant increase in battery life by blocking banners and ads from your Safari browser and reducing data consumption.

All of this and much more is attained using more than 50 subscriptions, including easylist, easyprivacy, etc., combined with AdGuards in-house robust ad-filters. The app also offers a premium version, which further adds features like custom filters, DNS privacy, security filters, etc.

Price : Free (In-app purchases starting $0.99)

Compatibility : iOS/iPadOS 11.2 or later

3. AdLock: Ads & Adware removal

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AdLock is a comprehensive ad-blocker for your iPhone and iPad that prevents all kinds of ads on Safari while being resource-efficient. It’s a breeze to set up and use with minimal effort needed on your part.

You can enjoy a distraction-free reading experience on the web and get rid of annoying video and audio ads on services like Youtube, Twitch, Crunchyroll, etc.

It can even bypass ad-block walls that prevent you from viewing content if using a generic ad-blocking tool. Pretty nifty! 

Further, AdLock keeps you safe from third-party trackers, adware/malware attacks, all forms of online tracking scripts, and bugs run by advertisers like Google, Facebook, and others.

It stops you from visiting malicious websites and protects against viruses, phishing attacks, and scammers. 

What’s more? You can fully customize it to allow ads on specific sites and select which kind of ads to block. All this makes it well worth the small annual price. 

Price : Free (Yearly subscription for $4.99)

Compatibility : iOS/iPadOS 12.1 or later 

4. Ad Blocker: Safari Adblock

Ad Blocker Safari Adblock iPhone App Screenshot

AdBlocker lets you enjoy browsing Safari and work efficiently without ads and pop-ups. Also, you can have peace of mind as all web trackers will be blocked, thereby ensuring protection for your data. You can also use the feature on websites in various languages, and not just English. Besides, it boosts web surfing by using minimal device resources and conserves battery life and Wi-Fi/cellular data.

Moreover, parents can use it to prevent teenagers from visiting restricted sites. If you don’t want to block ads on any particular site, you may add that to the white list. Other than blocking ads and trackers, the app bans malicious websites that may affect your device. If you want the advanced features, you may purchase the premium versions.

Price : Free (In-app purchases starts from $1.99)

Compatibility : iOS 13.0 or later

5. Adblock Plus for Safari (ABP‪)

Adblock Plus iPhone app screenshot

The ad-blocking app for iPhone and iPad is free of cost and has no hidden price with it. However, this doesn’t let it compromise with features and user-privacy. It boasts more than 50 million users worldwide.

Perhaps this is why it offers a custom language setting to block region-specific ads. The app is easy to set up and helps you save battery life by blocking ads and other hindrances in your online experience. Also, you get to take the benefit of its in-built privacy protection using anti-tracking.

Price : Free

Compatibility : iOS/iPadOS 10.0 or later

Wipr best ad blocker app for iPhone screenshot

The app is designed to block trackers, ads, GDPR notices, EU cookies, cryptocurrency miners, and everything else that may compromise your privacy and hinder your online experience. It utilizes an enhanced blocklist to prevent trackers from fetching your data and other activities.

The best part about the app is they allow nothing from anyone (even against money) and follow a strict ‘No ads’ policy. Not just this, the blocklist gets updated every quarter to enhanced protection and privacy in the consistently changing webspace.

Price : $1.99

Compatibility : iOS/iPadOS 12.0 or later

7. Avast Secure Browse‪r

Avast ad blocker app for iPhone screenshot

Most of us have heard or used the app at least once. However, we’ve known it for its protection against viruses and malware. This Avast app offers all-around protection, including VPN , ad-blocker, and data encryption. It boasts more than 400 million users and offers features including automatic privacy, faster browsing without ads, robust encryption, built-in VPN, custom browsing modes, private video downloader, cross-platform sync, etc.

Price : Free (In-app purchases starting $1.49)

Most ad blocker apps offer the same features. However, the difference comes with some new features, price, and interface. If I have to name one, I’ll count Avast considering its additional features and vivid price range.

This is one misconception many people have. Ad blockers neither track you nor record your browsing history or fetch your data.

Ad-blockers don’t do it directly. However, they prevent you from viruses and malware that may attack your device through ads.

If you are accessing YouTube through your Safari browser and have an ad blocker installed, you can block the ads. However, for the YouTube app, ad blockers can’t help. To block ads in the YouTube app, you need to subscribe to YouTube Premium.

You can use third-party apps like adblocker to block ads on your iPhone apps. I would suggest you check the app description first, as not all ad-blocking apps offer mobile apps functionality. You may also have to pay an amount to unlock this feature.

Ready for an ad-free experience?

I have tried covering all possible ways you can block ads on iPhone and iPad. It’s important to acknowledge that the new iOS privacy policy refrains apps and websites to track your online activities. It does not stop them from showing ads. For an ultimate experience, you’ll have to install a third-party app. I hope one out of the listed five will match your expectations.

Let me know which worked out for you or if you have any questions in the comments below.

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  • Best security apps for iPhone and iPad
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Hello. I have an iPhone 13 Pro and I’m trying to figure out which adblocker app for iOS would allow me to specifically block certain ads, such as those from “Saks Fifth Avenue”. I’m not necessarily looking to block all ads, I just want to block certain ads, such as “Saks Fifth Avenue”. Which app would be best for that? Thank you.

Hey, Unfortunately, there is no way to block certain genres of apps; it is either all or none. And while that’s not the ideal way, you can turn off cross-site tracking ( Settings → Safari → toggle off Prevent Cross-Site Tracking). After this, third parties can track your activities and share ads as per your interest, and you may not get such apps.

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Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Ad blocking on iphone with adblock plus · 2020-10-12 12:26 by aisha sharipzhan, how to install and activate.

  • Download the Adblock Plus for Safari app from the App Store on your device.
  • Open your iPhone settings, type in Safari in the search bar and go into the Safari app’s settings.
  • Under General, tap on Content Blockers where you can turn on Adblock Plus.

Now you know how to block ads on Safari! Free and easy!

If you are having difficulty with activation, you can also open up the Adblock Plus for Safari app itself and find a brief video with easy-to-follow instructions.

How ad blocking on iPhone works

When looking up how to block ads on iPhone, most people are hoping to find information on blocking ads within individual social networking apps such as the Facebook or YouTube apps. Unfortunately, ad blocking on mobile devices does not work this way as it could lead to potential security issues within such apps. That’s why our suggestion is to use an extension that lets you block ads on Safari where you can then easily visit your favorite social networking sites like Facebook or YouTube via the Safari mobile browser app.

Annoying ads aren’t the only reason to use an ad blocker on iPhone. Adblock Plus for Safari also helps increase your device’s security, protecting you from viruses and malware that can hide behind ads. No ads also means fewer data to download, which saves your internet data and battery charge.

Adblock Plus for Safari is a great option for ad blocking on iPhone, and it’s totally free! Download it now so you can watch those entertaining videos, read the latest news, and scroll through your social media accounts on your phone with more security and without annoying disruptions!

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Adblock Plus as a trusted team must provide an alternative to block unwanted content for who don’t have the ability to install an app.

Here i am talking about a DNS server.

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Block pop-up ads and windows in Safari

Learn how to block pop-up windows and handle persistent ads on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Pop-ups can be ads, notices, offers, or alerts that open in your current browser window, in a new window, or in another tab. Some pop-ups are third-party ads that use phishing tactics such as warnings or prizes to trick you into believing they’re from Apple or another trusted company, so that you’ll share personal or financial information. Or they might claim to offer free downloads, software updates, or plug-ins to try to trick you into installing unwanted software.

Use these tips to help manage pop-ups and other unwanted interruptions.

Avoid interacting with pop-ups

Unless you’re confident that they are a legitimate ad, avoid interacting with pop-ups or webpages that seem to take over your screen.

If you see an annoying pop-up ad in Safari, you can go to the Search field and enter a new URL or search term to browse to a new site. If you don’t see the Search field on your iPhone or iPad, tap the top of the screen to make it appear.

Some pop-ups and ads have fake buttons that resemble a close button, so use caution if you try to close a pop-up or ad. If you're not sure, avoid interacting with it and close the Safari window or tab.

On your Mac, you can quit Safari, then press and hold the Shift key while opening Safari. This prevents Safari from automatically reopening any windows or tabs that were open.

Update your software

Always install the latest software updates for all of your Apple products. Many software releases have important security updates and may include improvements that help control pop-ups.

The safest way to download apps for your Mac is from the App Store. If you need software that isn’t available from the App Store, get it directly from the developer or another reliable source, rather than through an ad or link.

Check Safari settings

On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Safari.

Turn on Block Pop-ups.

Turn on Fraudulent Website Warning.

On your Mac, open Safari and choose Safari > Settings (or Preferences) from the menu bar.

In the Websites tab , you can configure options to allow or block some or all pop-ups .

In the Security tab , turn on the setting to warn when visiting a fraudulent website.

If adware or other unwanted software is installed on Mac

If you see pop-ups on your Mac that just won’t go away, you might have unintentionally downloaded and installed adware (advertising-supported software) or other unwanted software. Certain third-party download sites might include software that you don’t want along with the software that you do.

If you think that you might have malware or adware on your Mac:

Update to the latest version of macOS. If your Mac is already using the latest version, restart your Mac. macOS includes a built-in tool that removes known malware when restarting.

Check your Applications folder to see if you have any apps that you don't expect. You can uninstall those apps .

Check the Extensions tab in Safari settings to see if you installed any unnecessary extensions. You can turn extensions off .

If you continue to see advertising or other unwanted programs on your Mac, contact Apple.

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Best ad-blocks for Safari in 2024: Browse ad-free on Mac & iOS

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The web is full to the brim with adverts for all sorts of products and services, so what better piece of kit to invest in than a high-functioning and reliable ad-blocker?

In this article, we've taken a look at the best ad-blockers for Safari. These apps make for a faster, safer, and better browsing experience. 

What is the best ad-block for Safari?

Here's a quick look at the best ad-blockers for Safari. A more detailed analysis can be found further on in this article. 

  • Total Adblock - Best adblocker for Safari. A secure ad-blocker Safari extension for iOS devices. Premium plan includes anti-virus protection and an exclusive YouTube ad-blocker.
  • CleanWeb - Surfshark’s multi-purpose ad-blocker removes all ads from Safari before the page displays – including video ads. The blocker forms part of the Surfshark CleanWeb service, which comes free with all subscriptions.
  • AdLock - A great standalone solution, which works with browsers and apps across all popular platforms.
  • AdGuard - The best buy ad-blocker for Safari. Another great choice for blocking ads on this popular browser, with loads of customization.
  • Wipr - A beginner-friendly ad-blocker for iOS and macOS. It's a solid service for Safari that's a breeze to set up and even simpler to use.

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Why are these the best ad-blockers for Safari?

If you have looked for an adblocker for Safari before, then you will know that there are hundreds of services out there. We have chosen services with the following properties:

  • Great apps and browser extensions
  • Works on iOS and Mac
  • Secure services

Not all of the services on the list have a free option, however, four of the five services on the list do. 

An in-depth look at the best ad-blockers for Safari

Below we take a closer look at the best ad-block software for Safari. If you still need more information about any of the services in this list, click through to the provider's website. 

1. Total Adblock Editor's Choice | January 2024

Total Adblock

Total Adblock is a very secure ad-blocker for Safari browser on iOS devices. If you upgrade to premium, you get full protection with malware and TotalAV (anti-virus) protection.

  • Premium: Block Unlimited Ads + FREE Total AV: $2.42/mth 70% OFF
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TotalWebShield feature by Total Adblock

Total AdBlock is an excellent adblocking solution for Safari on iOS devices. Unfortunately, Safari extension with this ad-blocker is not yet available for Mac devices, however, it efficiently removes all types of annoying ads on iPhones and iPads. But don't worry! If you're a Mac user, you can still use this ad-blocker with all the other popular browsers, including Chrome , Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Opera.

Total Adblock also takes care of your online privacy by blocking trackers and third-party cookies. So you can surf on Safari (and other browsers) without worrying that some advertisers and third-party companies might snoop on your activities or collect your data. And, with its exclusive features like YouTube ad-blocker, your overall online experience becomes much more pleasant, faster, and safer.

If you're looking to enhance browsing in your whole household, consider subscribing to premium, which allows you to block unlimited ads throughout the year. Plus, you'll get anti-malware and anti-virus protection for free, and a generous 30-day money-back guarantee to try all these out with peace of mind.

2. CleanWeb

CleanWeb

CleanWeb is Surfshark’s combined ad-blocker, pop-up blocker, and malware and data breach alert service. It’s free with Surfshark subscriptions and easily enabled within the iOS and macOS apps.

  • 1 month: $12.95/mth
  • 24 months + 2 months FREE: $2.3/mth 82% OFF
  • 12 months: $3.99/mth 69% OFF

Surfshark’s CleanWeb is an ad-blocker and pop-up blocker, as well as a way of finding out about data breaches and occurrences of site-based malware. The service is available as part of every Surfshark VPN subscription, and available for Safari via the iOS and macOS apps.

Surfshark's CleanWeb comprises four main features.

The ad-blocker removes all adverts from pages you start the process of opening – including the video ads favored by streaming platforms.

The pop-up blocker stops cookie requests from appearing every time you visit a site. The feature acts in the background to reject any that are possible to reject. Of those that can’t be rejected, the blocker only accepts those that are strictly necessary in order to use the site.

The third feature – the data breach alert – lets you know if a site you’re visiting has ever been breached. If so, it provides details of the number of exposed accounts and the date the breach happened.

The malware detector lets you know whether any website you’re visiting has ever been corrupted by malware or a virus.

The Surfshark ad-blocker can be toggled on and off.

AdLock will transform your Safari browsing experience with its great filtering and customization. Plus, it's affordable and offers multiple subscription plans.

  • 60 months: $1.05/mth 70% OFF
  • 12 months: $2.28/mth 35% OFF
  • 1 month: $3.5/mth

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AdLock is certainly one of the pricier ad-blockers around, but still a steal for what you're getting. For a little over $22 dollars a year, you'll have an ultra-reliable piece of kit that works extremely well with Safari. It's available as both an iPhone app and a Mac app, blocking both adverts and the tracking that goes on when you visit websites.

AdLock does not pander to the acceptable ads policy, meaning it blocks all adverts without compromise. This ad-blocker seems to work with just about every site we visit, from streaming sites to social media, but you can also whitelist sites you'd like to support financially. 

AdLock can be installed on up to 5 devices at the same time, which means you can use it on any device for which Safari is your default browser. It also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can road-test its product and decide for yourself if it does what it says on the tin. Overall, it's easy to use and one of the best additions to your day-to-day browsing experience you could invest in.

AdGuard

AdGuard is the best value-for-money ad-blocker for Safari. A widely used, open-source ad-blocker, with apps for all your devices.

  • Free extensions: $0/mth
  • 1 yr personal license/3 devices: $29.88/mth
  • lifetime personal license/3 devices: $59.99/mth
  • 1 yr family license/9 devices: $65.88/mth
  • lifetime family license/9 devices: $129.99/mth

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AdGuard is an ad-blocker I use regularly. Set up takes a matter of seconds and once you download it, it works brilliantly with Safari. You can choose exactly which kind of adverts and tracking script you'd like to block; it's highly configurable software but the user interface on devices like iPhone are quite easy to navigate.

By blocking tracking scripts, AdGuard will make the pages you open appear quicker simply because they have much less to load. If AdGuard does miss things – a rarity, but something does occasionally happen – there's a feature that allows you to identify certain adverts and remove them. 

The above function is one thing that can be performed with Adguard Assistant, an AdGuard extension that lets you change things up without having to leave the browser. You can add a specific website to a "do not block" list and report the website if it somehow manages to serve you ads, as well as block them as mentioned previously. AdGuard now also operates a VPN service with 44 locations across the globe too and runs a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Wipr

Wipr is an easy-to-use ad-blocker for iOS and macOS. It's a dedicated ad-blocker for iOS and macOS operating systems.

Wipr is available exclusively on macOS and iOS. It is designed to be set up once and left alone to run on Safari in the background, with its blocklist automatically updating twice a week. Although it isn't a hugely customizable app, it blocks both the adverts and the trackers that become active when you visit websites, as well as also dealing with any cryptocurrency miners and things like EU/GDPR notices that might cause you problems. 

Wipr has an active developer that regularly updates a blog on Wipr's main page, and you can contact him yourself if you have any issues with the app or suggestions you'd like to make. At just $1.99, too, it's a very small price to pay for a significant increase in page loading speed when you use Safari. 

AdBlock

Adblock is the original ad-blocker for iOS.

Adblock is another ad-blocker that works excellently with Safari. It has a local DNS proxy service – which you can enable and disable at will – that will let you see exactly what domains your device is contacting, and you can create your own blocking rules, which Adblock recommends you tie to rules you can find online. You can use it on multiple devices and sync up all your rules with iCloud. 

The vast majority of customers report an excellent experience with Adblock on the App Store too, which is always a good sign, and Adblock's ad-serves update automatically, so once you have it downloaded, there's not much more you need to do!

7. 1Blocker

1Blocker

1Blocker X is the descendant of one of the first blocking apps for Apple and optimised for Safari.

  • Free version: $0/mth
  • Premium: $2.99/mth
  • /year: $14.99/mth

1Blocker X has over 43,000 blocking rules at its disposal to remove ads from the websites you visit, as well as 13,000 known trackers that it can block without breaking a sweat. 1Blocker X makes the lofty but evidenced claim that you can reduce your data usage by 50% by installing its app, which will also stop your browsing time draining your battery too. 

One thing I really like about 1Blocker X is its support section on its website, which takes you through how to create groups of custom rules as well as various troubleshooting methods for different problems you may encounter. There is also a blog that describes in detail updates and new features and they've got a Safari extension that will allow you to block ads straight from your browser.

What is an ad-blocker?

An ad-blocker is an application that will remove or alter adverts on the web pages you visit. When you click on a website, the webpage loads a number of scripts in order to display the content. Some of these scripts are related to adverts on the page. Ad-blockers analyze these scripts whilst webpages load, compare them to a list of known advertising scripts, and block what they recognize (with varying degrees of success). 

Due to the fact that advertisements are necessarily connected to tracking (a lot of adverts you'll see are served to you because of information gathered by trackers from your browsing history and activity on websites), the other crucial thing ad-blockers do is to prevent tracking scripts from running on your device. 

If you're in the market for an ad-blocker, remember that they come in all shapes and sizes, from browser extensions to fully-fledged apps. VPN companies like NordVPN and Surfshark provide ad-blockers as part of their services – which is an excellent way to get ad-blocking that will work on any browser – including Safari.

Safari browser vs Safari app 

When you're using a handheld Apple product like an iPhone or an iPad, you can head over to the App Store to download an ad-blocking app. On a Mac or a Macbook, ad-blockers are available as both Safari extensions or standalone Mac apps . 

However, these are, for the purpose of getting you up and running with an ad-blocker, essentially the same thing. They're just found in slightly different places. 

How to install an ad-blocker on Safari 

Ad-blocker apps.

  • Search the app store for your chosen ad-blocker. 
  • Download and install the app on your chosen device. 
  • Go to your device settings and tap ' Safari '. 
  • Scroll down to and click on the menu item entitled ' Content Blockers '. 
  • Toggle on the ad-blocker settings you'd like active. 

Ad-blocker browser extensions

Make sure you have the latest macOS update installed and Safari up to date. Extensions are only available on devices with Safari 12 onwards. 

  • Click on Safari in the top left-hand corner. 
  • Select Safari Extensions from the drop-down menu. 
  • Wait for the App Store to automatically open on the extensions page. 
  • Search for the ad-blocker you'd like to add. 
  • Click Get underneath the ad-blocker extension.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID if required and start the download. 
  • Click install to get the app up and running.
  • Open the extension and follow any subsequent instructions.
  • Click on Safari in the top right corner once more.
  • Select Preferences from the drop-down menu. 
  • Tick the checkbox next to the ad-blocker you downloaded. 

Ad-blocker apps on the Mac App store

  • Search for your chosen Ad-blocker on the Mac App Store. 
  • Click Get . 
  • Select Install to set the ad-blocker up on your device.
  • Click Open .
  • Enable the app in Safari.
  • Check  the relevant boxes in Safari Preferences. 

Can I whitelist certain websites or ads while using an ad-blocker on Safari?

Most ad blockers let you whitelist specific websites and services. This is an important feature as it allows you to support websites that are funded by ads - by allowing them to load on that domain (or subdomain). This also allows you to comply when a website refuses to load until you have turned off your ad-block.

Some ad blockers even give you granular control over which ads you can see. This allows you to allow certain ads to be displayed, while still keeping the ad blocker turned on for that website.

Are ad-blockers legal to use in Safari?

Yes. There is nothing illegal about blocking ads and trackers on Safari. It is your right to use an ad blocker to save data and get better page load times. However, some services may ask you to turn off your ad blocker to continue.

Those services are supported financially by ads, and they cannot afford for users to bypass ads, which are often the only (or a primary) source of revenue. If you choose to support that website and its operations, you may decide to allow ads on that website in order to help support them financially. 

Despite the fact that some services are funded by ads, it is not illegal to block ads, and you will not be prosecuted for using an ad blocker. On the other hand, it may be against the Terms of Services to use an ad block on some websites and services. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis, so be sure to understand the terms before using an ad blocker. This is the case with Twitch, for example.

Under these circumstances, you could potentially have your account or membership canceled for breaking the rules. However, in our experience, it is pretty unheard of for someone to lose an account simply for blocking ads. 

Are free ad blockers for Safari safe?

Free ad blockers for Safari can be safe, but it depends on the specific one and its developers. However, they need access to your data to work, which can raise privacy concerns.

Ad blockers function by identifying and blocking ads on web pages, which requires access to the information on the pages you visit. Some free ad blockers may not block all ads, may break some websites, or may collect or sell your data.

Paid ad blockers often offer more features and better privacy protection, but the choice between free and paid depends on your needs and preferences. Our list of the best ad blockers above and this article will help you make an informed decision.

Final thoughts

If you're a Safari user, investing in an ad-blocker is a no-brainer. To save you scrolling back up, here's a reminder of our top picks for the browser:

Total Adblock

From $0.00 /month

Best adblocker for Safari. A secure ad-blocker Safari extension for iOS devices. Premium plan includes anti-virus protection and an exclusive YouTube ad-blocker.

CleanWeb

From $2.30 /month

Surfshark’s multi-purpose ad-blocker removes all ads from Safari before the page displays – including video ads. The blocker forms part of the Surfshark CleanWeb service, which comes free with all subscriptions.

AdLock

From $1.05 /month

A great standalone solution, which works with browsers and apps across all popular platforms.

AdGuard

The best buy ad-blocker for Safari. Another great choice for blocking ads on this popular browser, with loads of customization.

Wipr

A beginner-friendly ad-blocker for iOS and macOS. It's a solid service for Safari that's a breeze to set up and even simpler to use.

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How to block ads on iPhone & iPad

Martyn Casserly

Advertising appears to be a necessary nuisance on the internet. It remains the primary method for paying content creators, allowing sites (such as the one you’re reading) to avoid paywalls or subscriptions – but sometimes adverts go too far in terms of distraction and intrusiveness.

When you find the constant barrage of consumerism too much, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s pleasantly easy to block ads when using Safari on your iPhone or iPad. In this article, we show how.

How do I stop pop-up ads on my iPhone?

iOS has a built-in pop-up-blocker. Open Settings and go to Safari, then tap the toggle next to Block Pop-ups.

This is a good start, but for the full-fat ad-blocking experience we’ll need to install a third-party content blocker, which occupies the next step.

How to block ads on iPhone & iPad: Pop-up blocker in Settings

How to install an ad blocker on iPhone & iPad

Blocking ads on your iPhone or iPad is a three-step process:

  • Install a third-party content blocker app (such as AdGuard).
  • In iOS Settings, grant the app permission to block content.
  • Fine-tune the app’s filters so it blocks adverts in the way you wish.

The way ad blockers work is through Safari extensions . This feature has been around since iOS 9 and isn’t solely restricted to removing pesky adverts – in fact, there’s a wide variety of useful add-ons.

To set up an ad blocker you’ll first need to acquire one from the App Store. You’ll find plenty of options, such as AdBlock Plus and AdGuard . For this tutorial we’ve opted for AdGuard, but the instructions will be virtually identical for any ad blocker.

Install AdGuard and open it. On the main page you’ll notice a message in red that states ‘Protection is disabled’. This is because it requires permission from iOS to do its thing.

Go back to the home screen and select Settings > Safari, then look in the General section for Content Blockers. (This option appears only when you have a relevant app installed.) Tap it and you’ll see a list of any ad blockers you have installed.

AdGuard has multiple toggles for the various kinds of content blocking (six, at time of writing, up from the five when the company made its demo video). Tap those related to the blocking you want AdGuard to do so they turn green; we’re going to enable them all.

How to block ads on iPhone & iPad: AdGuard permissions

Open AdGuard once more and the red warning should have been replaced by a placid green message (or an orange one if you’ve enabled only some of the permissions), meaning you’re able to start configuring the app. This isn’t as daunting as it sounds, because AdGuard has a set of defaults aimed at ensuring a speedy, ad-free online experience.

You can see what this default contains by tapping the cog icon (Settings) at the top right and then Filters. You can see which filters are enabled by checking for the green toggles next to their names. (Some are disabled on the free version of the app.)

Each blocker will have different methods for setting up filters, so check the help sections to discover the way it’s done on that particular app. One of the advantages of AdGuard is that it features a video to take you through the steps: open Settings, then tap About > How to use.

Exempt sites from blocking using whitelists

Consider using the whitelist feature. This instructs the blocker to exempt certain websites, meaning adverts will still appear when you’re visiting them. This is a good thing because it allows the sites to receive revenue and continue providing you with the content you enjoy. Use this feature on sites with unobtrusive advertising which you wish to support.

To exempt a website in AdGuard, you’ll need to open Safari and navigate to the site in question. When there, tap the share button (the one that looks like a square with an arrow pointing out of the top), scroll down, and tap AdGuard.

At the top of the pop-up menu that appears, you’ll get the option to enable or disable AdGuard’s blocking on this page. You can also fine-tune your blocking further by selecting an element on the page to block now and in future.

How to block ads on iPhone and iPad: Whitelists

Remember ad blockers only work in Safari, so any articles you click on in Facebook, Twitter or other apps will not have the blocker activated.

An added benefit of a blocker is that you should end up using less data, as adverts are often visual and therefore larger to download than the text on any given web page. You may also see (very slightly) better battery life .

Are ad blockers safe?

For the most part ad blockers are as safe as any other app on the Store. There were some controversial ones a little while back which Apple removed, following reports that they were running man-in-the-middle attacks. But for the most part, they are safe to use.

Content Blockers do, by their nature, monitor your web traffic and interfere with your web browsing, and for this reason you should stick to the major apps, such as the ones mentioned above.

Is using an ad blocker a good thing?

Now, here’s the rub.

Everyone likes to enjoy the free content available on the web. Paywalls are generally frowned upon, and not many sites have made them work.

But – and this is important – the only way that sites are able to create such great content and provide it to you at no cost is through advertisers paying them for access to the readership.

It was a similar story when magazines and newspapers ruled the information highway, but back then you couldn’t have the publication automatically eviscerate its ads before you enjoyed the articles. Not unless you had a very dutiful butler with a sharp pair of scissors.

Therefore it’s important that publishers gain that ad revenue in order to pay their staff, continue to exist, and produce features such as the one you’re reading.

Ads can be unpleasant; that’s certainly true. So if you find a regular haunt whose content you enjoy, but uses intrusive ads, write to the editor and complain. This can be fed back to the advertisers and hopefully bring about a change on the site that benefits everyone.

If you do use an ad blocker generally, then consider opting for one with a whitelist, and put your favourite sites on that list. The non-intrusive settings available on apps such as Crystal also allow you to contribute to the financial wellbeing of a site by rewarding advertising that respects the reader.

In the end, it’s up to your own conscience. You can block all ads, take content, and no one will be knocking on your door with a warrant for your arrest.

Just be prepared to live in a world where the streets are littered with dishevelled ex-journalists, holding out their withered hands to you as they plaintively cry “50p for a how-to tutorial, guv’nor?”

And that’s it! We hope this tutorial has been helpful. For more advice on ways to tweak your iPhone experience, take a look at our guide to the Best Safari extensions .

Author: Martyn Casserly , Contributor

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Martyn has been involved with tech ever since the arrival of his ZX Spectrum back in the early 80s. He covers iOS, Android, Windows and macOS, writing tutorials, buying guides and reviews for Macworld and its sister site Tech Advisor.

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5 Best Ad blockers for iPhone and iPad

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If, like me, you’re getting increasingly annoyed by pop-ups appearing on your iPhone and iPad, you’ll be glad to know there’s a simple solution. Quality ad blockers for iOS will run silently on your device, preventing chatboxes, banners, pop ads, and other annoyances from bothering you.

Apple’s app store is full of free ad blocker options for iPhones, but in my experience, these are often less robust. Our recommended ad-blocking apps will intercept websites from spying, cookies from tracking, malicious connections and can even block ads on streaming sites like YouTube – features you’ll rarely find on a free app.

To help you cut through the notice, I’ve sifted through and tested ad blockers on the App Store to find the very best. If you don’t have time to read through the rest of the article, our results are summarized below.

The Best Ad blockers for iPhone and iPad List:

  • Total Adblock : My best pick for an iPhone and iPad ad-blocker. Able to stop ads from streaming sites and prevent social media trackers too. 
  • Adlock : Best budget adblocker or iPhone and iPad. Comprehensive blocking abilities and plenty of scope for customization. 
  • AdGuard : An open-source ad-blocker for iOS. Packed with features and has a wide range of filters to choose from. 
  • 1Blocker : One of the original ad-blocking apps for iPhone. One of the first companies to make a decent ad-blocker for iPhones and iPads. Still quality.
  • Wipr : An easy-to-use ad-blocker for iPhone users. It will also block cookies and trackers but is easy on the wallet. 

How we picked the best iOS ad-blocking apps

As I was testing the ad-blocking apps on the App Store, I had a very strict criteria for adblockers:

  • Value for money
  • Blocks ads beyond Safari
  • Customization
  • Additional safety

If you’re interested in knowing more about our testing methodology I cover it in more depth later in this guide.

The Best iPhone and iPad ad blockers: In-depth analysis

Here’s a list of the best adblockers for iPhone and iPad:

1. TotalAdblock

TotalAdblock is a seemingly simple app that can nevertheless deal with all types of ads, notifications and trackers.  

It removes banners, video ads and pop-ups from Safari by default, and provides custom filters to block web elements that you don’t approve of. These don’t necessarily need to be ads, but anything that you’d rather not be there while you browse.  

TotalAdblock also stops ads from appearing on sites using free-with-ad models, such as YouTube and Crunchyroll.  Cookies and trackers are removed and TotalAdblock also provides a dedicated filter for preventing social media sites from tracking you and placing “like” and “share” buttons on the sites you visit. 

The app can speed up loading times by removing cookie and privacy warnings – though you don’t necessarily want to do this for privacy warnings. Simply removing ads should sufficiently speed up the time it takes for pages to load. 

TotalAdblock can be configured to block websites and webpages known to distribute malware, or whitelist sites that you want left alone.

The basic TotalAdblock app is free, but you’ll need to pay an annual subscription to get access to the features listed above. This will also give you access to TotalAV virus protection and PC Tune-Up software too. 

TotalAdblock is compatible with iPhones running iOS 11.0 or later and iPads running iPadOS or later. 

  • Total ad-blocking
  • Stops social media tracking
  • Enables element blocking
  • Stops ads on streaming sites
  • Paid plan includes TotalAV antivirus
  • Annual subscription only for premium plan

BEST AD-BLOCKER:  app for iPhone and iPad. It offers comprehensive blocking of all types of advert, together with malware and virus protection.

Adlock is a powerful ad-blocker that blocks all pop-ups, auto-play ads, banners and unwanted redirects on both Safari sites and in apps. It also stops video and audio ads on streaming services such as Youtube, Twitch, and Crunchyroll – thanks to being able to evade anti-ad-blocker detection. 

Adlock works by applying a series of advertising filters based on EasyList technology (the most popular list used by ad-blockers). The developers recommend using between three and five filters, though you’re free to test and apply new filters in the app’s settings. Using the filters, you can choose what should be blocked on the web pages you visit – pop-up chat boxes, for example.

Additional features include blocking all forms of online tracking scripts and warnings about malicious websites, viruses, phishing attacks, and other forms of online scam. Adlock also enables you to whitelist particular pages or entire websites as desired.

Adlock is compatible with iPhones running iOS 12.1 or later, and iPad’s running iPadOS or later. 

  • Blocks all types of ads, including video
  • Bypasses ad-block walls
  • Spam and scam links warnings
  • Free trial period
  • Not the easiest for beginners

BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY OPTION: ad-blocker that stops unwanted ads on both websites and apps. 

AdGuard is a veteran provider in the world of ad-blocking. The open-source app removes all kinds of ads in Safari, including banners, pop-ups and video ads. You can whitelist your favorite websites or use a manual blocking tool to hide any elements on a page.

There are a selection of filters aimed directly at stopping trackers and web analytics – with around 50 to choose from in total. AdGuard also enables protection against malicious or fraudulent websites. 

The user-rules module lets you create your own rules — anything from simple allow-listing of a website to something more sophisticated.

AdGuard is ostensibly free, though you’ll need to pay a subscription to access many of the features mentioned above. Prices are based on either a year’s subscription, or a lifetime’s subscription. 

All plans come with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Alternatively, you can try AdGuard for free with a 14-day trial. AdGuard is compatible with iPhones running iOS 11.2 or later, and iPads running iPadOS 11.2 or later. 

  • Removes all types of ad 
  • Supports manual blocking
  • Plenty of filters to choose from
  • Sixty-day money-back guarantee
  • The app can sometimes freeze up
  • No monthly subscription option

HIGHLY ADAPTABLE:  with features and provides a robust ad-blocking service for iPhones and iPads.  

4. 1Blocker

1Blocker is a powerful, independently built-and-maintained app specifically designed for the iOS operating system. As it’s a web extension, it won’t block anything outside of the Safari browser.

When you launch the app, it tells Safari what should be blocked in advance, rather than blocking filtered elements of the already-downloaded page. This improves display speeds and preserves battery life. 

Blocking ads, cookies, comments and the like is as simple as checking the right boxes. Frequent rule updates ensure that your choices stay blocked. 

There are two versions of 1Blocker, with the free option offering less functionality. The paid-for version provides system-wide firewall protection from in-app trackers, a whitelist extension, and the option to sync your settings across all iOS devices. 

It also allows you to tailor the app using custom rules. These rules are divided into several categories, including: allow list, block sites, block cookies, hide elements, and make site https-only. The website has all the information you need to get started with creating custom rules. 

The app is compatible with iPhones running iOS 14.2 or later, and iPads running iPadOS 14.2 or later. New customers signing up to the free version can take advantage of a two-week free trial of the app’s premium features. 

  • Create custom rules
  • Whitelist extension available
  • Two-week free trial
  • Only works within Safari
  • Could confuse some users

PROVEN TRACK RECORD:  for iPhones and iPads, with plenty of scope for customization and a low subscription fee. 

Wipr is a straightforward and effective ad-blocker for Safari that can be set up in seconds. It blocks all ads, trackers , cryptocurrency miners, EU cookies and GDPR notices on web pages opened in Safari. That said, Wipr specifically states that it is not a security tool, so won’t block malicious, scam or phishing sites. 

Wipr can block ads on some apps, but only those that display websites using the Safari View Controller. This is essentially a screen managed by Safari that apps can use without needing to open the actual Safari browser. Apps like Tweetbot and some other social networking sites use it for all web links. 

If you find that opening sites such as YouTube still results in ads, you can try using the Wipr Extra extension. This provides blocking on a few sites where the Content Blocker API isn’t enough. Wipr Extra isn’t enabled by default as it requires full website access, which raises some privacy issues. If you do want to try it, you’ll need to be running at least iOS 15.

Wipr’s block-list is updated twice a week, which ensures few ads slip past it. You don’t need to do anything – the app will check for updates for you. Indeed, this is the beauty of Wipr on the whole – you don’t need to do anything beyond activating it. While this is great for some, it could be frustrating for those who prefer a little more control. 

The app is compatible with iPhones running iOS 12.0 or later, and iPads running iPadOS 12.0 or later. 

  • No acceptable ads
  • No custom rules
  • No whitelist options

GREAT FOR BEGINNERS:  that’s simple to install and offers impressive blocking ability. 

Methodology: How we chose the 5 best ad-block apps for iPhone and iPad

Being able to block ads is all well and good, but it’s something many people have come to expect from free apps. So what might we expect from a paid-for ad-blocker? We considered the following areas:

  • No acceptable ads: The whole point of an ad-blocker is to reduce your exposure to adverts. We don’t like those which allow paid adverts across their threshold. However, some do permit search ads, which are deemed helpful to the user. For example, contextual ads if you’re trying to buy something via a search engine. These types of advert are different to acceptable ads in that the ad-blocker isn’t receiving money for them.
  • Value for money: There are plenty of free ad-blockers out there, so we ask that paid-for versions can prove their worth. If they charge too much for a so-so service, then we don’t include them.
  • Blocks ads beyond Safari: Ad-blockers that can stop ads beyond just those displayed within Safari are preferred. Ideally, they should prevent ads in apps using free-with-ad models too, such as YouTube , Tubi, and Crunchyroll .
  • Customization: We like ad-blockers that allow for the creation of custom rules, and also those that let us add sites to a whitelist.
  • Additional safety: A good ad-blocker offers additional features, such as protection against malicious websites, viruses, and phishing attacks . 

Can I use a free ad-block for iPhone and iPad?

If you’ve already spent some time looking for an app to block ads, it’s likely you’ve already come across a number of free options. There are some free ad-block apps that do the job to a basic level. However, I found them to be not as robust as their paid counterparts. They were often employing less stringent blocking rules and came with a lot less customization.

If you come across one that seems to be providing a premium-level service without charging, it’s likely they will be generating an income through other means. Namely your data, or by gatekeeping your ad viewing experience. By limiting the ads you do see to only their “acceptable ads”, they can generate money from advertisers directly. But, this defeats the whole purpose of an ad blocker.

How to enable content blockers on iPhone and iPad

  • Download your chosen ad blocker to your iPhone.
  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap Safari .
  • Under General , tap Content Blockers .
  • Activate your chosen content blocker by toggling the switch next to it to the green ON position.

Will these ad blockers work on streaming sites?

Yes, but blocking ads on streaming sites like YouTube is a little more complex. However, some of my recommended ad-blocking apps are up to the task. When testing I had the most success with Total Adblock extension for the Chrome browser.

It does require some setup, but we provide a step-by-step guide in our how to block ads on YouTube guide, so head over there for more information.

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Yes – Apple first announced that ad blockers would begin working on iPhones in 2015. Developers were quick to react, with the result that the App store now has hundreds to choose from. If you haven’t yet decided on a third-party ad-blocker to use, you can make a start by stopping pop-ups using the iOS built-in pop-up-blocker. Follow these instructions:

  • Under General , toggling the switch next to Block Pop-ups to the green ON position.

What are ad-blocking filters?

Ad-blocking sites make frequent reference to filters , which are how ad blockers are told to recognise exactly what an advert – or other element to be blocked – looks like. Filtering rules help them to do this. 

A filtering rule is a line of code that can block an element on a website, or prevent ads from loading. Similar rules are combined into a group called a filter. Example filters include those that remove analytics tags, or one that blocks ads in a particular language. 

Do ad-blockers slow websites down?

No – in fact, they almost always speed things up. Adverts fund a great deal of the content we see online. Research suggests that the code used to generate ads – and also to gather analytical data – is responsible for between 50% and 60% of the total loading time of a page.

A decent ad-blocker – such as TotalAdblock – removes all the offending elements that your computer would otherwise waste time downloading. This includes web banners, pictures, pop-up windows and – worst of all – autoplay audio and video ads. This makes pages easier to read, as well as reducing the amount of bandwidth needed to access them. 

Ad-blockers have the additional benefit of improving online privacy by removing the number of cookies and stopping other behavioral tracking code from running. They can also protect you from malicious content, and will ultimately provide a better user experience overall. 

Do iPhones and iPads have a built-in ad-blocker?

Technically yes, IOS devices come with a built-in ad-blocker. So you might be wondering why you would invest in another. The truth is that these built-in solutions do the bare minimum. They might prevent some pop-ups and banners, but some fall through the cracks. There is also a lot less flexibility with the IOS ad-blocker, as you can’t set specific filters and exceptions like you can on a premium product. This is why we still recommend considering external software to protect your IOS device from ads.

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Are you tired of being bombarded with intrusive ads while browsing the web on Safari? If so, you're not alone. The good news is that there's a solution to this common frustration: Adblock. This powerful browser extension is designed to enhance your browsing experience by effectively blocking unwanted advertisements, pop-ups, and other forms of online clutter.

Adblock is a game-changer for Safari users who seek a cleaner, more streamlined online experience. By preventing disruptive ads from cluttering your screen, Adblock allows you to focus on the content that matters most to you. Whether you're conducting research, reading articles, or simply enjoying your favorite websites, Adblock empowers you to do so without the distraction of irrelevant and often obtrusive advertisements.

In addition to decluttering your browsing experience, Adblock also contributes to a faster and more efficient web navigation. By eliminating resource-heavy ads, Adblock helps to optimize page loading times, allowing you to access the content you desire with greater speed and ease. This not only saves you time but also conserves your device's resources, leading to a smoother and more enjoyable browsing experience overall.

Furthermore, Adblock plays a crucial role in safeguarding your online security and privacy. By blocking potentially malicious ads and pop-ups, Adblock reduces the risk of inadvertently clicking on harmful content that could compromise your device or personal information. This added layer of protection gives you peace of mind as you explore the vast landscape of the internet.

In the following sections, we'll delve into the process of installing Adblock on Safari, configuring its settings to suit your preferences, whitelisting specific websites, and managing filters to further customize your ad-blocking experience. With Adblock at your disposal, you can take control of your online environment and enjoy a more seamless, secure, and ad-free browsing experience on Safari.

Installing Adblock on Safari

Installing Adblock on Safari is a straightforward process that empowers you to take control of your browsing experience by effectively blocking unwanted ads. Follow these simple steps to equip your Safari browser with this powerful ad-blocking extension:

Open Safari Extension Gallery : Begin by launching your Safari browser and navigating to the Safari Extension Gallery. This can be accessed by clicking on the "Safari" menu at the top-left corner of your screen and selecting "Safari Extensions."

Search for Adblock : Once you're in the Safari Extension Gallery, use the search bar to look for "Adblock." This will display the Adblock extension, allowing you to proceed with the installation process.

Install Adblock : Click on the Adblock extension to view its details and description. After reviewing the information, click the "Install Now" button to initiate the installation process. Safari will prompt you to confirm the installation, so go ahead and click "Install" to proceed.

Complete Installation : Once the installation is complete, you'll receive a notification confirming that Adblock has been successfully added to your Safari browser. At this point, the Adblock icon should appear in your browser's toolbar, indicating that the extension is now active and ready to enhance your browsing experience.

Restart Safari (if necessary) : In some cases, Safari may require a restart for the Adblock extension to become fully functional. If prompted to do so, simply close and reopen your Safari browser to ensure that Adblock is properly integrated and ready to block unwanted ads.

By following these steps, you can seamlessly integrate Adblock into your Safari browser, effectively shielding yourself from the disruptive and often intrusive nature of online advertisements. With Adblock in place, you can look forward to a cleaner, more streamlined browsing experience that prioritizes the content you value most, while minimizing distractions and optimizing page loading times.

Once Adblock is successfully installed, you can proceed to configure its settings, whitelist specific websites, and manage filters to further customize your ad-blocking experience according to your preferences. With Adblock as your ally, you can navigate the web with greater ease, speed, and peace of mind, knowing that unwanted ads are effectively kept at bay.

Configuring Adblock settings

Configuring Adblock settings allows you to tailor the ad-blocking experience to align with your browsing preferences. Once Adblock is successfully installed on your Safari browser, you can customize its settings to optimize your online experience. Here's a detailed guide on how to configure Adblock settings to suit your needs:

Accessing Adblock Settings

To begin configuring Adblock settings, start by clicking on the Adblock icon located in the Safari toolbar. This will open the Adblock menu, providing access to various configuration options and preferences. Alternatively, you can access Adblock settings by navigating to the Safari Extensions preferences and selecting Adblock from the list of installed extensions.

General Settings

Within the Adblock settings menu, you'll find a range of options to customize the ad-blocking experience. One of the key settings to consider is the ability to enable or disable Adblock on specific websites. This feature allows you to whitelist or blacklist individual websites, granting you control over where ad-blocking is applied. Additionally, you can explore options to customize the appearance and behavior of the Adblock icon in the Safari toolbar, ensuring that it aligns with your preferred browsing environment.

Filter Lists

Adblock offers filter lists that serve as a foundation for blocking ads across the web. These lists are regularly updated to enhance ad-blocking efficiency and accuracy. In the settings menu, you can manage these filter lists, enabling you to subscribe to additional lists or disable existing ones based on your specific requirements. By fine-tuning the filter lists, you can optimize Adblock's ad-blocking capabilities to better align with your browsing habits and preferences.

Advanced Settings

For users seeking a more advanced level of customization, Adblock provides access to additional settings that allow for a deeper level of control. These advanced settings may include options to configure specific ad-blocking rules, customize element hiding, or adjust the level of ad-blocking strictness. By delving into these advanced settings, you can tailor Adblock to deliver a highly personalized ad-blocking experience that aligns with your unique browsing needs.

Automatic Updates

Adblock ensures that its filter lists and core functionality remain up to date by offering automatic updates. Within the settings menu, you can verify that automatic updates are enabled, ensuring that Adblock consistently delivers optimal ad-blocking performance without requiring manual intervention.

By navigating through the Adblock settings and customizing them to your preferences, you can harness the full potential of this powerful ad-blocking extension. Whether you're looking to fine-tune the ad-blocking experience, manage filter lists, or explore advanced customization options, Adblock's settings empower you to create a browsing environment that aligns with your individual preferences and priorities.

Whitelisting websites

Whitelisting websites is a valuable feature offered by Adblock, allowing users to selectively exempt specific websites from ad-blocking. This functionality is particularly beneficial for individuals who wish to support their favorite content creators or ensure a seamless browsing experience on trusted websites. By whitelisting a website, users can ensure that the platform's ads are displayed, thereby contributing to the site's revenue while enjoying uninterrupted access to its content.

To whitelist a website on Adblock for Safari, users can follow these simple steps:

Access Adblock Settings : Begin by clicking on the Adblock icon in the Safari toolbar to access the Adblock menu. From there, navigate to the settings or preferences section, where you'll find the option to manage whitelisted websites.

Add the Website to the Whitelist : Within the Adblock settings, locate the section dedicated to whitelisting websites. Here, users can input the URL of the website they wish to whitelist and save the changes. This action effectively exempts the specified website from ad-blocking, allowing ads to be displayed when visiting the whitelisted domain.

Verify Whitelisted Websites : After adding a website to the whitelist, it's essential to verify that the changes have been successfully applied. Users can do this by visiting the whitelisted website and confirming that ads are being displayed as intended, indicating that the whitelisting process was successful.

By whitelisting trusted websites, users can actively support the platforms they value while ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted browsing experience. This feature empowers users to strike a balance between ad-blocking and supporting the content creators and websites they appreciate, ultimately contributing to a more sustainable and user-friendly online ecosystem.

Whitelisting websites on Adblock for Safari is a user-friendly and effective way to personalize the ad-blocking experience, allowing users to prioritize their favorite websites while still benefiting from an ad-free environment on other platforms. This level of control and customization underscores Adblock's commitment to empowering users to tailor their browsing experience according to their individual preferences and priorities.

Managing Adblock filters

Managing Adblock filters is a pivotal aspect of optimizing the ad-blocking experience to align with individual preferences and browsing habits. Adblock offers users the ability to fine-tune and customize the filters that dictate which ads are blocked across the web. By effectively managing Adblock filters, users can enhance the precision and efficiency of ad-blocking while ensuring a seamless and tailored browsing experience.

Accessing Filter Settings

To begin managing Adblock filters, users can access the filter settings within the Adblock extension menu. This interface provides a comprehensive overview of the active filter lists and allows users to make adjustments based on their specific requirements.

Subscribing to Additional Filter Lists

Adblock offers a range of filter lists that serve as the foundation for ad-blocking functionality. Users have the option to subscribe to additional filter lists, which can further enhance the accuracy and coverage of ad-blocking across various websites. By subscribing to specialized filter lists, users can target specific types of ads or improve ad-blocking performance on niche websites, ensuring a more comprehensive ad-free browsing experience.

Disabling or Enabling Filter Lists

In addition to subscribing to new filter lists, users can also disable or enable existing filter lists based on their preferences. This level of control allows users to tailor the ad-blocking experience to suit their individual browsing habits and priorities. For example, users may choose to disable certain filter lists on websites where they prefer to support ad revenue, while maintaining robust ad-blocking on other platforms.

Customizing Filter Rules

Adblock provides advanced users with the option to customize filter rules, offering a deeper level of control over the ad-blocking process. By creating and modifying filter rules, users can target specific ad elements or refine the ad-blocking criteria to better align with their preferences. This level of customization empowers users to fine-tune the ad-blocking experience according to their unique browsing needs.

Verifying Filter Updates

Regular updates to filter lists are essential for maintaining optimal ad-blocking performance. Adblock ensures that users are equipped with the latest filter list updates to enhance ad-blocking accuracy and coverage. By verifying that filter lists are regularly updated, users can rest assured that Adblock is consistently delivering an effective and up-to-date ad-blocking solution.

By actively managing Adblock filters, users can personalize the ad-blocking experience to suit their individual preferences, support their favorite websites, and ensure a seamless and uninterrupted browsing experience. This level of control and customization underscores Adblock's commitment to empowering users to tailor their browsing environment according to their unique needs and priorities.

In conclusion, integrating Adblock into your Safari browsing experience can significantly enhance the way you interact with the web. By effectively blocking intrusive ads, pop-ups, and other forms of online clutter, Adblock empowers you to focus on the content that matters most to you. The seamless installation process and user-friendly interface make it accessible to users of all levels of technical expertise.

Adblock not only declutters your browsing experience but also contributes to a faster and more efficient web navigation. By eliminating resource-heavy ads, Adblock optimizes page loading times, allowing you to access the content you desire with greater speed and ease. This not only saves you time but also conserves your device's resources, leading to a smoother and more enjoyable browsing experience overall.

The ability to configure Adblock settings, whitelist specific websites, and manage filters further enhances the level of control and customization available to users. Whether you're looking to fine-tune the ad-blocking experience, support your favorite websites, or tailor the ad-blocking criteria to align with your unique browsing habits, Adblock offers the flexibility and functionality to accommodate your needs.

In essence, Adblock for Safari empowers you to take control of your online environment, ensuring a more seamless, secure, and ad-free browsing experience. By leveraging the capabilities of Adblock, you can navigate the web with greater ease, speed, and peace of mind, knowing that unwanted ads are effectively kept at bay. With its user-centric approach and powerful ad-blocking capabilities, Adblock stands as a valuable asset for Safari users seeking to elevate their browsing experience.

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Apple has released iOS 17.3 , along with a warning to update now. That’s because iOS 17.3 fixes 16 security issues, one of which is already being used in real life attacks.

Apple doesn’t give much detail about what’s fixed in iOS 17.3, to allow as many iPhone users as possible to update their devices before more attackers can get hold of the details.

Tracked as CVE-2024-23222, the already-exploited issue in iOS 17.3 is a vulnerability in WebKit , the engine that underpins Apple’s Safari browser, that could allow an attacker to execute code. “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited,” the iPhone maker said on its support page .

Apple's iOS 17.3 fixes 16 security issues, one of which is already being used in real life attacks.

Apple also fixed three more WebKit flaws as part of the iOS 17.3 security upgrade, two of which could lead to code execution. Another iOS 17.3 fix worth noting is a Kernel flaw tracked as CVE-2024-23208, which could allow an adversary to execute arbitrary code with Kernel privileges via an app.

The iOS 17.3 security fixes come after Apple has issued several emergency updates , some of which patch flaws being used in spyware attacks . These see adversaries compromise iPhones via so-called “zero-click” attacks requiring no interaction from the user, often utilising flaws in WebKit.

It is unusual for Apple to include an urgent fix—ie one that’s already being used in attacks—as part of a major point upgrade such as iOS 17.3. This could be due to a number of things, but it’s probably just coincidental timing.

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Apple’s iOS 17.3 update is a big upgrade for features too, with Apple finally releasing Stolen Device Protection to prevent thieves from accessing your data if they manage to get hold of your device.

The security fixes alone make updating to iOS 17.3 a no-brainer, especially if you own a device that can run iOS 17. That’s because Apple no longer supports newer devices with iOS 16 security updates.

Other iPhone Updates Issued Alongside iOS 17.3

Apple has also issued other updates alongside iOS 17.3 for users of older iPhones. First up is iOS 16.7.5 , a security-only update for iPhone users whose devices can’t upgrade to iOS 17.3—the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 5th generation, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch 1st generation.

The iOS 16.7.5 update fixes eight security issues, one of which is the WebKit flaw tracked as CVE-2024-23222 also patched in iOS 17.3, which Apple said is already being used in attacks. The update fixes a further three WebKit issues, as well as vulnerabilities in Safari, ImageIO, Apple Neural Engine and Accessibility.

Meanwhile, if your iPhone is really old—listed by Apple as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPad Air 2, iPad mini (4th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation)—Apple has released iOS 15.8.1 and iPadOS 15.8.1. The iPhone update fixes two WebKit security issues—both already being used in attacks. Tracked as CVE-2023-42916, the first flaw could see a user disclose sensitive information if they process malicious web content. Tracked as CVE-2023-42917, the second issue could result in arbitrary code execution.

In both cases, Apple said it “is aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited against versions of iOS before iOS 16.7.1.”

The vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 15.8.1 were reported to Apple by Clément Lecigne of Google's Threat Analysis Group, which often discovers iPhone attacks ulitising spyware. It goes without saying that if you own an older iPhone, you should make sure you update now to the latest software.

Why The iOS 17.3 Update Is Urgent

The flaws fixed in iOS 17.3 are serious and the fact the WebKit issue is already being exploited makes the update particularly urgent. Sean Wright, head of application security at Featurespace warns that the Kernel-based vulnerability could “be chained with the WebKit vulnerabilities” to allow an attacker to gain control of their victim’s device remotely.

So you know what to do. Go to your iPhone’s Settings > General > Software Update and download and install iOS 17.3 now.

Update 01/24 at 05:00 EST. This article was first published on 01/22 at 02:43pm EST. Updated to include information about the iOS 16.7.5 and iOS 15.8.1 updates released alongside iOS 17.3.

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Apple has today announced a major change that could revolutionize the web-browsing experience for iPhone users. Alas, this browsing boon will be limited to users in the EU bloc. This news was announced alongside Apple’s plans to add sideloading and third-party app stores to the iPhone .

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To comply with the EU’s landmark Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple says it will allow developers to use other browser engines for their web browsers. That means Apple will no longer force them to use its own WebKit rendering engine, which is the underlying tech behind what any web browser can do on your phone. That’s a massive rule change.

Browser vendors such as Chrome developer Google and Edge maker Microsoft have been restricted to creating mere shells around a highly specific, unmodified version of Safari’s WebView, a component whose functionalities are tightly dictated by Apple. Instead of shipping their meticulously developed browsers, the likes of Google and Mozilla are forced to build a separate browser that essentially acts as a thin wrapper for Apple’s WebKit engine.

To put it simply, browser apps like Chrome, Firefox, Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others can be installed on an iPhone, but they merely serve as superficial overlays on Apple’s WebKit engine. This policy also means that Apple has the final say on which features are supported on Safari. And that feature gap is huge.

Just take a look at this feature comparison compiled by Open Web Advocacy to get a grasp of the problem:

Third-party browser vendors have no other option but to use a highly specific version of WebKit, with no flexibility to modify the engine’s features, including the activation or deactivation of existing features in the source code. This limitation chokes the ability of iOS browsers to stand out through soft forks.

On the other hand, in a market with genuine browser choices, third parties could develop their own browsers from scratch. Just take a look at what the folks behind the Arc browser have managed to accomplish in totally reimagining how a browser looks and works in the desktop ecosystem.

It’s also telling that a team with such bright minds has only released a companion Arc app on iOS and not a full-fledged revolutionary mobile browser — because they know full well that they won’t get the same kind of flexibility with iOS (due to WebKit) as they do on macOS for building a fantastic desktop browser.

This is evident in the Chromium browser ecosystem ,as well. Unlike in iOS, where Apple solely controls feature inclusion, browser vendors have the liberty to choose features when using Chromium on Android . Ultimately, for an average iPhone user, the key aspect is the software that operates on actual devices.

It’s all about preferential treatment

But it’s not just the lack of features that is concerning. It’s also about giving Safari an unfair edge because Apple controls the entire implementation of any browser that runs on the iPhone. Apple, of course, gives preferential treatment to Safari when it comes to accessing the native system on iPhones.

Safari has been granted the ability to display videos in full screen, while other browsers are prohibited from doing so, except on iPad. Oher browsers have also been historically kept from installing Web Apps, using the all-too-important extensions, or integrating Apple Pay to the same extent as Safari.

Next, let’s explore the competition perspective, which is what ultimately forced the EU to look into the WebKit situation. This WebKit-only approach forces companies to create multiple distinct applications for each platform, significantly increasing the costs and complexities of development and maintenance. These costs are in addition to the App Store’s 15% to 30% tax, which Apple has so fiercely protected to date.

The exorbitant costs of developing an interoperable application that functions identically to what Apple has to offer make it feasible only for well-funded companies. After all, why would anyone want to serve up a browser that functions virtually the same a Safari, while also being at technical disadvantage at the same time? Naturally, many useful or potentially profitable applications never see the light of day.

Safari and Apple’s WebView often encounter critical bugs that can break applications, and these issues also affect competing iOS browsers since they are unable to use their own engines, which may not have these bugs. Take a look at this failure graph called the Web Platforms Test Dashboard and marvel at Safari’s failures:

HTTP Toolkit has a massive catalog of how Apple’s approach is not only allowing browser bugs to persist on the web and weakening crucial security measures, but how it is also muddying the overall web for everyone with an iPhone in their hand. That’s particularly damning for a company that always argues against change by citing privacy and security.

If you really want to understand just how terribly Apple has created a browser monopoly on the iPhone, one where it has choked feature innovation and allowed nagging problems to persist, read this comprehensive 108-page document called “ Bringing Competition to the Walled Gardens – Third Party Browsers & Web Apps .”

But now that the EU has forced Apple’s hand and the company will finally allow alternative engines like Gecko and Blink, we will finally see a new experience fleshed out in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox running on the iPhone. And that could happen soon.

Earlier this year, Google announced (via GitHub , of all places) that it was working on an experimental iOS version of Chrome with the Blink engine at its core instead of WebKit. Of course, Apple’s policies won’t ever allow such a liberating monstrosity on the App Store, but it’s as if Google got a whiff that the EU could force Apple to reverse course. The folks over at 9to5Google even got a rudimentary version working on an iPhone.

Mozilla has also been testing a version of Firefox for iOS built atop its Gecko rendering engine. “We abide by Apple’s iOS app store policies, and are simply doing some exploratory work to understand the technical challenges for Gecko-based browsers on iOS if those policies were to change,” Mozilla told The Register earlier this year.

It looks like Google and Mozilla’s experiments with mobile web browsers free from the Apple WebKit shackles will finally bear fruit. But only for EU denizens. I dearly hope, for the sake of its valued customers, Apple does the same for users across the globe. It’s unprecedented, but at the end of the day, it’s also magical for an average iPhone user tired of the bland Safari experience.

I also dearly hope that regulators in other countries can also pull off what the EU has managed to accomplish. I am hopelessly addicted to the cause of “ iPad as a computer ,” but my worst enemy has been the constrained feature set on web browsers. I pray for a day when I can use Chrome on the iPad Pro to at least half of the capabilities it has on desktop browsers.

The ball’s in your court now, Apple!

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Apple announces changes to iOS, Safari, and the App Store in the European Union

Icons representing iOS, Safari, and the App Store.

Changes to iOS

  • New options for distributing iOS apps from alternative app marketplaces — including new APIs and tools that enable developers to offer their iOS apps for download from alternative app marketplaces.
  • New framework and APIs for creating alternative app marketplaces — enabling marketplace developers to install apps and manage updates on behalf of other developers from their dedicated marketplace app.
  • New frameworks and APIs for alternative browser engines — enabling developers to use browser engines, other than WebKit, for browser apps and apps with in-app browsing experiences.
  • Interoperability request form — where developers can submit additional requests for interoperability with iPhone and iOS hardware and software features.
  • Notarization for iOS apps — a baseline review that applies to all apps, regardless of their distribution channel, focused on platform integrity and protecting users. Notarization involves a combination of automated checks and human review. 
  • App installation sheets — that use information from the Notarization process to provide at-a-glance descriptions of apps and their functionality before download, including the developer, screenshots, and other essential information.
  • Authorization for marketplace developers — to ensure marketplace developers commit to ongoing requirements that help protect users and developers.
  • Additional malware protections — that prevent iOS apps from launching if they’re found to contain malware after being installed to a user’s device.

Changes to Safari

Changes to the App Store

  • New options for using payment service providers (PSPs) — within a developer’s app to process payments for digital goods and services.
  • New options for processing payments via link-out — where users can complete a transaction for digital goods and services on the developer’s external website. Developers can also inform EU users of promotions, discounts, and other deals available outside of their apps.
  • Business planning tools — for developers to estimate fees and understand metrics associated with Apple’s new business terms for apps in the EU.
  • App Store product page labels — that inform users when an app they’re downloading uses alternative payment processing.
  • In-app disclosure sheets — that let users know when they are no longer transacting with Apple, and when a developer is directing them to transact using an alternative payment processor.
  • New App Review processes — to verify that developers accurately communicate information about transactions that use alternative payment processors.
  • Expanded data portability on Apple’s Data & Privacy site — where EU users can retrieve new data about their usage of the App Store and export it to an authorized third party.

New Business Terms for Apps in the EU

  • Reduced commission — iOS apps on the App Store will pay a reduced commission of either 10 percent (for the vast majority of developers, and subscriptions following their first year) or 17 percent on transactions for digital goods and services.
  • Payment processing fee — iOS apps on the App Store can use the App Store’s payment processing for an additional 3 percent fee. Developers can use a payment service provider within their app or link users to their website to process payments for no additional fee to Apple.
  • Core Technology Fee — iOS apps distributed from the App Store and/or an alternative app marketplace will pay €0.50 for each first annual install per year over a 1 million threshold.

An infographic reads “Under the new business terms for EU apps, Apple estimates than 99 percent of developers would reduce or maintain the fees they owe to Apple, and that less than 1 percent of developers would pay a Core Technology Fee on their EU apps.”

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For developers, the changes include new options for app distribution and payment processing For users, the changes include new controls and disclosures, and expanded protections to reduce privacy and security risks the DMA creates

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA  Apple today announced changes to iOS, Safari, and the App Store impacting developers’ apps in the European Union (EU) to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The changes include more than 600 new APIs, expanded app analytics, functionality for alternative browser engines, and options for processing app payments and distributing iOS apps. Across every change, Apple is introducing new safeguards that reduce — but don’t eliminate — new risks the DMA poses to EU users. With these steps, Apple will continue to deliver the best, most secure experience possible for EU users.

The new options for processing payments and downloading apps on iOS open new avenues for malware, fraud and scams, illicit and harmful content, and other privacy and security threats. That’s why Apple is introducing protections — including Notarization for iOS apps, an authorization for marketplace developers, and disclosures on alternative payments — to reduce risks and deliver the best, most secure experience possible for users in the EU. Even with these safeguards in place, many risks remain.

Developers can learn about these changes on the Apple Developer Support page and can begin testing new capabilities today in the iOS 17.4 beta. The new capabilities will become available to users in the 27 EU countries beginning in March 2024.

“The changes we’re announcing today comply with the Digital Markets Act’s requirements in the European Union, while helping to protect EU users from the unavoidable increased privacy and security threats this regulation brings. Our priority remains creating the best, most secure possible experience for our users in the EU and around the world,” said Phil Schiller, Apple Fellow. “Developers can now learn about the new tools and terms available for alternative app distribution and alternative payment processing, new capabilities for alternative browser engines and contactless payments, and more. Importantly, developers can choose to remain on the same business terms in place today if they prefer.”

The changes for EU apps reflect the European Commission’s designation of iOS, Safari, and the App Store as “core platform services” under the Digital Markets Act. In March, Apple will share new resources to help EU users understand the changes they can expect. That includes guidance to help EU users navigate complexities the DMA’s changes bring — including a less intuitive user experience — and best practices for approaching new risks associated with downloading apps and processing payments outside of the App Store.

Available for developers’ apps around the world, Apple also announced new options for streaming games , along with more than 50 forthcoming reports in areas like engagement, commerce, app usage, and more.

In the EU, Apple is making a number of changes to iOS to comply with the DMA. For developers, those changes include new options for distributing apps. The coming changes to iOS in the EU include:

As announced by the European Commission, Apple is also sharing DMA-compliant changes impacting contactless payments. That includes new APIs enabling developers to use NFC technology in their banking and wallet apps throughout the European Economic Area. And in the EU, Apple is introducing new controls that allow users to select a third-party contactless payment app — or an alternative app marketplace — as their default.

Inevitably, the new options for developers’ EU apps create new risks to Apple users and their devices. Apple can’t eliminate those risks, but within the DMA’s constraints, the company will take steps to reduce them. These safeguards will be in place when users download iOS 17.4 or later, beginning in March, and include:

These protections — including Notarization for iOS apps, and authorization for marketplace developers — help reduce some of the privacy and security risks to iOS users in the EU. That includes threats like malware or malicious code, and risks of installing apps that misrepresent their functionality or the responsible developer.

However, Apple has less ability to address other risks — including apps that contain scams, fraud, and abuse, or that expose users to illicit, objectionable, or harmful content. In addition, apps that use alternative browser engines — other than Apple’s WebKit — may negatively affect the user experience, including impacts to system performance and battery life.

Within the DMA’s constraints, Apple is committed to protecting the privacy, security, and quality of the iOS user experience in the EU as much as possible. For instance, App Tracking Transparency will continue to work with apps distributed outside of the App Store — asking a user’s permission before a developer tracks their data across apps or websites. However, the DMA’s requirements mean that App Store features — including Family Purchase Sharing and Ask to Buy — will not be compatible with apps downloaded from outside of the App Store.

When these changes come into effect in March, Apple will share more detailed resources explaining the options available to users — including best practices for protecting their privacy and security.

Today, iOS users already have the ability to set a third-party web browser — other than Safari — as their default. Reflecting the DMA’s requirements, Apple is also introducing a new choice screen that will surface when users first open Safari in iOS 17.4 or later. That screen will prompt EU users to choose a default browser from a list of options.

This change is a result of the DMA’s requirements, and means that EU users will be confronted with a list of default browsers before they have the opportunity to understand the options available to them. The screen also interrupts EU users’ experience the first time they open Safari intending to navigate to a webpage.

On the App Store, Apple is sharing a number of changes for developers with apps in the EU, affecting apps across Apple’s operating systems — including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The changes also include new disclosures informing EU users of the risks associated with using alternatives to the App Store’s secure payment processing.

The changes also include new steps to protect and inform EU users, including:

For apps that use alternative payment processing, Apple will not be able to issue refunds, and will have less ability to support customers encountering issues, scams, or fraud. Helpful App Store features — like Report a Problem, Family Sharing, and Ask to Buy — will also not reflect these transactions. Users may have to share their payment information with additional parties, creating more opportunities for bad actors to steal sensitive financial information. And on the App Store, users’ purchase history and subscription management will only reflect transactions made using the App Store’s In-App Purchase system.

Also today, Apple is sharing new business terms available for developers’ apps in the European Union. Developers can choose to adopt these new business terms, or stay on Apple’s existing terms. Developers must adopt the new business terms for EU apps to use the new capabilities for alternative distribution or alternative payment processing.

The new business terms for apps in the EU are necessary to support the DMA’s requirements for alternative distribution and payment processing. That includes a fee structure that reflects the many ways Apple creates value for developers’ businesses — including distribution and discovery on the App Store, the App Store’s secure payment processing, Apple’s trusted and secure mobile platform, and all the tools and technology to build and share innovative apps with users around the world.

Developers operating under either set of business terms can continue to use the App Store’s secure payment processing and share their apps on the App Store in the EU. And both sets of business terms reflect Apple’s long-standing work to make the app ecosystem the best opportunity for all developers.

Developers operating under the new business terms will have the option to distribute their iOS apps from the App Store and/or alternative app marketplaces. These developers can also choose to use alternative payment processors in their EU apps on the App Store, across Apple’s operating systems.

The new business terms for iOS apps in the EU have three elements:

For apps on iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS in the EU, developers who process payments using a PSP or by linking out to their website will get a 3 percent discount on the commission they owe to Apple.

Apple is also sharing a fee calculator tool and new reports to help developers estimate the potential impact of the new business terms on their app businesses. Developers can learn more about the changes for EU apps on a new Apple Developer Support page and can begin testing these capabilities today in the iOS 17.4 beta.

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Apple will prompt users to set default browsers and allow third-party web engines on iPhone in the EU

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Apple is making major changes to how web browsers can operate on iPhone for customers in the EU. iOS 17.4 will introduce the option to set your preferred default browser when you initially launch Safari, and browser makers will be able to use other browser engines.

Default browsers

First up is a change to default browsers. Third-party browsers have been a thing on the App Store for ages, and Apple enabled default browser choice in iOS 14 . Starting with iOS 17.4, launching Safari for the first time will prompt users to set a default browser, including Safari. Third-party browser examples include:

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Google Chrome
  • and DuckDuckGo.

For EU customers, Safari will now prompt users to set a default browser, making the option more prominent.

Browser engines

As mentioned at the top, Apple is opening up the iPhone to allow third-party browsers that use different web engines than Safari. Third-party browsers to date have had control over appearance and feature sets, but the WebKit engine behind Safari was the only web engine approved by Apple. Chrome, for example, only uses WebKit on iOS. Blink is the web engine used by Chrome on all other platforms.

As part of iOS 17.4, Apple is introducing new APIs that will enable developers to take advantage of these new features, including in-app browsers. Developers can learn more about the requirements here .

Again, both web browser policy changes are only being introduced for iPhone customers in the European Union. Customers in the United States and other countries not in the EU will continue with the status quo: no third-party default browsers, and no alternative web engines.

These moves are to bring Apple in compliance with the Digital Markets Act that goes into effect in March. Apple is also making other major changes to App Store policy and more.

  • Apple announces reduced commission structure for apps in Europe
  • Apple announces support for third-party iPhone app stores in the EU, coming with iOS 17.4

Correction: I previously stated that third-party browser functionality was new in iOS 17.4 for EU markets. These feature has been available for all markets since 2020. The default browser update is specifically the new prompt when launching Safari for the first time in iOS 17.4. My apologies!

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