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How to Install and Use Extensions on Safari iPhone/iPad?

Apple Safari for iPhone and iPad has introduced the feature to install browser extensions from App Store. It allows installing any compatible extension to improve the Safari iPhone and iPad capability. We can easily install, use and also disable the extensions. We can only install the extensions from the Apps store and manage them from Safari under Phone Settings.

With the release of iOS 15, we got to welcome a plentitude of new features and changes to the OS. While the likes of SharePlay in FaceTime and the Live Text features are some of the nifty additions, they made changes to the Safari browser.

The address bar has now been shifted to the bottom of the screen. While this tweak wasn’t in sync with users’ requirements, there’s the introduction of another nifty feature that would surely be welcomed by one and all.

The new Safari browser for the iPhone and iPad has finally added support for extensions. Up until now, this was only available to its macOS version.

For ages, the ability to use extensions on their Apple devices was among the most requested features by the user base. And there’s every reason to believe why it was always at the top of the checklist.

When these small-sized add-ons can add more to your overall productivity and, at the same time, save you precious time, then there’s not much left to ask.

With that in mind, let’s now check how you could install these extensions onto the Safari browser on your iPhone/iPad.

Install Extensions on Safari

Things are slightly different here than how you access the Safari extensions store on Mac. When getting hold of the extension on your iPhone or iPad, you must access them from the App Store.

Here are the steps to install the browser extension on Apple Safari on iPhone/iPad:

  1. Open the Phone Settings app on your device.
  2. Scroll and open the Safari app.
    Safari app Phone Settings menuIt will open the Safari settings menu.
  3. Scroll down to the General section, and tap to open the Extensions menu.
    Safari Extensions tab under Safari Settings menuIt will display the list of any extensions already installed on Safari.
  4. Tap on More Extensions at the bottom of the page.
    More Extensions command in Safari Extensions menuIt shall now take you to the Safari Extensions section of the App Store.
  5. Search your desired add-on, and hit the Get button to install.
    Get Extensions for Safari iPhone or iPad

That’s it; it will now install the selected extension onto the Safari browser on your iPhone/iPad.

You could also install these extensions right from the App Store itself. Just launch the store, search for the required Safari Extensions, and tap on the Get button next to the add-on one of your choices.

Use Safari Extensions on iPhone/iPad

Now that you have installed the extension inside the browser let’s test it immediately. The installed extension may be inactive; you can enable or disable it from Safari settings.

Here are the steps to use the Safari extensions on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Head over to Settings > Safari > Extensions menu.
    Now under the list of extensions, you shall see the newly installed ones.
  2. Enable the Toggle next to the extension to activate.
    Allow BearBlock Extension on Safari iPhone

If you wish to carry out any additional configuration, you may launch that extension from your app drawer and proceed with the setup.

Once that is done, launch the Safari browser, and tap on Share apple share icon to bring up the sharing page.

BlockBear Safari Extension options in iPhone

All the functionalities of the installed extension will be present there; tap on the desired one to use it.

Uninstall Extensions from Safari iPhone/iPad

If you no longer wish to use an extension of Safari on iPhone or iPad, you can remove it from the device. Alternatively, you can also temporarily disable the extension. Either way, it will no longer integrate the extension into the Safari app.

Here are the steps to disable and uninstall the Safari extensions from iPhone/iPad:

  1. Open the Phone Settings app on your device.
  2. Scroll and open the Safari app.
    It will open the Safari settings menu.
  3. Scroll down to the General section, and tap to open the Extensions menu.
    Safari Extensions tab under Safari Settings menuIt will display the list of installed extensions on Safari.
  4. Toggle the Off switch to disable the Extension on safari.
    Toggle Button for Safari Extensions

It will disable the Safari extensions; however, they will still be available on the device.

Suppose you want to uninstall the extensions; tap and hold the extension app for the options menu. Select the Remove App from the list, and confirm to Delete App command.

Remove App from iPhone Device

It will remove the extension app and clear the device’s data.

Bottom Line: Safari iPhone Extensions

So these were the steps to install and use the extensions on Safari on iPhone and iPad. Likewise, the instructions to bid them farewell when they are no longer needed have also been discussed.

This update to its default browser will surely be at the top of all the goodies that the latest OS build offers.

With that said, the extension support is still in its early stage, so you might not be able to find some of your favorites. However, it won’t be long before they make their presence felt.

So on that note, we round off this guide. What are your views regarding the integration of the extensions onto your Apple device? Do share your valuable opinions with us.

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