In 2021, Apple made it possible to install Safari iOS extensions on iPhones and iPads. Using the latest coding technology, they are designed to be super-fast and make browsing easier than ever. You just need to install iOS 15 or higher on your iOS device.
Here’s our pick of the 15 best iPhone and iPad browser extensions.
1. TreeClicks – Shop & Plant Free Trees
By TreeClicks. Free.
We all want to do our bit for the environment – and this extension makes online shopping more sustainable. Although, it’s noteworthy, that it is best to shop as little as possible to have the lowest impact. Every time you buy something online from one of TreeClicks’ 40,000+ business partners, they will receive a fee from your purchase, with no extra cost for you.
TreeClicks then uses this money to plant trees, making the world greener and tackling climate change.
2. Grammarly – Keyboard & Editor
By Grammarly. Free with in-app purchases.
If you’re the kind of person that worries about your tone when writing letters, or job applications, or any kind of correspondence – this is the extension for you.
Grammarly checks your writing and picks up on any spelling or grammatical errors. It even suggests better ways of wording a sentence!
3. Trend Micro Check for Safari
by Trend Micro Inc. Free.
Scammers are getting better and better every day – and it’s making it harder and harder to identify which website are legit and which ones aren’t.
This scam checker extension protects you by flagging up any fake bank, online shopping or phishing website when you click on it. It also senses any computer viruses or malware, so you always know who you can trust.
4. Super Agent for Safari
by Super Agent Inc. Free.
Similar to an ad blocker, this extension is a more powerful cookie blocker. You can set your preferences and Super Agent will automatically fill in consent forms based on your preferences.
It hides those annoying ‘allow cookies’ prompts and stops websites from collecting any of your data so you can browse safely.
5. AdBlock Pro for Safari
by Crypto Inc. Free with in-app purchases.
We’ve all got ad blockers on our laptops to stop the pop-ups, so why not include it on our phones? With this extension, your Safari browser will block banners, auto-play videos, fake buttons, redirects, and adult content.
6. Language Translator by Mate
By Twopeople Software. Free with in-app purchases.
Reading about the features of Mate makes you wonder why it’s taken this long. It’s an incredibly powerful tool that translates any text on your phone – send messages that are automatically translated into another language, browse webpages immediately translated into your language, and record speech to make it easy for you to understand.
Better still, it works offline so you can use it to solve those tricky translation issues on holiday!
7. 1Password – Password Manager
by AgileBits Inc. Free with in-app purchases.
We’ve all been there – trying to sign-in to an account on your phone and having absolutely no idea which of the 10 password variations you used.
This handy extension saves all your passwords so that your phone will remember them whenever you need to sign in.
8. Shopping List and Recipes
by Bring! Free with in-app purchases.
Planning grocery shopping can be a nightmare – especially in a big household. But with this extension, you can streamline that process.
The technology lets you share lists with your friends and family, create different lists for different stores, and save loyalty cards so that you always have them at the checkout. It also gives you great recipes, so you’re never lost for ideas when walking through the aisles.
by Shawn Davis. Free with in-app purchases.
For those of us that use Apple maps, it can be really annoying when opening links to be automatically sent to the Google maps website.
This useful extension automatically reroutes all Google maps links to the Apple maps app – saving time and a lot of frustration! It also contains (according to the developer) no trackers or loggers, so nobody is keeping track of where you’re going.
10. PIP for Safari
By iHealth App. Free with in-app purchases.
As masters of multi-tasking, we’re constantly trying to do two things at once. With this picture-in-picture video extension, any video you watch online can be viewed in PIP mode, so you can carry on with important work without having to flick between screens.
The best feature of this extension is that the video window can be moved anywhere on your screen – so it never gets in the way!
11. Highlighter for Safari
by Denk Alexandru, £4.49
When researching online, scrolling through pages and pages of text makes it easy to lose track and forget information.
This innovative tool increases your productivity by letting you highlight text, add notes, or annotate directly onto your Safari browser. Also, your edits are permanently saved without needing to log in so you can return to your research at any time.
12. Safari Snippets
by ydangle. Free.
Encountering a badly developed user interface is infuriating – but with Safari Snippets, you can inject pieces of code into a website to make it more user friendly.
This includes things like adding an auto scroller, adding sticky notes so you can jot down thoughts, controlling the zoom, and changing fonts.
13. QR Maker for Safari
by Shi Xu. £1.79
Making QR codes using a third-party website can be time-consuming – copying the link, switching to another tab, and waiting for the conversion gets very frustrating.
With this extension, you can create a QR of the URL you are on with one simple click on the Safari browser and save it automatically to your camera roll.
14. ReadToMe Lite
by BorG Technology Group. Free, with in-app purchases.
We all ingest information differently – some by reading, some by watching, and some by listening. If you’re a listener, multiple pages of text can be overwhelming, so this extension is here to help.
ReadToMe will read aloud any text on your screen, without internet connection, in over 30 different languages. It also has options to pause, skip, repeat text, and change speed.
15. Noir – Dark Mode for Safari
by Jeffrey Kuiken. £2.49.
This extension automatically generates a custom dark style for each website you visit, so quickly that you won’t even notice it.
There’s plenty of free options available, but this version has many positive reviews.
What are the best iOS Safari Extensions?
To summarise, in our opinion the best iOS Safari Extensions are:
- TreeClicks Safari Extension for iOS
- Grammarly for iOS Safari Extension
- Micro Check for iOS and Safari
- Super Agent for Safari
- Adblock Pro iOS Safari Extension
- Language Translator iOS Safari Extension
- 1Password Password Manager for iOS
- Shopping List and Recipes iOS App and Safari Extension
- Rerouter for iOS and Safari
- PIP for iOS and Safari
- Highlighter for iOS and Safari
- Safari Snippets for iOS and Safari
- QR Maker for iOS and Safari
- ReadToMe Lite for iOS and Safari
- Noir for iOS and Safari
The prices of the apps could be different than mentioned. What is your favourite Safari iOS extension?