How to Stop Safari From Launching Apps When You Tap on Links

Often when I’m doing a quick search on Google and all I want is to see the details quickly over of the link. And then Safari launches the app… And I have to wait for the app to launch. And I wait again for the data to load inside the app. This is extremely frustrating for a quick simple search.

iOS 10 auto launches Quora app

Besides the Quora app, I also encounter this problem with Reddit, Google Maps, Wikipedia and IMDB.

Stop Safari opening an app:

  1. Tap and hold on the link
  2. Select Open (or Open in background)
  3. Safari navigates to the website, instead of  launching the app

ios 10 safari open in safari

Do it once and Safari remembers your preference. If ever you want to launch the app instead, simply select the Open in “App name” option.

Over to you

Did this solution work for you? Do you have other ways to get rid of it? Or this feature isn’t a problem in the first place? Let me know in the comment section below.

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