How to Use Safari Extensions on iPad

With the release of iPadOS 15, Apple introduced Safari Extensions for iPad. So you can use extensions to improve the browsing experience on iPad, just like on Mac. If you're wondering how to add extensions and manage them, you've come to the right page. Here's how to use Safari extensions on iPad.

You can use Safari extensions on iPad to block unwanted ads, manage passwords, enable dark mode on unsupported websites, and more. With extension support, Safari on the iPad has truly become a worthy replacement for a desktop browser. In this guide, we'll show you how to easily add, manage, and remove Safari extensions on iPad.

Download and add Safari extensions

Unlike Chromium-based browsers like Google Chrome, Safari doesn't have a dedicated extension store. Instead, you'll need to download extensions directly from the App Store. Of course, your iPad needs to be running iPadOS 15 to use extensions. So, update your iPad before you start exploring extensions.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPad.

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Step 2: Scroll down to find Safari in the left column and tap on it. Now tap on the Extensions option from the right pane.

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Step 3: Tap More Extensions. This will open the Safari extension section in the App Store.

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Step 4: You can browse and download extensions like you install any other app on your iPad.

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You can also launch the App Store and scroll down to find the top categories. Now tap Safari Extensions.

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Step 5: If you don't know which extensions to download, you can start by using the "Must-have Safari Extensions" category. Tap the See All button to see the list of extensions.

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For this guide, we will download and install the Grammarly Safari extension.

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Enable and Disable Safari Extensions

After downloading and installing Safari extensions, you need to enable them to use them in Safari. Yes, it's not as simple as using them in Safari on a Mac.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPad.

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Step 2: Scroll down to Safari and tap Extensions.

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Step 3: Tap on the name of the extension you want to activate.

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Step 4: Enable the toggle next to the extension name.

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Step 5: To disable a Safari extension, follow the same steps and turn off the toggle next to its name.

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Manage Safari extension settings

Once you've enabled a Safari extension, you can manage its settings and permissions from the Safari app.

Step 1: Launch Safari browser.

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Step 2: You will see any new extension you have enabled ask for permission to run. Hit the Review button and grant the necessary permissions.

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Step 3: You should now see your extension icon appear in the top right corner of the address bar.

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Step 4: To see the list of installed extensions, tap on the extension button.

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Step 5: To manage an extension's permission, tap on it.

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Step 6: Now you can choose whether you want the extension to run on the currently open website or not. If you don't want the extension to access the current website, turn off its toggle.

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Step 7: To disable an extension from running on Safari, tap the extension button, then tap Manage Extensions.

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Step 8: Disable the toggle next to the name of the extension you want to disable.

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Remove Safari Extensions

If you don't want to use an extension, you can disable it. But, sometimes you might want to completely remove an extension if you no longer plan to use it. To remove a Safari extension, you'll need to remove it from your iPad. Interestingly, Safari extensions are registered as an app on the iPad.

Step 1: Swipe down anywhere on the screen to show the search bar. Next, find the extension you want to remove. Press and hold the app icon when it appears in the search results and tap the Delete app button.

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Step 2: Tap Delete to confirm deletion.

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Use Safari Extensions on iPad to Enhance Your Browsing Experience

Safari extensions allow users to add more functionality to the Safari browser. You can start using extensions from Apple's Must-Have Safari Extensions list. Once you get familiar with them, you can find and install the extensions you need.