Use this app to get rid of Google AMP URLs in Safari


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Day beforer typed on a link from a google search on your phone and found the results kinda … off? Patting the top of your the screen does not scroll to the at the top, scrolling usually looks janky, and the url bar displays “” instead of the name of the site you are trying to visit.

Tthese are all signs that your favorite website has ostensibly activated AMP, a Google technology aimed at improving web performance on mobile devices. In theory, that sounds good. In practice, it is boring for many people– and if you are one of them, Updates from iOS 15 to Safari made it easy disable these AMP redirects and quickly load the page you want to read instead.

What is AMP and why is it so boring?

Google launched AMP, which stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, in 2015. The goal was to make websites load faster on phones, which made sense at the the time, more people had slower 2G or 3G internet, and many websites weren’t optimized for mobile. Many websites were immediately integrated in the hopes that faster load times along with AMP integration would improve their page ranking on Google.

Tthe hinges have changed a lot since 2015. Most websites now have good mobile layouts that you can load easily, internet connections are much faster and editors no need to implement AMP anymore for pages to appear in Google’s Top Stories carousel. And There have always been concerns about AMP from the point of view of usability. It’s harder to find the URL of the website you’re visiting, and it often feels like an attempt to lock yourself into sharing Google links instead of publisher links. It also disables some useful browser shortcuts, such as Safari’s “scroll up” which allows you to reach the top of a page with just one click.

In short, the pros of AMP no longer outweigh its cons, and it’s time to say goodbye.

How to Use Safari Extensions to Block AMP URLs Forever

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First, read our article on installation and allowing Safari Extensions on your iPhone or iPad. (Spoiler: you‘ll first need to install iOS 15 for this to work.) With this sorted you must stalk a Safari extension that can suppress AMP URLs. You have a few options, but unfortunately they will all cost you, if only nominally: Explosion ($ 1.99), Over-amplified ($ 1.99), or the most expensive StopTheMadness Mobile ($ 7.99). For this article, we are testing Amplosion, so we will explain how to use it, but the steps should be similar even for any other extension.

Once you’ve installed Amplosion, navigate to Settings> Safari> Extensions and scroll to Allow these extensions section. To select Explosion and activate Explosion on the next page. Finally, under Authorizations for “Amplosion”, select All websites> Allow.

That’s it! Now do a google search in Safari and try to open any result. You will notice that the AMP pages no longer load.

How to use Amplosion to whitelist Safari URLs

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If you prefer the AMP version of certain web pages for some reason (you do), Amplosion has a whitelist functionality also. To activate it, open the website in Safari and press the aA button in the tab bar. Then you can press Explosion and select Add to authorization list. From that moment on, AMP will be reactivated on this website.

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