Starting with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the way Safari browser shows where a link will lead has changed. In iOS 12 and earlier, clicking and holding a link produced an action pop-up menu with the target URL. In turn, on newer versions of the OS, a real preview of the target URL is displayed by default.
To change this behavior of the application, you must turn off the preview of links in Safari. Take your time to walk the path Settings → Safarisince Apple made this switch available directly from the action sheet.
In this article, we’ll show you how to turn off web previews in Safari. This will allow you to see the target URL that the link is pointing to without opening the page.
How to disable web previews from loading in Safari on iPhone and iPad when clicking a link
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to turn off web previews in Safari for iOS. This will allow you to see the target URL that the link points to.
1. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 13+ or iPad with iPadOS.
2. Now open a page with hyperlinks, for example, our website Yablyk.com.
3. Then press and hold the hyperlink for a few seconds until the pop-up menu appears.
By default, a preview of the selected link is shown in the window that appears, but the page itself does not open. You can open the link by tapping the preview window or clicking anywhere outside this area. This will close the preview window and stay on the current page.
4. If you want to turn off link preview, just click on “Hide preview»At the top of the window. In fact, that’s all there is to it.
The next time you preview a page, after clicking and holding the URL in Safari, a pop-up window will display the full target address of the linked page, not a preview of the page.
To switch back to previewing the link instead of the target URL, press and hold the link in Safari and selectTap to preview».
Knowing where the link will take you is important from a security and privacy standpoint, especially if you fear scammers and their sophisticated extortion schemes.
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