Sidefari is a simple web browser that is designed to act as a companion to Safari.

Sidefari uses what's called a Safari View Controller from Apple to display a "mini" version of Safari that shares many features with the full Safari app, like content blockers. How can this help you?

In iOS 10:
Sidefari features an extension called "Open Modally in Safari" that will enable you to bring a Safari-based window inside of other apps that enable ways to share website URLs. Why would you want to do this? Perhaps you prefer the convenience of having some Safari features inside the same app, or if you're conscious about your privacy perhaps you don't want to use the custom web browser many apps have.
** Please note that in order for Sidefari to work in iOS 10, you need version 10.2 or greater.

In iOS 9:
When on an iPad, besides the "Open Modally in Safari" extension mentioned above, Sidefari shows as an extra Safari-based browser on the side of your screen thanks to multi-tasking. Now you'll be able to have two websites simultaneously on the same screen.
** Please note that compatible iPads include the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro.

Please refer to the "How to set up the extension" and "FAQ" sections inside the app to learn more about how to use Sidefari.


What’s New

Version 1.2.1

Due to popular demand, Sidefari is back! Thank you all for your support!

+ The app is now free with optional patronage in the form of a tip jar
+ New screen to help set up the extension
+ The "Open Modally in Safari" extension now works again in iOS 10.2 or greater

What was fixed in 1.2.1? A nasty crasher! Sorry about that!

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

adimiron ,

Great app, fills in for devs who still haven’t built in SVC support

I love Sidefari on both my phone and tablet. It’s a great bridge for those apps that don’t have SVC support (I use it with Launch Center Pro and my Reddit app, primarily).

Only thing I’d request is an iPhone X update!

charliebrown331 ,

Missed this app!

I loved this app in iOS9! I like that you can have all the ad blockers and such turned on and use this app to open webpages using those features in apps that have a built-in browser (i.e. Twitter).

RodChristiansen ,

So happy it's back!!

I use this with any app that doesn't support safari view controller so I can have the fastest browsing experience, without any plugins or trackers.


Francisco Cantu
19.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Unrestricted Web Access
In-App Purchases
  1. Generous Tip $2.99
  2. Tip $0.99
  3. Giant Tip $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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