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Prevent links in standalone web apps opening Mobile Safari
<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Stay Standalone</title>
<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes">
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">
<script src="stay_standalone.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<li><a href="">Remote Link (Google)</a></li>
<li><a href="javascript:alert('Awesome script is awesome')">JavaScript Link</a></li>
<li><a href="/">Local Link</a></li>
<li><a href="#amp">Local Anchor</a></li>
// Mobile Safari in standalone mode
if(("standalone" in window.navigator) && window.navigator.standalone){
// If you want to prevent remote links in standalone web apps opening Mobile Safari, change 'remotes' to true
var noddy, remotes = false;
document.addEventListener('click', function(event) {
noddy =;
// Bubble up until we hit link or top HTML element. Warning: BODY element is not compulsory so better to stop on HTML
while(noddy.nodeName !== "A" && noddy.nodeName !== "HTML") {
noddy = noddy.parentNode;
if('href' in noddy && noddy.href.indexOf('http') !== -1 && (noddy.href.indexOf( !== -1 || remotes))
document.location.href = noddy.href;
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@justinputney : Just found this, seems to fix it, you just need a bare bones manifest, though it only works for pages added after the manifest was added to the site :

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@johnbarratt Thanks!

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joe182 commented Feb 18, 2021

correct me if I'm wrong, but to prevent links from opening in safari, isn't just the scope the only thing you need to add to your manifest? No javascript, no hacks no nothing just a single line in the json file.

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