I don’t know about you but every time I open Safari, I’ve had to wait a few seconds before I can stop the reload of the current page and then go on and type the URL of the website I want to open.

This is supposed to be a useful feature on Safari where it remembers the last page you visited (and reloads it when you open Safari again after quitting it in the last session.)

SafariBlankPage Cydia Tweak

SafariBlankPage – a new Cydia tweak from Suu who just recently produced Slide2Kill, the SwipeAway look-alike – helps you stop this problematic reloading of the last page you visited.

Once you install the tweak, it prevents Safari from doing us a favor by reloading the last page viewed. This saves a few seconds of frustration especially in a case where I’ve got no need to visit the page from last evening. All I need to do is open a new URL and this page won’t let me do that till I tap on the ‘x’ and stop the reloading.

SafariBlankPage, interestingly, has absolutely no configurations. Just install the tweak and the effects are applied automatically.

After the tweak got covered in major blogs, I saw a few reactions that went on the lines of the tweak being redundant or unnecessary. Also, if you’re using Chrome as the default browser – as is the case with many users – this tweak isn’t going to be useful at all. Furthermore, you should note that when Safari is open (running in the background), the tweak has no impact. That’s logical, right?

Also, if you’re using Chrome as the default browser – as is the case with many users – this tweak isn’t going to be useful at all. Furthermore, you should note that when Safari is open (running in the background), the tweak has no impact. That’s logical, right?

But when you quit Safari and open it again, it won’t bother you with that reloading again. A blank page opens up. As if you’ve set the default page to about:blank.

However, in cases such as mine where I still use Safari more often than I use Chrome, I think it makes sense to have this tweak installed.

The tweak is available on the BigBoss repo and is free. Just search for SafariBlankPage and download it.

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