Today I found out that you can turn off Reddit’s obnoxious app install popup with a simple checkbox

My preferred way of navigating Reddit is the mobile website. It allows me to quickly check a few of my favorite subreddits to see which posts are bubbling up. It also helps me manage my screen time since I don’t usually log in; You can only scroll that far down the comment threads until Reddit asks you to enter your username and password. I take this as a sign that I’ve gone far enough and moved on.

I do have one big complaint with the mobile site though: it constantly pushes a big banner in my face and suggests I drop all that and install the app instead. Here is a picture of that banner on my phone that you may have seen before:

No, I don’t want to view the page in the app, thanks.

Typically, I turn it off to dismiss the prompt, but sooner or later it reappears and requires me to turn it off again and again. The cycle never ends – or so I thought.

Today, thanks to Android PoliceI found out that I can disable this popup forever. Turning it off is actually very easy:

  • On Reddit’s mobile website, tap the three-line / hamburger menu in the upper-right corner of the screen
  • You will be shown a number of options. Tap on “Settings” at the bottom.
  • Uncheck the “Request to Open in Application” box. This much!

Uncheck “Request to Open in App” to ban the thread.

This is not a new solution – TNW wrote back about it in November 2018 – and if you delete your browsing history or go to Reddit in incognito mode, you have to turn the prompt off again. But thanks to this simple setting, my mobile Reddit browsing experience has changed for the better. I hope it can be for you too.

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