safari blank

Are you tired of waiting for web pages to reload every time you launch mobile Safari? If so, you might be interested in this new jailbreak tweak called SafariBlankPage, by Suu (the same developer who did Slide2Kill).

As its name indicates, the tweak forces Safari to open up to a blank page upon launch, meaning you don’t have to wait for anything to load. This allows you to quickly perform searches and open new websites…

If the premise sounds familiar, that’s because there is a non-jailbreak way to do this by creating a Home screen shortcut for the URL ‘about:blank.’ The tweak is a little more convenient though, as it works natively in Safari.

Once SafariBlankPage is installed, it takes effect—no options to configure here. And it only works upon a fresh launch. So if Safari is already open, tapping the Safari icon will open up the last page you looked at, like normal.

While I can see how this tweak could be very useful for some, I probably won’t be keeping it. I’m using Chrome as my default iOS browser right now, and since I use Velox, opening a new web page or search is just a swipe away.

But if you’d like to check it out for yourself, you can find SafariBlankPage in Cydia, in the BigBoss repo, for free.

  • Agreed about this being slightly redundant due to Chrome and Velox.

    With Nitrous installed, the only thing Safari has left is installing TestFlight apps!

    • iosPixel

      I’ve always steered clear of 3rd party browsers because of its lack of acceleration.

      I must of missed the whole nitrous release.. Does it actually work? If so I’d be glad to sample the market again.

      • It does work! Although facebook sometimes stutters and doesnt start with it running for me

      • RarestName

        I’ve yet to see a speed comparison videos of two iPhones with the Nitrous effect. One with Nitrous installed and the other without it running side by side.

      • Andrew

        Nitrous is the definition of no-brainer! 50% of your apps will run noticeably faster. So don’t think about it – just buy and install it.

      • agree…….lol…def hides those embarresing ages you looked at late at night haha

      • It definitely works! It allows any UIWebView to use the Nitro accelerated JavaScript engine, previously only allowed by Safari.

        It’s more of a no-brainer than Zephyr! 😛

      • David Villamizar

        It works, it makes the sunspider benchmark twice as fast.

    • It may just be me (but I doubt it) but I cannot open documents or files in another app when using Chrome. I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again since this is the only thing holding me back from using chrome as my default browser…

      • Yeah true, that happens to me too.
        Sometimes I get lucky and a button pops up with “Open in…” and I can go from there, but it’s rare.

  • J™

    i don’t know why but my safari always start with a blank page…

  • Murp

    Nice tweak (For me at least xD)

  • Bob

    I find it useless to most people

  • Either the description is too redundant or I don’t understand the meaning of having this tweak installed. My Safari always open up a blank page but I usually close all my pages before killing the App. I guess it’s only on those scenarios where you haven’t closed the pages and decide to kill the App that this tweak comes in place, right? But that means I’d lose all my previously open pages. If the latter is the case then, I don’t find this useful… AT ALL.

  • Google Chrome hasn’t worked for me for a while. It’s way too laggy. Does anybody know what could be wrong with it?

  • Jack

    safari ftw