How to disable iOS 13

  Link previews
The iPad version has a switch directly on the preview image.
Photo: Cult of Mac

On iPadOS and iOS 13, long pressing a link does two things simultaneously. It shows a context menu with options for sharing, etc., and loads a preview of the linked web page. Apple calls this a link preview .

But what if you don't want a link preview? You may be connected to a cell phone and do not want to waste data loading pages you will not read. Or maybe you just need the link and never want to see the page. What if it is a link to a huge image or an MP3? Or maybe it's a link in an email, and you want to use the context menu to check the URL for scams. In the latter case, there is no way you want that link to load. It could be disastrous.

The good news is that you can disable link previews in iOS 13 with just one touch.

Hide previews of links on iOS 13

Unlike 99% of the practical iOS tips, this does not require a visit to the Settings application. All you need to do is find a link. Here's one.

Just hold down or tap that link, and you'll see something like this:

  Let's be honest here. It is a beautiful breakthrough.
Let's be honest here. That is a beautiful preview.
Photo: Cult of Mac

That is the default link preview panel. Look at the bottom of the context menu and you will see an entry that says Hide previews of links . Touch that Then, the next time you press and hold a link, you will see something like this:

  Disable link previews for links without preview!
Disable link previews for links without preview!
Photo: Cult of Mac

Much better, right? Not only is it cleaner, but it loads faster. Although, to the credit of the Apple programmer who designed the link previews, the menus already load quickly: all you have to wait for is that the website is downloaded and processed. Unlike the pop-up window in the ridiculously slow Mac dictionary.

To re-enable link previews, simply do the same again. The text on the menu button will have changed to Show link previews but is in the same place. Easy.

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