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    install iphone app from Safari

    Hi everyone!

    I know this question maybe to obvious, but I have been surfing the net for a long time but found nothing.

    A workmate of mine has developed an iphone app.

    I have to develop a web site that when visited from Safari (on iphone) prompts the user to install the app, but if the user has already installed the app, to open it.

    How can I do that??

    Thank you very much!

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    This might be what you're looking for:
    https://developer.apple.com/library/...ppBanners.html

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    Hi Kevin2!

    Thank you very much for your answer.

    I have read that link before, but I have another question. The document talks about the method “application:openURL:sourceApplication:annotation:” in the iphone app.

    Is the implementation of that method mandatory to show the Smart Banner in Safari?

    I do not have any knowledge of developing apps in iphone.

    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by jessPHP; 01-24-2014 at 04:04 AM. Reason: disable emotions

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    HA! I was really hoping you'd be the one who knew what all that information meant. I caught just the barest gist of it -- "Put this <meta> tag in the <head> of your page after making necessary changes." At least that's what I think it means.

    I'm not an app developer either. Perhaps your workmate who developed the app knows what that method does and how to implement it.

    Good luck!

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    Hi, you can install iPhone app for safari. If you lost safari bookmarks from your iPhone, you can download Kvisoft iPhone Recovery Mac.
    Here is the guide:
    http://www.kvisoft.com/tutorials/rec...bookmarks.html

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    Hi Colton3310! Thank you for your answer.

    I do not understand why I would need safari bookmarks.

    What I want is that when a user visits the website from Safari, the browser shows a popup, banner asking the user to install the iphone app.

    It is a matter of HTML.
    Last edited by jessPHP; 01-27-2014 at 03:32 AM. Reason: mistake

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    My main question: is the implementation of the method in the app mandatory for the Smart Banner?

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    OK, I went back to the page I linked above. After reading through it a couple of times it seems to me that all you really need to make your original requirements work is adding the <meta> tag to the pages on which you want the banner to appear. The in-app coding seems to be a way to allow a web page to connect directly to a specific page or place in the app.

    But I could be completely wrong. Why not just try it and see what happens?

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    Hi Kevin2!

    I have already added that meta tag to the head, but is not working.

    Actually, I have noticed something weird. When I load the page with Safari in iphone, Safari shows the banner but just for a second, less than a second, and then the banner disappears.

    Maybe this behavior is because the implementation of the method is mandatory..... isn't it?

    Thanks a lot!

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