Opening New Tabs on Mobile Devices with JavaScript, Safari-Friendly

Learn a simple workaround for opening new tabs on mobile devices using JavaScript that is compatible with Safari's security policies.

I recently encountered a situation where I needed to open a new tab on mobile devices using JavaScript. Initially, I used the following code:, '_blank');

It worked well, but when I tested it on Safari, I quickly discovered that Safari's security policies prevent opening a new tab within an asynchronous function, such as inside a promise. To address this issue, I had to find a workaround.

The most effective workaround I found involved the following steps:

var windowReference =;
myService.getUrl().then(function (url) {
  windowReference.location = url;

The key here is to declare a variable with a reference to the object outside of the asynchronous function. Then, reassign the location to the desired URL where you previously called the function.

Published on March 21, 2023 1 min read