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I reluctantly updated my iPhone and discovered that now when you press and hold on a link in Safari it makes a pop-up window with a preview of the link come up.

What is really awful about this is you only need to tap it for a split second for it to start rendering a preview, so very often (maybe 50% of the time) when I'm simply trying to click a link, I have to try several times to press it FASTER in order to get to the page I'm trying to go to without rendering the preview I never wanted.

In addition, this now prevents you from easily copying and pasting links found in your browser, because when you try to select link text, it keeps interrupting with the pop-up.

Rather than negative the way I tap, is there way to disable this feature?

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Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch and either turn off 3D Touch (this disables the link previews entirely) or adjust the sensitivity to require a harder press so you don’t unintentionally trigger it.

The feature is activated by how hard you press, not how long you press and hold. Even with it turned on, you can still press and hold lightly to select text and get the normal menu with copy and other options.

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