How to setup and use the Acorns Earn Safari Extension

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With the Acorns Earn Safari Extension, you have access to over 12,000 brands that’ll allow you to save and invest as you shop with your favorite brands! 

The extension is free to use and easy to set up.

Setting up the Earn Safari Extension

There are a few things you should do before setting up the Earn Safari extension: 

  • You must be using an iOS mobile device (i.e. iPhone) and also be running iOS 16 on your iPhone. The Earn Safari extension won’t work on a Macbook.
  • You must be using Safari as your mobile internet browser.
  • You must NOT be in Private mode.
  • You must also have "Allow Apps to Track" enabled. On your iOS device, you can check this by going to Settings > Privacy > Tracking > Allow Apps to Track, and make sure it's enabled.
  • You CANNOT activate another rebate/coupon type extension (i.e. Honey, Rakuten, or eBates). 
  • You must have or sign up for an Acorns account to use the Acorns Earn Safari Browser Extension

How to activate the Earn Safari Extension

Here's how to set up the Earn Safari extension:

  1. Tap the "Menu" icon on Safari (if you’re not on Safari tap into your iPhone Settings (Gear) icon and tap Safari)
  2. From the menu, scroll down and tap on "Manage Extensions"
  3. On the Extensions menu, look for "Acorns" and toggle it to "on." You can toggle this "off" any time.
  4. After tapping "Done," you’ll be taken back to the menu. Then select "Acorns" from the menu.
  5. When prompted tap "Always Allow" then "Always Allow on Every Website." If you don’t you’ll miss your offers.

You can see a list of these steps with visuals here:  

Check your setting permissions

Here's how to review your settings to make sure your setting permissions are set to allow Acorns to track your purchase:

  1. Tap the "Settings" (Gear) icon on your iOS device
  2. Scroll down and tap "Safari"
  3. Tap "Extensions"
  4. Tap "Acorns"
  5. Under Permissions for Acorns ensure that both permission settings are set to "Allow"

If you don’t choose "Always Allow" and then "Always Allow on Every Website," the Safari Extension won’t work and we won’t be able to receive the reward. 

Safari Cross-Site Tracking

Your Safari browser will need to be set up to track for the extension to work properly.  Here's how to allow Safari Cross-Site Tracking:

  1. Tap the "Settings" (Gear) icon on your iOS device
  2. Tap "Safari"
  3. Scroll down to "Prevent Cross-Site Tracking" and make sure it is disabled (Toggled Off)

iCloud Private Relay

For the Earn Safari Extension to work best, make sure to update your iCloud Private Relay settings. Here's how:

  1. Tap the "Settings" (Gear) icon on your iOS device
  2. Tap your "Apple ID" at the top
  3. Tap "iCloud"
  4. Disable "Private Relay"

Your device must not have any "do not track" settings enabled. These settings prevent Acorns from identifying that you have made a purchase and we won't be able to create a reward for your account.

How to use the Earn Safari Extension

After installing the Acorns Earn Safari Extension and allowing it to track, you’ll see an option to activate an offer anytime you're shopping with an Acorns Earn partner on your iOS mobile device using the Safari web browser. Here's an example:


If you initially dismissed the pop-up to “Activate” the offer, that specific offer on the Safari Extension won’t display for a while, so you’ll have to manually trigger the offer by:

  1. Clicking the Safari menu (aA icon)
  2. Clicking Acorns
  3. Activate the offer

Heads up: Acorns goes through a third party to offer the Safari Browser extension to our customers, so you may see different rates than the offers you see in Acorns. For example, Nike may have 5% cash-back in our app and 2% cash-back in the Safari Extension.

When will I see my Earn Rewards?

Earn Rewards emails usually arrive within a week of the purchase. But some brands, such as travel brands, may take longer as they require a completed stay or booking. You can learn more about Earn Rewards here.

If you don't receive your reward, you can submit a missing Earn reward request here.

How to deactivate the Earn Safari Extension

To deactivate the Acorns Safari Extension, please follow the steps below:

  1. Tap the "Settings" (Gear) icon on your iOS device
  2. Scroll down and tap "Safari"
  3. Tap "Extensions"
  4. Tap "Acorns"
  5. Toggle the switch to disable


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