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There are many reasons to choose one web browser or another but on the most obvious reasons to use Safari on iOS is that it is the default browser and you can’t change that. Some apps will let you choose where a link will open, but sooner or later you’re going to come across one which defaults to Safari. As such, it’s worth getting to know some of the ins and outs of Safari on iOS so that you can use it better and get more out of it. Here are some simple tricks that will really enhance your Safari usage on iOS.

Search within page on Safari

Did you know that you can search within a page on Safari? It’s true, all you need to do is go to the page you want to search on, then start typing in the URL text box at the top for the word or phrase you want to search for. Then start scrolling down and find the “on this page” option. In fact, it will show you the number of matches that are on the page even before you click it.

Add webpage shortcut to your homescreen

A classic trick on iOS is to add a shortcut bookmark to your homescreen. It’s actually really simple if you have never done it. All you need to do is press the share button, then click the “add to homescreen” option and you’ll get a flavicon as an app icon on your homescreen.

Reader mode

I love the “Clearly” web clipper from Evernote. I removes all the Ads and junk that you get with a webpage and leaves you with just a clear article with little to no formatting. Well, you can sort of get this on your iPhone almost instantly! If you add an item to your reading list and then open it, and click on the little text icon in the search bar, it will convert the page into reader mode, removing all the baggage on the page. It’s not an instant process, but it’s pretty quick.

Quickly type TLD

This actually works in other browsers too and isn’t limited to Safari. If you hold down the .com button then it will show you a list of Top Level Domains for you to choose from. This can save you a few seconds.

Reorder tabs

Ever get your tabs in a jumble! It’s a pain isn’t it! Well you can quickly and simply reorder them, all you need to do is enter the overview mode where you see all your tabs, press and hold the tab you want to move and then bring it forward or backwards in the order. You can also swipe to clear tabs as well but don’t press and hold in this case, simply swipe.

Go back to the top

This maybe the most well known trick yet it is surprising how many people don’t know about it. All you have to do is tap the top of the screen above the page URL and it will take you back to the top of the page, saving you minutes of scrolling.

Gesture forwards and backwards

Safari let’s you go backwards simply by dragging the page to the left. If you have recently pressed backwards (or swiped back by accident) you can then swipe right to go forwards. This can get you into some trouble if you are playing a browser based version of a game like 2048 or alternatively, can be hard to trigger if the webpage is wider than the phone screen.


Well there you have it, some simple tricks for safari on iOS.

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