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If you're using a limited data plan, this should come as a handy tip to save some bandwidth.

When you search/enter a keyword in the unified bar in Safari (iOS 7), you should see a ‘Top-Hit'. This is the first result of your search (based on whatever search engine you've chosen). Safari has the capability to preload top-hit results so that when you tap on it, the result links open faster.

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Technically, this is a very useful feature when you're searching. A preloaded top-hit website loads faster and quicker. And in many cases, this is very time-saving. When you're looking for some generic information on movies, technical definitions, brand stores and addresses, this can be very handy.

How to Stop Safari from Preloading Top-Hit to Save Bandwidth on iOS 7

But there's a price to pay for the nifty feature. Every time you search, whether or not you click on the top-hit, it gets preloaded in the background. This means data gets eaten up. On an unlimited plan or on Wi-fi, this is okay. But on a limited data plan, it can be bad. And we're going to turn this feature off.

To stop Safari from preloading top-hits, here's what you need to do:

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  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Safari
  • Now tap on Smart Search Field

Smart Search Field in iOS 7

  • Turn off the switch that reads Preload Top Hit

Turn off Preload Top Hit in iOS 7

As simple as that. It's not very often that you click the first Google or Bing result but it depends. As for me, turning off the Preload Top-Hit is definitely worth it.

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Within the Smart Search Field, you'll also notice another switch labeled Search Suggestions. This works very similar to how Chrome's unified search bar suggests search keywords as you type a few letters or words. This is a handy tool and one can assume that it takes up far less bandwidth than the preload feature.

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