Safari power-user? Or is that Chrome for you? Learning a trick or two can help you get to websites faster, be smart in opening links, and most importantly, getting the maximum use out of the default browser that ships with your iPhone: Mobile Safari.
With a lot of people browsing websites mostly on their iPhones and iPads (not to forget Android smarties and tablets), knowing the intricacies of your mobile web browser helps a lot. For instance, in Safari you don’t have to type the entire website address ever (as long as it’s a .com domain). Or like you can save a picture directly to the camera roll.
Ready to add some new tricks up your sleeve? Take the plunge:
9 Mobile Safari Tips and Tricks for Smart Browsing on iPhone and iPad:
1. Search in Page
Well, you thought Mobile Safari didn’t let you search within a page? Think again. Why would Apple miss out on such an important feature? They didn’t.
- Once you open a webpage, search for the text in the Google search bar (right one)
- In the list that shows up, scroll down and you’ll find a list called “On this Page”
- This is what you’re looking for. Tap on the search term and you’ll get to see each of the occurrences on the page for the search term you supplied.
2. Forget “www” and “.com”
Like I said before, if you’re trying to open a website that goes like ‘http://igeeksblog.com’, you don’t have to type the “www” or the “.com” part. Leave them both out of the equation. Saves time.
just type ‘igeeksblog‘ and Mobile Safari will redirect you to ‘https://www.igeeksblog.com‘ automatically. This doesn’t work on unibars like those of Chrome.
A lot of people – including myself – wondered why Apple didn’t make that address bar in Safari (Mobile) a unibar like that of Chrome but now we know. This is much better for a smarter access.
3. Quicker TLDs
Tap and hold on the “.com” key and you’ll see a list of 4/8 TLDs (depending on your country). Use them.
On my iPhone, I’m getting: .com, .edu, .org, .co.uk, ,net, .us, .ie, .eu.
4. Get the URL
Occasionally, you’re doubtful of that link shown and you want to see where it’s going to take you. On the desktop, it’s easy: just scroll over the link and you get to know what it points to. If not, just copy the URL by right-clicking on the link.
On Mobile Safari, you do it this way: click and hold on the URL/link and the options tab opens. You’ll see the full URL right on top.
Oh, from here you can copy the URL or add it to your reading list.
5. Private Browsing
This is a cinch.
- Go to Settings
- Tap on Safari
- Switch ON Private Browsing mode
One important thing you’ll notice is that Safari now turns a dark gray instead of the usual blue. That’s a dead giveaway that Safari is in private browsing mode and won’t record anything – cookies, cache, passwords, history.. nothing.
6. Auto-fill Your Contact Info
Auto-fill is cool. If you’ve got your contact information filled in, you can fill most web forms without a lot of typing. You can set-up or disable Autofill from Settings -> Safari -> AutoFill and choosing your contact details sets things up for you.
7. Open Links in Background
I don’t like it when I click on links and they open up, covering the current page I’m on. Yeah, it does end up in a lot of new tabs but I’m okay with that.
- To make sure this feature is enabled, you head to Settings -> Safari and then tap on the ‘Open Links‘ feature.
- Under this, check In Background instead of In New Page.
8. Save Pictures to Camera Roll
Tap and hold on an image on the website and then tap on ‘Save Image’ – it goes straight to your Camera Roll. Voila! That’s a simple way, right?
9. Website Data
If you think Safari’s acting weird, may be it’s the ton of data on the app. Websites store data and if you are a power-user, you got a lot of data stored on Safari.
Start by clearing out data stored by websites.
- Go to Settings -> Safari
- Scroll down to ‘Advanced’ and tap on it
- Tap on Website Data
- You’ll be shown a list of websites that store data (along with the amount of data being stored)
- Tap on ‘Remove All Website Data’