Safari is undoubtedly the fastest browser on iOS 7.x, irrespective of what iPhone or iPad you use. The fact that it’s the native/stock app helps. It tries to capture more of the features of its parent app, Safari for Mac. One of them being opening a new tab.

In keeping with the custom: this is a quick tip for new users of iPhone and iPad. New users who are just getting used to the iOS 7.x ecosystem. Feel free to skip this if you’re well-versed with it already.

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Open New Tabs in Background in iOS 7 Safari

Safari for desktops lets you open links in a new tab. You can do this by clicking the link with the Command (or Control) button pressed. This will open the link in a new tab in the same window.

You can do the same thing on an iPhone or an iPad too. If you want to open a link in a new tab, this is what you need to do:

  • Tap and hold on the link.
  • An options sheet shows up. Tap on Open in New PageOpen Links in New Tab in iOS 7 Safari
  • The new link will open in a new tab.

On the iPhone, you will be switched to the new tab automatically.

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On the iPad, however, the behavior is better. The new tab opens the link but you’re not switched to the new tab automatically. This helps because you can continue reading/viewing the current webpage without being disturbed by the new tab.

If you want to open tabs in the background on iPhone too, here’s how to do that:

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on Safari
  • Tap on Open Links
  • Select In Background

Open New Links in Background in Safari on iPhone

Now, when you tap and hold on a link, you get the Open in Background option. Tap and the link will be opened silently, without disturbing your current reading/viewing.

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