Seven Safari Tricks on iOS You Might Not Know

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Safari on iOS has a surprising number of hidden tricks, letting you manipulate tabs, conduct page-specific searches, and more, and not all of these features are immediately obvious due to the gestures involved.

    We've rounded up some useful must-know Safari tips that you might not be aware of or may have forgotten, so make sure to check out our video because we bet there's something here that's going to be new to you.

    [*]Close All Tabs - Have hundreds of tabs open in Safari on your iPhone? You can close them all at once. Just long press right on the "Done" button in the tab view (which you can get to by pressing the little icon that looks like two squares) and you'll see an option to close all tabs.
    [*]Open Recently Closed Tabs - Accidentally closed a tab you didn't want to close? In the tab view, long press on the "+" button and it will bring up a list of tabs that you've closed recently so you can open it right back up.
    [*]Search Your Open Tabs - With tons of tabs, you might need to do some hunting around to find the specific tab you're looking for, but luckily, a built-in tab search feature makes this easier. Just scroll to the top of your tabs view (or tap the top of the screen to jump to the top) and you'll see a search bar for searching tabs.
    [*]Close Filtered Tabs - If you want to close some of your tabs while leaving the rest open, the search feature doubles as a filter. After doing a search in your tabs, long press on the "Cancel" button next to the search interface and you'll see an option to close only the tabs that match your search.
    [*]Find Text on Page - You know how you can use the Command + F feature on a Mac to find something specific on a page? There's a find feature in iOS too. With a website open, type in a search phrase in the search bar at the top and then scroll down to "On This Page" to search for that term on the website. Alternatively, you can open up the Share Sheet and locate the "Find on Page" button.
    [*]Close Tabs on Other Devices - If you have multiple devices and use iCloud along with the feature that syncs Safari information, you can close tabs on your Mac or your iPad right from your iPhone. To do it, open up the tab view (again, the little icon with two squares), scroll all the way to the bottom of your open tabs, and then you'll see an interface that lists open tabs on other devices.
    [*]Handoff Websites - If you're looking at a website on your iPhone and then want to open it up on your Mac, you can use Handoff, which is available on most modern Mac machines and iPhones. On the Mac, you'll see a little Safari icon on your dock with a small iPhone icon, just click on that and whatever you're looking at on your iPhone can be opened up right on your Mac. You can also open websites from device to device using the same cloud tab interface used for closing tabs on other devices.

    Have other useful Safari tips that we didn't share here? Let us know in the comments and we may include them in a future tips and tricks video.

    Article Link: Seven Safari Tricks on iOS You Might Not Know
  2. waquzy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2013
    Leicestershire, UK
    Thank you so much, even after many years of Safari usage, I didn't know most of these. :)
  3. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    I like how Mobile Safari lets you toggle between Private and non-Private mode. I stay in Private mode all the time (as a web developer) because then I'm not fighting with cached data. I wish the desktop version of Safari gave us this option. I believe Firefox does.
  4. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    I miss the days when the interface didn’t have all these features hidden.
  5. outskirtsofinfinity macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2017
  6. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    The single most useful trick would be how to block out all Ads.
    Until then, the mobile browser is painful to use.
  7. danielbraun macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2019
    Another cool trick is: when on a webpage, long-click the refresh button and select "Request Desktop Site" to view the non-mobile version of the site.
  8. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    There are ad blockers on the AppStore.
  9. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Indeed. Nonintuitive UI has run rampant.
  10. Greymacuser macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2012
    Or you could just use Opera for iOS. Its been a smoother experience than Safari for me. Easier to find all the tools as well. The free VPN included doesn't hurt either.
  11. jona2125 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    Unfortunately there wasn't a hidden feature to delete Safari all together
  12. richpjr macrumors 68040


    May 9, 2006
    This made me laugh.
  13. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    These are definitely tips I didn't know, well done, thanks!
  14. realtuner macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2019
    I like when I click on a link that opens a new tab, clicking the back button on that page closes the tab and returns me to the tab I clicked the link from.
  15. TracesOfArsenic macrumors regular


    Feb 22, 2018
    The one tip I'd love to know for macOS is how to make Safari reliably load pages.
  16. MarkyMark macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2005
    You can save a click on the first tip by long pressing on the tab button. The option to close all tabs comes straight up.
  17. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    It's easy to simulate those days. Just toss out your iPhone.
  18. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Here’s some more pro Safari tips...

    Want to load a page that has some element that isn’t loading or is hanging?

    Want to download an image that Safari won’t give you the option to?

    Use another browser.
  19. djcerla, May 21, 2019
    Last edited: May 22, 2019

    djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    That’s because it didn’t have all these features.

    Funny how Mac power users who use daily the epitome of hidden features that are keyboard shortcuts then complain about equally hidden features aimed at iOS power users.
  20. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    Should have been built in.
  21. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    If you want to handoff to Firefox (IE, on a Windows machine because Safari for Windows doesn't exist anymore) you can download the Firefox iOS app, then from Safari just tap the Share button and pick share to Firefox. It'll ask which device and poof, Firefox on Windows will open a new tab with that for you.
  22. lozion macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2006
    Montreal, Canada
    Would love to have the "open all tabs" feature that Safari for Mac has..

    Btw, what about all those "experimental features" from the Advanced pane unser Safari settings? Any I should use?
  23. Chuck Kostalnick macrumors demi-god

    Chuck Kostalnick

    Jun 2, 2015
    San Fransisco, California
    Please, Apple and the Glorious Hairforce1, please adjust the Safari omnibar. If you type something into the URL bar and hit "space", the period should disappear from the modified keyboard and it should switch back to the standard keyboard. This would prevent Google searches with randomly.added.periods.instead.of.spaces.
  24. lozion macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2006
    Montreal, Canada
    Here is another:

    [*]Long press the reader view to activate automatic reader view on this or all tabs.
  25. shieldcy macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2017
    Here’s a very useful tip I recently discovered...

    In iOS - Safari: By tapping two fingers on a link, it will open it in a new tab.
    It’s like the “open in new tab” functionality on the mac.

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