Apple Inc. the market leader in the mobile and computer segment developed a web browser for their products in 2003. Safari one of the easiest-to-use web browsing tool is based on WebKit engine. Safari provided many features that were missing on other web browsers, which indicatively turned users to opt for Safari and Apple products. Safari brought a revolution to the browsing experience and made browsing an easier task. Till now, Apple still has maintained its key feature in safari, i.e., its simplicity and at a go user experience without any fuss.
Apple then stuffed iPhone, iPad and iPod with Safari browser making it one of the first browser to be fully functional in the cellular segment and raised the competition to the next level. It started to add more and more features and shortcuts to their Safari browser to make it that much simple and accessible to the user without any interference while they surf. A lot of shortcuts and time savers are hidden by Apple behind their gestural touches. So, if you got to beat the other person while browsing, especially the girl from Airtel who bongs about the free internet! Then you may have a chance to win over her, but your requirement list should have an iPhone, an internet connection (of course) and you should definitely go through this post. Here are 12 safari shortcuts which you must know for smart browsing.
Note: Some of the functions and gestures won’t work in private browsing, I guess you already know why!
Safari Shortcuts for Smart Browsing
On Top of the Page
Though you may know about this gesture, but in general outlook it is the first and one of the best iPhone gesture. You are on a page, scrolling down and then you remember that you’ve got to refer the first line, rather than scrolling up, all you need to do is this:
- At the very top of the screen, just prod the title bar once. But if your address bar is minimised, prod the screen two times – once for maximising it and the other time to get on top.
Order to Reorder
If you have a perfectionism to your work or things, then this may help you. You want to keep your list of tabs in an orderly way, you don’t have to close and open it again. All you got is to:
- Just prod the tab button at the right bottom end.
- Select the tab you want to reorder by touching and holding it down.
- Drag the tab to your preferred position.
Find on Page
When you settle down to a page, but on that page, you still need to find some specific word or phrase. This option has moved to share sheet in the newer versions of iOS. You don’t have to open a new tab and search for the word or phrase, you can do this by:
- Prod the Share button.
- At the bottom scroll to the right and then prod on Find on Page in the black and white action options.
Peek – Pop
This one is for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users who have 3-D touch on their phone. These features help out a lot when in a hurry. Just touch the list entries, frequently used websites or link to any web page to bring the preview and press it harder to visit that page or website.
- For the Peek preview press firmly on any list item, web icon or on any link to get the preview.
- Now for the Pop, press harder on the screen to get to the web page or link that you selected.
In a hurry or by some mistake you closed a tab or set of tabs, but you wish you had not. You want to restore those tabs to get to that page and you don’t remember the page, don’t worry. It’s just a tap away:
- At the right bottom end, tap the tabs button.
- To bring the list of recently closed tabs, click and hold the + button.
- Now prod the tabs button to restore your previously opened session.
Mark your Book
You are surfing and when you get to a page that you love or have all that you want. Then instead of remembering the address of that web page or sharing that page to yourself or to other, just you have to do is:
- At the centre bottom of the screen touch and hold the bookmark button for the bookmark option to roll up.
- Prod on adding a bookmark or add to shared links or to a reading list.
In case, you forgot to close any tab on you iPad or MacBook and wish you could just have any remote or any such thing to close it. Don’t worry Apple made it for you, your very own iPhone could do this task for you. How? Well, that’s pretty easy:
- Go to the tabs button at the bottom of the screen.
- Scroll down to the iCloud tabs at the bottom.
- To bring the delete button up, swipe across the iCloud tab.
- Now just prod the delete button to delete the tabs you wished to close.
Tools on Tap
Apple doesn’t want its users to miss out on anything that’s there on the page. So, to maximise the showcase of the contents, Safari hide all the toolbars as you go down the page. Instead of scrolling up to bring back the toolbar, you can also try this:
- Just prod the very bottom of your iPhone’s screen.
- Now tap the toolbar you want to cite.
You have come over a bunch of pages and now you want to go back to the previous page. Rather than going back page-by-page or by tapping the back button, all you got to do is:
- Tap and hold the back button at the left bottom of the screen to roll up the history list of the pages that you’ve visited previously.
- Now select the page that you wanted to go to.
Now if you came over to the previous page and decided to go the page you were. You don’t need to tap on the forward button or the going through each page while switching. Just try this method and you are done:
- Tap and hold the forward button at the left bottom of the screen to roll up the history list of the pages that you were on.
- Now select the page that you wanted to go to.
Back to Home Screen
This one is also for the users of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with the 3-D touch functionality. Now pressing the Safari icon on your home screen will directly show you Reading List, a new private tab, a new regular tab and Bookmarks.
- Prod and hold the Safari icon on the Home Screen.
- Use the Home Screen option that you want to use.
Phone to Desktop
Sometimes poor iPhone users have to compensate with the mobile versions of websites and these are poorly formatted and miss some functionality. But an iPhone user can use the desktop version of the websites by requesting the Safari by using Share Sheet feature. But that’s not all, you can do it much quickly using the reload button.
- Prod and hold the Reload button which is at the right of the address bar.
- Then tap on the Request Desktop Site.
This was our list of 12 must know safari shortcuts for smart browsing. For any queries, use the comment box below. Do share this article on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.