Apple’s iPhones offer a plethora of features that deliver premium user experiences. However, the most popular one is Safari. This is the default browser for Apple’s devices and its so powerful that it is quite rare to see an iPhone, iPad or Mac ownere using an alternative browser. The great thing about Safari is that this is not a simple browser that can only load a webpage, Safari can do much more than that and today we are going to prove this to everyone!
Even though most iPhone users are already versed in the art of browsing the web with Safari, there are many things that only pro users know about. This is where we come in because we have scoured the web in search for the most useful Safari tips and tricks so that we can present them today. With that said, iPhone users who enjoy surfing the web are going to find lots of awesome tips and tricks in our list and we are advising everyone to share them with their friends because you can never know when one of these tips and tricks might come in handy. Without any further ado, let’s jump straight into it.
The Best Safari Tips and Tricks
#1 Picture In Picture Mode
The first trick that we want to share for Safari is also one of the most useful ones on our list. Even though iPhones are not renowned for their multitasking abilities because they don’t offer a PiP (picture in picture) mode, this is not the case for the iPad and Mac versions of Safari. The web browser makes it possible for Apple fans to use the PiP mode for every website that they visit. The cool thing about this trick is that the PiP mode can be simply enabled from the toolbar.
#2 3D Touch Options
One of the most useful amazing features that Apple’s iOS powered devices offer is 3D Touch. This feature enables users to long press on certain apps and get access to shortcuts. Since Safari is a native Apple app, then it should come as no surprise that Apple’s developers have made sure to equip Safari with a bunch of highly useful 3D Touch features. For example, Apple fans can long press on the browser’s shortcut and they will be able to quickly access features such as bookmarks, reading lists and even to open a new tab.
#3 Website Sneak Peek
If you ever want to take a sneak peek at a website before loading it up maybe in order to save mobile data or to avoid opening a website that doesn’t feature any engaging content, then you can always press on the URL of a website and a small preview page will pop up. This is a really cool trick and to make things even better, you can also swipe up to access options such as Add to Reading List, Copy, Share and Open in Background.
#4 Change the Reader Mode Font and Background
Another remarkable feature that Safari offers is the Reader Mode. Just like the mode’s name implies, Apple fans can use this feature in order to make it easier to read the content that is presented on a website or document. However, what many Apple fans don’t know is that there is a way to customize the Reading Mode by changing the font and background. We should mention that the Reader Mode can be simply enabled by tapping on the little four-line button that is located on the left side of the address bar. Additionally, there are many background colors that Apple fans can pick from with bright white being the default one.
#5 How to Search Within a Website
There’s nothing more annoying than loading up a website and looking for some specific information only to see that it is not mentioned anywhere. Fortunately, the developers who are in charge of Safari know this and they have equipped the browser with the option to search for specific content within a website. Simply tap on the smart search bar and type in the word that you want to find, let’s say “progressive” for example. This trick is going to make it easier for Apple fans to find the information that they desire in longer articles such as this one for example.
#6 How to Jump Back to the Top Of The Page
We previously mentioned how annoying it can be to stumble upon websites filled with false information, however, there is something a little bit more stressful than this. Apple fans who enjoy scrolling for long times will know just how difficult it can be to try and get to the top of a website after scrolling for fifteen minutes. Fortunately, this can all be avoided just by tapping the status bar at the top of the screen which will automatically bring the user back to the start of the website.
#7 How to Change the Default Search Engine
While Google might be the most famous search engine in the world and also the default search engine of Safari, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple fans are required to stick with it. There are multiple alternatives with Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo being three of them. Apple fans can always change the default search engine of Safari by heading over to the iOS Settings menu, tapping on the Safari option and then changing it from there.
#8 Set Favorite Website to the Home Screen
Everyone has their favorite website that they love to browse during their free time and there’s no time about that. The reason why we are mentioning this is that there is a special trick for Safari that will help Apple fans get access to their favorite websites in no time. The trick here is to access the website, let’s say Reddit for example, and now just tap the Action button at the bottom of the screen and select the “Add to Home Screen” option.