Apple is continuously working on and improving Safari. It's by far one of the best and most reliable browsers you can use. And we're not only talking on desktop; the iPhone app is just as good if not better!
What's remarkable about the Safari app on iPhone is that Apple had to figure out creative ways to give users just as many features as the desktop version, but with less room to work with. And surprisingly, they've done a pretty amazing job. You can automatically close all of your tabs, access your web history, and switch between tabs with just a few taps and gestures. It's pretty impressive overall.
But many of us don't know how to use the Safari app to its fullest. Fortunately, that's why we're here. Continue reading to browse the best tips and tricks to master Safari on iPhone.
Close All Your Tabs at the Same Time
Has anyone else left a bunch of tabs open because the information within them was "important" and might be useful for "later"? Yes? I thought so. If you have a bunch of tabs open on your iPhone and you don't want to close them individually, Safari can close them all for you. There are two ways to do it.
- On Safari, press the Tab View button. It's the two squares on the bottom right corner of Safari.
- Once you're in the Tab View, press and hold the Done button on the bottom right corner.
- The option to Close all tabs will pop up.
Another way to do this is by pressing and holding the tab view button on the bottom right until the same Close all tabs message appears.
Automatically Close Your Tabs Over Time
If you always hate to leave Safari crammed with tabs every day, you can automatically make it so Safari deletes them every day, week, or month. Just make sure you save the necessary links for later. Here's what you need to do.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Scroll down and tap on Safari.
- Scroll down again to the Tabs section and tap on Close Tabs.
- Select if you want to close your tabs after one day, one week, or one month.
Oops! Reopen Your Recently Closed Tabs
There's nothing more annoying than accidentally closing a tab that you needed. Before, you might have tried searching the website again or went to your web history to find it. But after this trick, you'll never have to go through that again.
- Open the tabs view by tapping on the two squares on the bottom right corner of Safari.
- Press and hold the "+" icon at the bottom of the page.
- A small menu will pop up showing you the most recently closed tabs. Choose the one you want to open again.
Translate a Website to Your Language
Safari can automatically translate many websites into your desired language. It's simple to use, and Safari does it instantly.
- In Safari, tap the aA icon on the top left side of your screen.
- Tap on Translate to followed by the primary language on your iPhone.
- If you want to go back to the original page, just tap on the aA again and select View Original.
Keep in mind, though, it won't work on every website, but the most popular ones should be good.
Search for Keywords within Your Open Tabs
Searching for a specific tab when you have other 20 tabs open feels like a metaphor about a needle and a haystack. Fortunately, Safari makes your search easy with an integrated search bar.
- In Safari, go to your tab view by tapping on the two squares on the bottom right corner.
- Scroll all the way up through your tabs.
- Once you reach the top, you'll see a search bar at the top of your screen.
- Type any word, and Safari will show you every open tab that has that word.
Close Specific Tabs Matching Keywords
If you don't want to close all your tabs, but there are still many tabs open you don't need, the search bar we mentioned before will help you choose the specific tabs you want to get rid of.
- Tap the two squares at the bottom right of Safari to go to tab view.
- Scroll to the top of the tabs to the search bar.
- Search the word or words of the websites you want to delete.
- Once you got the websites listed, press and hold the Cancel button at the end of the search bar.
- Tap the new message that tells you to Close Tabs Marching followed by the words you searched.
Find a Word on a Page
Finding out how to search a word in the Safari app can be as tricky as finding the word you want. However, it's easy to do, and there are two ways you can do it.
- On the website you want to search, tap on the URL bar at the top.
- Type the word or words you want to search.
- Scroll down through the results that appear, and you'll see a section called On this page that tells you where the word appears on the page and how many times it appears.
You can also search for words by tapping the Share button at the bottom of your iPhone. It's the square with an arrow in the middle. Then scroll down a tap on Find on Page.
Zoom In and Out on Any Website
There's no shame in needing a bigger font size when you browse the internet. Plus, Safari makes it really easy to do, so why not do it whenever you need to.
- Tap on the aA icon on the top left corner of your screen.
- Press either the small A or the bigger A to zoom in or out of the website.
Check Which Websites Are Tracking You the Most
Most websites have trackers. These are little scripts of codes that help websites basically learn your preferences and how you interact with the site. Services like Google Analytics allow websites to see which content is most popular, or least popular. They're not necessarily bad since the information they give can be used to improve your overall experience, but it's still something some people might not like.
One of Safari's newest features is a Privacy report that not only shows you how many trackers the website you visit has, but it'll also tell you how many trackers Safari happened to block. You can also see a report of the websites you visited with most trackers. Here's how to check your Privacy Report.
- On Safari, tap on the aA icon on the top left corner of your screen.
- Tap on Privacy Report.
- At the top, you'll see how many trackers Safari has blocked in a month. You can also see many trackers the websites you've visited have. If you scroll down, you'll see a list of the websites with the most trackers you've visited.