Safari cheats and better features of the iPhone and iPad browser

Safari for many iPhone and iPad users is the best browser we can use, since over the years it has remained simple to use but with many functionalities and useful features added to every update of the iOS operating system.
It is no coincidence that Safari is the most used browser on iPad and iPhone, also because it remains the fastest to load Web pages on Apple-branded devices (also thanks to the great optimization that has always accompanied Apple products).
If Safari is your browser of reference, you have come across the right guide: here we will show you tricks that are worth knowing in order to use it better and be able to surf the Internet more effectively .

Interesting cheats and features of Safari on iPhone and iPad

Many of the following tricks are already known by those who have used an iPhone for at least 2 or 3 years, but if we are a beginner with an Apple device we will find it very useful to know all the tricks and functions that can improve the usability of the browser on the iPhone and iPad.

Reopen a recently closed tab

If by mistake we closed one or more browser tabs, we keep our finger pressed on the + symbol inside the Tabs menu, so as to access the special menu where we can find the last closed tabs on Safari.

Close all open tabs

If we have opened a large number of tabs on Safari, we may run into some slowdowns, especially on older iPhones. To close all the open tabs in a flash, keep your finger on the Tabs button (bottom right) and use the Close all panels item, so as to do a little cleaning.

Hide the most visited sites

The sites we visit most often will appear on the Safari home, so we can visit them faster. If we fear that this behavior of the browser mini our privacy, we can hide the most visited sites by opening the Settings app, tapping on Safari and deactivating the button next to the item Frequently visited sites .

Reading mode

Safari has a special reading mode that simplifies the pages of online blog and newspaper articles. Reading mode eliminates all the extra elements and leaves the whole space to the text of the article and its images. To view the current web page in Reading mode, tap the icon made by horizontal black lines on the left side of the address bar in Safari.
To make Safari remember your preference, hold down on the same key used to activate the Reading mode and select the Use with "site name" item ; selecting instead Use with all websites we will activate the mode on any visited web page.

Find on the page

To search for words on the page you are reading, you need to touch the address bar, write the word and then touch the option at the bottom of this page located at the bottom of the list of suggestions. If we don't see the option right away, we scroll down the list and find out.

Go back and forth with the swipes

You can go back one page or go forward to the next page by sliding your finger on the screen: swiping from left to right on the screen we will return to the previous page, while swiping from right to left we will go to the next page.

Save web pages for offline reading

Safari reading mode on iPhone and iPad allows you to save a list of web pages to read later, even without an Internet connection.
The trick is similar to that obtainable with applications such as Pocket and Instapaper, with Safari downloading a copy of the selected pages for later reading, so that they can be viewed offline.
To add a web page to the reading list, press the Share button in the toolbar and select Reading list . To open the web pages saved in the reading list, touch the book icon on the toolbar and then the glasses button.
The browser will ask us whether to automatically download the saved items: we select the item Save automatically to obtain offline reading; if we have already skipped this step, we can modify it later by going to Settings> Safari> Reading List and setting the button Save automatically offline to ON or OFF (according to our preferences).
To remove an item from this list, scroll to the left and touch the Delete button.

Use the Bookmarklets

Bookmarklets are JavaScript scripts that can be saved as links as favorite sites. When you open the bookmarklet the script code is executed on the page you are visiting as many extensions of Chrome and Firefox do then The interesting trick is that although Safari for iOS does not support browser extensions, it does support bookmarklets.
For example, if you use the Pocket bookmarklet you can open the bookmarks and tap the Save for Pocket link to add the current page to your Pocket account from Safari.
In another article we have already shown you the best Bookmarklets to add functions and buttons on browsers also for iPhone and iPad .

Delete personal data

We want to clear all the history in Safari "> iCloud for Windows to synchronize the favorite sites between Safari on iPhone and iPad and the browsers on the PC (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge).
If you did not like the synchronization function of Safari, a little uncomfortable and not really good on Windows, it is better to switch to Chrome on the iPhone, so as to have everything synchronized even on a PC (just log in with a Google account). In this regard, we can also read our guide on how to Sync Favorites on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, Safari .

Activate private browsing mode

Safari has a private browsing mode that is used to browse websites without leaving any trace in the history and without loading or saving cookies. Since cookies are not saved, the private browsing mode allows you to access multiple accounts on the same site such as Facebook and not to store passwords and login data.
To activate the private browsing mode, we open the Tabs menu and touch the Private button at the bottom left. While using this mode the toolbar and interface in Safari will change their appearance.
To exit the private browsing mode, open a new tab and touch the Private option again at the bottom of the page or close all the open tabs (as we showed you earlier).

Save a web page as a PDF

Do we want to share a web page in PDF format? In this case we must not use any app or website, since Safari integrates the save option in Adobe format. To save a Web page in PDF, press the Share button at the bottom, then select the Create PDF button (it may be hidden: scroll through the various buttons at the bottom of the screen).
A new window will open with a preview of the PDF: to be able to save it, click again on the bottom of the Share button and use Save to File to complete the operation.


Safari is undoubtedly the best browser that we can use on iPhone and iPad, since it is fast in loading all the Web pages and offers interesting features to enhance reading and to save your favorites on the device (or on other devices, thanks to iCloud).
If we don't like Safari, in another article we have reported you the Best Browsers for iPhones and iPads alternatives to Safari .

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