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Safari had had some decent boosts over the last couple iterations of iOS, but even without those additions there are plenty of great features in Apple’s web browser that have been around for years. And they don’t get much airtime anymore, meaning if you missed these tricks first time around you might never find them. So, with these six hidden tips in your arsenal, you’ll have a much better experience surfing the web. How many of them do you already know?
Depending on the design of the website you’re looking at, sometimes columns of text appear way too small to read. Simply double tap the text and Safari will automatically zoom in exactly far enough to fill the width of the screen.
Back to the top
After scrolling down through a long web article, you can instantly return to the top of the page by tapping the status bar at the top of the screen. If Safari has automatically hidden the top menu, you’ll need to double-tap the status bar instead.
When reading an article, tap the four-lines button on the top menu. This engages Reader View and will strip away the cruft and reformat the page into a clear, easy-to-digest layout with no ads or distracting font choices.
Search the page
If you’re looking for a particular reference on a website, simply type the word you’re looking for into the address bar at the top of the screen. Instead of pressing go, tap Find “your word” to comb through the entire whole page in an instant.
If you visit a particular website a lot, it can be nice to have a shortcut to it directly from the Home screen. Tap the share button and choose Add to Home Screen to create your own custom app icon.
Many websites track your browsing and your interests in order to better target their adverts. Safari can do its best to prevent this behavior – simply turn on Ask Websites Not To Track Me from Settings > Safari.