Safari for iPhone spun out of Safari for Mac and was one of the very first fully functional web browsers ever to hit mobile. Taking all that power and making it simple and accessible for the masses meant that, over the years, a lot of shortcuts and time savers got hidden away behind gestures. Luckily, once you know how to long-tap (touch and hold) and swipe your way around, you'll be using Safari for iPhone faster than ever!
Note: History and tab restore don't work in private browsing mode, because private.
1. Jump to the top
One of the first and still one of the best iPhone gestures, while I'm sure almost all of you already know this, I'm including it just in case. If you've spent a while scrolling down a page but decide you want to go back to the top, instead of scrolling all the way back up, try this:
Tap the title bar at the very top of the screen. (If the address bar is minimized, tap twice — once to maximize it, once to jump up.)
2. Tap to show toolbar
To show you more of the page content, Safari hides the toolbar as you scroll down. Instead of trying to make it reveal itself by scrolling back up, try this:
Tap the very bottom of the screen.
Tap the tool button you want to invoke.
3. Swiftly save or copy an image
If you come across an image on a website you want to save or copy to the clip board, try this:
Touch and hold down on an image.
Choose to save or copy it from the menu.
(If it doesn't work, the image may be embedded in the style sheet instead of the page — no luck!)
4. Flash back in history
If you've tapped a bunch of links and decide you want to go back to a previous page, instead of tapping the back button or swiping to go back a page at a time, try this:
Touch and hold down on the back arrow button at the bottom left to pull up the history list of pages you visited previously.
Tap the page you want to jump back to.
5. Flash forward in history
If you've already jumped back but decide you want to go forward again, instead of tapping the forward button or swiping forward a page a time, try this:
Touch and hold down on the forward arrow button at the bottom left to pull up the history list of pages you visited next.
Tap the page you want to jump forward to.
6. Bookmark 'em in a blink
If you land on a page you love and you want to make sure you remember it, instead of tapping the share button and then choosing what you want to do, try this:
Touch and hold down on the bookmark button at the bottom center to bring up the bookmark menu.
Tap add a bookmark, add to reading list, or add to shared links.
7. Rapidly restore tabs
If you close a tab or set of tabs by mistake, or you close them but later wish you hadn't, instead of trying to remember the page, try this:
Tap the tabs button at the bottom right
Touch and hold down the + button to bring up a list of recently closed tabs.
Tap the tab you want to restore
8. Remotely close iCloud tabs
If you leave a tap open on an iPad or Mac you wish you hadn't, instead of running back to the device, turning it on, going to Safari, and closing the tab, try this:
Tap the tabs button and scroll down to iCloud tabs
Swipe across the iCloud tab to bring up the delete button.
Tap the delete button to close the tab.
Your favorite shortcuts?
These Safari shortcuts should have your browsing faster than ever! We're always on the lookout for more, however, so if you've come across a favorite gesture, tell us all about it!