Apple Safari tips and best iPhone and iPad browser features

Settings and tips for browsing the Internet from iPhone and iPad completely using Safari as a browser

Safari for many iPhone and iPad users is the best browser we can use because over the years it has remained simple to use but with many useful functions and features (added with every update to the system). ‘operation).

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 go-to browser on iPhone and iPad, you’ve come to the right guide: in the following chapters we’ll show you the best Safari tips worth knowing, in order to surf the Internet more efficiently and productively, reducing wasted time to zero.

Install extensions

With Safari 15, it is finally possible to install extensions also on the system browser of the iPhone and the iPad, in order to be able to personalize the experience of using the phone and to add the missing functions. To add extensions, simply open the Safari browser and search the Home search bar for the string Safari Extensions, in order to immediately display the compatible extensions.

Alternatively, we can open the App Store, tap the To look for icon at the bottom right and search Safari Extensions, so you can add whatever you want.

Synchronize browser data

Safari integrates with iCloud to sync your saved passwords, open tabs, bookmarks, and other browser data so that you don’t lose them if you switch smartphones or use iPhone and iPad at the same time. This data is synchronized with all devices that support the Apple account: by logging in, we can always have our data at hand on iPhone, iPad, iMac or MacBook.

Apple does not provide Safari for Windows, but it does provide an alternative solution for those who have a Windows PC instead of a Mac. Indeed, you can install iCloud for Windows to synchronize your favorite sites between Safari on iPhone and iPad and the browsers of your PC (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge).

If you don’t like Safari’s sync function, which is a bit annoying and not really good on Windows, it’s better to switch to Google Chrome on the iPhone, so that you have everything synced even on the PC (just go to Google Chrome on the iPhone). sign in with a Google Account). In this regard, we can also read our guide to synchronize bookmarks on modern browsers.

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Save a web page as PDF

Do we want to share a web page in PDF format? In this case, we don’t need to use any app or website, since Safari has the option to save in Adobe format. To save a web page in PDF format, press the button. To share at the bottom, then select the Create PDF button (it can be hidden: scroll through the different 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 To share button at the bottom and use Save to file to complete the operation.

Add and remove panels

Window management has changed dramatically with the new Safari, where the sites are managed like panels. By tapping on the icon at the bottom right, the panel screen will open, so that you can better manage all the open sites at the same time.

In the panel screen, we can also press in the center of the screen (on the name Panels ) to organize sites, open a new panel group, open a private panel, or open a new panel group with 2 or more panels (depending on the number of panels already open).

Activate private browsing

Safari has a private browsing mode which is used to browse websites without leaving a trace in the history and without loading or saving cookies. As cookies are not saved, private browsing mode allows you to access several accounts on the same site such as Facebook and not to memorize passwords and connection data.

To activate private browsing mode, open the Panels menu, press the number of open panels and then press the Private icon. When using this mode, Safari’s toolbar and interface will change appearance.

To exit incognito mode, touch the Panels icon again and press down again to take us to the normal panels.

Reopen a recently closed site

If by mistake we close one or more browser tabs, keep your finger pressed on the + symbol in the Panels menu, in order to access the special menu where we find the last closed tabs on Safari.

Close open panels

If we opened a lot of tabs on Safari, we might experience some slowdowns, especially on older iPhones. To close all open tabs in a flash, press and hold the Panels button, press and hold the panel we want to stay open and use the Close the element of the other panels , in order to do some cleaning.

Hide the most visited sites

The sites we visit most often will appear in Safari Home, so we can visit them faster. If we are concerned that this browser behavior may infringe on our privacy, we may hide the most visited sites by opening the Settings application, by pressing Safari and disabling the button next to Frequently visited sites .

Reading mode

Safari has a special reading mode that simplifies the pages of blog posts and online journals. Reading mode eliminates all the extra elements and leaves plenty of space for the article’s text and images. To view the current web page in Reading mode , tap the icon consisting of horizontal black lines on the left side of the address bar in Safari.

To have Safari remember the preference, press and hold the same key you used to activate reading mode and select the item Use with “site name” ; selection Use with all websites instead of will activate the mode on any visited web page.

Find on page

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

Go back and forth with the sweeps

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

Save web pages for offline reading

Safari’s 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 what you can get with apps like Pocket and Instapaper, with Safari downloading a copy of the selected pages for later reading, so you can view them offline.
To add a web page to the playlist, press the key. To share in the toolbar and select Reading list . To open web pages saved in the reading list, tap the book icon on the toolbar, then tap the glasses button.

The browser will ask us whether to automatically download the saved elements: we select the element Automatically save to get an offline reading; if we have already skipped this step, we can change it later by going to Settings> Safari> Reading list and set the button to ON or OFF (according to our preferences) Automatically save offline .
To remove an item from this list, we swipe from it to the left and faucet the Wipe off button .

Use bookmarks

Bookmarks are JavaScript scripts that can be saved as links as bookmarks . When you open the bookmarklet, the script code on the page you are visiting is executed, as are many Chrome and Firefox extensions. The cool trick is that although Safari for iOS doesn’t support browser extensions, it does support bookmarklets.

For example, if you are using the Pocket bookmarklet, you can open the bookmark and press the button Save for the 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

Do we want to delete all the history present in Safari? To do this, just go to the Settings app -> Safari and select the item Clear website and history data . A confirmation window will appear, where you can tap on the same item seen not long ago to start deleting personal data on Safari.


Safari is undoubtedly the best browser we can use on iPhone and iPad because it loads all web pages quickly and offers cool features to improve reading and save your bookmarks on the device (or other devices, thanks to iCloud).

Also on the iPhone it is possible to use private browsers, alternative browsers designed to ensure maximum user privacy and also block unwanted content displayed while browsing.

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