14 Tips For Safari Browser on iPhoneMay 15th, 2009
iPhone is the first phone with a full-blown browser. Some has labelled the Safari browser on the iPhone as the ‘killer app’, attributed it as the key factor that enabled the mobile web. With its touch interface and ease of navigation, it is no longer a tedious chore surfing the net on smartphone. Here are 14 tips for getting the most out of Safari browser on your iPhone.
1. Auto Web Address Resolution
When you enter a URL in the address bar, you don’t have to type “http”, “www” or “.com”. Safari will automatically resolve the web address. Example for “www.apple.com”, just type “apple” in the address bar will get you to Apple’s homepage. This will work for most websites that end with “.com” domain.
2. Scroll to Top of Page for Address and Search Bar
Safari will scroll the Address and Search Bar together with web page. When a page is more than a screenful, you can quickly scroll to the top of the page to access the Address and Search Bar by tapping on the status bar.
3. Tap and Hold “.com” for Other Domains
When entering web address, tap and hold the “.com” key to display options for other domain extensions such as “.net”, “.edu”, “.org” etc. Slide your finger from “.com” to select the other domain extension.
4. Use A Bigger Keyboard
Safari’s onscreen keyboard is bigger when iPhone is in horizontally position. If you are holding iPhone vertically, rotate iPhone horizontally first before you tap the address bar to summon the keyboard. The larger keys make data entry easier.
5. Double Tap Text to Auto Zoom In
Instead of pinching the screen to zoom in, you can quickly zoom in and enlarge the text display by double tapping on an area of the text. Safari will automatically zoom in the text to fit the width of the screen. This might not work on all pages as it depends on the formatting of the web page.
6. View Text in Landslide
When text is too small to read, you can rotate the iPhone horizontally to read the page in landslide mode. This is one quick way to make text more readable without doing the pinches to zoom in.
7. Save Image To Camera Roll
To save any image on the web page, tap and hold the image. A menu will display with option to save the image to the camera roll.
8. Create App Icon in Home Screen
You can add an app icon for any website to your iPhone Home Screen. Tapping on the app icon will launch Safari together with the website.
To add an app icon, tap the “+” button at bottom while browsing the website on Safari. Select the “Add to Home Screen” option.
Safari will use the Apple touch icon if the website supply one. If not Safari will use a screenshot of the page for the icon. You can change the screenshot by zooming in to a particular item on the page, such as website logo or picture, before you tap the “+” button and select “Add to Home Screen”.
9. Click and Hold URL Link for More Info
Tap and hold an URL link will produce a ballon that displays the underlying web address. This is useful if you want to confirm the address before tapping it.
10. Email URL Link
To email the URL address of the page you are viewing, tap the “+” button at the bottom and select the “Mail Link To This Page” option.
11. Make a call from Safari
When a web page contains a phone number and is formatted as a link, you can call the number on your iPhone by tapping on the number. There is no need to copy the number and dial it manually.
This will work for websites that format phone numbers using the tel: hyperlink RFC 3966 standard.
12. Change Your Search Engine
The default search engine in Safari is Google. You can choose to use other search engine by going into Settings->Safari->Seach Engine. Unfortunately there is not much choice, you have “Yahoo!” as the only other option.
13. Clear History, Cookies and Cache
You can clear your surfing history, cookies and cache by going to Settings->Safari. We mentioned this to highlight that there are Safari options under the Settings app.
14. Safari for Web Developer
If you are developing web apps for the iPhone platform, you can debug your web app by turning on the Debug Console from Settings->Safari->Developer. A Debug Console bar will appear on top of the web page to highlight any error on your website.