Safari is a web browser that comes built in to the iPad. You'll use it to access websites on your device. Safari's interface is similar to those you might find on a desktop web browser, and it also has a few unique features to make mobile browsing easier. There are loads of little tips and tricks in Safari iOS 8 that you may not know about. You’ve probably accidentally hit a few buttons and something popped up. Click here for a list of new Safari tricks for iOS 8 that could help you navigate your Safari browser like a pro. The video explores the features of Safari iOS 8
The Safari Toolbar
- Navigational arrows. Show the previous page / show the next page.
- Close a tab. You can open multiple tabs - each with a different web page, but eventually, you will run out of room and will need to close a tab. Add the site as a bookmark if you still need it.
- Bookmarks. You can view saved bookmarks and bookmark folders, access your History and the Reading List.
- iCloud. Click this to see the last webpages you browsed in Safari on your other iCloud-registered devices. Eg if you have an iPhone, whatever webpages you have opened in Safari would be visible on your iPad. your device needs to be an Apple device and must be registered in iCloud.
- Share. Things that you can do with the web page.
- The address of the web site (also known as its URL). You can type this in yourself. eg apple.com or it may appear as a result of clicking a link or opening a bookmark. you can also use the same bar to search for a web site.
- This will reload the current page.
- Add a new tab.
Search for a web page
The unified Address bar combines both search capabilities and direct entry of web addresses.
If you want to search for a web topic, just type your search. In this example, I am searching for iPad apps. I don't know the exact address of a web site - I want Google to find me some suitable sites. I can refine my search or tap Go to load the search results.
Type the website directly into the Address Bar
Here, I know the address of the web site (known as its URL). Type it in and tap Go on the keyboard.
Sharing - Things you can do with a web page
With a web page, you can do the following when you tap the Sharing Button:
- Save the page as a Bookmark
- Add it to the Reading List to read later whilst you are offline.
- Add the web page to the home Screen as an icon. The next time you want to open that page, you can tap the icon instread of navigating to it manually.
- Copy. This will copy the link to the web page. If you want to copy text, you need to select the text first.
- Print the web page. if you have an Airprint printer connected or a printing app.
To use AirDrop, tap the share button, and then tap the recipient’s avatar. The recipient will almost immediately receive a pop up notification indicating that someone wants to share a web site. A screenshot of the site will appear along with its URL. You can then decide to accept or reject the share. If you accept the share you’ll be immediately taken to Safari.
Enable the Favourites Bar
The Favourites Bar is a great place to store your favourite web sites, either as individual links or in folders. There's a limit to the number of individual links you can store horizontally across the toolbar, and still see and access them without needing to click a drop-down menu. The exact number depends on the length of the names you give the links.
Safari doesn't display the Favourites Bar by default. You can enable it in just a few steps:
- Open the app Settings.
- Select "Safari" on the left panel.
- Turn on " Show Favourites Bar" on the right panel.
You will then see the Bookmarks Bar shown right below the Address bar in Safari. Though it takes up a small space on your iPad screen, but you can easily see your bookmarks and access them more directly.
It’s possible to have several websites open at once on iPad using tabs. Simply tap the small plus icon in the top right corner of the screen to open a new tab. You can jump between tabs by tapping on them at the top of the screen.
How to add a web clip icon to your Home Screen
If you frequently visit a web page, you can tap a web clip icon on your home screen and quickly access the page without the need to touch the Safari icon. This web clip icon can be added to your home screen easily:
On the page you often visit, tap the Sharing button in Safari.
- Select "Add to Home Screen" and a web clip icon appears.
- Edit the page title if necessary, then tap the "Add" button.
Next time you visit the same web page, just tap the web clip icon on your home screen.
Favourites and New Tabs
Each time you open a New Tab, you will be presented with a series of icons. These are the web sites you have saved as Favourites in Bookmarks, If you haven't saved any Favourites, then your new tab will be blank.
1. The first item in the Favourites Bookmarks is 'book depository UK'. Note also that the first icon is also 'book depository UK'.
For a way around this problem see the following video: How to delete the Favourites icons in Safari iOS 7
How to Read a web page - without the Clutter
While you read a web page in a browser, you can either double tap or unpinch a page to enlarge the size for ease of reading. Safari browser takes a step further by taking the ads or other clutter out of a web page. It automatically detects a web page with substantial text, such as online articles, and presents you with a Reader button at the address bar.
Tap the Reader button when it appears and you can read or even email the articles in a clean layout without ads or other distractions, re-tap the button and you're back to the original page.
Save a web site as a Bookmark
Add a Bookmark - access via the Sharing Button. You can rename the Bookmark and change its location before tapping: Save.
Adding a folder to the Bookmarks bar or the Bookmarks menu is easy; the trickier part is deciding how to set up your folders. Some categories, such as News, Sports, Weather, Tech, Work, are universal, or at least pretty obvious. Others, such as Crafts, Gardening, Woodworking, or Pets, are more personal. One category I suggest you add is Temp (although you can name it whatever you like). If you're like most web surfers, you bookmark numerous sites, on a daily basis, to revisit later, when you have more time. Most of them probably aren't sites you want to bookmark permanently, but they're interesting enough to check out, just not today. If you keep them located in a Temp folder, they will still pile up frighteningly fast, but at least they'll all be in one place.
Access your Bookmarks
Tap the Bookmarks icon at the top of the screen to see shortcuts to your favorite sites. You can rearrange bookmarks by tapping the Edit button at the bottom of the pop-up window. To add a bookmark to this panel, tap the Share button next to the address field.
Add a web page to the Reading list
The Reading List is for offline reading. The best part is that your iPhone, iPad, and Mac all support the feature and, as long as you've got iCloud enabled, you can keep your Reading List synchronised across all your MAC devices.
This means that you can preload a whole lot of articles and webpages on your iPad and access all of them even though your iOS device may be offline. Good for airplanes when your iPad must be switched to Airplane Mode or those times when your iPad is not within a wireless network.
Tap the Sharing button and then tap: Add to Reading List. You can access the Reading List via the Bookmarks icon on the Toolbar. Tap the Binoculars to see the pages you have selected to read offline. To delete articles from your Reading List, swipe from right to left and tap Delete.
Search for text on the web page
The unified search / address bar lets you search for text on the web page. Type the search term and it will take you away from the web page whilst the search occurs. At the bottom of all the search results is "On this Page". Tap that and you will be taken back to the web page.
The word you seached for is highlighted in yellow. At the bottom of the page is the search box where you can enter more search terms, or just tap: Done.
There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.
To access Private browsing, tap the new tab button, and then tap the Private button located in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. You’ll still be prompted about closing all tabs, but at least this way you can quickly enable or disable private mode without exiting the app.
To differentiate between private and normal modes, Apple has adopted a darker User Interface scheme to identify private mode.
See your browsing history
Your browsing history is essentially a log of the Web pages that you have previously visited, helpful when you want to return to these sites in the future. However, you may on occasion have the desire to completely remove this history from your iPad.
Your History is accessed from the Bookmarks tab and shows you every web site you visited over a period of many weeks. The list is scrollable and indicates when the day of your browsing changes. You can tap any entry to load that web page.
To clear the history and Cookies from Safari, go to Settings, Safari, Clear History or Clear Cookies and Data.
Safari Settings Explained
- Search Engine. By default, Safari will use the Google search engine when you type something into the search bar. In the Safari settings, you can change this to Yahoo! or Bing.
- Passwords and AutoFill. This is a very handy setting that will allow the iPad to automatically type in your username and password when being asked to login to various websites. You can also enable your contact information for autofill. This is where you would enable iCloud Keychain.
- Open New Tabs in Background. This setting is on by default and allows the iPad to load new tabs when you open them even if you are not changing immediately to that tab. If you have a poor web connection, you may want to turn this off so that it doesn't slow down the browser from your current tab.
- Show Favourites Bar. The Bookmarks Bar is a special bar that allows you quick access to websites or even folders filled with various websites. When you enable it, a small bar will appear just below where you type in a web address or search string. This bar will give you quick access to the websites/folders saved in the Bookmarks Bar.
- Block Pop-ups. The most popular feature of most modern browsers is the ability to block pop-up ads. But occasionally, something gets caught in the pop-up blocker that is not an advertisement, and this can keep a web application from working properly. You'll probably only want to disable the pop-up blocker to go to certain websites and turn it back on after visiting them.
- Clear History. If you are turning on the private browser, you may also want to clear history. This clears the log of all websites you have been to on the iPad and all of the search terms you have typed into the search bar.
- Clear Cookies and Data. Clearing cookies and data is a good idea if you are disabling all cookies from your iPad. There's no sense in keeping leftover cookies if you want to turn them off completely.
- Fraud Warning. This setting (which is on by default) protects you from phishing attempts by trying to detect when a website is attempting to trick you into entering private information like credit card information or banking information. It is recommended to keep it on at all times.
Troubleshooting Safari - Shutdown the app from the Multitasking Bar.
Sometimes, a web page refuses to update, the Safari app might crash or a page might not load the images. If you have problems with Safari, there are three solutions:
- Clear the cache
- Shut down the app from the Multitasking bar
- Final solution: Reboot the iPad
You can close the Safari application (if it is already running) to ensure a fresh start from within the Multitasking Bar. Double tap the home button to bring up the Multitasking Bar. Locate the Safari icon and swipe up to shut it down. you have not deleted it from the iPad. You have not deleted it from the iPad. You can re-open it.
Troubleshooting: Clear the Cache and Cookies
From the Settings app, select Safari.
Safari - iOS 6
If you're still running iOS 6, here are some videos to assist in working with Safari.