Welcome! This post is second in our series about less-than-obvious features of the iPhone and iPad that you will find useful.
Two Safari Features You May Like
One of the reasons my iPad is, metaphorically speaking, bolted to my side is that I have instant access to answers. It might be a definition for new word or info on a British actor I’ve seen in Midsommer Murders or the latest update on breaking news.
As a result, when I open Safari on my iPad there are often 25 tabs open. The same is true for my iPhone; only right now it is 101.
Tabs — iPad
They appear at the top of your open Safari page
Tabs — iPhone
Tap the overlapping squares in the bottom right hand corner of the screen
I suspect the open tabs may make my devices a bit sluggish. Instant answer–just did a search. Yes indeed — too many tabs open can make Safari load more slowly. https://www.fonepaw.com/ios-settings/safari-running-slow-iphone.html
I tap on each individual tab and then tap on the little x to close them. Tedious chore; I thought there had to be a better way. Here it is, and it works the same on both the iPhone and iPad.
- Locate the the overlapping boxes on your screen when you have Safari open. On the iPad they are in the upper right hand corner, and on the iPhone in the lower right hand corner.
- Do a long press on the boxes. A menu will appear. As you can see from the image below, you will have a variety of choices including closing all tabs.
Tip for the day: Close your Safari tabs every night so that Safari runs well.
The second feature helps rid webpages of distractions without losing the content. Websites have ads, links to related information, and loads of images that may or may not be pertinent. When you open a page in Safari, look at the left hand side of the address box. Notice there are parallel lines.
Tap them and you will see the “reader’s view.”
Same article without the distractions. The links within the text are still present, but no ads or other extraneous information to take you off task or entice you to make an impulse purchase.
Try out these features today to become a more efficient user of Safari.
A little later this month we will be writing more about Safari, so please keep an eye out.
The third installment of this series on iPhone/iPad Super Power will explore accessibility options that are helpful to Boomers and Seniors.
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