iOS 6: Useful Safari Features

iOS 6 comes with over 200 new features. But not all of them are headliners. Here are a few new features for Safari on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch:


Offline reading: While this has been a part of Safari in OS X, it’s new for iOS. Press the share button, the middle button on the bottom menu bar shaped like a box with a swooping arrow. Among the nine options that pop up is Add to Reading List. Tap the button to add a web page to your reading list. Via iCloud, your offline reading list will be added to all your iOS 6 devices.

Browsing history: You can access your browsing history by pressing and holding your finger on the Safari back button, found on the far left side of the bottom menu bar on the iPhone and iPod touch. The back button is on the upper left of the menu bar on the iPad.

The browsing history is on a tab by tab basis on the iPad and on a page by page basis on the iPhone.

Copy the URL: If you want to share the URL of a web page, you can copy it to the clipboard by tapping the share button, then tapping the Copy button. You can paste the URL into another application, like a document.

There are other quick ways to share the URL by tapping on the Mail, Message, Twitter and Facebook buttons. While you’re here, you might want to check out the other options tucked away in the share button.

iCloud tabs: This is probably one of the coolest new features! Let’s say you spend an hour searching the internet for your favorite Teletubbie blog but have to run off to work before reading anything. From your work Mac or one of your iOS devices, you can go to iCloud tabs and go directly to the URL you opened on your other Mac.

Access iCloud tabs by selecting the cloud icon in the upper left hand side of the Safari address bar:

ICloud tabs

On an iPhone or iPod touch, you access iCloud tabs by navigating to the highest level of your bookmarks (the open book icon found on the bottom menu bar) and selecting iCloud tabs.

Note: If you don’t see one of your devices listed when you select iCloud tabs, check to see if the missing device has Private Browsing enabled.

A bigger Safari screen: No, not just because the iPhone 5 has a larger display. Hold the iPhone in landscape mode and tap on the button on the far right side of the bottom menu bar. This will hide the bottom menu bar and the URL bar, giving you just a bit more reading space.




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