How to Use the Safari Browser on Your iPhone: A Beginner's Guide with Helpful Tips for Surfing the Web on the iPhone

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Going on Safari

The Safari web browser for your iPhone seems simple enough, but presents its own unique sets of challenges. Instead of relying on the intuition you have developed over the years from using similar software on computers you have to think in terms of this new medium. It may be difficult to perform some of the more standard tasks in this situation.

Home Page

Setting a home page in Safari really is one of the easier things that you can do on your phone. All you have to do is to first set the website to your bookmark list, and then move it to the top of the list. It is not the same as just opening up and having your browser available, but it is the easiest way.

If you are thinking about pressing on a hyperlink but would like to know exactly where it directs you is actually a little easier on your iPhone than on a standard internet browser. Instead of clicking on the link, just press down on it and hold. After a few seconds, a little window will pop up and tell you the exact web address.

Scroll Boxes

Using boxes with scrolling information can also be troublesome in this position. You have to make the image much larger, and then use two fingers to scroll in the list.

Page Scrolling

If you have set the page to do an automatic scrolling then all you have to do to stop it is to tap the screen lightly. If you want to get back to the beginning top of the page, you just have to tap the top of the touch screen twice. If you want to view the page in appropriate segments, you can just tap the bottom of the screen whenever you want to move down and the image will resize to the next segment of the page.

Working With Multiple Pages

You can run multiple pages with Safari, but it is difficult because you have to scroll through them. Try to limit this as much as possible, but if you have to do it try to let the page load up entirely before doing this. This is also a way of keeping popular pages open all the time. It does not slow down Safari really and it can be even more convenient than bookmarks.

This post is part of the series: iPhone Tips and Tricks

Guides for specific functions in the iPhone.

  1. Tips and Tricks for Taking Screen Shots and Saving Online Images to Your iPhone
  2. Tips for Using the iPhone’s iPod Controls
  3. Tips for Using Safari on Your iPhone
  4. iPhone Reset Tips
  5. Looking at Your iPhone’s Contents