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Because browsing on your iPhone or iPod touch is so similar an experience to browsing on your computer, you'll probably find yourself visiting and using all the sites you normally visit on your desktop computer such as your banking website or online stores. When it comes to ordering items or managing various bank or credit card accounts you often have to fill in various form fields, which frankly can get a little tedious and time-consuming on the iPhone keyboard. Fortunately, like its full-fledged counterpart on your computer, Safari for the iPhone and iPod touch includes an autofill feature, which fills in your name, address and passwords automatically when you type in the form fields.
To activate the autofill feature go to Settings>Safari, then tap AutoFill. Here you have two options to turn On or Off. The first is Use Contact Info. By tapping it on you're telling Safari to use the contact information for yourself in your list of contacts. Make sure it's your name that appears in the My Info area. If it doesn't tap My Info, which opens up your contact list. Then find your personal info and tap it. I'm just going to cancel since it is using my info. As long as you leave Use Contact Info on, anytime you tap into a field where you have to enter your name, address, phone number, and so on you'll be able to tap an Autofill button, which will fill out the form with the info from your contact.
We'll see this in action in a moment. The second option here is names and passwords. With this option on Safari will offer to remember names and passwords you enter on websites. So you won't have to type them in manually again in the future. So let's leave both of these options On for now and press the Home button to close settings and let's go into Safari. Here I have a form at lynda.com for signing up for a promotional pass to the online training library. As you can see there are several fields to fill out here. I'll tap in the first Name field and notice in addition to the keyboard appearing above it I have some buttons that include AutoFill.
I'll tap AutoFill and just like that most of the information has been completed. Conveniently, the fields that Safari fills out for you are highlighted in yellow. So you can make sure your information went into the correct fields. If you need to change anything just tap into the field you need to edit and make the necessary changes. You can also use the previous and next buttons to jump from field to field so you don't have to constantly tap the field before you type into them. So again this information is pulled from your contact information so only the info you have in contacts can be used to autofill a form. Now let's look at the names and passwords feature in action.
Let's tap Done here. I have the Yahoo! homepage open here and I want to check my Yahoo! email. So I'll tap Mail and here I need to enter my username and password to access my account and I'll tap Sign In. Now I'm asked by Safari if I want to store this information. You can tap Yes to accept; or Never for this Website, which will set it so Safari will never bug you to remember this password again; or Not Now, if you don't want to save the username and password at this time, but want the option to do so in the future. I'll select Yes.
If you do have Safari save your passwords you should be cautious about which sites you allow. If your iPhone or iPod touch is lost or stolen, you probably don't want anyone being able to access your bank account info automatically. Also, be sure to check out the movies and the chapter on keeping your device safe, especially the movie on passcode protecting your phone if you intend on storing the passwords to sensitive sites on your device. But for non-sensitive sites, storing your log in information can be a major convenience and save you the time of having to type in your log in info manually each time. For example, I'll sign out of my account.
The next time I want to check my email, you'll notice that my ID and password are already filled in here. Even if they weren't I can just tap AutoFill to automatically enter the info and sign in very easily and quickly. Now if you ever change your mind about which items you want Safari remembering, return to the AutoFill settings where you can turn one or both options off. This is also where you can tap Clear All, which will cause Safari to forget all the names and passwords you previously had it remember.
That's how you use the AutoFill feature of Safari in iOS 6.
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