Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Browse with Safari, part of iOS 11: iPhone and iPad Essential Training.
- [Instructor] In this chapter we're going to look at using iOS's built-in web browser, Safari, to surf the web. Let's begin with a quick tour around Safari. I'll launch it by tapping its icon. And now I'm looking at a new blank browser window. If you previously were using Safari you'll most likely see the last page you were browsing when you reopen it. You may also see a couple of rows of icons like I do here, which are your saved favorites. We'll get to those a little bit later. Let's begin our tour at the top of the screen and work our way down. First, we have our address bar at the very top.
This is where you enter the URL, or address, of the website you want to visit. Just tap in the field and type in the address of the site. For example, I want to visit the LinkedIn blog, so I'll type blog.link, .linkedin. But, like most web browsers these days, Safari opens up some suggestions for what I'm typing. If a suggestion matches what I'm looking for I can just tap it to immediately perform a Google search. So, here, under suggested website, it's correctly suggesting blog.linkedin.com.
So I could tap that right now to go right to that site. If none of the suggestions are what you're looking for you can just keep typing the address. So, I want to type blog.linkedin.com, but when typing out a web address you don't have to type in the .com. All you have to do is hold down the period button and up pops a menu with the most common web suffixes. Dot com is automatically highlighted so I don't even have to slide up to select it, I just release my finger and it's added to the address I was typing. Now, if I needed any of the other suffixes I could've selected them from the menu, but .com is the default here.
And now I need to delete that second one, since I held down on the period button again. Now, if you have international keyboards activated, as you saw I had to do earlier, the corresponding domains for that region will show up too. For example, if you have the Chinese keyboard on you'd see .hk, .tw, and so on. But in this case, I do want to go to blog.linkedin.com so I'll tap Go. So now I'm looking at the LinkedIn blog on my iPhone. Alright, so that's the address bar where you type in the address of the webpages you want to visit. Now, it's also where you perform searches.
Anything you type that doesn't include a .com or other suffix automatically ends up as a Google search. So if I tap in the address bar, select the address, and then tap the x I can clear the address bar. And then, I can just do a search for LinkedIn blog. I'll tap Go. And I get a list of Google results. I can browse through them here, and I can click one of these results to go to that webpage. Now, Safari in iOS is designed to be minimalistic.
Notice as soon as I start scrolling the address bar shrinks down and the buttons at the bottom of the screen disappear, which dedicates the majority of the screen to the page you're browsing. Tapping in the address bar area brings it back to full size and also pulls up the buttons at the bottom of the screen. LinkedIn.com, like many sites these days, has been optimized to detect mobile browsers, so it defaults to the mobile site on the iPhone. Now, if you're on an iPad you'll usually get the full version of sites that have a mobile version since there's more screen space available on the iPad.
But not every site optimizes for mobile devices. For example, I'll go to another website. It's not very easy to read this page at this size. But as you might expect, you can pinch out with two fingers to zoom in on the page, and then, drag around to read the text. It's not ideal in this case but at least you can move around and actually read the text once you have it zoomed in. And I can pinch in to zoom back out. Alright, now let's look at the buttons across the bottom of the screen.
The angled bracket button on the lower left is the back button, which works just like the back button on any other web browser. Tap it to go back to the previous page. Once you've done that the forward button becomes available and you can tap it to go back to the page you were just on. Notice we saw the button bar disappears when you're scrolling in the page you're viewing. So if I tap back again and I start scrolling we no longer have those buttons. But instead of having to tap to reveal the back and forward buttons you can just swipe right and left to go forward and backward.
Now, if you have trouble with this make sure you're swiping from the very edge of the screen on either side. The center button here at the bottom is the Share button, and we've seen this in action before. It gives you several options before sharing, printing, copying, and saving the content of the page you're currently looking at. This is also where you can bookmark the current page, or set it as a favorite. I'll talk about that in the next movie. And I'll tap Cancel. The next button is for viewing the bookmarks you've saved and for viewing your browsing history. And we'll come back to that again later.
I'll tap Done. And the final button on the lower right side of the screen is the Pages button. Sometimes you want to visit another website or webpage without losing the page you're currently viewing, so you just tap the Pages button, and here you can tap the Plus button to generate a new blank browser page. And I can tap in the field here and visit another site. Let's go to apple.com. It's filled in the rest of the address for me without me typing it, so I'll just tap Go. Now, another scenario in which you might want to open a new window is if you want to follow a link on a webpage, but without closing the current webpage.
For example, maybe as I'm scrolling through here I want to tap the Apple Watch image to read more about it but I also want to leave the Apple homepage open. All I have to do is hold down on the link, in this case, the image, and after a second some buttons appear. I'll select Open in New Tab, and as you can see that generates a new page and loads the linked page. And if I tap the pages button I can still go back to the homepage. Now, if you didn't see the Open a New Tab button your button might've said Open in Background, and that's an option you can set by going to Settings, to Safari, and here, I can tap Open Links, and this is where we can choose whether the links you hold down on open in a new tab, meaning the new tab will immediately be visible, or in the background, meaning the page will load behind the page you're currently viewing and you can switch to it when you're ready.
So, I've selected in Background. So now if I go back to Safari and I'm viewing a page and I hold down on another link here notice we get Open in Background. So I can tap that we see that little animation there, but I can continue reading the page that I'm currently on. And when I'm ready I can tap the page's button and bring up the page that opened in the background. And you can always switch back and forth between open webpages by tapping the Pages button.
You can then flick to the page you want and tap it to view it. Now, if you want to close any of these pages you can either tap the x button on the page or just swipe it away to the left. Now, if you accidentally swipe a page you didn't mean to hold down on the Plus button here and after a second you'll see a list of your recently closed tabs and you can select the one you want to open again. Let me show you two more settings that apply to what I've been showing in this movie. I'll go back to Settings, and these are the Safari settings.
Here, under Search Engine, you can switch from the Google search engine to Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo, it's really just a matter of preference. Also under search settings, if for some reason you don't want suggestions to pop up while you're typing in the address bar you can turn off Search Suggestions here. There's also a Safari Suggestions switch here, and that has to do with the proactive suggestions that Safari offers when you search for certain products or services. For example, if I go back and search for say, bagels, Safari suggests I open the Map app to search for local bagel shops.
But if I turn off Safari Suggestions I won't see these options. Now, Safari also pre-loads the top hit from your search by default, meaning, when you perform a search it's loading the page in the background so it shows up instantaneously when you tap the link. This is useful if you frequently end up picking the top result, but if you usually go for other results or if you want to save yourself the bandwidth and not have it load pages you might not want you can turn that option off here as well. I tend to leave these on all myself, though. Alright, so that's the basics of loading and browsing webpages in Safari.
Garrick shows how to use Siri, the iOS digital assistant, and demonstrates how to use all the core features of iOS, such as emailing, browsing the web with Safari, getting directions from Maps, taking notes, shooting photos, watching videos, and listening to music. Plus, discover how to extend the functionality of your iPhone or iPad by installing one of the 2 million+ apps available in the App Store. The course wraps up with some essential tips to help you customize your device, protect your privacy, and troubleshoot your iPhone or iPad if you encounter a problem.
- Using gestures and 3D Touch
- Backing up and syncing music, photos, contacts, and more
- Making video calls with FaceTime
- Playing music
- Shooting photos and video
- Getting directions from Maps
- Adding events to your calendar
- Using the built-in apps
- Setting important privacy and usage options
- Controlling your device with Siri
- Troubleshooting your iOS 11 device
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 01/30/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover how to use the iPhone X with this course, and how to send and receive money with Apple Pay Cash.