How to Find Text Using Safari on Your iPhone and iPad

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At times it’s tough to find specific information within a web page in Safari for iPhone or iPad. Fortunately, Safari allows you to search for text on any currently open web page using either the touch screen or an attached keyboard. Let’s explore how to do this.

If you don’t have a keyboard hooked up to your iPhone or iPad, you can search for text within the current page using the touchscreen, although the feature is in a non-obvious place. This technique works both on iPhone and iPad.

This is for iPhone and iPad using the Safari web browser

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Find a Web Page

First, open Safari and navigate to the page you’d like to find text in. Once the page is loaded, tap on the Address Bar at the top of the screen. Refer to below image:

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Locate a web page to Search

An on-screen keyboard will appear at the bottom of the screen and the current web page address will be highlighted. If you want, you can clear the address bar by tapping the backspace key on the keyboard (or tap on the small “X” in a circle beside the address). See below image:

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Keyboard available for your Search

Set Your Search

Type in what you’d like to find on the page. Locate the On This Page section at the bottom of the search pop-up. Tap on the line just below it that starts with Find. See following image:

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Enter your Search criteria

View Your Search

The pop-up will close and you will see the web page again with a search bar at the very bottom. Safari will highlight all occurrences of your search query on the current page. Refer to below image:

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Your Search criteria highlighted

Navigate Your Search

You can cycle through the results, up and down the page, with the arrows beside the search bar. See below image:

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Navigate your Search

Close Your Search

When you’re finished searching, tap Done in the lower-left corner of the screen. The Find in page mode will close. See following image:

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Close your Search

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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