How to Preview Safari Links Before Opening

Peeking at the URL of a link that you are about to open is a good way to make sure the URL is what you expect and not a trick by the website.

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Peeking at the URL of a link that you are about to open is a good way to make sure the URL is what you expect and not a trick by the website. Let’s explore how to preview Safari links for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

This is for iPhone, iPad, and Mac using Safari

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How to Preview Safari Links on a Mac

Popular desktop web browsers have featured URL status bars for decades. But Safari for Mac does not enable one by default. If you want to quickly check the URL of a link, you can do so by enabling the status bar.

First, open the Safari app on your Mac. Click the View section in the menu bar and choose the Show Status Bar option. Refer to below image:

Safari Link 1
Enabling Status Bar option

Now, with this enabled, when you hover over any link, you will see its full URL address in the status bar in the bottom-left corner of the page. See below image:

Safari Link 2
Displaying URL address

If you ever want to disable this link preview, click:

View > Hide Status Bar

in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

How to Preview Safari Links on iPhone and iPad

Unlike the Mac, Safari on iPhone and iPad does not have a status bar. But it does let you peek into the page that you want to open. You can tap and hold any link to load the page in a pop-up preview window. If you do not like the full preview, you can switch to only viewing the URL (Like Safari on Mac).

First, open a page in Safari on your iPhone or iPad. Next, tap and hold any link on the page. See following image:

Safari Link 3
Accessing a link

Note! For this feature to work, you need to be running iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or higher. You will see a thumbnail preview of the page pop-up. To preview the URL instead, tap the Hide Preview button located at the top of the pop-up window. Refer to below image:

Safari Link 4
Accessing Hide Preview option

The thumbnail will disappear and you will see the URL listed in the box. If it looks safe and you want to open the page from this pop-up, tap the Open button in the menu list. See below image:

Safari Link 5
Open the link

If you want to get the thumbnail peek back, just tap and hold a link again and select Tap to show preview at the top of the pop-up window.

Keeping an eye on URLs is one way that browsing with more knowledge will help you avoid web-based scams and keep you safer on the web.

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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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