How to View Privacy and Other Features in Safari for iPhone and iPad

Apple’s default web browser on iPhone or iPad is Safari, but have you ever taken the time to investigate its many hidden features and settings? We are going to concentrate on three features regarding security, privacy and the new start page. You may be amazed at what you find, at least we were.

Apple’s default web browser on iPhone or iPad is Safari, but have you ever taken the time to investigate its many hidden features and settings? We are going to concentrate on three features regarding security, privacy and the new start page. You may be amazed at what you find, at least we were.

With iOS or iPadOS 14 and higher, Safari has a few new tricks up its sleeve, including privacy reports, and password monitoring. Let’s explore three hidden features.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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Your Privacy Report

Cross-site trackers monitor your web-based activities as you surf from one site to another, an activity that can certainly raise privacy concerns. Safari blocks such trackers from profiling you by default, and now allows you to see which sites and trackers are blocked.

First, to check your Privacy Report, tap the aA icon in upper left-hand corner of a website. Next, tap Privacy Report. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Privacy Report

Now, your report will open. See below image:

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Your Privacy Report

In my Privacy Report, I have 164 trackers with 78% of visited websites with trackers.

Next, click the Show More link to learn more about the cross-site tracking and how Apple blocks them and to read about trackers. The window reveals how many trackers were prevented from profiling you and how many sites contacted such trackers. See following image:

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Stats about your browsing

Let’s go back one screen and tap the Show Less link. Now, scroll down till you see two tabs. Websites and Trackers tabs. Refer to below image:

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Verbage about trackers

Next, tap on a Website to see which trackers were blocked. See below image:

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Selecting a website for tracking info

In my example, I selected Microsoft.com. Yes, even Microsoft has trackers. You may be alarmed at the number and percentage of trackers wanting to profile you, especially if you access Safari a lot. Your device is blocking them.

You may tap on the Trackers link to see a list of trackers. See following image:

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The list of trackers for a website

My son works for a cyber security firm. He helps recover “hacked” devices. If a person wants to “hack” your device, with the proper tools, they can. The best you can do, is to “protect” your device. by using security features on your device and apps, having strong passwords, using multi factor authentication, and the like.

Your iCloud Passwords

On your iPhone or iPad, you can now see any passwords saved in the iCloud Keychain that has been leaked in a data breach, are being reused for multiple login credentials, or are considered weak.

First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down to the Passwords option and tap it. See below image:

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Accessing the Passwords option

Next, tap the Security Recommendations option. See following image:

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Accessing Security Recommendations option

Now, you can tap a specific entry to delete or change the password. You may be surprised by passwords you have forgotten. Apple has provided a link to access the website for updating these passwords. In my example, I have one High Priority password that I need to change; one that I had forgotten about. The password for PayPal website has been erased for privacy purposes. Refer to below image:

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Your comprised passwords

Your New Start Page

Safari debuted a new Start page with the release of iOS/iPadOS 13. Open a new tab by taping the plus “+” button at the bottom of your screen. See below image:

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Selecting a new tab

Now, you will see your bookmarks, frequently visited sites, and Siri suggested sites. Tap the Show More or Show Less link in the upper right to see more or fewer icons. See following image:

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Your new Start page

Using SpeedTest

Althrough not a feature of privacy in Safari, you may want to know about the speed of your ISP for downloads and uploads. This tool is best used for a PC or Mac. Simply, head over to SpeedTest in your browser for your ISP speeds. Next, click the big round GO button. When it is finished, you will see your results like the image below:

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Results of running SpeedTest

You can click the GO button again to rerun the test. Your results will differ depending on the time of day and Internet traffic. The firm, Ookla, has specific apps for your operating system that you can download and use.

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How to Setup Safari for Offline Reading of Web Pages

Whether you’re underground between subway stops, caught in a dead zone, or your internet is out, the most reliable way to catch up on your digital reading is to make sure it’s downloaded and accessible offline.

Whether you’re underground between subway stops, caught in a dead zone, or your internet is out, the most reliable way to catch up on your digital reading is to make sure it’s downloaded and accessible offline.

If you have an iPhone or iPad linked to an iCloud account, you can save articles to your Reading List for later reading offline using a feature buried in Settings. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for iPhone and iPad using Safari browser

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Enable the Reading List

First we need to make sure iCloud is set up to save your Safari bookmarks and Reading List. To do that, open Settings and tap on your name at the very top. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, tap iCloud. See below image:

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Accessing iCloud

In iCloud settings, scroll down until you see Safari. Tap the toggle (it will turn green) to enable if it’s not already on. See following image:

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Accerssing Safari for iCloud

Return back to the Settings main screen. Scroll down to the Safari option and tap to open. Note! This is a different setting than the one mentioned above. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Safari from Settings

Now, scroll down to the Downloads option and ensure that iCloud Drive option is selected. In my example, the option is selected. See below image:

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Accessing Downloads

If not selected, tap the Downloads option and select iCloud Drive from the two available options. See following image:

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Accessing Downloads options

Continue to scroll down until you find the Reading List section. There you will see the toggle for Automatically Save Offline. Simply enable this toggle. When enabled, the toggle color will turn green. Refer to below image:

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Enabling offline reading

Save to the Reading List

Now exit Settings and launch Safari. Whenever you’d like to save a web page to your Reading List for offline viewing, tap on the Share button at the bottom of your screen. See below image:

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Accessing the Share button

A pop-up menu will appearr. Select the Add To Reading List option. See following image:

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The Add to Reading List option

View Your Reading List

To view your Reading List later, tap the Bookmarks button at the bottom of your screen. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Bookmarks button

Now, tap on the tab that looks like a pair of glasses in the uipper center of your screen. See below image:

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Accessing your offline Reading List

From here, you can tap on any one of the items you’ve saved and it should load even if no internet connection is available. See following image for my offline reading list:

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Previewing your offline Reading List

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How to Close Safari Tabs

The Apple iPhone has a built in browser called Safari. The icon for Safari is usually located in the bottom right of the Home screen. Starting with iOS 9 through the current version, iOS 13, you can have up to 500 tabs open in Safari.

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The Apple iPhone has a built in browser called Safari. The icon for Safari is usually located in the bottom right of the Home screen. Starting with iOS 9 through the current version, iOS 13, you can have up to 500 tabs open in Safari.

This is for iPhone, iPad and Mac or similar devices

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To chose all your tabs or the current one is not obvious. Here’s how to close these open tabs in Safari.

  • Tap on the Safari icon to open
  • In the lower right hand corner you will see an icon represented by two rectangles.
  • Press down on the icon and hold
  • You will see several options. Tap “Close All xxx Tabs” where xxx is a number
  • Confirm you want to close the tabs

Your tabs will now be closed. That it’s.

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How to Use Private Browsing in Safari on Your iPhone or iPad

Maybe you’d like to checkout a website without leaving a record of it on your iPhone or iPad. Safari includes a Private Browsing Mode that allows you to do this.

Maybe you’d like to checkout a website without leaving a record of it on your iPhone or iPad. Safari includes a Private Browsing Mode that allows you to do this. Lets explore this Safari feature.

While using Private Browsing Mode on your iPhone or iPad, Safari will not save your browsing history, AutoFill form information, cookie changes and recent searches when you close each Private Browsing window. We will cover this later, but its important to note that you must close each window of your private browsing session.

Private Browsing Mode does not protect your browsing history from the host of your network (such as your business or school), your ISP or websites that might use your IP address to track you.

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Using Safari Private Browsing Mode

First, open Safari. You should see a toolbar at bottom of the screen, if not, tap to reveal the toolbar.

Next, tap the New Window icon in lower right hand corner. Refer to below image:

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The Safari New Window icon

Your screen will display your open browser windows. Now, tap the Private button in lower left-hand corner. See below image:

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The Safari Private button

Your Private Browsing Mode is now setup. At the bottom of the screen, tap the plus “+” button to open a Private window. Note! You will not see the below screen again as long as your device is logged in, you will just go in or our of Private Browsing Mode. See following image:

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To enter Private Browsing Mode., tap the plus button

From here, you can type in an address or tap on a Favorites. In Private mode, you can use Safari as usual but it won’t track you locally. See below image:

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Your Private Mode Browsing Mode entry screen

Exit Private Browsing Mode

First, you need close each Private window you opened by clicking the “X” in upper left-hand corner.

Now, to exit Private Browsing Mode, tap the New Window icon, then tap the Private button in lower-left hand corner. The Private button will be in reverse color. You will be switched to non-Private Mode Browsing. Refer to below image:

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Exiting Private Browsing Mode

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How to Find Text Using Safari on Your iPhone and iPad

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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How Do You Start Safari With a Blank Page?

In the “old days”, back to iPhone 4, Safari was slooooow to load. By default, Safari either loads the last page you visited or your bookmarks. This tip will start Safari with a blank page. Then you can immediately begin searching for a particular topic without having to wait for graphics and text to load or for installed apps.

This is the second post in a series on Apple iPhone and its Safari web browser. I am updating and republishing this post. I just read another long blog about how to stop Safari from opening apps upon startup. All you have to do is start Safari with a blani page. Here’s how to do this.

In the “old days”, back to iPhone 4, Safari was slooooow to load. By default, Safari either loads the last page you visited or your bookmarks. This tip will start Safari with a blank page. Then you can immediately begin searching for a particular topic without having to wait for graphics and text to load or for installed apps.

This is for iPhone, iPad and Mac using Safari web browser

Following are the steps to do this:

  • Tap on Safari, usually located in bottom right of your Home page
  • Tap on URL field and type “about:blank” (without quotation marks)
  • Tap Go (for iOS13)
  • Tap on the bottom Share arrow icon and scroll
  • Select Add to Home Screen to create a bookmark
  • Label the bookmark to something like “Blank Safari” (without any quotation marks)
  • Tap Add (for iOS13)
  • You will see a white blank Safari icon on your Home page. If you have several pages, it will appear on an empty icon space
  • You can drag this icon to wherever you want
  • When you tap this icon, Safari will instantly load a blank page

Your blank Safari screen should look like the following image:

Safari Blank Page
Just highlight the about:blank URL and enter your search criteria.

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How to Save your PDF to iPhone or iPad

As you are browsing the web, you may come across a PDF file you want to save for later viewing. Let’s examine how to do this.

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While viewing the PDF file in Safari, tap on the Share button. The Share button resembles a rectangle with an up arrow. On an iPhone, the button will be at the bottom of the screen. For an iPad, the Share button is located just to the right of the browser’s address bar. See following image for the iPhone location:

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The Share icon at bottom center of the screen

Ways to Save Your File

After tapping the Share button, you will see a list of ways to share or save the file, including sending the file to others by a text message or email. Refer to below image:

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Ways to share your file

Swipe down the list to find the app you want to open with. See following image:

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More ways to save your file. Showing the Save to Files option

Use Built-In Apps

You may want to chose the built-in apps like Books or Files. If you want to use Books, the file will be available in the Books app. If you chose Files, then chose your save location.

Use Outside Services

Some people prefer to save their file to an outside service like Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. The choice is up to you.

My Example

For my example, I am saving the file using the Files option to the PDF folder on the iCloud Drive. Refer to below image:

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Saveing the file to iCloud Drive using the PDF folder

Later, if you chose the Files app, you will see the PDF file you just downloaded; same for the Books app. See following image on my choosing the Files app:

Chosing the Files App

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Getting ready to open the PDF file

As you have seen, you have a lot of choices, thanks to Apple engineers.

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A Few Notable Features in Safari for iOS 13

Apple had made some new enhancements to its feature browser, Safari, for the iPhone/iPad. There are a few notable features that increase our productivity regarding bookmarks and open tabs. Safari’s toolbar has only five choices for you to select from, Forward, Backward, Share, Bookmarks and New Tab/Page. Instead of just taping on a choice, we are going to press down on these icons and see what happens.

This is for an iPhone/iPad and Mac iOS 13 operating system

This seems to be an Apple feature. I have gotten into the habit of pressing down on every icon in iOS 13. Just press and hold the Share icon, the one with an up arrow, nothing happens until you release your hold. You will get the regular Share screen, like the image below:

Safari Share Behavior

Safari Bookmarks

So much for that.

The Bookmarks

Let’s try pressing and holding the Bookmarks icon. You will get the following screenshot:

Safari Add Bookmark

Well, that worked. I do not recommend adding Bookmarks for all open tabs; this would tend to make your bookmarks messy. It would be better just to add a Bookmark for the current tab.

Testing the New Tab/Page

Okay, lets press and hold the New Tab/Page icon. You should get the following screen:

Safari Close Tabs

Yea, two out of three have the press and hold feature. From this screen, you can close all open tabs or just the current one. Also, you can create a new Private Tab or a New Tab.

This time, just press the New Tab/Page icon to reveal your open tabs (normal behavior). Press and hold a tab to move it into a different location. This works in portrait or landscape mode.

Setting the Time Interval

There is another feature to explore; setting a time interval as to when tabs are closed.

Go to Settings and select Safari. You will see the following image:

Safari Close Tabs Timeline

Click the Close Tabs button. Your screen should display options on when to close your Safari tabs like the following image:

Safari Close Tabs Timeframe

Select your choice from the four options.

Okay, for now. Thanks for trying out these iPhone/iPad features for Safari in IOS 13+.

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