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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How Do You Start Safari With a Blank Page?

This is the second post in a series on Apple iPhone and its Safari web browser.

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.

This is for iPhone, iPad and Mac or similar devices

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 Close Safari Tabs

This is the first post in a series on Apple iPhone and its Safari web browser.

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

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 open tabs will be closed

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