iPhone Safari is a smaller version of the full
Safari internet browser that was developed by Apple to run on both
PC's. Safari is simply the best internet browser
available for Mac and PC next to Firefox in my opinion.
Mobile Safari is an iPhone application that comes pre
installed on every
and iPhone 4, and it was one of the biggest selling features of the
when it came out. It allowed full desktop style browsing experience while other smart phones had a smaller version of the website that was
very difficult to read and browse.
Mobile iPhone Safari is simple to use,
stable, and supports international
languages. No matter what language a website is, you will most
likely be able to view and read its contents on your
or iPhone 4.
When you start mobile Safari you have two areas to enter texts at the top. The blue rectangle shown in the picture is where you enter the address
of a website such as www.cnn.com or simply just cnn, mobile safari will finish the address for you.
The red rectangle on top right in the picture is the Google search by default. However,
you can change it to Yahoo if
you want as I will show you later from Settings.
Mobile Safari runs in two modes.
A desktop mode which shows the full page as you would see it on a
desktop computer, and an
or mobile mode which displays the page in more compact format.
Those modes are automatically switched depending on
the website you are visiting.
Although you can't control in which mode a website will open, there are
some iPhone hacks that forces a website to start in desktop mode, as some
people like me don't like the compact mobile version. Moreover, many iPhone browsers such as iCabMobile and Atomic nowadays allow you to select which desktop browser you want your iPhone to mimic. Full screen browsing and many other performance improvements add-ons to Mobile Safari are also available in Cydia. Visit the Safari mobile hacks page to learn more.
When a website is viewed in its desktop mode, you can double tap on an article to zoom in and read it. The mobile mode has bigger text already and you
can't use the double tap or pinching to zoom in and out. The site is basically
fixed in size and that is another reason I like the desktop mode better.
If you double tap
on another article or a picture, it will zoom in to fill the screen. If
you want to zoom more, use the two
finger pinch out board to zoom in.
Double tap again on the text or picture to zoom out in stages, until
you get back to the full page again.
iPhone Safari Features:
A tap on any
link opens that link. However, if you tap and hold on a text
link, you get a menu that gives you options to open the link in a new window, or copy the link to the clip
Then, you can paste this text link to any text field in any iPhone
application. To paste the text, just open any text application like iPhone notes and tap and hold on a text field, then tap the paste icon as shown in the picture above.
you can easily copy texts or a full paragraph from
For example, tap and hold
on a paragraph you want to copy, a blue transparent rectangle will appear around the paragraph , and another small menu
with small icons will appear.
Tap on the copy icon which is shown by the small red rectangle to copy
the text to the iPhone memory. Then you can paste the text as shown before to any text application or even an SMS text application.
It is also
possible to copy a picture from any website to your iPhone photo album in your iPhone. Tap and hold on a picture, then tap the Save Image
button. The picture can be found in your iPhone Photos album.
At the bottom of iPhone Safari
application, there are some icons.
The two arrows at the bottom
left allow you to go back and forward if
you have already visited some links.
The Bookmarks button with the blue square is where your bookmarks are stored. This
button allow you to select any of your bookmarks to quickly open them.
The last button with the Green square shows you how many pages are open currently, a
maximum of 8 is allowed. Some iPhone Safari hacks allows you to change this a a more visual tabs format.
Also, tapping the last button allows you to slide your finger to skim through those open
You can close any of the currently open pages by taping the little
plus button at the corner of each open page.
At the bottom left, you can open a new page by typing the New Page button. A blank page will open, and the number of open pages will
Tapping the Plus
button from the options at the bottom, opens a menu with 3
You can add
the website to your bookmarks, or add it to the home screen where the
to the website will be shown on your home screen just like any iPhone application icon.
The last button gives you the option to mail the link to someone from
Finally, iPhone Safari can be viewed in landscape mode giving a nice, wide
full screen view which is really amazing on the iPhone 4'sretina display.
One feature that iPhone Safari lacks is the ability to play flash video. This of course is an iOS lack of support of flash video. However, there is an iPhone browser that actually supports flash video playback right within the browser which is called SkyFire. You can find SkyFire in the App Store for $2.99.
iPhone Safari Settings:
There are many settings in iPhone Safari that
you can access from the Settings application on the
. Tap the
Settings app and move down to Safari.
Tap Safari and you will have many options to turn on or off. I really
don't touch many of those options, as leaving them as default is
there are a couple of important features that might be interesting.
You can define your default search engine that you see on the top
right of every iPhone Safari page. Select Yahoo or Google search engines as your
default from the Search Engine button shown above.
The AutoFill is a very nice
feature in mobile Safari, and I would leave it on unless you share your
with others, then I would turn it off.
This feature saves your information that you enter when filling a form or an application when you order
something online using mobile safari for example.
Also from this
As you visit websites in iPhone Safari, your history is stored, and if
you visit a website again, you won't have to type the complete address
By just typing the first few letters, the full address will be
completed for you from the iPhone memory.
You can clear History, clear cookies, and clear Cashe from memory, so
all this stored information is cleared.
iOS 5 Features for iPhone Safari:
Reading list is a feature that was added in iOS 5. It is different than just adding a site to your favorite. If a site can be viewed in reading list mode, you will see the button "Reader" next to the URL as shown below. Simply tap the Reader button, and your site will be converted to a reading list mode.
This mode is great for reading. It fits the whole site to your iPhone screen, and everything including photos just fit your screen for best reading experience. From the reading list mode, you have some more options to improve your display of the site. For example, you can increase the font size,
or you can add the site to your favorite, to your reading list, or mail, tweet, or print.
Private browsing is another great iOS 5 feature that was added to iPhone Safari.
This is a great feature if you want to browse sites that you don't want to be tracked by history.
So once you close Safari, the session is ended, and all the history is deleted.