Follow These 10 Safari Tricks To Improve Your Productivity

Learn tips on Safari to make your search more comfortable and efficient. (photo: Diario Informe)

Safari is probably one of the apps you use the most in your daily life if you have Mac, iPhone or iPad.

Safari, like many other apps, has hidden shortcuts or tips that are usually triggered by tapping and holding an item. These types of shortcuts are often not explained or documented by Apple so it is the user who discovers them. In this case, Infobae brings you some tricks for you to use in the default Apple browser to improve your productivity.

1. Watch Picture-in-Picture (PiP) videos

If you are watching a video on YouTube or Vimeo, you can start playing the video in full screen, lThen select the Picture-in-Picture icon in the upper left corner.

Safari browser.  (photo: HowApple)
Safari browser. (photo: HowApple)

The video is minimized to a smaller window that you can move to any corner of the screen. To be able to view the video in full screen again, touch the small window and select the Picture-in-Picture icon.

2. Automatic tab closing

The pages you open in Safari keep growing until the browser fills with dozens of open tabs. With iOS, iPadOS 13 and macOS, You can set a certain time to automatically close all open tabs.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo: THE TRIBUNE)
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo:

Go to Setting, later Safari and finally Close tabs to configure the tabs. Thus, you can choose to close manually or automatically, after a day, a week or a month.

3. Private browsing

If you don’t want Safari to keep track of the websites you visit, your search history, or the AutoComplete information you enter, incognito mode hides that information.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo: THE TRIBUNE)
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo: THE TRIBUNE)

Follow these steps:

– Touch the icon tab in the lower right corner of Safari.

– Then touch Private

– Now touch the icon to open a new page.

You can exit the Private mode by opening the tabs, selecting Private and then touching Ready.

4. View privacy report

Cross-site trackers monitor your web activity as you navigate from one site to another, an activity that can certainly raise privacy concerns.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo: Hypertext)
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo: Hypertext)

You can check your privacy report by touching the icon aA on your iPhone and selecting Privacy report.

On Mac, you will need to click the shield of Safari.

Click the Show more link for more information on cross-site tracking and how Apple blocks it. The window shows how many followers were unable to create a profile and how many websites contacted those followers.

5. Check your reused passwords

One of the hidden tricks of the Safari browser on your iPhone, iPad and Mac is that you can see the passwords stored in iCloud Keychain. Apple through Safari may recommend changing one or another password, as they have been reused for multiple information credentials.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo: Teknófilo)
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo: Teknófilo)

To verify this go to Setting, later Passwords and finally Safety tips.

You can then touch a specific entry to delete or change the password.

6. Read offline

You can save a web page to later read it offline. On the page you want to save, touch the icon Share, then touch Add to reading list.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo: THE TRIBUNE)
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo: THE TRIBUNE)

To access any page of your reading list online or offline, touch the icon. Markers and the glasses icon (or glasses). Then you can touch the page you want to read. By default, the page disappears from the reading list after the use of the reading list is complete.

To see all the pages, including the ones you’ve read, tap Show everything at the bottom of the menu; I touched Show unread items to return to the list of items that you have not reviewed.

7. Reader view

This function makes it easier to read a web page.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo: Today at Apple)
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo: Today at Apple)

To do this on iOS, iPadOS 13 (or higher), and Mac, tap the icon aA in the address bar and select Show unit view.

also can hold down the aA icon until the page appears in Reader view.

Touch the icon again to change the font or return to normal view.

8. Quick access

If you’re using iOS, iPadOS 13 (at least), or a Mac, you’ll find some hidden settings under the aA icon next to the address bar.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo: TreceBits)
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo: TreceBits)

A pop-up page provides commands to:

– Change the zoom level

– Show current page in Reader View

– Hide the toolbar

– Request a desktop or mobile version of the site

– View the privacy report

– Access more site settings.

9. Use split screen (available on iPad and Mac)

You can do more in Safari with iPad and Mac multitasking: perform two tasks at the same time sharing screen.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo: THE TRIBUNE)
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo: Apple Support)

To view two web pages at the same time, open two apps (it can be Safari or other) and then drag one to the right of the screen until it opens in the “Split Screen” format.

You can then reposition the second window so that both pages are in views separated by a vertical bar that you can drag left or right to change the width of each window.

10. Take screenshot of the entire web page

Previously, the screen capture function of your mobile device captured only the visible part of the web page, discarding the rest.

Apple's Safari browser.  (photo:
Apple’s Safari browser. (photo:

With the new updates for iPhone, iPad and Mac, you can now capture entire pages. To do this, follow the steps below:

Take a screenshot as usual.

– Later, tap the preview thumbnail of the photo.

– On the preview screen, tap the button that says Full page

Done, the image of the entire web page will be saved, even if it does not appear in the first shot.


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