Safari is Apple’ default web browser. It comes pre-installed in all the Apple devices. Apple allows you to install other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox from the App Store, but you cannot make them their default browser. You wouldn’t need to anyway as Safari is an incredible browser that supports every website. Moreover, it is one of the most user-friendly, simple to use features on Apple devices.

As mentioned above, Safari doesn’t have any complications; users love it, and it hardly crashes. You don’t have to be a tech-savvy person to use it. All you need is basic browser knowledge. However, the people who have kept on using Chrome or Firefox on either Pc or Android devices may find it a little different. So, if you have just switched to an Apple device and want to know how Safari works, here is an elaborative guide on it.

Safari on the iPhone

If you have just switched to an iPhone from any other smartphone then do not bother to download Chrome or Firefox for your ease. Using Safari on the iPhone would be much easier, and the default browser has its own catch. Here is how you can learn the basics of Safari on the iPhone.

1. You will be able to locate the Safari icon at the bottom of your screen. It is placed in between the Phone and Message App.

2. Tap on it and a window will pop-up.

3. You will be able to search URLs at the top of your screen. Enter the website and then hit Go at the bottom-right of your screen.

4. You can refresh the webpage by tapping on the refresh icon placed at the top right corner of your screen.

5. To check web history, you need to tap on the icon looking like a book. It will be placed at the bottom of your screen.

6. It will pop-up a new window with your web history. You can also clear it by clicking the option Clear located at the bottom-right of your screen.

7. You can also see your Reading List on this same screen, just tap on the icon placed in the middle of History and Bookmarks icon.

8. You can check your Bookmarks by clicking the Book icon just beside the Reading List icon.

9. To open a new tab, tap on the Two Squares icon at the bottom right corner of your screen and then tap the icon + placed at the middle bottom of your screen.

10. Safari has a private browsing mode too. Tap on the Two Squares icon at the bottom right corner of your screen.

11. Now tap the option Private followed by a tap on the option Done. You will be able to surf the web in private mode.

Surfing the Web

Now if you have understood the basics, you need to learn a few more tricks for surfing the web and doing different activities on it.

1. For scrolling down the webpage, you just need to move your thumb or index finger upwards.

2. For scrolling up the page, you just need to move your thumb or index finger downwards. You can jump to the top of the page by just double tapping on the top of your phone’ screen.

3. To Zoom in, double tap on the area you want to zoom.

4. To zoom out, double tap on the area that has been zoomed in. You can also zoom-In and zoom-out via a pinch on the area of the page you want to zoom-in/out.

Performing Actions on the Webpage

You may want to perform a few actions on the webpage. For example, bookmarking a webpage, saving a picture, or adding things to your reading list. Here is how you will be able to perform that.

1. Open the Webpage on which you want to perform your actions.

2. Now tap on the icon Arrow in a Square Box. It is located at the bottom of your screen.

3. Tapping on it will open a pop-up menu. You will see various options on it.

4. You will be able to choose from the options Add to Reading List, Add Bookmark, Add to Favorites, Copy, and Print etc. Choose the option which you desire.

5. You can also share the webpage with friends/family or anyone through different option such as Mail, Message, WhatsApp etc.

6. You can also save a PDF file directly to your books collection by tapping Save PDF to Books.

7. For saving an image, just press hold the image and the option Save Image will pop-up.

Mentioned above are all the basic actions that Safari let you perform. As mentioned earlier, comprehending them and applying them is quite straightforward. Apple iPad has more or the less same functionality as of an iPhone. iPad users can also refer to the same steps in order to use Safari on their device.

Safari on Mac Book

The functionality of Safari on Mac is similar to Safari on an iPhone or an iPad. However, there are a few differences in performing different actions. Mac users must refer to the guideline mentioned above for the basic features of Safari. The differences, however, will be explained in the guideline below.

1. For switching to private browsing, simply click the option New Private Window or press Shift+Command+N on your keyboard.

2. To Share Website/webpage, click on the option Share Sheet located on the top right of the Safari window. Then choose the sharing method to proceed.

3. To pin tabs, open the website you want to pin. Next, click on the option View placed at the top left of your screen. Now, click-hold the tab and drag it all the way to the left.

Setting Homepage

1. Open Safari

2. Click on the General tab.

3. Enter a website next to the option Homepage.

4. Click Safari followed by a click on the option Preferences and finally entering a website next to the option Homepage.

How to Bookmark a Website

1. Launch Safari from the Dock or the Finder.

2. Open the Webpage you want to Bookmark.

3. Press Command+D on the keyboard.

4. Enter the title for your bookmark; this is optional.

5. Click the option Add or hit the key Return to confirm.

6. Locate the option View at the top left of your screen and click on it.

7. Locate the option Show Favorites Bar and click on it.

View/Delete Bookmarks

1. Launch Safari from the Dock or the Finder.

2. Locate the option Show Sidebar Button. You will be able to see it next to the address bar. Click on it.

3. Now Click the Bookmarks tab; an icon looking like a book. You will be able to view all the bookmarks.

4. To delete any bookmark, click on the option Edit Bookmarks.

5. Right-click or control-click the bookmark you’d like to delete.

6. Click Delete and the bookmark will disappear.

Add to Reading List

This feature allows you to save webpages which you can read offline too. Here is how you can do that on Mac.

1. Launch Safari from the Finder.

2. Open the Webpage you want to Add to Reading.

3. Press Command+D on the keyboard.

4. Now click the option Reading List from the menu to view all the webpages available to read.

5. If you want to delete any webpage from this list, simply right-click on that page and then hit Delete.

Most of the Safari functions are uniform across the Apple devices. Mentioned above are only the functions that work a bit different for Mac users. Apple lets you understand Safari in detail via Settings. You can visit Settings on your iPhone to check more about Safari. Likewise, Mac also allows you to set preferences for the Safari feature.