Safari, the built-in iPhone browser app, uses a pretty familiar bookmarking system for saving the addresses of websites you visit regularly. If you've used the bookmark system in most any other web browser on a desktop or laptop, you'll be familiar with the basic concepts. However, since the iPhone uses touch, rather than a mouse, as its interface, there are a few wrinkles that you need to know.
Add a Bookmark
When you sync your iPhone and your computer, or if you use iCloud, you can choose to sync the bookmarks from your desktop web browser to Safari on the iPhone. You can also save them directly on your iPhone.
If you want to do this, go to the web page you want to bookmark. When you're there, tap the button that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it to the right. This pops up a menu that includes the option Bookmark (on iOS 7 and higher) or Add Bookmark (iOS 6 and lower). Tap that.
A screen will appear that lets you edit details about this bookmark. On the first row, edit how you want the name of the list to appear in your list of bookmarks.
You can also choose what folder to store it in using the Location row. Tap that and then tap on the folder you want to store it in. Tap Save and you're done.
Edit & Delete Bookmarks
You can do a number of things to the bookmarks already saved in Safari on your iPhone. To access them, tap the icon at the bottom of the Safari screen that looks a bit like an open book. This reveals your bookmarks. To edit or delete them, tap the Edit button at the bottom of the window.
When you do this, you'll have three choices:
- Delete bookmarks - To delete a bookmark, tap the red circle to the left of the bookmark. When the Delete button appears at the far right, tap that to delete it.
- Edit bookmarks - To edit the name, website address, or folder that a bookmark is stored in, tap the name of the bookmark itself. This takes you to the same screen as when you add a bookmark.
- Re-order bookmarks - To change the order of your bookmarks, tap and hold the icon that looks like three horizontal lines to the right of the bookmark. When you do this, it lifts up a bit; when it does, drag it to where you want it.
- Create a new folder - To create a new folder in which you can store bookmarks, tap New Folder, give it a name, and choose a location for that folder to live. Tap the Done key on the keyboard to save your new folder.
When you've completed whatever changes you want to make, tap the Done button.
Is there a website that you visit many times a day? You can get to it quicker using a webclip, a shortcut that looks like an app, which is stored on your home screen, and which takes you to your favorite website with just one tap.
To create a webclip, go to the site you want and tap the box-and-arrow icon used to create bookmarks. In the menu that pops up, tap the Add to Home Screen option. Edit the name of the webclip and tap Add. You'll then be taken to your home screen and shown the webclip. Tap it to go to that site. You can arrange and delete webclips in the same way that you'd delete an app.
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