Quickly Search The Contents Of Web Pages From iPhone Browser

Quickly Search The Contents Of Web Pages From iPhone Browser
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Finding a specific word or phrase on a website can be difficult, especially when the website has been shrunk to fit your iPhone’s screen. Fortunately, you can search for text in any web page directly from Mobile Safari’s web search field. Here’s how.

  1. Tap the search box in mobile Safari.
  2. Enter your search term.
  3. If the term appears on the page, you’ll see a little bar at the bottom of the results that’ll notify you of the number of times it appears.
  4. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the results to find a “On this page” option and tap it.
  5. The first instance of your result will be highlighted on the page and you can navigate back and forth through the results using navigation controls that surface at the bottom of the screen.

The video above provides a nice little demonstration of this shortcut if you want to see it in action. It’s very handy and easy to perform.

Shortcut of the Day highlights a great shortcut on various platforms from the desktop to mobile devices to the web. You can find more shortcuts here.


  • Doesn’t work on my version of mobile Safari… maybe I should upgrade. I’ve been reluctant because of the amount of time I’ve put into customizing my jailbreak.

    I have just been using a bookmarklet to search for words on a page in mobile Safari. Works pretty well.

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