How To Instantly Open Any Safari Link In A New Tab On iOS

How To Instantly Open Any Safari Link In A New Tab On iOS

Clicking a link in Apple’s Safari app achieves one of two things: the new page temporarily takes over your iPhone while it loads, or you waste precious seconds long-pressing the link so you can load it in a background tab instead. As it turns out, there’s a third option that’s been hiding in iOS for almost a year, and it’s even better.

To open that Safari link in a new tab, just tap on it with two fingers at once (as noted by a recent post on r/Apple). By default, Safari will bring you to that new tab, but if you’d rather load it in the background that’s an option, too. Just head into Settings, then Safari, then Open Links, and choose to open new links in the background.

Now, the next time you’re reading an article on your phone and you come across an interesting link, just tap it with two fingers and continue reading. When you’re ready, that new page will be waiting for you in another tab on your device.

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