Find on Page: How to Search for Text on Webpages in Safari for iPhone

How to Search for Text on Webpages in Safari for iPhone

There are a lot of features hiding inside your iPhone, some you might have forgotten and some you might not have ever known about. One of these features brings the Command + F keyboard shortcut right to your Safari browser so you can search for words or phrases directly on a webpage you're viewing.

Apple added this "Find on Page" feature way back in iOS 4.2, but at that time Safari had an independent search bar next to the URL bar. Safari was then upgraded with a unified search bar in iOS 7, but the method for finding text on a webpage remained basically the same, and it still is to this day.

However, iOS 9 brought on a second, more convenient way to find terms on a webpage in Safari, and we'll show you how both of these methods work right now in the latest version of iOS for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Method 1. Use the Share Sheet in Safari

Go to Safari, then tap on the share sheet icon (it looks like a piece of paper with an arrow pointing up) in the menu at the bottom of the webpage. If you don't see the menu at the bottom, swipe down on the screen or tap at the very bottom of your screen to bring it up.

On the bottom row of options, the one below the row of applications, swipe left until you see the "Find on Page" icon with a magnifying glass. Tap on it, then type in whatever term you need to hunt for on the webpage. When you're done typing, the first occurrence of the term will appear highlighted on the page. Then just use the down and up arrows to navigate through the results.

To see how many results are on the page, hit the "Search" button, which will collapse the keyboard and show you number indicators for what word is currently highlighted out of how many.

Method 2. Use the URL Bar in Safari Instead

For some of you, the share sheet method above will be more convenient, but it may feel more natural to use this method instead, since it's the old-school way that's been around in iOS for generations.

Simply tap on the URL of the webpage you are on, then type the term you want to search for out. Scroll down to "On This Page" and tap on "Find [your term here]." Your term will now appear in the search bar at the bottom of the webpage, with the keyboard already collapsed and the number indicators in full force. Use the arrows next to the search bar to jump between the found terms.

That's all there is to it. Now you know how to find any word on any page via Safari's share sheet or the URL bar. Apple may have buried this feature pretty deep, but it's good to see that there is a way to "Find on Page" for every iPhone user.

Have any other neat tricks for using your iPhone? Let us know in the comments below!

Cover photo, screenshots, and GIFs by Bettina Mangiaracina/Gadget Hacks

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