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iOS 7 Safari tips: How to access iOS 7's new web features

David Price | Oct. 7, 2013
Master Safari in iOS 7 on your iPhone and iPad with these simple tips, from beginner's tasks such as opening multiple tabs, to more advanced techniques such as the Reader Mode, private browsing and fullscreen mode.

To bring back the icons and URL bar, you simply need to scroll back upwards.

Safari in iOS 7: How to use Reading list

Reading List is Apple's take on the 'read later' concept - a highly popular way of reading longer articles from the web. If you happen across what seems like a fascinating article while browsing, but haven't got time to read it now, you simply add it your read later list and catch up on the train or bus, or other free moment. The article will be saved to your phone, so you won't need to be online when you read it. Ideal for Tube journeys.

We're fond of Instapaper, a paid-for app that provides this service, partly because the way it reformats articles is so pleasing to the eye (it sort of combines the effects of Reading List with Apple's Reader mode - see below), but Apple's Reading List is built into iOS 7 at no charge, and obviously benefits from greater integration than any third-party service.

From the web page you want to save to read later, hit the sharing icon and select the option 'Add to Reading List'. If it's a particularly long article there might be a slight delay while iOS saves it.

To see your Reading List, tap the Bookmarks icon (the stylised open book), then choose the second option along - with the spectacles icon. (Your actual bookmarks are on the left, whereas your Shared links are on the right.) Click a saved article and you'll be able to read it, even if you're offline.

Once you've opened the article from the Reading List, iOS 7 will remove it from the unread list. To view it again in future, click the option 'Show All' at the bottom of the list.

Safari in iOS 7: How to use Reader

Reader mode allows you to view web pages with all the advertising and other bumpf removed. (No, we don't understand how that's legal either, but it's a nice option to have.) If a page can be viewed in this way, a button will appear in the URL bar, and pressing this will overlay a simple, bare-black-text-on-white-background version of the article.

Tap the Reader icon to the left of the web address...

...and iOS 7 gives you a simplified version of the page

(Perhaps the legal side of things can be explained by the fact that you have to let the whole page load up, ads and all, before the button appears. And any links you click from the Readerised page will take you to normally formatted pages, which again will have to load up fully before you can hit Reader again.)


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