5 top tips for using Safari in iOS 8

With iOS 8 now available on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, we've got five top tips to help you master the new features in iOS 8's Safari app.

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  • Safari in iOS 8
  • Recently Closed Tabs
  • Enhanced Private Browsing
  • Private search with DuckDuckGo
  • Scan Credit Card
  • Request desktop site
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Safari in iOS 8

iOS 8 has finally hit iPads, iPods and iPhones, and with it comes a new and improved Safari app, with new features including quick access to Frequently Visited websites, the ability to quickly recall closed tabs and the ability to capture Credit Card information using your device's camera for making purchases.

Here, we bring you five tips to help you master the new Safari in iOS 8.

Read these advanced iOS 8 tips you don’t know yet, and see How to export bookmarks from Chrome to Safari

Read next: Best iPhone web browser appsBest Mac web browsers 2016

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iOS 8 has finally hit iPads, iPods and iPhones, and with it comes a new and improved Safari app, with new features including quick access to Frequently Visited websites, the ability to quickly recall closed tabs and the ability to capture Credit Card information using your device's camera for making purchases.

Here, we bring you five tips to help you master the new Safari in iOS 8.

Read these advanced iOS 8 tips you don’t know yet, and see How to export bookmarks from Chrome to Safari

Read next: Best iPhone web browser appsBest Mac web browsers 2016

 

Recently Closed Tabs

A very handy new feature in iOS 8's Safari is the ability to quickly reopen recently closed tabs.

By tapping the tabs button at the bottom right of your Safari window, and then tapping and holding the plus symbol, you'll get a list of your recently closed tabs. Simply tap on the one you want to reopen to get it back.

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Enhanced Private Browsing

Private Browsing is a bit different in iOS 8's Safari app. Now, rather than asking whether you want to close all pages or keep them, going to Private Browsing Mode (tap the Tabs icon and then 'Private') will open a new window for you to start a fresh in.

Private Browsing tabs have dark grey bars on the top and the bottom to help you identify when you're using the Private Browsing mode.

When you're done browsing privately (there are many reasons you might want to do so, as described here), tap Private again to be taken back to the Tabs window for your non-Private pages.

Read more: How to keep your browsing history secret with Private Browsing on iPad, iPhone and Mac

 

Private search with DuckDuckGo

Apple has added the ability to use DuckDuckGo as your search engine of choice in Safari to help those of you wishing to keep their data to themselves browse the web without being tracked.

To change to DuckDuckGo, go to Settings > Safari > Search Engine and choose DuckDuckGo in iOS 8's Settings menu.

See also: Everything you need to know about the iPhones's Camera app in iOS 8

 

Get Safari to type your card number for you

We got a little bit excited about this feature. It's particularly great for internet shoppers. Now, if you're using Safari in iOS 8 and you need to type in your card details, you'll be able to tap a button on the keyboard that reads Scan Credit Card.

You'll be asked to give Safari access to your camera, and then you'll need to position your card within the frame provided. After a second or two, Safari will read the number on your card and type it straight into the field within the web page. It's a huge time saver!

See also: iOS 8 Keyboards

 

Request desktop site

Mobile sites should be great. They've been designed to make using them on your iPhone, iPod or iPad easier and more responsive. However, on some occasions, you may find that the mobile site of a particular website you're visiting is lacking a feature you know is present on the desktop site, or you might find it confusing to navigate.

In Safari in iOS 8, you can easily visit the desktop site of a website you're visiting by tapping on the URL bar and then swiping down to reveal the 'Request Desktop Site' option. Tap that to get to the desktop version of the website.

To get to know iOS 8 even better, see our iOS 8 tips & tricks collection.

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