Open Links In The Backround When Using Safari Mobile [iOS Tips]

Open Links In The Backround When Using Safari Mobile [iOS Tips]

I don’t always use mobile Safari, but when I do…

One of the limitations of the iPhone and iPod touch version of Safari has always been a lack of tabbed browsing. Granted, there’s only so much space on the smaller mobile screen, but all the same – tabbed browsing is great.

So is being able to open tabs in the background, so that you can continue reading, say, an article on Cult of Mac, but still save an interesting link in another tab, just like you can on the Mac with a Command-click. With a simple Settings tweak, you can.

When you tap and hold on any link on a web page, Safari’s default behavior on the iPhone is to ask if you want to open the link, open it in a new page, Add to Reading List, or Copy it. Choosing Open in New Page will do just that, but in the foreground, taking you away from your current web page.

To change this behavior, quit out of Safari and open your Settings app. Scroll down to Safari, and tap through to the Safari settings. Tap on the Open Links button and then choose In Background. Now, when you are in Safari, tapping and holding on a link will give you the option to Open in Background.

Now you can browse the way you want to, without having to interrupt your flow too much to open links in Safari for later browsing.

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  • MacHead84

    Both options should always be available…not one or the other….I use open in background on articles I find not needing to be read immediately while open in new tab is nice for something that demands my current attention. Sucks not having both options always present.

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