How to find web pages, bookmarks, history, and 'on this page' with smart search in iOS 7 Safari

How to find web pages, bookmarks, history, and 'on this page' with smart search in iOS 7 Safari

With iOS 7 Apple has brought the unified address and search bar to the Safari web browser. That means not only can you type in the names of your favorite web sites and get taken right to them, directly, but you can type in any terms you like and get back search results from Google, including top results, standard results, history and bookmark results, and even results from the text of the page you're currently on. Because some things have moved around, and it's more tightly packed then ever, it can take some getting used to. But, once you're familiar with it, the unified smart search field should prove faster and more efficient than ever.

How to search the web using the unified smart search field

  1. Launch Safari from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.
  2. Tap in the smart search field in the top and type the term that you'd like to search the web for and hit Go in the lower right hand corner of your keyboard.
  3. That's it. A Google search page will open and show your results. If you have a different default search engine chosen for Safari, that search page will load instead.

How to search bookmarks and web history using the unified smart search field

  1. Launch Safari from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.
  2. Tap in the smart search field in the top and type the term that you'd like to search bookmarks and history for.
  3. Instead of hitting Go, scroll down in the results section to reveal Bookmarks and History.
  4. Tap on the item you'd like to visit. That's all there is to it.

How to search for text on the current page using the unified smart search field

  1. Launch Safari from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.
  2. Navigate to the address of the web page or PDF you'd like to search for a certain term on.
  3. Tap in the smart search field in the top and type in the term you'd like to search for.
  4. Instead of hitting Go, scroll down and under On This Page tap the term you'd like to search for if matches are found. If you don't see an On This Page section, there were no matches.
  5. Safari highlights instances of the term in yellow. Just use the bottom navigation to tab through them. Hit Done when you're finished.

How to get more help with iOS 7 Safari

If you have specific questions about Safari or iOS 7 in general, check out our iOS 7 help and discussion forum. For more on Safari in specific, check out our ultimate guide:

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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I haven't typed a URL in so long because of features like this. It's great! It's more, for lack of a better word, human.
The PDF search I haven't used yet, but now I know to keep an eye out for this type of searching. I'm sure that Apple will expand on this feature in future updates.
Wonderful how-to, as usual.
Thanks Allyson

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Yes. This feature comes in handy. I discovered this a couple of days ago. Thanks for the great tips!

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So this is how you search for texts on a webpage in Safari! I knew I've tried it before but can't remember how I did it. Thank you very much.

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I have always used the unified search bar for URLs and searching, but not to find text on a page or PDF. That is awesome. Never realized there were so many options. I'll be using this for sure!!!

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