TiPb Answers: How Do You Manage Mobile Safari Bookmarks on the iPhone?

TiPb loves answering your emails, but we also love sharing our answers with the community in hopes that more people will benefit, and even better answers will present themselves (hey, that's why we have them forums!). Today's question comes from Joephoto5:

My Bookmarks are listed in the order that I created them... Is there a way to resort them??? Is there a way to "group" them ... (ala: sites dedicated to "news", or sites dedicated to the "iPhone", or sites dedicated to "aviation" etc.) ???

TiPb answers after the jump!

On the iPhone, you can hit the "Edit" button in the bottom left corner to delete (red circles on the left) and re-order (stacked lines on the right) your bookmarks in Mobile Safari. Once in Edit mode, you can also create new folders. However, I don't believe you can move items into or out of folders on the iPhone itself.

Update: twokidtech in the comments below points out that, if you tap a link, it will open up a properties inspector which, aside from letting you change the display name and other attributes, will let you re-file your bookmarks. Thanks twokidtech!

However, if you sync your bookmarks with Safari (Mac/Windows) or IE (Windows), you can organize your bookmarks on the desktop however you want, and your next Sync should update your iPhone to reflect this. (MobileMe users can also have this happen automagically through over-the-air "push" sync).

Anyone have any bookmark organization tips for Joephoto5? Let us know!

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TiPb Answers: How Do You Manage Mobile Safari Bookmarks on the iPhone?


I don't really manage my bookmarks too much because I don't have that many. I just bookmark whatever page I go to on a daily or weekly basis and organize them in order of which sites I visit the most. That's about it. I'm pretty sure things will change when I get more bookmarks.

you can move them in and out of folders, just tap "Edit" and then tap the bookmark (not the red minus button or the three lines, just the bookmark) and then it lets you edit the name and where you put it, e.g. a folder or somewhere else.

If you Sync with your computers browsers organize the book marks in you browser and then sync. You can even make folders for grouping. Even Folders within Folders. you can also surf from you browser and save the book marks.
TIP: I use Firefox to browser on my computer and there I save hundreds of book marks. I am sure you don't want that on your iPhone. I then use internet explorer (or safari) to only house my iPhone Bookmarks It make it easier to just sync what I want.

I also use firefox for my bookmarks on my mac, and keep Safari for the iPhone bookmarks. I only have one page of bookmarks on my phone as I find that I only visit a select few on the phone and save everything else for the desktop.

I use Firefox on the desktop, bookdog from Sheep systems syncs my Firefox to Safari on my Desktop and then sync takes it to the iPhone...
Bookdog is a really nice app definitely worth a look...

I use firefox with the Xmarks plugin (bookmarks syncing utility - www.xmarks.com) on the desktop.
Just found out the Xmarks website has an iphone version! Just login to your Xmarks account and you have all your firefox bookmarks right there on your iphone. Great!