How to quickly copy URLs, search, and visit websites in Safari on iPhone and iPad

There are a lot of tricks that you can use to boost your productivity on your iPhone and iPad. The tools for multitasking on iOS don't stop at drag-and-drop or side-by-side apps. Sometimes, the less fanfare a feature has, the more delightful it is to discover.

Take Safari, for example. Since iOS 9, users could easily copy and past items from the Safari search bar. The best part? These abilities are available on iPhone and iPad, both in Safari, as well as the Safari View Controller in third-party apps.

Here's how to use Safari's quick copy and paste capabilities on your iPhone or iPad.

How to quickly copy a Safari URL

Instead of using the iOS share sheet or highlighting the URL, you can use Safari's pop-up menu to copy a URL right from the navigation bar.

  1. Tap and hold on the Safari navigation bar.
  2. Tap Copy from the pop-up menu. Safari will copy the URL to your clipboard.

    Tap and hold on navigation bar, tap Copy

If you find an interesting or unfamiliar term in some text you're reading, just copy that text and use Safari's navigation bar to quickly search for it.

  1. Copy the words you want to search for.
  2. Tap and hold on the Safari navigation bar.
  3. Tap Paste and Search from the pop-up menu. Safari will automatically search for the terms.

    Tap Copy, tap and hold on bar, tap Paste and Search

How to quickly launch URLs in Safari on iPhone and iPad

You can do something similar with URLs that you've copied.

  1. Copy the URL you want to go to.
  2. Tap and hold on the Safari navigation bar.
  3. Tap Paste and Go from the pop-up menu. Safari will automatically launch the webpage.

    Copy URL, tap and hold on bar, tap Paste and Go

Other great Safari tips?

What cool tips do you have for working with Safari on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know in the comments.

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