Tip: How to make a phone call from iPhone's Safari browser

Ever wonder how to make a phone call right from within iPhone's Safari browser without having to switch to the phone application? Because iOS automatically detects certain data types and turns them into actions, it's easy. No need to copy and paste or write it down. We'll show you how after the break.

Anything Safari (and other applications like Mail) recognize as a phone number will be shown in blue, just like a web link. When you see a phone number like that:

  • Tap on it.
  • A popup will appear showing you the number and offering to let you cancel or call.
  • Hit call and you'll be taken to the phone app, and the number will dial.

Bonus: There are other data detectors too, for addresses, even tracking numbers for your packages. We'll cover them in a future tip.

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