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How to use the smart search bar in Safari on iPhone and iPad



How to use the smart search bar in Safari on iPhone and iPad

The smart search bar in iOS 15 is a hybrid of the old search and address bars merged into one universal place to type and go. You can access your default search engine, browsing history, saved bookmarks, and even specific words on web pages, all through the unified smart search bar at the top of the Safari browser window. It makes it easier to find something on your best iPhone. Here’s how to use the Smart Seek Bar in Safari on iPhone and iPad.

How to Search the Web Using the Smart Search Bar on iPhone and iPad

  • Launch Safari from the home screen.
  • Tap on the smart search bar at the top or bottom of your browser.

    Source: HowHow

  • Type in some keywords or a phrase that you want to search for.
  • Tap the Go button at the bottom right of your screen.

    Source: HowHow

  • That’s it! Safari will now use your default search engine to browse the Internet for you.

    How to Find Bookmarks and Web History Using the Smart Search Bar on iPhone and iPad

  • Launch Safari from your home screen.
  • Tap on the smart search bar at the top or bottom of your browser.

    Source: HowHow

  • Type in some keywords that you want to search for on the Internet (I searched for “apple”).
  • Touch the site or bookmark you want to navigate to under the Bookmarks and History heading.

    Source: HowHow

  • Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Open a web page in Safari.
  • Tap the smart search bar.

    Source: HowHow

  • Type the word or phrase you want to find on the page.
  • Tap the word or phrase under On This Page.

    Source: HowHow

  • Press the navigation buttons to jump to each occurrence of the word if there is more than one.
  • Tap Done when you’re done.

    Source: HowHow

  • How to change your default search browser in Safari

    Everyone has their favorite search engine. Make sure yours is set by default and use the smart search bar in Safari.

  • Tap Settings from your home screen.
  • Tap Safari (you may need to scroll down to find it).

    Source: HowHow

  • Tap Search Engine.
  • Touch your preferred search engine from the list.

    Source: HowHow

  • The next time you open Safari and type something in the Smart Search bar, it will use your new search engine.

    How to search in Safari from the Search home screen in iOS 15

    In iOS 15, it supercharged the native search functionality available on the left of the home screen. When you enter a search term in the search function, you will see suggested web searches and even websites based on your term.

  • Swipe right on the home screen to access search.
  • Enter your search term in your search bar.
  • Tap the desired search result.

    Source: HowHow

  • As you can see from the example above, the search terms that iOS finds for “HowHow” will automatically open Safari and search the web using that term.

    Smart seek bar can be up or down

    If you’re using iOS 15, you may notice that Apple has moved the search/address bar from the top of the screen in Safari to the bottom of the screen. There is no difference in functionality between the two options, but if you prefer the smart search bar to be at the top rather than the bottom, you can change the location of the address bar in settings.

    Updated March 2022: Updated to the latest version of iOS 15.

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