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10 Hidden Gestures and Shortcuts on the iPhone

Your iPhone is packed with hidden touch gestures and shortcuts you could use, if only you knew about them. You might have discovered some of these already, but Apple is always adding more new gestures. Here are 10 of our favorites.

Tap the Menu Bar to Scroll to the Top

In practically any app, you can tap the menu bar at the top of your screen—that’s the bar with the time on it—to scroll to the top of the current document or list. For example, if you’ve scrolled down a web page in Safari and want to quickly scroll back to the top, just tap the menu bar at the top of your screen. It’ll immediately jump back to the top of the page.

Reopen Closed Tabs by Long-Pressing Safari’s New Tab Button

The Safari browser included on your iPhone allows you to reopen tabs you’ve previously closed. To find this feature, tap the button at the bottom right of the Safari app to view your open tabs. Long-press the new tab button and you’ll see a list of closed tabs you can reopen.

Move the Text Cursor With 3D Touch

If you have an iPhone with the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch feature, you can easily move the text entry cursor while typing something. With the keyboard open, hard-press the spacebar. The keys on the keyboard will turn blank, and the cursor will appear. Move your finger to the left or right and the cursor will move. Lift your finger to set the cursor’s position.

This works with the iPhone’s default keyboard as well as some third-party keyboards—it depends on whether keyboard’s developer has added support for this feature. For example, this trick also works in Google’s Gboard keyboard.

Double Tap the Home Button for “Reachability”

On larger iPhones—including the iPhone and iPhone Plus, but not the iPhone SE or older, smaller iPhones—you can tap (but not press) the Home button twice to enter “Reachability” mode. All the content on the iPhone’s screen will be lowered on the display, making it much easier to press buttons on the top of the screen when using your iPhone with one hand. Double tap the Home button again to leave Reachability mode.

This is different from double-pressing the iPhone’s Home button, which brings up the app switcher.

Change Your Scrubbing Speed for Music and Podcasts

When playing music or a podcast, you may want to “scrub” through the track at different speeds. To do this, touch your finger to the progress bar and move the finger up or…

How to Add Search Keywords to Safari for Faster, More Specific Searches

Most people use one search engine—Google, DuckDuckGo, etc.—to find things online. But sometimes you want to quickly search Amazon, ask a question of Wolfram Alpha, or find a video on YouTube, all without the extra step of going to that site first.

If you’re using Chrome, you can set up search keywords to search specific sites from the address bar. There’s no way to do that by default in Safari, but a free Safari extension called Safari Keyword Search makes it easy to search a number of sites. So typing y kittens in the address bar searches YouTube for kittens or typing wa warp 9 asks Wolfram Alpha how fast Warp 9 is.

Here’s how to set up this power, and how to customize it.

Installing Safari Keyword Search

We’ll be using an open-source extension called Safari Keyword Search to make this happen. Head to the Safari Keyword Search homepage and download the extension. It comes in the form of a .safariextz file.

Open the file and Safari will ask if you want to install it.

Click “Trust,” assuming that you do trust the extension. The source code is on GitHub if you’re interested.

Running a Search Using the Default Keywords

The extension, by default, supports 12 keywords. Put a keyword at the front…

Chrome for iPhone Gets a Reading List for Saving Articles and Offline Reading

iPhone: One of the nicer features in Apple’s Safari is the Reading List, which gives you an in-browser place to save articles to read later. Today, Chrome gets that too.

Chrome’s feature is called Read Later and it works basically the exact same as the one in Safari. In Chrome, open up an article you want to read later, tap the three dot icon, then the share…