pull to refresh safari iOS 6

If you are an avid user of Twitter or Facebook, you likely see ‘pull to refresh’ as an essential part of the smart phone experience. So it’s surprising to see how slow Apple has been to bring the gesture to its internal apps. In iOS 6, Apple finally cued in and included their own implementation of Pull To Refresh in Mail. Unfortunately this hasn’t carried over to every one of Apple’s internet-enabled apps; Safari still lacks the feature.

Of course, jailbreakers have had access to Pull To Refresh Safari since iOS 4. Instead of pressing a tiny icon, we could just pull the screen down and refresh the active app. Now the tweak has been updated to work with iOS 6…

iOS 6 pull to refreshPull To Refresh Safari doesn’t match Apple’s take on ‘pull to refresh’, pictured above

My one disappointment with Pull To Refresh Safari’s iOS 6 update is the animation hasn’t been changed to match the default Mail app’s stretchy water-droplet effect. The mismatch isn’t the developer’s fault, Apple decided to go with a slightly different animation for their official implementation, but the lack of cohesion between the two methods makes me feel like I’m using a third-party browser.

That said, Pull To Refresh Safari works as well in iOS 6 as ever and is available for free on the BigBoss repo. If you’re a fan of the pull to refresh gesture, you have no reason not to install it on your device in iOS 6.

Do you think Safari needs a Pull to Refresh gesture? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • adaminsull

    It does not work with iOS 6.1. Freezes safari

    • I tested it on my iPhone 4 in iOS 6.1. Which device are you using? Do you have other tweaks installed?

      • adaminsull


      • Could be a conflict with something else. I’d mail a bug report to the developer through Cydia.

      • adaminsull

        I have and I sent a video of it. Seems to work on first tap but not second. Like using the jailbreakqa site you can click question but not click in answer box.

  • Working for me..!!!
    iPhone 5, iOS 6.1

  • Working for me..!!!!
    iPhone 5, iOS 6.1

  • Please make one for Google Chrome

    • ourjim

      Someone did already! It’s called Chromizer.

    • LeRoy Simmons


  • denny93.06

    doesn’t work ios 6.1 ipod 4g

    • Johnathan Jennings

      Working fine on my 6.1 i5

  • ridonkulous

    This was the funniest part of the article: ” So it’s surprising to see how slow Apple has been to bring the gesture to its internal apps.”

    That’s apple’s calling card, bring out groundbreaking improvements 3 years after us in the JB community have already been using them.

    • mafo5000

      Chrome Browser doens’t have pull to refresh. You fail.

      • ridonkulous

        What does chrome browser have anything to do with my comment?
        Uh, YOU FAIL[ed] reading comprehension…….

  • I installed it and it messed up my JavaScript or something. My website dropdown navigation stopped working until I uninstalled it.

    • adaminsull

      Same here.

  • disqus

    Yea, this latest version has some sort of bug. On a 4S with 5.1.1 it somehow interferes with my ability to double-tap zoom and click on links.

  • Swipe Safari includes this in the Tweak and has about 30 other configurable options for Safari on iPhone, including swipe to go back or forward, as well as Swipe to change tabs. It doesnt slow safari down at all and makes using the phone or ipad a pleasure =D JEFF COVER THIS APP for goodness sake. can i write you guys some articles??