Tip: show Safari toolbar on iOS without having to scroll back up

By , Jan 19, 2016


Since the iPhone’s inception, Apple’s mobile Safari browser has had this neat little feature for quickly jumping to the very top of any webpage simply by tapping the iOS status bar.

Following a major redesign of Apple’s mobile operating system with 2013’s release of iOS 7, Safari’s top and bottom toolbars now shrink and disappear as you scroll down. As a result, you must scroll back up a bit to access the URL field, bookmarks and other features in the toolbars.

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn about a cool new shortcut that you can use to quickly reveal Safari’s toolbars without scrolling back up.

How to show Safari toolbar in iOS without scrolling back up

Step 1: Open Safari on your iOS device and navigate to any website.

Step 2: As you scroll down, the bottom toolbar disappears from your view and the address field at the top shrinks.

Step 3: To show the toolbars, simply tap the bottom of the screen where the toolbar would normally be.

iOS 9 Safari show toolbar shortcut iPhone screenshot 001

Just like that, it will re-appear!

As commenters pointed out, the same effect can be achieved by tapping iOS’s status bar, but I prefer this method due to the larger touch target.

How do you like this neat trick?

You can submit your how-to ideas at tips@iDownloadBlog.com.

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  • Great tip! Good to know! Thanks, Christian!

  • Great tip for noobs.

  • Nesly Lacroix

    Actually, you can just tap the url address to get field.

    • No, because the toolbar containing the URL field is hidden, hence this pinch of information.

      • Nesly Lacroix

        URL address is always displayed on top. Tap it.

  • DOOManiac

    Tapping the top works too

  • M_Hawke

    Nice tip!

  • iByron

    This is useful. And not just for newbies.

  • Sam Jackson

    Y’all need to make a compilation off all these little secret tips that no one knows about, a lot of this sh!t is helpful

  • I just want to tell you both good luck. We’re all counting on you