How to stop ‘Up Next’ videos from autoplaying on YouTube

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 6, 2016

One of my pet peeves with YouTube is how after completing a video, the service shoves a new video down your throat with a feature called “Up Next,” which gives you a 15-second time frame to click the “X” button at the top right of the video before the next video starts to play.

Sound familiar? If you feel the same way, then you’ve stumbled upon the right tutorial, because we’re going to be showing you how you can disable this feature right from the YouTube website without installing any plug-ins, hacks, or other crazy stuff. Read More


How to use bookmark folders in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

In Safari, you can save websites you visit frequently so you can quickly revisit them later without having to remember their URLs. Saved webpages are accessible in Safari’s Bookmarks menu on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac.

If you save a lot of bookmarks, they will clutter the Bookmarks menu over time so locating that favorite website of yours will begin to feel like finding a needle in the haystack. You can avoid this by creating themed folders for organizing your bookmarks.

This tutorial provides step by step instructions for creating new bookmark folders in Safari for iOS and OS X. You will also learn how to rename, reposition and delete these folders and file websites into them, all of which will help you organize your favorite websites to your liking. Read More


How to find a specific word or phrase inside webpages in Safari for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016

With iOS 7, Safari for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad has ditched its dedicated search field in favor of a unified URL/search bar at the top, not unlike Google’s Chrome. But did you know that this field also lets you easily find all occurrences of a specific word or a phrase within any webpage?

I use this feature on a daily basis to jump to specific pieces of information within long articles without having to read them in their entirety.

In this post, I’ll show you how searching inside webpages works in Safari for iOS. Read More


This prank webpage will crash your iPhone, iPad and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016

Jokers on Twitter are tweeting out links to a new prank webpage that, when clicked, will crash your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac, or cause the device to become unresponsive.

As Gizmodo explains, the aptly named website uses just four lines of code to crash Safari for iOS and OS X by running a script which adds thousands of characters per second into the address bar, causing Safari to overload its memory.

In the case of the Mac, you’ll see the beach ball spinning and your computer will become unresponsive. On the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, Safari will hang and start heating up your phone until it reboots itself. Read More


Safari for Mac not resolving Twitter’s shortened “” links? Apple’s identified a fix.

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2016

If you prefer to browse your Twitter timeline in Safari for Mac, you must have noticed the irritating issue where the browser won’t resolve shortened “” links, resulting in an error message informing you that “Safari can’t open the page because the server where this page is located is not responding”.

What’s really surprising is that this persistent Safari bug, which basically renders most Twitter links unreadable, has been around since last November, as evidenced by the Apple Support Communities.

According to an Apple engineer, a fix has been identified but it’s unclear when an OS X software update, or a Safari patch, that would squash the bug might be issued. Read More


How to open a new private window in Safari for Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2016

One of the features of the Safari web browser built into your Mac that will come in handy time and time again are the private browsing windows that you can open to browse the web privately without having your browsing history stored in your computer for the next user to see.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to open a private browsing window in Safari on your Mac so that you’re ready the next time you need to perform a web search incognito. Read More


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

By Christian Zibreg on 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. Read More


How to erase Safari browsing history and data

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016

As you surf the web in Safari on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac, the browser builds a history of websites you visit, searches you perform and saves data on your device pertaining to your web activity.

You can easily erase all records that Safari keeps of where you’ve browsed. This not only helps increase your privacy in Safari but also reclaims some of the storage that these files occupy.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to erase Safari’s browsing history and data on iOS devices and Macs. Read More


Increasing privacy in Safari for iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 14, 2016

Most of you who use an iOS device probably use Safari as your main web browser despite the vast number of third-party alternatives available in the App Store, but how often do you think about the privacy of your information when you’re using it?

Apple gives users a number of privacy options for using Safari on your iOS device to keep your information safe, and in this tutorial, we aim to make you more familiar with them and talk a little about how to use them. Read More


How to subscribe to articles from websites with Safari’s Shared Links

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 14, 2016

Apple’s Safari browser has a little known yet very useful feature, called Shared Links, which basically saves in one central place links to articles that your Twitter followers and LinkedIn contacts post, and those published as RSS feeds.

Most websites, iDownloadBlog included, offer a series of regularly published articles in the form of RSS feeds that can be subscribed to in Safari so that they appear within your Shared Links section.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to subscribe to articles from websites using the Shared Links feature in Safari for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. Read More


How to preview a link URL in Safari

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016

When you’re browsing the web, you’ll find various links throughout that will take you to new web sites. Sometimes the links send you exactly where you want to go, and sometimes links will bait you somewhere you never intended to go.

Fortunately, Safari in Apple’s OS X operating system comes with a little-known feature called a status bar, which you can enable from the web browser’s settings to show the destination link of any hyperlink in a web page by simply hovering your mouse over the link; iOS users also have a similar function that they can take advantage of, but more on that later. Read More


How to choose where Favorites are saved in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2016

Safari for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac allows you to save any webpage as your Favorite. This is helpful for one-tap access to Favorites: any website filed into a custom bookmark folder which you have designated to store Favorites becomes readily available below the address field when you create a new tab, enter a URL or search.

Safari ships with a default Favorites folder where you put websites you frequent, such as iDownloadBlog, but its location can be adjusted to your liking.

In this quick tutorial, we’re going to explain how you can designate any of your bookmark folders as Safari’s Favorites. Read More


How to quickly email full article text in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2016

Safari on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad allows you to post article links to social media and share them through third-party apps that have implemented support for iOS’s multi-purpose Share sheet.

But sharing a link won’t cut it were you to send the full text of the article in an email message. Selecting everything on a webpage and pasting into Mail isn’t the best of solutions because all of the images and other non-related webpage elements get carried over, resulting in a messy email.

Thankfully, there’s a better way to accomplish such a seemingly simple task. In this tutorial, we’re going to discuss emailing the full, richly formatted text of an article in Safari, without all the clutter. Read More


How to turn off Frequently Visited Sites in Safari for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2016

iOS 9’s Safari on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad sports a redesigned panel that opens when you touch the browser’s address bar. From there, you can access websites that you’ve saved as your Favorites, right at the top, as well as those that you visit most often listed in a section below, headlined Frequently Visited.

For privacy and other reasons, you may want to avoid seeing a list of frequently visited websites every time you tap Safari’s combined search/URL field. This quick tutorial will introduce you to a Safari switch in Settings that lets you show or hide frequently visited sites. Read More


9 ways 3D Touch can make you more productive in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2016

Safari, one of the most popular stock applications on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, has gotten some sweet 3D Touch love in iOS 9.

If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can Peek and Pop web links, bookmarks, Shared Links and Reading List items, enter Safari’s private-browsing mode or open new tabs right from the Home screen, and then some more.

In this post, we’ll take you through the nine ways you can use 3D Touch in Safari to browse the web faster and access popular features with fewer taps than without it.
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These three new tweaks improve the look of Safari

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2016

Developer Chikuwa has released several new jailbreak tweaks all squarely aimed at modifying the Safari experience. The first tweak of Chikuwa’s we covered was FirstEditBookmark. That’s a tweak that allows you to edit bookmarks URLs in Safari as you’re adding them.

The remaining three tweaks are more visually-oriented. As such, I thought that it would be appropriate to showcase all three in the post that follows. Read More


How to edit bookmark addresses prior to saving in Safari [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2016

I’ve always found it to be a bit odd that you have to save a bookmark before you’re able to edit its URL. It’s odd to me because the URL is displayed as you’re adding the bookmark, so it’s not like you’d have to jump through extra steps to edit the URL like you might on the desktop version of Safari.

FirstEditBookmark is a new jailbreak tweak that solves this issue. It allows you to edit the URL of a bookmark prior to saving it to your favorites. Read More


SafariBeBetter: subtle changes improve the Safari browsing experience

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2015

SafariBeBetter might not be a tweak that’s big on grammar, but it provides a few subtle changes to the Safari browsing experience in an effort to improve things for the better. The changes won’t necessarily be changes that everyone will agree with, but I found the tweak to provide enough thoughtful enhancements to make it worth trying.

In all, SafariBeBetter enables three changes for the stock Safari browser. There’s the ability to Autohide bookmarks, show a complete web page URL, and change autohide settings for the address and navigation bars. Check out the rest of this post for a deeper explanation of what makes SafariBeBetter tick. Read More


How to quickly close all Safari tabs at once [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2015

If you want to quickly close all of the open Safari tabs on your iPhone running iOS 9, then there’s a new jailbreak tweak that you might be interested in. The properly named Safari Close All Tabs is a jailbreak tweak that makes it easy to quickly close all open Safari tabs.

But there’s more to Safari Close All Tabs than first meets the eye. The tweak also lends the ability to whitelist specific tabs that you wish to keep open. Read More


Sidefari update brings modal Safari View Controller access to iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 14, 2015

Sidefari, an app best know for allowing iPad users to view two Safari windows side by side using Split View, has received a noteworthy update that brings the app to the iPhone. Obviously, the iPhone doesn’t support Split View, but the update brings on-demand modal Safari View Controller support to the small screen.

What benefit is this? Well, not all apps have built in support for Safari View Controller. Instead, they rely on their own built-in browser for viewing web content. Not only does this result in an inconsistent experience, but app-based browsers lack such features as keychain access, content blocker access, and more. Read More

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