Scrolling a loooooong Safari webpage, a Pages document or other very tall piece of content involves multiple swipes and gets old fast. Some apps like Photos let you double-tap a tab to quickly scroll to the bottom of the list, but there’s a better way to use long list views on iPhone and iPad, one that’s a tremendous time saver, and iDB tells you all about it.
The nifty little improvement described further below is part of the enhancements afforded by iOS 13 and iPadOS, which were demonstrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi during the June 3 keynote address at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference held June 3-7 in San Jose, California.
It is not available on the iOS 12 or older software.
Follow along with iDownloadBlog’s quick tutorial as we show you how you can scroll long lists and scrub the entire scroll view in one simple motion, no need for multiple swipes.
How to scroll faster on iPhone and iPad
You know how iOS 13 and iPadOS let you move the cursor by grabbing it with your finger and moving it to a new location? You can do that with the system scroller too in apps like Safari, Notes, Photos, etc. In other words, you scroll faster on your iPhone or iPad by holding down on the scroller for a moment and then dragging it up or down.
For those wondering, it’s a system-wide gesture.
You must first trigger the scroll bar by scrolling some, then touch and hold the scroll bar itself a bit. To be fair, iOS could make use of a macOS setting letting it automatically show scroll bars in apps always, when scrolling or automatically based on mouse/trackpad presence.
In a typical Apple fashion, the scroller has momentum so you can flick it and jam to the end really really fast. And if your device has a Taptic Engine, you’ll feel vibratory feedback when you grab the scroller. On devices without a Taptic Engine, like iPad, you won’t feel haptic clicks.
No matter the amount of content, this tremendously useful gesture lets you scrub the entire scroll view in one swoop motion, which is really sweet. The more content there is in the scroll view, the faster it scrolls when you move the finger up or down, and vice versa.
As Irish developer Steve Troughton-Smith noted, it makes scrubbing through thousands of tweets (or photos, tall webpages and so forth — you get the idea) really effortless and easy.
The new feature of iOS 13 that lets you hold down on the scroller for a moment until it haptic-clicks and then drag it to scrub the entire scroll view is 👌 It makes scrubbing through thousands of tweets really easy
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) August 4, 2019
This works on any iPhone or iPod touch supported by iOS 13 and all iPads powered by iPadOS.
iOS 13 compatibility
iOS 13 is compatible with the following Apple smartphone models:
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch (7th generation)
iPadOS is compatible with these iPads:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
Watch our video overview of the new iPad-only updates embedded below.
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