Mobile Safari is a really great browser — it’s fast, easy to use, and has most of the features you might want. What it doesn’t have, however, is a good way to view the source code of a page.

For the vast majority of people, viewing the source code of a page on their phone or tablet probably isn’t the highest thing on their list, but for anybody who is curious about how sites are doing things, or for programmers, it can be pretty useful.

Viewing Web Page Source on iPhone or iPad

To accomplish this task, we’ll need an app that is appropriately called “View Source”, and you’ll need to be running iOS8. This particular app is 99 cents, which isn’t the same thing as free, but you probably paid a ton of money for that iDevice, so we’re assuming it won’t break the bank.

Once you’ve installed it, you can access using the Share menu in Safari, which has really turned into the extensions menu at this point. Once there, press the More button on the second row.

Then flip the View Source toggle to enabled.

And now you’ll have a View Source button in the drop-down menu.

Which, naturally, will let you view the source. There are some other options like sharing the source code, or switching to the DOM mode, but you can explore those for yourself.

So if you’ve ever wondered how to view the source of a website from your phone, now you know.

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