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Sometimes it’s tough to find specific information within a web page in Safari for iPhone or iPad. Luckily, Safari allows you to search for text on any currently open web page using either the touch screen or an attached keyboard. Here’s how.

How to Search the Current Web Page with Touch

If you don’t have a keyboard hooked up to your iPhone or iPad, you can search for text within the current page using the touchscreen, although the feature is tucked away in a non-obvious place. This technique works both on iPhone and iPad.

First, open Safari and navigate to the page you’d like to find text in. Once the page is loaded, tap on the address bar at the top of the screen.

Tap address bar in Safari on iPhone or iPad

An on-screen keyboard will appear at the bottom of the screen, and the current web page address will highlight. If you want, you can clear the address bar by tapping the backspace key on the keyboard (or tap on the small “X” in a circle beside the address).

The on screen keyboard will appear in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Type in what you’d like to find on the page. Locate the “On This Page” section at the bottom of the search pop-up. Tap on the line just below it that starts with “Find.”

Tap On this Page in Safari on iPhone or iPad

The pop-up will close and you will see the web page again with a search bar at the very bottom. Safari will highlight all occurrences of your search query on the current page.

Find in page search results in Safari on iPhone or iPad

You can cycle through the results, up and down the page, with the arrows beside the search bar.

Tap arrows to move between search results in Safari on iPhone or iPad

When you’re finished searching, tap “Done” in the lower-left corner of the screen. The “Find in page” mode will close.

Tape Done when you're finished searching in Safari on iPhone or iPad

How to Search the Current Web Page Using a Keyboard

If you have a keyboard connected to your iPhone or iPad, you can use a quick keyboard shortcut to search within a web page. Press Command+F and a search bar will appear across the bottom of the screen.

Find in page in Safari on iPad

Once you see the search bar, click in the text input field and type in a word or phrase. The browser will highlight all occurrences of what you’re looking for on the page, and you can cycle through them, up and down the page, with the arrows beside the search bar.

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When you’re done, check out other neat things you can do with Safari on iPhone and iPad, such as creating an icon for your favorite website on your Home screen, navigating using swipes, and much more.

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Benj Edwards is a Staff Writer for How-To Geek. For over 14 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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