Browsing with Safari

When using an iPad Safari is the default browser. This free lesson shows you how to set up and maintain it.


Safari is a web browser that comes built in to the iPad. You'll use it to access websites on your device. Safari's interface is similar to those you might find on a desktop web browser, and it also has a few unique features to make mobile browsing easier.

Getting to know Safari

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about the Safari interface.

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Browsing with Safari

Safari includes several features that make browsing online easy. We've included some of the most helpful features below.

Opening a link in a new tab

If you find a link to a website, you can open the link in a new tab. This allows you to open the site without losing your place on the original page.

Multi-touch zoom

Sometimes it can be difficult to read webpages in Safari. Luckily, there are two ways to zoom in and out using multi-touch gestures:

Screen orientation

Remember, you can always rotate the iPad to change the screen orientation. Some websites may work well in portrait mode, while others will look best in landscape mode.

Adding websites to the Home screen

If you find that you frequently visit the same website again and again, you might want to add the site as a bookmark. If you want even faster access, you can add an icon to a website on your Home screen. Just tap the Share button, select Add to Home Screen, then click Add.

The page will appear as an icon on your Home screen. When you tap the icon, Safari will open, and the website will appear.