How to Add, Edit, and Delete Bookmarks in iPhone's Safari

This browser makes it easy to manage bookmarks

Safari, the iPhone's built-in web browser app, uses a familiar bookmarking system to save the addresses of websites you visit regularly. If you've used bookmarks in other web browsers on a desktop or laptop, you're familiar with the basic concepts. The iPhone Safari browser adds some useful features, such as syncing bookmarks across devices.

Here's a look at how to add, sync, edit, and delete bookmarks in Safari on an iPhone, along with other helpful tips.

In addition to the iPhone, Safari is the default web browser for the iPad and macOS. Safari has about 50 percent of the mobile browser market share in the United States.

iPhone Safari bookmarks

How to Add a Bookmark in Safari on an iPhone

Adding a website bookmark in Safari on your iPhone is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the web page you want to bookmark and tap the action box (the icon that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it).

  2. In the pop-up menu, tap Add Bookmark.

    This menu also contains useful features such as printing and searching for text on the page.

  3. Edit the details about the bookmark, such as its name and location.

  4. When you're done, tap Save. Your bookmark is saved.

    Screenshots of Safari on an iPhone

    To use your bookmarks, tap the icon at the bottom of the Safari screen that looks like an open book. This reveals your bookmarks. Navigate through your bookmark folders to find the site you want to visit. Tap the bookmark to go to that site.

How to Sync Bookmarks Across Devices Using iCloud

When you turn on Safari syncing using iCloud, you can share bookmarks across your Apple devices. This way, bookmarking a site in Safari on one device automatically bookmarks it in Safari for all your devices. Here's how to set it up:

  1. On your iPhone, tap Settings

  2. Tap your name at the top of the screen and then tap iCloud.

  3. Move the Safari slider to on (green).

  4. Tap Merge. You've synced your iPhone bookmarks to iCloud and your other compatible devices with the same setting.

    iOS Settings with iCloud, Safari, and the Merge buttons highlighted

    Repeat these steps on your iPad and Mac (and PC, if you use the iCloud Control Panel) to keep everything in sync.

How to Sync Passwords With iCloud Keychain

It's also possible to sync saved usernames and passwords that you use to access your online accounts. When you sync passwords using the iCloud Keychain, any username and password combinations you save in Safari on your iOS devices and Macs are stored on all devices. Here's how:

  1. Tap Settings and then tap your Apple ID (your name at the top of the screen).

  2. Tap iCloud.

  3. Select Keychain.

  4. Move the iCloud Keychain slider to on (green).

    iPhone screenshots showing the path to turn on iCloud Keychain
  5. When Safari asks whether you want to save a password when you log into a website, and you say Yes, that information is added to your iCloud Keychain.

    Enable this setting on all the devices you want to share the same iCloud Keychain data, and you won't have to enter your usernames and passwords again.

How to Edit and Delete Bookmarks in Safari on an iPhone

Once your bookmarks are saved in Safari on your iPhone, edit or delete bookmarks by following these steps:

  1. Open the bookmarks menu by tapping the open book icon.

  2. Tap the Bookmarks tab and then tap Edit.

  3. Create a new folder, or delete, rename, or reorder your bookmarks.

    Editing bookmarks in Safari for iOS
  4. When you've completed whatever changes you want to make, tap Done.

How to Add a Website Shortcut to Your iPhone Home Screen With Web Clips

Is there a website that you visit many times a day? Get to it faster with a web clip. Web clips are shortcuts stored on your home screen. They look like apps and take you to your favorite website with one tap.

To create a web clip, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the site you want.

  2. Tap the box-and-arrow icon used to create bookmarks.

  3. In the pop-up menu, tap Add to Home Screen

  4. Edit the name of the web clip, if you want.

  5. Tap Add. An icon is added to your home screen. Tap it to go to that site.

    The Share, Add to Home Screen, and Add commands in Safari for iOS