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 for saving the addresses of websites you visit regularly. If you've used bookmarks in almost any other web browser on a desktop or laptop, you're familiar with the basic concepts. The iPhone's Safari browser adds some useful tweaks, however, such as syncing your bookmarks across devices.

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

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

iPhone Safari bookmarks
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How to Add a Bookmark in Safari on an iPhone

Adding a website bookmark in Safari on your iPhone is simple. Just 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 details about the bookmark, such as its name and location.

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

If 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 of them. 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're running 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 will be 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. Now, if Safari asks whether you want to save a password when you log into a website, and you say "yes," that information will be added to your iCloud Keychain.

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

How to Edit and Delete Bookmarks in Safari on an iPhone

Once you've got bookmarks saved in Safari on your iPhone, edit or delete them 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 even faster with a web clip. Web clips are shortcuts stored on your home screen. They look like apps, and they'll take you to your favorite website with just a 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 will be 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