How to Add, Edit, and Delete Bookmarks in Safari

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Safari, the iPhone's built-in web browser app, uses a pretty 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 adds some useful tweaks, though, like syncing your bookmarks across devices. Learn all about using bookmarks on the iPhone here.

How to Add a Bookmark in Safari

Adding a bookmark to Safari is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to the web page you want to bookmark.
  2. Tap the action box (the icon that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it).
  3. In the pop-up menu, tap Add Bookmark. (This menu also contains useful features like printing and searching for text on the page.)
  4. Edit details about the bookmark. On the first row, edit the name you want to appear in your list of bookmarks or use the default.
  5. You can also choose what folder to store it in using the Location row. Tap that and then tap on the folder you want to store the bookmark in. 
  6. When you're done, tap Save and the bookmark is saved.

Use iCloud to Sync Safari Bookmarks Across Devices

If you have a set of bookmarks on your iPhone, wouldn't you want the same bookmarks on your Mac? And if you add a bookmark on one device, wouldn't it be great if it was automatically added to all your devices?

If you turn on Safari syncing using iCloud and that's exactly what happens. Here's how:

  1. On your iPhone, tap Settings.
  2. Tap  your name at the top of the screen (in iOS 9 and earlier, tap iCloud instead)
  3. Move the Safari slider to on/green. This syncs all of your iPhone bookmarks to iCloud and to your other compatible devices that have the same setting enabled.
  1. Repeat these steps on your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac (or PC, if you're running the iCloud Control Panel) to keep everything in sync.

Syncing Passwords with iCloud Keychain

In the same way that you can sync bookmarks between devices, you can also sync saved usernames and passwords that you use to access your online accounts. With this setting turned on, any username/password combinations you save in Safari on your iOS devices or Macs will be stored on all devices. Here's how:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap  your name at the top of the screen (in iOS 9 and earlier, tap iCloud instead)
  3. Tap Keychain.
  4. Move the iCloud Keychain slider to on/green.
  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.
  6. 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.

Using Your Bookmarks

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

How to Edit & Delete Bookmarks in Safari

Once you've got bookmarks saved in Safari on your iPhone, you can edit or delete them by following these steps:

  1. Open the bookmarks menu by tapping the book icon
  2. Tap Edit
  3. When you do this, you'll have four choices:

    Delete bookmarks—To delete a bookmark, tap the red circle to the left of the bookmark. When the Delete button appears at the far right, tap that to delete it.

    Edit bookmarks—To edit the name, website address, or folder that a bookmark is stored in, tap the bookmark itself. This takes you to the same screen as when you added the bookmark.

    Re-order bookmarks—To change the order of your bookmarks, tap and hold the icon that looks like three horizontal lines to the right of the bookmark. When you do this, it lifts up a bit. Drag the bookmark to a new location.

    Create a new folder—To create a new folder in which you can store bookmarks, tap New Folder, give it a name, and choose a location for that folder to live. Tap the Done key on the keyboard to save your new folder.
  1. When you've completed whatever changes you want to make, tap the  Done button.

Add a Website Shortcut to Your Homescreen with Webclips

Is there a website that you visit many times a day? You can get to it even faster than with a bookmark if you use a webclip. Webclips are shortcuts that are stored on your home screen, look like apps, and take you to your favorite website with just one tap.

To create a webclip, 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 webclip, if you want
  5. Tap Add.

You'll then be taken to your home screen and shown the webclip. Tap it to go to that site. You can arrange and delete webclips in the same way that you'd delete an app.