How to Print, Stream, Share, and Email in iPhone Safari

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The iPhone's Safari browser is great for browsing websites and creating bookmarks, but it does quite a bit more than that, too. Safari has built-in features that let you share websites, print pages, stream videos to TVs, and more. Read on to learn all about these features and how to use them.

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How to Print a Webpage Using Safari

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If you're the kind of person who likes a hard copy of their information, or you've just downloaded an important document or completed a form, you'll want to print it. Safari makes printing easy—with one catch.

The catch is, you've got to have an AirPrint-compatible printer to print from your iPhone.

AirPrint is Apple's wireless printing technology. Lots of printers support it, but if you don't have one, you're stuck. There's no way to print from an iPhone over USB. Luckily, there are thousands of AirPrint-compatible printers. Check out our list here.

Once you've got one, follow these steps to print:

  1. Get the website or document you want to print on your screen.
  2. Tap the action box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).
  3. In the menu that pops up, swipe across the bottom row of options until you see Print.
  4. Tap Print
  5. If your printer is not already selected, tap Printer and select the correct printer.
  6. Tap the + and - buttons to change the number of copies to print.
  7. Depending on the printer, the Options menu may offer controls for things like double-sided printing.
  8. When you're ready, tap Print.
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How to Share a Webpage in iPhone Safari

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If you come across a webpage you just have to share with someone else, there are four easy ways to do it: email, text message, social media, and AirDrop. Just follow these steps:

  1. Get the website you want to share on your screen.
  2. Tap the action box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).
  3. In the menu that pops up from the bottom, the second row has (almost) all the sharing options in it:
    1. To text it, tap Message. This opens a new text with the URL of the site in it. Send the text as you normally would.
    2. To email it, tap Mail. This opens a nw email with the title of the page in the subject line and the URL of the site in the body (some sites also include the text of the page).
    3. To share it on social media, make sure you have social media apps—Facebook or Twitter, for example—installed on your device. Tap the icon for those apps and follow the onscreen prompts. 
    4. If you share the webpage over AirDrop (Apple's wireless file-transfer system), the site will open on the recipient's device. Once you've tapped the action box, look for an AirPrint recipient in the first row of the menu. Tap the person you want to send the page to.
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How to Stream Videos from iPhone Using AirPlay

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When you come across a video or audio file online that you want to listen to or watch, just tap it and it will play. You're not confined to enjoying it on the iPhone, though. With AirPlay, you can stream it to other devices.

You'll need an AirPlay-compatible device like an Apple TV or a HomePod. If you have one, though, just follow these steps:

  1. Get the content you want to stream onto the screen.
  2. Look for the AirPlay icon (a rectangle with a square in the bottom) and tap it.
  3. In the menu that appears, tap the device you want to stream to.
  4. The media should start playing on the selected device right away.

You can also stream using other technologies or cast your screen onto a TV using AirPlay Mirroring.

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How to Use Reading List in iPhone Safari

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Ever see a website that you really wanted to read later, but weren't sure you wanted to bookmark? A feature built into Safari called Reading List lets you to do just that.

To add a webpage to Reading List:

  1. Get the website you want to add on your screen.
  2. Tap the action box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).
  3. In the bottom row of icons, tap Reading List.
  4. You may asked whether you want to save articles for offline reading. Tap the button for your choice.

To see your Reading List and select a website:

  1. Tap the bookmark icon.
  2. In the row of buttons near the top of the screen, tap the reading glasses.
  3. This shows all the articles saved to Reading List. Tap the article you want to read.

To remove a site from Reading List, follow the first two steps above and then swipe right to left across the site.