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

Do more than browse the web with AirPlay and AirPrint

An Apple HomePod


The iPhone's Safari browser is great for browsing websites and creating bookmarks, but it does quite a bit more than that, too. Use Safari's built-in features to share websites, print pages, stream videos to your TV, and more.

How to Print a Web Page Using Safari

Before you can print a web page using Safari, you'll need an AirPrint-compatible printer to print from your iPhone. AirPrint is Apple's wireless printing technology and is supported by many printers. It's not possible to print from an iPhone over USB.

To print a page that appears in a Safari web browser window:

  1. Open Safari and go to the web page or document you want to print.

  2. Tap the Action box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).

    The action box in Safari on iPhone
  3. In the Action menu, tap Print.

    The print button in Safari on iPhone
  4. If your printer is not selected, tap Select Printer, then tap the printer you want to use.

    Selecting a printer for AirPrint
  5. To change the number of copies to print, tap the + and - buttons.

    Selecting number of copies to print in AirPrint
  6. To change other print settings, tap Options. Depending on the printer, there may be options for color printing, double-sided printing, or page size.

    The Options menu in AirPrint
  7. Tap Print.

    The Print button in AirPrint
  8. The pages print on your selected printer.

How to Share a Web Page in iPhone Safari

If there's a web page you want to share with someone else, use Safari to share the web page by email, text message, social media, or AirDrop.

  1. Open Safari and go to the web page you want to share.

  2. Tap the Action box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).

  3. In the Action menu, look for the four sharing options.

    Sharing options in AirPlay
  4. To send the link in a text message, tap Message to open a New Message that contains the URL of the web page. Address the message, add a comment, and send the text.

    Sending a URL with Messages on iPhone
  5. To share the link in an email, tap Mail to open a new email with the title of the web page in the subject line and the URL of the site in the body. Some sites may include the text of the page.

    Emailing a link from Safari
  6. To share on social media, first install the social media app, such as Facebook or Twitter, on your device. Tap the icon for the social media app and follow the onscreen prompts. 

    Sharing a link on social media from Safari
  7. To share a web page over AirDrop (Apple's wireless file-transfer system), tap the Action box, then choose an AirDrop recipient. The site opens on the recipient's device.

    AirDrop on an iPhone
  8. The web page is shared with your recipients.

How to Stream Videos from iPhone Using AirPlay

If you start an online video or audio on your iPhone then decide you want to play it on another device, use AirPlay to stream content from your phone. You'll need an AirPlay-compatible device such as Apple TV or HomePod.

AirPlay works with Safari and apps that play videos, such as YouTube. Look for the AirPlay icon.

To stream content from your iPhone to another device:

  1. Open the content you want to stream.

  2. Tap the AirPlay icon.

    The AirPlay icon on iPhone.
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  3. In the Connect to a device menu, tap Airplay & Bluetooth devices.

    AirPlay and Bluetooth Devices on iPhone
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  4. In the list of available devices, tap the device you want to stream the video to.

    Available devices for AirPlay on iPhone
  5. The media starts playing on the selected device.

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

How to Use Reading List in iPhone Safari

If you find a website that you want to read later but you don't want to bookmark the site, add the site to the Safari Reading List.

  1. Open Safari and go to the website you want to add to the Reading List.

  2. Tap the Action box.

    The action box in Safari on iPhone
  3. In the Action menu, tap Add to Reading List.

    Add to Reading List in Safari
  4. Another way to add a site to the Reading List is to long-tap the Bookmarks icon, then tap Add to Reading List.

    Add to Reading List using a long tap in Safari
  5. Safari may ask whether you want to save articles for offline reading. Tap the button for your choice.

To view the Reading List and pick up where you left off on a website:

  1. Tap the Bookmark icon.

  2. In the row of buttons near the top of the screen, tap the reading glasses.

    Accessing the Reading List in Safari
  3. Browse the articles in the Reading List and tap the one you want to read.

  4. To remove a site from the Reading List, swipe right to left across the site and tap Delete.