How to Do Control F on an iPhone

Learn how to search for a word on iPhone

What to Know

  • Ctrl + F (Windows) or Cmd + F (Mac) is the keyboard command to open a search bar or 'Find' window when you're using a web browser.
  • Those keyboard shortcuts aren't available on iPhone, but you can use the search bar in Safari to perform a similar function.
  • In Safari type the word in the search bar then choose the On This Page option to find a word on a web page.

This article includes instructions for how to use Find function on your iPhone similar to the Ctrl + F or Cmd + F keyboard shortcuts you may use on your computer. These instructions will help you find words on a web page, in a PDF document on your iPhone, or stored in other places on your iPhone.

Is There a Find Function on iPhone?

The short answer is no. There is no easy shortcut to help you find things like you might use on a Mac or Windows computer. There's no familiar search bar (unless you install a third-party app) or keyboard command, but there are still ways to find what you're looking for.

Can iPhone Use Control F?

You cannot use Control F on an iPhone, but you can use several search tactics to find what you're looking for, whether it's on the web, in a PDF, or stored in other places on your phone. One way to do this is using the Safari browser.

  1. Navigate to the website you want to search and type your search term in the address bar at the top of the screen.

  2. Scroll down to On This Page. You should see the number of times that word or phrase is used on the page in parenthesis next to the section title. Tap the entry below this information.

  3. This will take you back to the website and you can use the controls at the bottom of the screen to navigate to each instance of that word on the page.

    Unfortunately, the word is not highlighted on the page, so you'll need to use the controls to see each instance of it.

    How to search for a word on a webpage in Safari.

You can also perform a similar function if you're using the Chrome browser. The icons look a little different, and it's even harder to find than the Safari option, but it's there, hidden in a menu.

  1. From the webpage where you want to search for a word, tap the share icon.

  2. Scroll down until you find Find on Page or Find in Page. Tap that option.

  3. You're taken back to the web page with a search bar open at the top. Type the word you want to find, and it will immediately show up, highlighted on the page. At the end of the search bar, you can see the number of instances of that word on the page, and navigate through them.

    How to find a word in the Chrome web browser on iPhone.

How Do You Search for a Word on iPhone?

If what you're trying to do is search for a word on your iPhone that's not on a web page, you're going to have a harder time finding it. You can try searching in an individual app, such as files, or images. But there is no way to search all the files on your phone at one time for a specific word or phrase.

How Do You Ctrl F on iPhone PDF?

If you want to find a specific word or phrase in a document on your iPhone, the easiest way to do it will be in the Adobe Acrobat Reader. From there, you can open the document and tap the looking glass at the top of the screen, then type whatever term you're looking for.

If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can also use iBooks. It works the same way. Open the PDF file you want to search and tap the magnifying glass to conduct your search.

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