How to Add Safari Bookmarks on an iPhone or iPod Touch

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When you surf the web on the iPhone or iPod touch using the Safari browser app, it's possible to save links to websites you want to visit again later. Learn how to quickly access URLs to images, videos, web pages, and anything else that can open in the browser for iPhone with Safari bookmarks.

This article applies to all iPhones and iPod touch devices running iOS 10 or later. The process for adding Safari bookmarks on the iPad is slightly different.

Bookmarks vs. Favorites

The words "bookmarks" and "favorites" are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinction between the two folders in the Safari app on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Essentially, a favoriteĀ is one type of bookmark. Bookmarks on iPhone or iPod touch appear in a default, master folder in Safari where all bookmarked pages are stored. Anything added to this folder is accessible through the Bookmarks icon in Safari so that you can easily access those saved links any time.

The Favorites folder functions in the same way, but it's stored within the Bookmarks folder (it's the first one you see when you tap the Bookmarks icon on the iPhone or iPod touch). You don't get quicker access to favorites than to bookmarks, but if you also have an iPad, you'll see that the favorites appear as tabs at the top of every Safari page you open, so you're just one tap away from any one of them. You can add additional custom folders to either folder to organize your bookmarks on any iOS device.

It's also possible to add bookmark shortcuts directly to your iPhone or iPod touch home screen so that you can instantly access websites without first opening Safari.

How to Add Bookmarks on Safari for iPhone

To add a bookmark or favorite to Safari on your iPhone or iPod touch:

  1. Open Safari and navigate to the URL you want to bookmark.

  2. Tap the Share icon at the bottom of the page (it looks like a box with an arrow pointing up).

  3. Tap Add Bookmark or Add to Favorites in the Share menu.

  4. Enter a name for the bookmark in the field provided.

  5. If you chose Add to Favorites, tap Save. If you chose Add Bookmark, first select a folder from the list on the screen by tapping it, and then tap Save.

Alternatively, press and hold the Bookmark icon (it looks like an open book) beside the Share icon to send a URL directly to the Bookmarks folder. Tap the Bookmark icon to view and organize your bookmarks. From here, tap Edit to create, delete, or rearrange the contents.