How to Use the Opera Coast Browser on iOS Devices

A Unique Browsing Experience for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Users

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The name Opera has been synonymous with Web browsing for many years, dating back to the mid-1990s and evolving over time into several different browsers spanning popular desktop and mobile platforms.

Opera's latest contribution to the browser realm, Coast, was developed specifically for iOS devices and offers an experience unique to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users. Designed to take advantage of Apple's 3D Touch functionality along with the native iOS touchscreen interface, Opera Coast's look and feel strays far from a traditional Web browser.

Constructed in a manner intended to deliver your news and other interests quickly and easily with an added focus on both safety and the ability to share content with others, Opera Coast stands out in what has become a crowded market. In this tutorial we take a look at Coast's diverse feature set, walking you through the steps to access and utilize each component.

Search the Web

Most browsing sessions begin with a search, and Opera Coast makes it easy to find what you are looking for. From the home screen, swipe down on the button labeled Search the web. The browser's search interface should now be visible.

Predefined Shortcuts

At the top of the screen are shortcuts to recommended websites, broken down into various categories like technology and entertainment. Swipe right or left to peruse these groupings, each offering two predefined options as well as a sponsored link.

Search Keywords

Directly below this section is a blinking cursor, awaiting your search term or keywords. As you type using the on-screen keyboard or an external device, dynamically generated suggestions will appear right under your entry. To submit one of these suggestions to the active search engine, simply tap on it once. To submit what you've typed instead, select the Go button.

You'll notice an icon located to the right of these suggestions, denoting which search engine is currently being used by the browser. The default option is Google, represented by the letter 'G'. To switch to one of several other available options, first tap and hold this icon. Icons for alternative search engines such as Bing and Yahoo should now be shown, instantly activated by tapping on your choice once.

Recommended Sites

In addition to the recommended keywords/terms, Coast also displays suggested websites related to your search. Displayed towards the top of the screen, these shortcuts also change on-the-fly as you type and are accessible by tapping their respective icons.

You can swipe up to exit the search interface and return to Opera's home screen at any time.

For You

As mentioned briefly at the outset of this article, Opera Coast collects the latest content from your favorite websites and presents it to you as soon as the browser is launched. The focal point of Coast's home screen, titled For You, displays in-motion visual previews of five articles aggregated from your most frequently visited sites. Updated at regular intervals, the articles themselves are accessible with a quick tap of the finger.

Sharing Options

Opera Coast makes sharing an article or other Web content from your iOS device very simple, allowing you to post or send not only a link but also a preview image containing your own custom message embedded in the foreground. While viewing a piece of content that you wish to share, select the envelope icon located in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

Coast's share interface should now be visible, displaying the image along with a number of options including email, Facebook, and Twitter. To view more of these buttons, select the plus(+) located on the far right.

To personalize the text that will overlay the image in your post, tweet or message, you must first tap on the image once to select it. The on-screen keyboard should now appear, allowing you to modify or remove the accompanying text.

Custom Wallpaper

As you undoubtedly see by now, Opera Coast adopts a more visually-oriented approach compared to many other mobile browsers. Keeping in line with this theme is the ability to choose from one of several eye-popping backgrounds or to use a photo from your device's camera roll. To change the background, tap and hold your finger in any blank space on Coast's home screen. Dozens of high-resolution images should now be displayed, each one available to replace your current background. If you would like to utilize a personal image instead, tap on the plus(+) button found on the left-hand side of the screen and grant Coast permission to your photo album when prompted.

Browsing Data and Saved Passwords

Opera Coast, like most browsers, stores a significant amount of browsing data on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch as you surf the Web. This includes a log of pages that you've visited, local copies of these pages, cookies, and data that you've entered into forms such as your name and address. The app can also save your passwords so that they are prepopulated each time they're needed.

This data, while useful for a number of purposes such as speeding up page loads and preventing repetitive typing, can also pose certain privacy and security risks. This is especially the case on shared devices, where others could potentially access your browsing history and other personal information.

To delete this data, first, return to your device's Home screen and tap the iOS Settings icon. Next, scroll down until you see the option labeled Opera Coast and select it. Coast's settings should now be displayed. To delete the aforementioned private data components, tap the button accompanying the Clear Browsing Data option so that it turns green (on). Your browsing data will be automatically deleted the next time you launch the Coast app. If you would like to prevent Coast from storing passwords on your device, tap the button next to the Remember Passwords option so that it turns white (off).

Opera Turbo

Created with both data savings and speed in mind, Opera Turbo compresses content before it is sent to your device. This not only improves page load times, especially on slower connections but also ensures that users on limited data plans can get more bang for their buck. Unlike similar methods found in other browsers including Opera Mini, Turbo can provide savings up to 50% without causing any significant alterations to the content itself.

Opera Turbo can be toggled off and on via Coast's settings. To access this interface, first, return to your device's Home screen. Next, locate and select iOS's Settings icon. Scroll down and tap the Opera Coast option. Coast's settings should now be displayed. Towards the bottom of the screen is a menu option labeled Opera Turbo, which contains the following three choices.

  • Automatic: The default setting, this instructs Coast to only use Turbo mode while on a slow network connection.
  • Off: When selected, Turbo's compression methods will never be applied.
  • On: Enables Turbo mode for all ages, with the notable exception of those designated as secure (see below).

When Turbo mode is active each page that you visit first goes through one of Opera's servers, where the compression takes place. For privacy purposes, secure sites will not take this route and will be delivered directly to the Coast browser.