Improve Safari with PDF Editor, URL Shortener, Bulk Image Saver, and More Features on Your iPhone “iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks

Safari has seen many new features and improvements with Apple’s latest iOS update, including translations of web pages, privacy reports, and pictures in picture. Although the updates have been well received, Apple’s mobile browser still lacks some very basic features. Fortunately, there are shortcuts to bridge the gap.

Safari Plus, a shortcut for RoutineHub user yazan414, adds several useful features to the browser. Just run the shortcut from Safari, then within seconds you can turn any webpage to PDF, download every image from a website, quickly shorten any URL, and share or save it to your notes , and more.

Before you start

  • Make sure iOS is updated: Although it can work on previous versions, the shortcut is intended for use on iOS 14 or higher.
  • Install the Shortcuts app: Download it again from the App Store if you deleted it.
  • Allow untrusted shortcuts: Go to Settings -> Shortcuts, then enable “Allow untrusted shortcuts” to allow user-created shortcuts.

Step 1: Add the “Safari Plus” shortcut

The “Safari Plus” shortcut can be downloaded for free directly from iCloud below or from RoutineHub, where you can find the latest version (currently on version 1.1).

After pressing “Get Shortcut”, you will be redirected to the Shortcuts app. You can then preview the different actions of the shortcut and add the shortcut to your library by tapping “Add untrusted shortcut” at the bottom of the page. A Configure this shortcut The page will then inform you that the shortcut requires access to several of your applications to function properly. Press “Done” to finish.

Step 2: Use Safari Plus

On any Safari webpage, tap the share button in the middle of the navigation bar at the bottom of the page. In the share sheet that appears, tap the “Safari Plus” shortcut to run it.

When using Safari Plus, you will be asked to allow shortcut access to several items, such as websites and apps. To successfully use each feature, press “OK” whenever the shortcut prompts you for access.

Safari Plus consists of a menu with various options that allow you to create a PDF, shorten a URL link, and bulk download images, among other things. We will break them down below:

# 1: Read the article

The “Read article” option can read aloud any article you read in Safari. In addition to English, this feature can spell out articles written in French, Spanish and Arabic. After choosing this option, wait a few seconds (or the article’s minutes are long) for the shortcut to analyze the article and read it aloud.

Warning: There are several problems with this feature, and unfortunately there is no quick fix. On iPhone 11 models, the feature doesn’t seem to work at all, while voice is choppy on iPhone 12 models. However, you may have different results depending on your iPhone model and iOS version. The developer says the fix for most devices should arrive with shortcuts or iOS updates in the future.

# 2: Make a PDF

The “Create PDF” option scans the web page you are on and turns it into a PDF, regardless of its length. The longer the web page, the longer it will take to turn it into a PDF, but it shouldn’t take more than about thirty seconds for longer web pages. Once the webpage scan is complete, the share sheet will appear, giving you options to save or share the PDF (s). The best option to save PDF to your iPhone should be Files, so you can choose the “Save to Files” option to name and save the PDF to your iCloud. You can then easily access it from any connected iOS device through the Files app.

# 3: shorten the URL

If the URL of a web page is too long, the “Shorten URL” function can shorten any URL to a smaller URL, powered by TinyURL. Once the TinyURL is generated, it will be automatically copied to your clipboard, so you can paste it wherever you want. A pop-up will appear showing you the shortened URL and giving you the option to save it to your notes. Any link that you shorten and save in your notes using this method will appear in the same note, showing both the original URL and the shortened URL.

# 4: upload images

Instead of saving the photos from a web page one by one, the “Download Images” option allows you to quickly view all the images and then save them to your device. After a few seconds, each image on the website will appear in a pop-up window for you to browse. You’ll even see background images that you usually won’t be able to download. If you only want to upload a few photos, tap the Share button and then tap “Save Image” to save it to the Photos app.

If you want to save more than one image at a time to Photos, tap “Done” at the top left and a pop-up will appear asking if you want to save all photos. Press “OK” to access the image picker, where you can choose as many images as you want to save in Photos. Tap “Done” at the top right to save the photos.

# 5: search for a product

The latest feature of Safari Plus is the ability to search for any product on a number of websites including Amazon, eBay, Google, and AliExpress. When you press the “Find Product” function, the shortcut will ask you if the product you want to search is copied to your clipboard. If so, press “Yes”, if not, press “No”, then enter your product name. You can be as vague or as specific as you want.

After pressing “Done”, you can choose the website where you want to search for the product. If you choose a website that you have the app for, you may be taken to the app with the results. Otherwise, the search will be performed in Safari.

# 6: Settings and output

The last two options aren’t features, but it helps to know what they do. In “Settings” you can send feedback to the developer as well as update the shortcut (if an update is available). And then there’s “Exit,” which simply closes the Safari Plus menu.

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