Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few months, you might now already know that Safari is one of the apps that Apple has planned a lot for in iOS 15. Apple’s native web browser is getting improvements that make browsing the internet a little more convenient by adding support for one-hand usage, a new Tab Bar to let you move around your open tabs, drag-and-drop functionality to duplicate tabs, and the ability to use Safari extensions on iPhones and iPads.
In case you missed out, there’s one more hidden feature that you can now use inside Safari on iOS 15 and that is to copy the links of all the taps that are open on your browser and paste it anywhere you may want.
Prior to this, if you wished to copy the links of multiple tabs on iOS, you were forced to copy and paste them one by one which was annoying, to say the least. Safari on iOS 15 now lets you copy links from several tabs at once and paste them anywhere you want with ease.
In this post, we’ll help you copy links of all the tabs that you’ve kept open on your Safari app.
As we have mentioned above, in order to copy links of all open tabs from Safari, your iPhone needs to run iOS 15. The latest version of iOS 15 can be downloaded by going to Settings > General > About > Software Update.
Your device will automatically check for any available updates and display them on your screen. Tap on ‘Download and Install’ for the iOS 15 update once available on your device. Once you have updated to iOS 15, you can use the guide below to copy all open tab links in Safari.
There are two ways you can copy links from multiple tabs on Safari – using the Tab Groups Menu or using the Tab Overview screen.
The first method can be used on those occasions when you have a bunch of tabs open inside Safari (say, more than 5). The latter method will be an easier way to copy links if you only have a handful of tabs open (maybe 5 or less).
If you have a lot of tabs open on Safari and you want to copy the links of each of them to share it with someone or paste it on Notes, you can use the Tab Groups menu. To copy links of all tabs from Safari, open the Safari app and open the Tab Overview screen by tapping on the Tabs button on the bottom right corner.
Alternatively, you can also access this screen by swiping up from the bottom Tab Bar on any open webpage (if you use Tab bar and not the Top address bar).
When the Tab overview screen opens, tap on the ‘X Tabs’ at the bottom of the screen.
This will open the Tab Groups menu on the screen. Here, tap and hold on the ‘X Tabs’ option (it’s positioned above the Private option). ‘X’ here is the number of the tabs that are open inside Safari.
When an overflow menu appears, tap on the ‘Copy Links’ option.
Alternatively, you can also get this option by tapping the ‘Edit’ option at the top left corner of the Tab Groups menu.
Now, tap on the 3-dots icon next to ‘X Tabs’.
Next, select the ‘Copy Links’ option that appears above.
When your links are copied, you can open any app you want to paste it or share it on. In this example, we’ll use the Notes app to save your copied links.
To paste the links you copied from Safari, tap and hold on an empty space where you see a text field or generally type texts on. In the options that appear, tap on ‘Paste’.
The links that you copied will now appear in bullet form one after the other and will be hyperlinked with the webpage titles.
This means apps that do not support hyperlinking won’t be able to copy the links from Safari. When you paste the copied links into an unsupported app, you shall only be able to see the webpage titles in text format but no links to the actual pages you copied.
Method 2: From Tab Overview (Works for a small number of tabs)
If you only have a few tabs to copy links from, you can use this method with ease. An added feature of using this method is that you can get previews of the web pages you copy alongside the links for added context.
To copy the links of tabs you’ve opened using this method, open the Tab Overview screen by tapping the Tabs button.
You can also access this screen by swiping up from the bottom Tab Bar on any open webpage (if you use the Tab bar and not the Top address bar).
Once the Tab Overview appears, tap and hold on one of the tabs that you want to copy and start dragging it around until the options that pop up disappear. DO NOT lift up your finger.
With your finger pressed down, select the other tabs you want to copy links from by tapping them with your other hand. When you select a tab, it will move under the finger where the original tab is selected.
Repeat this for as many tabs as you want to copy links from.
Once you’ve selected all the tabs, keep the finger (with your selections) pressed and use the other hand to go to the Home Screen/ Recent Apps screen. When the Home Screen or Recent Apps opens, select the app you want to paste links to and open the specific section inside the app where you want it pasted.
If you’re wondering how to get to the Home Screen / Recent Apps on your iPhone, check out the link below to learn how.
When you reach the destination screen, drag the copied tabs onto the specific region by lifting up your finger.
The copied tabs will now appear inside the app with links and previews to each of them. These links will be better distinguishable so that you can easily select the one you want to open later.
Here’s a full GIF of the procedure so you understand the steps better.
This method also works on apps that don’t support pasting hyperlinked links that are copied in the earlier method, meaning you can use this drag-and-drop functionality when the ‘Copy Links’ option doesn’t necessarily paste the tab links.
That’s all you need to know about copying links from all open tabs in Safari on iOS 15.
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