In this post we will show you two methods how to quickly open a new tab in Safari on iOS 10 iPhone. Usually, when you want to check your favorite sites or just search something in Google instead of going through Spotlight search you directly jump to Safari. And when you're there, nothing’s more annoying than when the last opened page shows up, and because it’s now out of memory, it’s reloading itself. Then you have to tap the URL bar, clearing everything, then typing where you want to do. Or you need to go the tab switcher, then open a new tab.
To avoid all that unnecessary steps you can train yourself to open a new tab taking into consideration that iOS 10 now supports unlimited Safari tabs, and it also brought ability to quickly close all opened tabs at once.
How To Quickly Open A New Tab In Safari In iOS 10
1. 3D Touch Safari App Icon
The first method only works for iPhones that support 3D Touch.
If Safari is on your first Home screen, or even in the dock then all you have to do to open a new tab is to 3D Touch the Safari icon on your iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. This will bring up the Quick Actions. The first in the menu is “New Tab“.
Swipe your finger up to that option, release it, and the new tab is launched, cursor already pointing on the URL bar, keyboard already open, ready to go.
2. Long Press the Tab Switcher
If your device doesn’t support 3D Touch, or if you’ve already launched Safari before realising you wanted to open a new tab, there’s another way to quickly open a new tab in Safari on iOS 10 iPhone.
Tap and hold on the “Tab switcher” icon. It’s the one with two squares, the bottom-right most icon in the toolbar below.
When you long press it, you’ll find a “New Tab” button right there. Click on it and a new tab will be launched right away. In this way you don't need to actually open the tab switcher to get to the “+” icon.
So if you have iPhone with 3D touch feature or not you would find one of these methods really useful especially when you use Safari dozen times a day.