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These 2 quick iPhone hacks will change the way you read articles on your phone

One of the challenges of reading trending news, short stories and other works written about your iPhone is distractions on the page. It seems that all the websites of Safari a: ads, banners, and autoplay videos, to name a few. And since the text is already as small as on your smartphone, you could do without these interruptions.

To help you focus, Apple introduced Reader Mode over a decade ago to eliminate distractions that make it hard to read anything on the web. When activated, Reader reorganizes a web page so that you only see relevant text and images, making it easier to navigate articles or whatever you’re browsing.

You might already use Reader in your daily life, but we’ll show you two new and different ways to quickly enable Reader in Safari so you can focus on reading what’s most important to you.

Enable Reader Mode in Safari with One Click

In Safari, navigate to what you read, whether it’s trending news or an in-depth feature. Now all you have to do is press the AA icon – which is to the left of the search bar at the top of the page – for about a second, and Reader will be activated.

If Reader is not compatible with the page you are currently on, nothing will happen except for a tiny haptic feedback on your finger. This usually happens with search engine results (e.g. Google) and landing pages that contain multiple links to articles.

To turn off playback, press the AA icon again.


Activate Reader with one click in Safari.

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Automatically enable reader mode for your favorite websites

Turning Reader on with a single tap is quick, but there’s an even faster way to get rid of distractions. With just a few clicks, you can automatically activate Reader not just for a single article, but for every compatible webpage on your favorite website.

For this to work, head to any web page of the website you want to enable Reader for in Safari. Now press (don’t long press) AA icon at the top left, then tap the icon Website settings in the list that appears. A few website-specific settings will appear: Toggle Use the player automatically. Now, whenever you visit this website, Reader will automatically turn on after the webpage has finished loading.

If you want to disable Reader, you can either touch AA > Hide Player (The player will reappear if you refresh the page) or disable the Use the player automatically setting to turn it off permanently.


You can also automatically activate Reader when you visit your favorite websites.

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Apple has a ton of hidden tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your iPhone. If you are interested in more, check out this iPhone hack that makes text editing so much easieras good as how to unlock this hidden iphone feature to quickly identify songs. And you should also read Hidden iOS 15 Features Every iPhone User Should Know About.