Using ‘Find on Page’ Function on iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to find a specific word or phrase on a webpage while using your iPhone? Well, the good news is that there’s a simple way to do that, similar to the ‘Control F’ function on a desktop. Using the ‘Find on Page’ feature on your iPhone, you can easily search for and highlight all instances of a word or phrase on a webpage. Let’s dive into how you can use this handy function.

Step by Step Tutorial: Using ‘Find on Page’ Function on iPhone

Before we begin the steps, let’s understand what we are about to do. The ‘Find on Page’ function allows you to search for specific text on a website you are viewing through Safari, or any other web browser on your iPhone. It’s like having a magnifying glass that highlights all the places where the word or phrase appears.

Step 1: Open Safari and Navigate to the Website

Open the Safari app on your iPhone and go to the webpage where you want to find a specific word or phrase.

Navigating to the website is the first step because the ‘Find on Page’ function works on an active web page. Make sure you are on the right page where the text you want to find is supposed to be.

Step 2: Tap the Share Button

Once the webpage is fully loaded, tap the Share button at the bottom of the screen.

The Share button may look like a square with an arrow pointing upwards. It’s used for sharing links, but it’s also where you’ll access the ‘Find on Page’ feature.

Step 3: Select ‘Find on Page’

Scroll down the list of options that appear after tapping the Share button and select ‘Find on Page.’

If you don’t see ‘Find on Page’ immediately, you might need to scroll to the right to find it. It’s usually in the second row of options.

Step 4: Type in the Word or Phrase

A search bar will appear at the top of your keyboard. Type in the word or phrase you want to find on the webpage.

As you type, the function will start to highlight the word or phrase on the webpage. If there are multiple instances, they will all be highlighted.

Step 5: Use the Navigation Arrows

Use the navigation arrows in the search bar to jump to the next or previous instance of the word or phrase on the page.

The arrows are a great way to quickly move through the text without having to scroll manually. It saves time and ensures you don’t miss any occurrences.

After you complete the action, every instance of the word or phrase you searched for will be highlighted in yellow on the webpage. You can tap any of the highlights to jump directly to that section of the page.

Tips for Using ‘Find on Page’ Function on iPhone

  • If the keyboard doesn’t appear when you select ‘Find on Page,’ tap on the search bar to make it appear.
  • You can dismiss the ‘Find on Page’ search bar by tapping “Done” or by scrolling through the webpage.
  • The ‘Find on Page’ feature is case-insensitive, meaning it does not differentiate between uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • If you want to search for another word or phrase, simply clear the search bar and type in the new text.
  • Remember that ‘Find on Page’ only works for the text that has been loaded on the webpage. If the website requires you to click “load more” or has multiple pages, you may need to repeat the search on each section or page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access ‘Find on Page’ if I’m using a different browser?

The steps are similar for other browsers. Look for a ‘Share’ button or an option menu, which usually has three dots or lines, and you should find a ‘Find on Page’ or ‘Find in Page’ option.

What if the ‘Find on Page’ option does not appear?

Make sure you’ve scrolled through all the options in the Share menu. If it still doesn’t appear, try refreshing the webpage or restarting the Safari app.

Can I use ‘Find on Page’ for PDFs or documents on iPhone?

‘Find on Page’ is primarily for web content. However, most PDF and document viewers on iPhone have their own search functions you can use.

Why are some words not being highlighted when I use ‘Find on Page’?

The text may be part of an image or a special script that is not recognized as searchable text by the function. Try zooming in to see if it’s an image.

Can I use ‘Find on Page’ in apps or only in web browsers?

‘Find on Page’ is mainly a web browser feature. However, some apps with built-in browsers or text viewing may offer a similar search function.


  1. Open Safari and navigate to the website.
  2. Tap the Share button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select ‘Find on Page.’
  4. Type in the word or phrase.
  5. Use the navigation arrows to jump between instances.


So there you have it, folks! Using the ‘Find on Page’ function on your iPhone is a piece of cake once you know what to do. Whether you’re a student trying to locate a key term in an article, a professional searching for specific data on a webpage, or just someone who loves to have the power of ‘Control F’ at their fingertips, this feature is a game-changer. It not only saves time but also makes your browsing experience on your iPhone much more efficient. Remember to use the tips provided to enhance your ‘Find on Page’ skills and don’t hesitate to refer back to the FAQs if you run into any issues. Happy searching!

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