Web browsing on iPad Pro

iOS & iPadOS

Hi! I just got a new iPad Pro, but I am finding navigating websites to be very tedious. I looked at the keyboard shortcuts on Apple’s website that apply to iPads, but there aren’t that many of them. For those of you who have been using iPad for a while, any tips or tricks to be more efficient? Do you use Safari or chrome and why?



Submitted by Andy Lane on Sunday, September 12, 2021

Hey, for a list of keyboard shortcuts in most apps including safari just hold the command key, a list will pop up. You can also use voiceover to navigate by headings, form controls, buttons, lists etc by enabling quick nab. VO Q

Submitted by Labsii on Sunday, September 12, 2021

If you are after reading news you may want to use my app Speech Central (well not just news you can also read forums like this and many other types of web sites but the limit is that you can't fill the forms without opening Safari again from the app). Speech Central it is completely free if it is used with VoiceOver.

App Store link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-central-voice-reader/id1127349155

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Sunday, September 12, 2021

Hi there!

I've got a couple tips. One of them I will warn you, will set you back about $10 USD. But, I can assure you, it's worth it. But, you don't have to take my word it. There's a podcast that is on it, and that's what convinced me. Ok, here are the tips.

1. Enable links, headings, form controls, and you can even enable navigation by visited and non-visited links if you so desire on your rotor.
Heading navigation will be your best friend.

2. You might want to get a few browsers. I use Safari for my browsing primarily. But, there have been times that some websites refuse to play nicely with it. So, I've opened a website in Microsoft Edge for example. It worked like a charm! Here's the browsers I'd recommend you get. They're all free and accessible. Although they may take you a bit to learn.

1. Microsoft Edge
2. Duckduckgo
3. Opera
4. Firefox
5. Google Chrome

I'd say get all of these because for 2 reasons.
• a website might not play nice with one browser, but will with another Also, you might find that you prefer one browser over another. For me though, I still use Safari primarily. Because it's accessible, and 98% of the time, things go smoothly.
• One browser may have a set of features or one feature in particular you may want/need on certain sites.

2. This next tip will cost you $10 USD. But, it's worth it. There's a podcast on this, on here, and, that's what settled it for me. My second tip is:

Get an adblocker. Specifically, get Adguard Pro. It's accessible, and it blocks things like ads, trackers, and other nonsense from websites. It does this by putting a local virtual private network or VPN on your Ipad. Although you can use your own VPN service with it if you have one or choose to do so.

Also, it offers a few other features like letting you choose your DNS provider, family shield, if you either want to block bad stuff for yourself or certain family members, etc.

While I don't use a keyboard with my Ipad, I have been using an Ipad for 5 years now. And, these are the things that I've found that have served me well over the years.

Also, and, someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but, I think you can customize keyboard commands, along with other commands. Not sure if/how much this will will help you, but, I think it's worth a shot.

Hope this helps, congrats on your new Ipad, and, most importantly, good luck! :-)

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Sunday, September 12, 2021

Here's the link the podcast on Adguard Pro.

If you'd rather not spend that kind of money, or if you don't have it to spend, I get it. And there might be free options available that work for you. However, since purchasing this in June, I've seen better results with this, than with Purify. But, here's the link for the podcast on this app so you can take a look @ it.


Hope this helps! :-)

Submitted by Maldalain on Sunday, September 12, 2021

web browsing on the iPad is just similar to web browsing on other platforms and screen readers. Navigation elements are the same, commands are almost the same. So maybe you did not activate single key navigation, this will save you time and effort navigating your web pages. Also for the comment about web browsers, I agree, get as many as you can.

Submitted by Sergey on Monday, September 13, 2021

I personaly like using Google Chrome for browsing the web on my iPad. I like it because it treats focus much better than Safari.
For example, when I open a link here, on the AppleVis site with Chrome, the focus is placed directly at the top of publication and I can immediately start reading. In Safari in this case the behaviour of focus is unpredictable. In most cases you need to go to the top of page and use navigation by heading to go to the start of publication.
What I don't like about Google Chrome is that I can go to the previous page only by locating the "Back" button on the screen. Z-gesture, Escape key or combination on my Braille device which should perform the "go back" function just do not work.

Submitted by PinkCupcake5 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Turning on quick navigation doesn’t always work. And sometimes, when I click on edit fields, it’ll still not let me type anything. Might just be a bug but I’m pretty new to the iPad and could use any tips or tricks

Submitted by Yvonnezed on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

I know, I sound like a broken record, but the keyboard isn't the answer to everything, especially when you're talking about an iPad and efficiency. Sometimes, knowing where something is and touching the screen as close to that thing as possible works far better. All that being said, as someone said earlier, heading and link navigation are your best friend, to the point where I've created myself a custom gesture to navigate by heading.

I don't know about alternative browsers, though, for me it's pretty much always Safari.