We’ve got a super useful tip today that iOS users will be able to sink their teeth into. It only requires a few minutes of your time to make sharing or saving online content from your device soooo much easier. Today’s topic is the humble bookmarklet, and the tip is how to add them to mobile Safari.
On your computer, adding bookmarklets is a snap; you just drag them from the webpage right to the browser toolbar. Unfortunately, you can’t tap and drag them into Safari on your phone or tablet, though. Many people wind up adding them to Safari on their desktop, and then just sync them (along with all the other bookmarks) to their devices.
- Share on Posterous
- Shorten with bit.ly
- Add to Google Reader
- Bookmark on del.icio.us
- Instapaper: Read Later
- Share on Facebook
- Clip to Evernote
- Share on Tumblr
- Translate to English
- Digg This
- Stumble Upon
- Site Info
- Show Images
- Validate HTML
For the how-to on adding these (and other bookmarklets) to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, hit the next section.
How to add bookmarklets to mobile Safari (courtesy of Chris Bray)
Thanks to the ingenius work of Bray, we have a one-stop resource for adding many of the major bookmarklets to mobile Safari. Here’s what you do:
1. Create a new bookmark: Open this page in Safari on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, and then tap the “+” symbol. Choose “Add Bookmark.”
3. Edit the new bookmark (to turn it into a bookmarklet): Open your bookmarks, scroll to the one you made in Step 1, tap the “Edit” button and select it. Delete the title and URL contents, then retitle it and paste the code (which you copied in Step 2) into the URL field. Hit “Done” when finished.
4. Repeat for each bookmarklet you want.
If you need one that’s not included below (like *Amazon’s Universal Wish List tool, which adds products from any website into your Wish List), you can still add it with just a couple extra steps.
Add the “Share on Posterous Bookmarklet”
Add the “Shorten with bit.ly Bookmarklet”
Add the “Add to Google Reader Bookmarklet”
Add the “Bookmark on del.icio.us Bookmarklet”
Add the “Instapaper: Read Later Bookmarklet”
Add the “Share on Facebook Bookmarklet”
Add the “Clip to Evernote Bookmarklet”
Add the “Share on Tumblr Bookmarklet”
Add the “Share via ping.fm Bookmarklet”
Add the “Translate to English Bookmarklet”
Add the “Digg This Bookmarklet”
Add the “Reddit Bookmarklet”
Add the “Stumble Upon Bookmarklet”
Add the “Site Info Bookmarklet”
Add the “Show Images Bookmarklet”
Add the “Validate HTML Bookmarklet”
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*By the way, here’s the code for the Amazon Universal Wish List tool. I find this one indispensable: