Useful Bookmarklets for your iPad and iPhone
The Safari browser of your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) doesn’t support extensions (or add-ons) but you can still add extra functionality to the mobile browser with the help of bookmarklets.
Bookmarklets, if you are new, are like regular bookmarks but instead of opening new websites, bookmarklets are often used to perform actions. For instance, you can shorten long URLs, translate web pages, find word meanings, save pages and more with a single click.
In the case of a desktop browsers like Chrome or Firefox, you can simply drag the bookmarklet to the bookmarks toolbar but unfortunately, the Safari browser of your iOS device doesn’t support this style of installation. There’s however an easy workaround.
This provides a distraction – free reading environment on the web. The bookmarklet will remove all the clutter from web pages and what you get is a clean and comfortable reading view.
Reading a page that’s not written in your native language? Click this bookmarklet and it will translate it to your language using Google Translate.
This bookmarklet will create a short URL of the current page using goo.gl.
Lets you download the current web page as a PDF file that you may attach as an email or read it offline.
Post the content of the current page, be it an image, video, text or something else, to your Tumblr blog.
Share any web page with your Facebook friends.
Lets you post the URL and title of the current page on to Twitter.
Save web pages directly to your Instapaper account with a click.
Save web pages to your Pocket account with a click. This was formerly known as Read Later bookmarklet.
Grab images from the current web page and pin them on to your Pinterest boards.
If a web page is offline, you can retrieve a copy from Google Cache.
If you are unable to access a web page due to ISP filtering or because of any geo-restrictions, Coral Cache can fetch a copy for you.
Save the current page to your Google Bookmarks.
Delicious is still quite a popular place for bookmarking web pages. If you are on delicious, use this bookmarklet to bookmark the current page.
This uses bit.ly (or j.mp) to create a short URL of the current web page.
Lets you add an item to your Amazon’s Wish List. You may even add items to the wish-list that are not listed on Amazon.com.
Subscribe to a blog with Google Reader. The bookmarklet will automatically figure out the RSS feed of that blog.
Google Reader is shutting down and this bookmarklet will help you subscribe to RSS feeds inside Feedly, the most popular alternative to Google Reader.
If a website is missing a search box, you can use Google’s Site Search function to search for internal pages of that site.
Save pages to Evernote, an awesome note taking software.
Scoop It is a popular content curation tool and this iOS bookmarklet lets you curate any web page with a click.
Send the current web page to your Amazon Kindle and read it later.
You’ve previously seen sharing bookmarklets for Twitter, Facebook and Twitter but if you would like to share stuff on a different social sites - like Reddit, StumbleUpon, Hacker News, etc. - use this universal sharing bookmarklet (see alternatives).
Note: You may have noticed that a couple of really good bookmarklets - like the one that turns webpages into a whiteboard or the one that lets you edit web pages – are missing here and that’s because they do not work with the mobile Safari browser.
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Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.