How to Make iPhone Bookmarklets


Bookmarklets are small pieces of JavaScript code designed to perform a variety of functions, like shortening URLs, translating text or performing other small tasks using a website's services. Like Web page bookmarks, bookmarklets can be stored on your Web browser and then used whenever you need it. Unlike most computer Web browsers, Safari doesn't give you an option to automatically install bookmarklets, but you can make them yourself by creating a bookmark in Safari and then pasting the code into the bookmark.

  • Launch Safari on the iPhone and navigate to a Web page that has the bookmarklet you want to use. Websites like have hundreds from which to choose. Other websites like Pinterest and Pocket have bookmarklets directly related to their websites.

  • Highlight the JavaScript code displayed on the Web page by tapping it twice and selecting "Select All." Tap "Copy" to save the code to your iPhone's clipboard and then tap "Done."

  • Tap the "Share" button at the bottom of the screen. This button looks like a rectangle with an arrow pointing out. Select "Bookmark" in the list of options.

  • Tap the "X" beside the bookmark title and type a new name describing the bookmarklet's function. Tap "Save."

  • Tap the "Bookmarks" button at the bottom of the screen. This icon looks like an open book.

  • Tap the "Edit" button and then select the new bookmark you just created.

  • Tap the Web address (URL) and then tap the "X" beside it. Tap the empty text field and select "Paste." Instead of the website's URL, the bookmarklet code is in its place. Tap "Done."

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to iPhones with iOS 6.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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