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How To Control F On iPhone and iPad

Do you know how to use the Control F on an Apple iPhone? I will tell you three simple ways to accomplish it in this guide. Normally, on iPhones, there is no physical keyboard as there is on Windows PCs or MacBooks. Consequently, the on-screen keyboard does not include the Control or Command keys.

On your iPhone browser, you might want to find words on a webpage. On a PC, you would use Ctrl+F. We cannot use Ctrl+F on iPhone because the device does not have a dedicated find function. However, the Safari web browser on the iPhone will help you find your words.

How to Control F on iPhone using Safari

Here are the steps that you have to follow.

  • Open the Safari browser
  • Enter the URL of any website [for example I entered Apple dot(.) in]
  • Now at the bottom of the webpage, you will see the address bar (provided you are on iOS 15).
  • Simply type “Apple” in the address bar, which means you want to search for the word apple.
  • See how many times the word appears on that webpage by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
  • For example, when I search the official Apple India webpage for “Apple,” I see the word eleven times. However, the word you wish to search will not be highlighted in colors as it normally happens on Chrome browser.

how to control F on iPhone

The above method can be applied to any word. Using the strategies outlined above, you can even use Control F on an iPad. It works the same way it does on an iPhone.

Note that if you search for a word and it does not appear on the page, it means that the page does not contain that word. This applies to any browser on which you decide to try this trick to Control F on iPhone.

How to Ctrl F on iPhone Using the Chrome browser

Now, if you use Chrome browser, here is how to command F on an iPhone and find or highlight any word.

With the Chrome browser, you can use the Find in Page feature to highlight any word or phrase within a webpage.

Here are the steps to follow.

  • Open the Chrome browser.
  • Access any website using the browser [For example, I visited ScoopSquare24, this website].
  • In the bottom right corner, tap on the three-dot button to expand a menu.  
  • Scroll down until you see the option Find in Page. Click on it.  
  • Now you will be redirected to the search box where you can type in your search terms.
  • As you type, the word gets highlighted in yellow color on the webpage.
  • For instance, when I search for Android, the word shows up seven times on the webpage. In all of those instances, it is highlighted in yellow.

ctrl f on iPhone using Chrome

Therefore, you can see how easy it is to use Control F on iPhone. I’d recommend using Chrome instead of Safari if you intend to use Ctrl+F on an iPhone or iPad since Chrome highlights the words being searched.

How to Control F in PDF documents on iPhone

You can also utilize the find function if you wish to find or highlight some words in a PDF document.

You can also use the find function in a PDF to locate or highlight certain words.

  • Open Adobe Acrobat on your iPhone
  • Now, open that PDF file
  • On the top of the screen, you will see a magnifying glass icon, which is the search word option. Click on it.
  • Next, type in the word you’re looking for [I searched for the word PDFs as you can see in the screenshot].
  • Click Search.
  • The word will be highlighted on all pages of the PDF document.
  • Two arrows will be visible in the upper-right corner. You can use them to navigate through the pages, and on all the pages you will see your search terms highlighted in a colored background.

control f on iPhone PDF

There you have it. The following are the primary ways that you can do Control F on iPhone without requiring an external keyboard or using a third-party app or service that may not be reliable.

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