How to View Shared Links on Twitter in iOS Safari

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Jan 16, 2017
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Safari for iOS lets you view shared links on Twitter without opening the official app. This feature filters out all the normal tweets from those with links.

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If you are a huge fan of Twitter, then obviously, you are following a handful of people on the social network. But not every user puts out a status update without a link. When they do though, the chances of losing that tweet and link are abruptly high, thanks to the amount of noise we come across. Thankfully, if you are on iOS and happen to make do with Safari a lot, then things are easy to filter out. Way too easy in fact, thanks to Safari’s Shared Links feature.

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Tutorial

This feature works only if you have a Twitter account, and are signed in to iOS with it. You can do so by heading over to Settings > Twitter and entering your credentials here. Once signed in, follow the steps outlined below.

1. Launch Safari on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

2. Now tap on the Bookmarks button. It looks like an open book icon.

3. You will now see three sections at the top – Bookmarks, Reading List and Shared Links. Tap on Shared Links, whose icon looks like an @ sign.

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After a few seconds, you will see all the tweets over here that have a link attached with them. Simply tap on the link and it will open in Safari. It’s absolutely convenient and cuts down the noise by a huge margin.

If you are signed into Twitter and don’t see the links, then tap on the Subscriptions button in the Shared Links section. Make sure your Twitter account is selected here.

Quite frankly, this feature is handy in a lot of ways, yet so criminally underrated. Even I did not come to use it till at least iOS 9 was available. Once you get the hang of it, the Twitter app seems so redundant for checking out tweets that have links attached with them. But the obvious downside here is that you might end up missing photos and videos uploaded straight to Twitter in favor of third-party links.

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