iOS tip, iPhone and iPad: double tap the navigation bar to quickly jump to the top

on iOS, iPhone and iPad, if you browse back and forth through a long list of items, sometimes you want to jump straight back to the top. We are used to this with web sites, but not necessarily when using native apps. I discovered this tip by just trying around, could be

I somehow randomly discovered this trick a long time ago, could be a few years, and I’ve just come to rely on it all the time. I wondered if many people knew about it, hence this post.

If you’re browsing a list, typically Safari web browser, Twitter timeline, Facebook, anything that has a scrollable list, you can jump straight back to the top with a gentle double tap somewhere on the navigation bar. I use it so often that I don’t even know when I first started. It could be a time saver for those who browse back and forth through a long list of items.

Caveat: if the app you are using has buttons on the navigation bar, you want to avoid tapping those. But I found that any free space on that navigation bar will work the same way.

3 thoughts on “iOS tip, iPhone and iPad: double tap the navigation bar to quickly jump to the top”

  1. I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2
    pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

    1. Thanks for the feedback, and for your interest. I do realize that the content needs to be delivered in a much better format, and edited some more. It just takes time to figure out properly. I don’t have a designer nor a writer background, that’s what explains the rough and ready content dump format you see here. Making such improvements is an aspirational task at the moment, hopefully I manage to get to it.

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