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

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.

An iOS UI overhaul beckons

I was looking at the sharing-bookmarking menu of Safari on my iPhone, clearly Facebook is going to be in here at some stage, perhaps one other. But the problem is that there is no room left. So, either Apple won’t expand the feature, which I doubt, or they’d have to redesign it, which I’m inclined to think. My guess would then be, away with the drop down menu concept, a new slider (up/down, left/right) would be much nicer and scale better. Would that be too radical?