We’re able to consume more and more content on our iPhones and it can be easy to find yourself deep in threads, webpages, social media, and other apps. If you haven’t made it a habit already, there’s a quick easy trick to return to the top of almost any app.

Tapping on the status bar (very top of the iPhone display) will jump you back to the top of your current app, webpage, or social feed. This shortcut works across almost all of Apple’s first-party apps as well as the majority of third-party apps, although there are a few exceptions. With that said, there are a couple of things to watch out for.

How to jump to the top of webpages, Twitter, Facebook, and apps on iPhone

  1. Tap on the status bar (top edge of your iPhone screen, pretty much on the notch on iPhone X). You can also tap on the status bar on the left or right ear of the iPhone X.
  2. Some apps like Safari may require a double tap, the first will expand url/menu bar, the second will return you to the top of the webpage. However most apps and social media like Twitter and Facebook only require one tap.

That’s all there is to it! Now, it’s just a matter of creating a habit to boost your efficiency.

Some apps like the third-party Twitter client Tweetbot even have a built in reverse function to jump back to where you were for accidentally status bar taps. Specifically in Tweetbot, you can tap the status bar a second time to return to what you were previously looking at.

Do you have any favorite apps that have taken this trick even further, like Tweetbot? Share them below in the comments!

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