I’ve been playing around with the new Opera Mini browser for iPhone and iPad lately. It’s fun. Some features make it stand out in the crowd. Here are my favorite Opera Mini tips and tricks that you might find helpful. 



1) Highlight and search – a search is only a tap away. All you need to do is select the text and

pick “search”. This is a really nice feature that is growing on me because being able to search within the article you read is unique to Opera. This makes searching faster.

2) Fast scroll on pages – Scrolling has become super fast! With a single swipe you’ll be able to scroll pages faster than other mobile browsers. Navigation on long pages is a lot easier.

3) Switch search engine – this is pretty cool. Opera Mini allows you to pick which search engine to use. The default one is Google. But you can change this to direct search in Wikipedia, eBay, Dictionary.com, iMDb or Amazon. No need for detours while making a search. Much smarter.

Get it for free: Download Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad.
See the video: New Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad.

4) QR code functions – For those of us that still use QR codes, this is a cool feature. Opera operamini_blogMini comes with a built-in QR-code reader with sharing functionality. Imagine how easy it will be to share  a link with someone who’s not your contact. Geeky, but cool.

5) Virtual Joystick – Have you tried to edit a link in the tiny address field of an iPhone? You must have tiny fingers to be able to touch it. But not anymore. In new Opera Mini, we have something called  a virtual joystick. The special slider control that allows moving cursor around the address field.

6) Pull to search – another really neat feature is
the “pull to search” functionality (only available for iPhone and iPod touch). While you are on the Speed Dial panel just swipe down and the cursor magically flies into the address field – which means that you never needs to click on the url field again.

There are many more exciting features in Opera Mini. What’s your favorite?

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  • Khairul Skmt

    when the version 8.0 to be comes on Androids bro? with same this features!

  • monkeyfish

    I’ve been playing with it too. Already swapped from Chrome to this, speed dials work much better than bookmarks for mobile use. Would have been nice to import bookmarks as speed dials, but I’ve done it manually anyway. My question for the developers, with so many mobile versions of opera, which is the template for the rest? It seems a lot of ‘Opera Mobile for Android’ features made it to ‘Opera Mini for iOS’, is Mini and Mobile going to be rolled together on Android as well? I have a droid phone, but also an ipad. Are there any plans to allow for Link/Sync between various mobile platforms as well as the desktop? There is also quite a bit of disparity between them having (or not having) speed dials, bookmarks, and stash. Is the idea that all of them will get all three? Perhaps not Coast, as that is a different beast altogether. Personally I’d like to sync only the stash, just to send links between them, as I have different speed dials for different set-ups (home, work, and mobile). I don’t need an email link on a mobile speed dial, for instance, as I have an app for that. And at work I have those links in a ‘personal’ speed dial folder, and work links displayed more prominently.

  • I have been using Opera Mini on iOS since it came out, so I have all my custom searches too 🙂

  • Steve Parker

    New Opera Mini for iPhone is a treat to browse in your device due to some of its new features included in it. Highlight and search, Pull to search, Virtual Joystick, QR code functions, Fast scroll on pages, Switch search are new inclusions in this browser which makes it a standout performer in the category and provides you a fantastic browsing experience over all by making it so simple and user friendly.