The Best Way to Scroll to the Bottom of a Webpage on ios is Through the Use of a Bookmarklet
This Method Pertains to Both Chrome & Safari (my guided steps use Chrome to illustrate since many people don’t know how to work with bookmarks in Chrome for ios…by doing so in this guide, this ends up becoming a simple guide for using Chrome ios bookmarks too.)
Bookmarklets are Somewhat ‘Old School’ But They Work Well for Simple Tweaks Like This
If you’re not familiar with what bookmarklets are, they are simply bookmarks that perform an action instead of taking you to a webpage. They were more popular before ios 8 when Apple introduced the Share Extension…which simply refers to using the Share icon (the rectangular box with an upward pointing arrow) more extensively with more app-enabled functions.
Most people are familiar with how to create and use a bookmark in Safari. But fewer know how to work with bookmarks in Chrome. Once you understand how to navigate the bookmark system in Chrome, creating and using a bookmarklet is as easy to do as it is in Safari. This step-by-step guide will result in your understanding how to navigate bookmarks in Chrome for ios as well as help you to create your first bookmark and bookmarklet in Chrome.
Why Create a Bookmarklet to Scroll to the Bottom of a Webpage?
Apple’s mobile ios operating system doesn’t allow you to use plugins with the Chrome browser. While you can use the Share extension in both Chrome and Safari, you need to use it with apps that offer the tool or utilities you’re looking for. I’ve searched several times through the years and I’ve never found one for the simple function of scrolling to the bottom of a webpage.
Yet, oftentimes I need to do just that. Webpages may be very long for numerous reasons. Sometimes this occurs when very long comments sections are present or when multiple blog posts follow one after another on the same webpage.
When you encounter a very long webpage, getting to the bottom of it can become a tedious task. Yet, many websites bury important menus and information at the bottom of webpages. That’s when this bookmarklet becomes quite handy.
Creating a Bookmark in Chrome | Transforming it Into a Bookmarklet
The steps for creating a bookmarklet are very simple. You first create a bookmark and then edit both the name and the URL that’s captured as the destination webpage within it. Essentially you end up editing all the information that the bookmark contains.
Web browsers automatically assign a bookmark name when it’s created but you can always edit the name to make it something you’ll easily remember.
Please be advised however, that because bookmarklets are somewhat ‘old school’ you’ll most definitely encounter some code that no longer works the way it was intended. That’s not a problem however, because you won’t do any harm trying out inoperable code here. Generally, that’s the best way to quickly ascertain the functionality of a bookmarklet.
First here are the written steps for creating a bookmark and bookmarklet in Chrome. Next I’ve included a series of screenshots to illustrate the steps.
Steps to Create a Bookmark & Bookmarklet in Chrome ios
- Bookmark any webpage – this can be any page you want because you’ll end op editing the entire bookmark to make it function as a bookmarklet
- In the name field enter something simple you’ll remember easily – I’ll use ‘gtb go to bottom of page.
- In the URL field enter the 1 line of code in the blue box found in this PDF document.
- Tap on ‘Done’
The 1st 8 Screenshots Below Show You Step-By-Step
How to Create a bookmark in Chrome ios
After the bookmark is created, you’ll immediately edit it to turn it into a bookmarklet. My screenshots are extremely detailed…so don’t let the fact that there are 8 of them deter you…this is really a very simple procedure once you know where to tap to get the right menus to show up!
The Next 4 Steps Show How Edit a Bookmark to Turn it into a Bookmarklet
Test the Bookmarklet
It’s a really good idea to test out your bookmarklet prior to using it for the first time. While it would be ideal to test it out on a really long webpage, that’s not necessary…any webpage will do for this test.
First, make sure that Chrome is open to a specific webpage. It can be most anything. You can even use this feature on a webpage that just displays search results for Google as I’m doing in my example below. But you can’t use it on the actual Google Search page itself.
Steps to Test Your Bookmarklet
- Once a webpage is displayed on Chrome, begin the test.
- Tap on the address bar to get the URL that’s displayed in it highlighted in blue.
- Tap the X on the right hand side bar of the address bar to delete the current URL.
- Begin entering the first few characters of the Bookmarklet name you created.
- Look down in the list that Chrome displays for you Bookmarklet and tap on it.
- Instantaneously you’ll be taken to the bottom of the webpage.
That’s all there is too it. Once you’ve saved your bookmarklet if you’ve signed into your Google account and enabled syncing in Chrome’s settings…this bookmarklet will be available on all your ios devices. Below is a screenshot showing how to enable syncing is Chrome’s settings.