iPad Safety Tip: See Where Web & Email Links Will Go Before Tapping


Web pages, websites, email messages and other Internet content contain links. These embedded links can take us to related topics or additional sites of interest. Tapping one of these links while in the Safari web browser will quickly take you to another website. Tapping a link in an email will open the Safari web browser and load the webpage or site associated with the link.

You can quickly and conveniently jump to new places on the web using these embedded links. However, not every link will take us somewhere we want to go. So here’s an iPad safety tip. If you are curious about a link you get in an email or find on a webpage, you can tap and hold on the link. This will reveal where the link will take you.

show URL for link

At the top of the box that appears will be the destination for that link. Check the URL or web address shown there. That URL will give you a good indication of where you’ll end up if you decide to click on the link. Tap the Open button to jump to the link.

jump to URL

Not every URL you see will make sense. For example, links in ads may first take you to an advertising service or broker, then on to the vendor site. These ad services often represent hundreds of advertisers and the actual vendor is coded as a string of letters and/or numbers inside the URL. So you probably won’t see the vendor name in the address. When following these ad links, just take care that you are starting from a reputable site or trusted source when you click on the ad.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. Andy now runs a professional development business, working on site and online to help others make sense and make use of digital tools. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. Click Here for Video Lessons