How to inspect Elements on iPhone

How to Inspect Elements On iPhone

To improve the user experience, a developer needs to check the web app several times. A developer also uses several techniques to improve the web app being on offer for the users. But sometimes it becomes difficult for new developers to decide which is the best method or technique or process to inspect elements on an Apple device.

Apple devices do have an ecosystem that helps developers in creating perfect apps and websites. But at times there are cases when the result is not stable on some OS versions or some browsers. In this case, developers need to inspect elements.

In such a case, they need some tools that enable them to inspect elements in such a case. These tools are also steps or methods that can help developers in such a case. The various methods also do keep evolving from time to time for the newer technologies and advancements.

Today you will get to know about some of the methods which a developer can follow to inspect elements on an Apple device.

There are 3 ways, by which you can inspect elements on an Apple device: –

  1. By using BrowserStack
  2. By using the developer tools of the Apple Safari browser
  3. Using the outdated Adobe Edge

By using BrowserStack

By using BrowserStack
By using BrowserStack

After reading this heading, the first question which can come to mind for a new developer is what is BrowserStack? Well, BrowserStack is software that can be used to inspect the element of a web app. It offers cross-platform support, So, it allows a developer to test the web app on multiple platforms and test the performance also. The most crucial thing is that this service is purely cloud-based.

The testing is manual and also supports real devices along with desktop support. The platform also provides various tools for developers to test the app on various devices in real-time.

Now, you need to follow the following steps to inspect elements on an iPhone: –

  1. Create an account on BrowserStack.
  2. Select the device for which you want to test the app.
  3. Now, select Dev Tools to inspect the element.

These steps ensure that cloud-based software allows developers to inspect the various elements of a web app on any device in easy steps. There is also support for various devices along with OS versions and Browser versions. This ensures that the tester can ensure a smooth experience in the web app without any compatibility issues. It will also ensure that a developer can ensure that the web app is supported on a different combination of OS and browser versions in a device.

By using tools of the Apple Safari browser

By using tools of the Apple Safari browser
By using tools of the Apple Safari browser

This is one of the easiest steps which a developer can follow to inspect elements on a device. This method can be used on iPhones and Mac also.

In the case of the iPhone, you need to follow the following steps to inspect elements on an iPhone: –

  1. Open settings.
  2. Go to the Safari browser.
  3. Go to Advanced options.
  4. Turn on the web inspector option.

Now, you will need to follow the following steps in the safari web browser on the mobile device, to inspect the element.

  1. Open safari browser.
  2. Go to settings.
  3. Click on advanced options.
  4. Select the Show Develop menu in the menu bar.

Now, these steps will enable the capability to inspect elements for you on the mobile device.

Now, you can click on the Develop option which is now present in the toolbar of the web browser.

Now, it will show the data related to the webpage active on the browser.

In this process, in the end, a developer can see the element on the webpage by clicking on one of the elements in the list in the web inspector.

Now, this feature can also be used to debug the errors on a webpage. But there are some demerits of using this method for debugging process. The fact is that you will need to maintain a deployment machine and also there is a requirement for a spare device on which you can test the changes. These things are expensive as they need to be maintained. It requires a lot of time, effort and expenditure to maintain these things. It is because you will need to keep the tools for debugging in perfect form and up to date. As there are various new updates that arrive for different mobile devices from time to time. But what about the older versions?  What if you need to check the compatibility of older versions and for older versions? So, it is a costly process.

By using Adobe Edge

By using Adobe Edge
By using Adobe Edge

It is an outdated process, as pointed out earlier. So, you need to be cautious while you use Adobe Edge. Adobe has stopped developing Edge and giving support to it. There is also a risk of data loss in this process to inspect elements.

Now, you need to follow the following steps to inspect the element: –

  1. First, download the software on your computer.
  2. Now, install the software.
  3. Now make sure that you connect all the concerned devices on the same Wi-Fi network.
  4. Now go to the website which you want to analyze.
  5. Now, you will see that the same website is open on all the connected devices.
  6. Now select the debug option for the debugging process to execute for the concerned device.

So, this process will also help you to inspect elements on an iPhone. But due to its outdated nature, it is best to use the BrowserStack option.


Q 1. Which is the best method to inspect elements on iPhone?

Ans. There are several methods to inspect elements on iPhone. But the best method is the BrowserStack method as a developer tool for developers.

Q 2. Which is the most used iPhone to inspect elements?

Ans. iPhones have the best software in the market. But sometimes they also require tools that can help them to support some compatible web apps or webpages. But iPhone X is the most used iPhone model by developers.

Q 3. Why web inspector method not preferred much as a test by the developers?

Ans. As mentioned earlier, a web inspector is also a method to inspect elements on an iPhone. Bu tit requires a lot of effort, maintenance, and support for this process to be ready all the time. That’s why it is a less preferred method to inspect elements on an iPhone.