What to KnowTap the Dolphin icon at the bottom of the app to open the settings menu. Swipe left to reveal options.Settings include: Add Page, Share, Refresh, Find on Page, Downloads, Sonar & Gesture, Private Mode, Night Mode, and more.To access the browser settings, select the Dolphin icon, then choose the gear icon.
Dolphin is a free mobile web browser for iOS and Android devices. While not as popular as Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, Dolphin holds a loyal following for its ease-of-use, customizability, and small footprint. Here's how to customize the Dolphin mobile web browser for iPhone and iPad devices with iOS 8.0 or later.
How to Access the Dolphin Menu
Dolphin has a variety of modes and functions, so you can customize how you use the mobile browser. Here's a look at how to access the Dolphin menu and what its options mean.
Download the Dolphin browser to your iPhone or iPad.
Open the app and tap the Dolphin icon at the bottom of the screen.
A menu appears that shows Dolphin's modes and functions.
Swipe left to reveal more menu items.
How the Dolphin Menu Items Work
Here's a look at the functionality each Dolphin menu item offers.
When you tap Add Page, you have the option to Add Bookmark, Add Speed Dial, or Add Gesture.Tap Add Bookmark to add the page to your bookmarked sites, similar to how other browsers work.Tap Add Speed Dial to add the page to your home page so you can quickly launch it with a tap.Tap Add Gesture to create a quick shorthand design to launch a page. For example, create a simple L gesture to launch Ach5.com.
When you tap Share, you can share the page to Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, or Pocket. You can also send the page to another device if you're signed in to Dolphin on another mobile phone or tablet. Tap More to send the page via text, email, AirDrop, and more.
Tap Refresh to reload the page.
Find on Page
This function lets you search for and find specific text on a web page. Tap Find on Page to display a search box. Type the search query, tap Search, and see the results.
Tap Downloads to show a list of all downloaded files.
Sonar & Gesture
Tap Sonar & Gesture to draw a gesture to command Dolphin to access a frequently visited site. Tap the gear icon to see a list of gestures that already exist, or tap Create Gesture to make a new one and associate it with a URL.
Select Private Mode to prevent Dolphin from saving browsing activity to your device. When activated, browser history, cookies, cache, and login credentials aren't saved. Tap Private Mode again to go back to normal.
Tap Night Mode to dim the screen to prevent eye strain when browsing in the dark. Tap Night Mode again from the menu to go back to normal.
Classic Tab Mode
Tap Classic Tab Mode to display all open tabs at the top of the browser window, similar to a desktop browser. Tap Classic Tab Mode again to revert to normal.
Tap Desktop Mode to display the desktop version of websites rather than the default mobile-friendly versions.
Tap Disable Image to prevent Dolphin from loading images. This limits your data usage and allows pages to load faster.
Tap Auto Fullscreen to hide the menu bar at the bottom of the screen when scrolling through a page.
Tap Toolbox to access any plug-ins or extensions added to Dolphin.
Dolphin's Browser Settings
In addition to the Dolphin menu options, customize how the browser works through the Dolphin settings. To access the Dolphin browser settings:
Select the Dolphin from the bottom of the screen.
Tap the gear icon in the lower-left corner.
The Dolphin settings page appears.
Understanding the Dolphin Browser Settings
Here's a quick rundown of what the Dolphin browser settings control.
Under Dolphin Service, you'll find Account & Sync. Tap Account & Sync to synchronize content and settings across all devices that run Dolphin using the cloud-based Dolphin Connect service.
You can also sync and share Dolphin content with Evernote, Facebook, and Pocket.
Under Browser Settings, you'll find options for enabling Landscape/Portrait Lock so that you can lock one view in the browser. Tap Font Size to set Default, Medium, or Large fonts. Tap Search Engine to set your default search engine choice, choosing from Yahoo!, Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, or Wikipedia.
Also under Browser Settings, tap Link Option to choose to open links in a new tab or the current tab, or keep the default action. Tap On Startup to start up where you left off or open the new tab page. Tap Clear Data to clear your browsing history, cookies, cache, and passwords.
Also under Browser Settings, tap Passcode on Startup to require touch ID or a PIN passcode to open and use Dolphin. Toggle off Page Swiping Switch and you won't be able to swipe back and forth between pages. Toggle on Save Passwords to recall passwords used to access certain web pages. Toggle on Block Pop-ups to prevent pop-up ads and windows from appearing on a web page. Toggle on Ad Block to blocks advertisements from appearing on a web page.
The final section, About Us, displays the Dolphin version number. Tap Tell Us What You Think to open an email box for sending feedback to the Dolphin support team. Tap Rate Dolphin to give the app five stars on the app store or provide feedback via email. Tap Stay in The Loop to subscribe to the Dolphin email newsletter.
The final item is UX Improvement Program. Toggle this on to send usage data to the Dolphin development team. This mostly anonymous data is used to improve future versions of the browser.