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How do I use Scrible for iPad?

We launched Scrible® for iPad in 2023 and haven't looked back! Our friends using iPads had been requesting Scrible for their devices, and we're happy to  support those learning ecosystems! Scrible is the most advanced research and writing platform ever built, and it's now available for iPad users.

What It Is and Isn't

Scrible® for iPad is an iPad-friendly version of Scrible. It is not a classic, full-fledged iOS app that would house all of Scrible in a locally installed app on your iPad. Like the existing version of Scrible for desktops/laptops, it consists of a browser extension and a website. 

Extension and Website

The browser extension is for the iOS/mobile version of Safari. You can install this Scrible extension for iOS from the App Store and use it as you would our existing Chrome or Edge browser extensions on a laptop/desktop to curate and annotate online webpages and PDFs. When you use the extension, the Scrible toolbar and sidebar appear over the articles are optimized for touch interactions and the iPad screen size in both portrait and landscape orientations. 

The website is the same one you sign into on a laptop/desktop at to access your Scrible® account and all its features, including My Library. This online web application (“web app”) has also been optimized for touch interactions and iPad screen size in both portrait and landscape orientations. 

Scrible Extension App

When you install the Scrible extension, this App icon appears on your iPad's home screen:

On the iPad, browser extensions are installed as apps, but they aren't classic, full-fledged iPad apps. In this case, the Scrible extension app is more of a placeholder than an app you work in. With Scrible® for iPad, your work happens not in the app but in Safari, where you curate/annotate articles and work in your online Scrible® account. That said, if you happen to tap on the Scrible extension app icon on your home screen, it'll display the following app screen:

Scrible Extension App Screen

The four (4) white panels link to your Library in your online Scrible® account and external online resources to help you get started with Scrible® for iPad and use Scrible® in general.

Enabling the Extension

After installing the Scrible Extension App, enable the Scrible extension for the Scrible extension button (white "S" in a teal box) to appear in Safari. Follow these steps to do that:

Scrible® for iPad: Enabling the Scrible Extension for Safari

Once that's done, here's how the Scrible extension button looks at the right end of the URL bar in Safari:

Scrible extension button at the right end of the URL bar in Safari

Using the Extension

The Scrible extension in Safari on the iPad works precisely like the Scrible extension in Chrome on your laptop/desktop. Click the extension when you're reading/researching online in Safari to curate and annotate online articles. Those articles are saved to My Library (or another Library) in your online Scrible® Account, which you can sign into in Safari.

Using the Website

As with the laptop/desktop version of Scrible®, you access My Library and other parts of your Scrible® account at in Safari on your iPad. You can navigate there easily by tapping the My Library panel in the Scrible extension app screen (shown above) or the Library Button in the Scrible extension when loaded on an article in Safari.

Example of a library in Scrible® viewed on an iPad in portrait orientation.

Optimized for Touch

All of Scrible's interfaces are now adapted and optimized for touch interactions on the iPad. This includes the Scrible  toolbar and sidebar that appear on articles when using the Scrible extension in Safari. For example, to highlight text, select the text with your finger, stylus, or Apple Pencil, then tap on the highlighter icon in the extension.

Select text with touch and tap the Highlight Button to apply a highlight.

Portrait and Landscape Orientations

When viewing an article in Safari using the Scrible extension, the toolbar and sidebar layouts change when rotating your iPad between portrait and landscape orientations. The layout of My Library and other parts of your Scrible® account also changes based on device orientation to maximize vertical and horizontal space when the device is in portrait and landscape orientations, respectively.

Moving the Extension Toolbar and Sidebar

The toolbar can now be toggled from top to bottom and the sidebar from left to right, regardless of the iPad's orientation. Use the button (indicated in the screenshot below) to toggle the location of the toolbar or sidebar easily. 

arrows pointing to the toggle button in toolbar and sidebar
Tap the buttons shown in the toolbar and sidebar to reposition them.

Scrible Extension for Safari on Mac

By the way, if you click the install link above while reading this on a Mac, you'll notice that instead of being directed to the iOS App Store, you're directed to the Mac App Store, where you can install the Scrible extension for the laptop/desktop version of Safari. That's right; we're launching that too! So, you can now also use Scrible® in Safari on your Mac to curate and annotate articles!

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As always, your feedback will influence the updates we prioritize. Please let us know what you like and what you want to see changed or added! 

Thank you for using Scrible!