If you use an iPhone, you might be feeling this finger tiredness and wondering if there are any ways to have your phone’s apps automatically scroll.
And it’s not simply that your fingers are tired. Some people also want to know if auto scrolling is something they may enable so they can browse material more easily while their hands are occupied elsewhere.
The question is: Can you actually auto-scroll on an iPhone, whatever your goal?
Can You Auto Scroll on iPhone?
On the iPhone, auto scrolling is possible, although not all apps support the function. For instance, the Safari web browser, the PDF viewer, and even some third-party applications like TikTok all support auto scrolling.
Additionally, the built-in auto scroll functions are only available on the iPhone and in that specific app. On an Android phone, you can use a third-party software to automatically scroll between other applications, but not on an iPhone.
This is so that such third-party integration won’t happen, as iPhones are often sandboxed. Therefore, you would only need to manually scroll with your fingers if the app you are reading or viewing on does not already support auto scroll.
How to Auto Scroll iPhone
Various iPhone apps offer native auto scroll, as we already said. Additionally, the specific app determines how to turn on auto scroll for them. This post will demonstrate how to auto-scroll in TikTok, Safari, and PDF Reader.
We want to dispel the following user myths about iPhone auto scrolling before moving on.
1. Assistive Touch is not an alternative to auto scrolling and is not the same as it. Only when you are physically unable to touch or swipe your phone screen owing to a handicap does Assistive Touch come in handy.
If that’s the case, enabling Assistive Touch will allow you to imitate actions you would have made by touching or swiping the phone screen with certain finger gestures.
Therefore, you would still need to use your fingers.
2. The third-party iOS software AutoScroll makes the suggestion that all iPhone apps be made to support auto scroll. However, the programme that disables your iPhone’s native scroll feature is unlawful. On iPhones, this software frequently results in problems, some of which cannot be resolved.
Now that everything has been clarified, let’s look at the clear and simple instructions for the legal ways to enable auto scroll on your iPhone.
1. Enable Auto Scroll on Safari
1. First, make sure that the most recent firmware updates are installed on your iPhone. Even though the auto scroll function in Safari is not very new, it can only function properly if your phone is up to date.
The steps listed below can be used to upgrade your iPhone:
1. Connect your iPhone to a reliable and robust WiFi network after plugging it into a power outlet.
2. Tap General in the Settings app on your phone.
3. Next, select Software Update.
To download and instal the updates, select Step 4 and tap Download and Install.
5. If required, enter your iPhone passcode and then adhere to the directions displayed on the screen.
6. A few restarts of your phone are required to finish the update.
You might wish the update to instal more quickly. How to do it:
1. Select Settings.
Tap Display and Brightness in Step 2.
3. Pick Auto Lock from the list of options.
4. Next, choose Never.
By doing this, the screen will remain active throughout the updating process. In the event that you fail to do this, auto lock may periodically place the phone in low power mode, which will slow down the updating process. Go to the step after updating your phone below.
Add iPhone Safari Auto Scroll Shortcut:
On some iPhone models, the Safari Auto Scroll Shortcut comes pre-installed. However, you must download and instal it through iCloud if this is not already available on your phone. For this, make sure you only use the official Apple download; do not utilise any external links like the Safari Auto Scroll app.
1. Your iPhone should instantly start the My Shortcuts app after adding the Safari Auto Scroll shortcut.
2. Click Allow Untrusted Shortcuts at the bottom of the Shortcuts screen.
3. Select Skip Setup on the following page, and the Safari Auto Scroll Shortcut will be successfully added.
4. To make sure the Safari Auto Scroll Shortcut is available, while you’re still in the Shortcuts app, click the My Shortcuts tab in the bottom left corner of the display.
Enable Auto Scroll on Safari:
1. After that, launch Safari and visit any website.
2. Select the Share icon when the page first loads.
3. After the Share menu appears, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Safari Auto Scroll.
4. A window will emerge where you may select the millisecond-based scrolling speed.
5. The default scrolling speeds for Safari Auto Scroll are 5, 10, 20, 50, 75, and 100. 100 is the slowest number, whereas 5 is the fastest.
6. Select the auto-scrolling speed in milliseconds by tapping on it.
7. Click on Custom MS & PX to enter your own pace. After that, you would also need to specify your own speed in milliseconds.
Simply put, MS & PX refers to the number of frames (PX) every millisecond. In other words, if you select 60, you will have 60 milliseconds to view each web frame before the page scrolls up completely.
- After choosing your speed, a prompt will pop up asking you to give Safari Auto Scroll access to the website you are reading on. Click on Allow
- You will be redirected to the web page and it will automatically start auto scrolling.
You may always touch the Share button again, scroll down to Safari Auto Scroll, and change the speed till you find the ideal speed if the speed you select is too slow or too quick for you. 60 is usually ideal if you read at an average speed.
Note: If your Safari is set to reader mode, Safari Auto Scroll will not function. This is due to the fact that only the native scripts on the page are allowed in reader mode. You can only manually scroll up or down in reader mode.
2. Enable Auto Scroll on PDF Reader
You may quickly enable Auto Scroll in the PDF Reader Pro app on your iPhone by following the instructions listed below:
1. Launch PDF Reader Pro on your phone and open a PDF file.
2. Under Page Settings, select Auto Scroll by clicking the More symbol ().
3. Toggle the feature on, then choose the scroll speed you want.
4. The Autoflow provides a range of 5 to 100 seconds for pixels between 20 and 400.
The easy integration of PDF Reader Pro with your Google Docs, iDisk, Dropbox, and Box.net accounts is yet another fantastic feature.
3. Enable Auto Scroll on TikTok
The auto scrolling on TikTok will be our final auto scrolling option to examine. As you may know, unlike Instagram reels where videos automatically scroll, when watching videos on TikTok you would need to manually scroll up or down to watch the next video.
To use your voice instead of your fingers to move to the next movie, you can programme some commands into your iPhone. Even though this isn’t quite auto scroll, it really does free up your hand as you browse TikTok.
To enable hands-free scrolling on TikTok, follow these steps:
To begin with, you must make sure that your phone has the most recent firmware updates, much like with Safari’s auto scroll. This feature is missing from earlier iOS versions. And even those that do not always function.
1. On your iPhone, go to Settings.
2. Navigate down to Accessibility.
3. Select Voice Control under Accessibility options.
4. Click Set Up Voice control after that (if you have not already before)
5. Click Continue on the following screen, then click Done.
6. The Voice Control window will reappear. Select Customize Commands from there.
7. Then select Create New Command.
8. Type the term you wish to use to scroll up on TikTok in the Phrase field of the new command window. When watching TikTok, for instance, you can type Next so that when you speak it, the next video will play.
9. Tap on Action after you’ve typed the phrase.
10. Choose “Run Custom Gesture” from the Action window.
11. Next, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to the top, exactly like you would on TikTok, to access the following video.
Hint: swipe swiftly so that TikTok’s voice command functions flawlessly.
1. Next, select Save from the top right menu.
2. Next, click to return to your New Command after closing the Action window.
3. Then, select Application.
4. Next, pick TikTok from the Applications list by scrolling down.
5. After that, tap Save in the top right corner of the screen to enable voice-activated video scrolling on TikTok.
You might also wish to swipe down on TikTok to return to the previous video. By repeating the aforementioned procedures, you may also configure the voice command for this.
The only distinction is that you must give the command a name of your choosing, such as Previous. Additionally, to simulate the swiping motion you use to access the previous video on TikTok, you must quickly swipe from the top to the bottom of the screen when using the Run Custom Gesture.
Auto Scroll Not Working
Here are some potential causes for your issues using auto scroll on your iPhone if it’s not working despite your meticulous adherence to the instructions in this article.
1. Phone Not Updated
If your phone does not have the latest software updates installed, auto scroll may not work. Or, it may work intermittently. Even though your iPhone from iOS 13 is set to update automatically, there are updates that require manual installation, and even Apple confirmed this. So, if auto scroll does not work for you, you need to be sure that your phone is fully updated.
2. Safari Auto Scroll Out of Date
Safari Auto Scroll is actually an application on your phone that runs on Java script. And, just like any other app, it needs to be updated from time to time to continue functioning, especially if you have recently updated your iPhone OS.
Safari Auto Scroll rarely ever updates automatically. You need to launch the app from Shortcuts and then install updates when prompted. It is easy to have an out-of-date Safari Auto Scroll app because you do not have to launch the app to use the auto scroll feature on Safari so you may forget about it.
This is why you need to make conscious effort to check for updates from time to time by going to Shortcuts, and then clicking on Safari Auto Scroll. If an update is available, you will receive a prompt to install it.
3. No Native Auto Scroll Support On App
Like we explained at the start of this article, it is not all apps on your iPhone that support auto scroll. There is no feature on iPhone that you can enable to activate auto scrolling across the phone. Auto scroll usually only works on reading apps like a browser or document reader.
And it is not all document readers that even support auto scroll. As at the time of writing this article, it is only PDF Reader Pro that supports auto scroll on an iPhone. So, if auto scroll is not working for you, it is likely that the app you are trying to use does not support it.
4. TikTok Scroll Setup
Some users report that the voice scroll on TikTok does not work for them. For some, the voice scroll does not work at all, while others report that it only works if the video is paused.
Here are the known, possible reasons for this:
- When setting up the Custom Gesture, you need to do the swipe gesture quickly. If you swipe slowly, it will take time for TikTok to respond to your voice command and scroll up or down. Sometimes, the scroll will not work at all.
- If you find that the TikTok video has to be paused before the voice scroll works, follow the steps below to fix it:
1. Go to Settings on your iPhone
2. Scroll down and select Accessibility
3. Tap on Voice Control from the Accessibility settings
4. Scroll to the end of the page and toggle to turn on Attention Aware.
Attention Aware increases the sensitivity and overlay control that the voice scroll has on TikTok or any other app you set it up for.