How to Access StumbleUpon and Stumble Through Websites in an iPhone

In the past, if you want to access StumbleUpon on your iPhone/iPod Touch, you will know that it is not an easy task. Back then, SU only exists as a Firefox extension and does not plays well with any of the mobile devices. However, with the launch of the SU web toolbar, anyone can now access StumbleUpon on any browsers without having to install any applications/extensions. The best thing, it works fine in iPhone/iPod Touch too.

In your iPhone, open the safari app.

On the address bar, enter www.stumbleupon.com/toolbar

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That’s it. The StumbleUpon toolbar will appear and it immediately stumbles you to one of its pages.

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To stumble through websites, simply tap on the Stumble button, like how you always did on your computer browser.

Adding to bookmarks

To save the effort of having to retype the URL everytime, you can save the SU toolbar in your bookmark.

Everytime when you access the StumbleUpon toolbar, it will start stumbling and append the destination URL to its own, resulting in an URL like http://www.stumbleupon.com/toolbar/#2LpQMi/maketecheasier.com/8-useful-and-interesting-bash-prompts/2009/09/04/topic:Linux%2FUnix.

I am sure you won’t want to save this long URL in your bookmark, unless you want to save this particular page for future reference.

Here’s how you can change it.

On any StumbleUpon page, click the + at the bottom screen to save the current URL to Bookmark.

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Change the title to StumbleUpon (or any name you like). Note that you won’t be able to change the URL here.

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Save to Bookmark.

Back in the Bookmark screen, tap on the Edit (at the bottom left corner) button.

Press the StumbleUpon bookmark entry to go into Edit mode.

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Change the URL to www.stumbleupon.com/toolbar. Save.

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That’s it. Everytime you launch this bookmark, it will start stumbling.

Personally, I  found that using StumbleUpon on my iPhone drained my battery much faster than normal browsing. I am not sure if it is only me, or this is a SU issue. If you have such issues too, feel free to voice it out in the comments.

2 comments

  1. Thanks for the “how to” – I wouldn't suspect that it has anything to do with stumbleupon at all that your battery drains faster, it's probably more to do with the fact that stumbling is a different form of browsing habit than regular browsing.

    When stumbling you access more pages, use more bandwidth and generally hit a lot more flash in a shorter space of time than you do browsing regularly.

  2. I wouldn't be surprised if it drains the battery faster since it requires more resources to load.

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