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What Safari currently does is quite annoying, it copies the URLs as-is, for example:

https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-cn/中國

While I understand why Safari does it (for human readability), many applications have issue dealing with UTF-8 in URL (Twitter, for example).

I prefer Chrome's behavior, where URL is copied as percent-encoded string (only the UTF-8 part, ASCII is copied as-is, this approach is likely chosen for compatibility):

https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-cn/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9C%8B

Can I do this in Safari without resorting to URL encoded manually?

  • peculiar that if you right click a link-> share-> messages-> it shows both formats. SO what you can do as a workaround is click the share icon in the top right corner(if done so in preferences) and tap messages. Then copy the link from there. I know it is a bit long but let's wait for an answer – ankii May 26 at 7:50

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