Steps to Cus­tomize Safari Start Page on iPhone

Top 6 Steps to Cus­tomize Safari Start Page on iPhone

With iOS 15, Safari brings interface changes and features. It may seem swollen to some. Also, the same experience translates to Safari on iPhone and you can change it to your liking. Here are the top six ways to customize Safari on iPhone. IOS now offers users to change the default browser on the iPhone. If you've already moved from Safari to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge due to a lack of customization options, it's time to try Apple's browser iOS 15 again.


1. Change the address bar position

IOS 15 brings a controversial change to the position of the tab bar. Apple has moved it down to better access to larger displays. And you can reach the top of the browser. Fortunately, you can move the address bar to the top of the iPhone. Here's how to change the location of the address bar in Safari on iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on the iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down to Safari.

Step 3: From the Tab menu, select the Single tab and go back to the address bar at the top.

2. Apply background wallpaper

With macOS Big Tune, Apple has added the ability to apply wallpapers to Mac's Safari. With iOS 15, the company has introduced the same strategy for iPhone users. Follow the steps below to add background wallpaper to Safari on iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Safari Start page on the iPhone

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Edit button.

Step 3: From the Customize Start Page menu, enable the Toggle Background Image.

Step 4: Select one of Apple's built-in wallpapers or tap the + icon and import one from the phone's storage.

If you're not a fan of the new color changes in Safari, you can always disable toggle background images from the Safari Edit menu.

3. Enable sharing with you

With iOS 15, Apple has introduced the Shared With You function, which allows users to simultaneously check web links, photos, Apple Music recommendations, and shared Apple TV links from iMessage conversations.

You can check all shared web links from iMessage to Safari in a single place shared with you. You need to enable the toggle and then you will see all the shared web addresses with the contact name in the Safari browser.

Step 1: Open the Safari browser on the iPhone and scroll through the edit button.

Step 2: Enable sharing toggles with you.

Step 3: You will see Safari Home share with you.

Tap the little contact name, and it will take you to the iMessage conversation.

4. Change the search engine

By default, Apple uses Google as Safari's default search engine. If you don't feel comfortable collecting all of Google's data, you can change the default search from Google to Bing, Yahoo, or Dakdakgo. Here's how.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to the Safari menu.

Step 2: Select Search Engine.

Step 3: Change the search engine of your choice, and you're good to go.

If you find the new search engine to be inferior, you can always use Google from the same menu.

5. Enable the iCLOUD tab

This is effective for those who are switching between iPhone, iPad and Mac to browse sites on Safari. As the name suggests, iCloud Tab Sync opens tabs across all your Apple hardware.

For example, you can open multiple tabs in Safari on Mac and access those tabs from the iCloud Tabs menu in Safari on the iPhone.

Step 1: Open Safari on iPhone and go to the Edit menu.

Step 2: Enable the iCloud tab from the Customize Start Page menu.

Go back to the Safari start page, and you'll see tabs displayed on the home screen from other devices.

6. Enable privacy report

With iOS 14, Apple launched a privacy report last month or so to test how many trackers Safari blocked. You can check the privacy report directly from the iPhone's Safari Start page. Open Safari on iPhone and go to the Edit menu below. Enable privacy report and check the report in detail to see which websites are blocked by Safari browser during browsing activity. From the same edit menu, you can always use drag and drop and change the position of tabs in the Safari browser. It's nice to see Apple offer a number of customization options for the Safari browser. For us, most GT members use the address bar below and enable privacy reports and iCloud tabs in the Safari browser. We are not fans of Apple's default wallpapers.

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