Top 6 Ways to Cus­tomize Safari Start Page on iPhone

Parth Shah

With iOS 15, Safari brings interface change and features. It might feel bloated to some. Also, the same experience translates to the Safari on iPhone, and you can tweak it as per your liking. Here are the top six ways to customize Safari on iPhone.

Customize safari browser on i Phone

iOS now offers users to change the default browser on the iPhone. If you have already moved from Safari to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge due to a lack of customization options, it’s time to give Apple’s browser one more try in the iOS 15.

1. Change Address Bar Position

    iOS 15 brought a controversial change in the tab bar position. Apple has moved it to the bottom for better reachability on large displays. And you might keep reaching at the top of the browser. Thankfully, you can move the address bar to the top on iPhone. Here’s how to change the address bar position in Safari on iPhone.

    Step 1: Open the Settings app on iPhone.

    Step 2: Scroll down to Safari.

    Open safari browser
    Change tabs

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

    2. Apply Background Wallpaper

    With macOS Big Sur, Apple added the ability to apply wallpaper to the Safari on Mac. With iOS 15, the company has debuted the same trick for iPhone users as well. Follow the steps below to add background wallpaper to Safari on iPhone.

    Step 1: Open Safari start page on iPhone

    Step 2: Scroll down and select the Edit button.

    Select edit in safari
    Enable background image

    Step 3: From the Customise Start Page menu, enable Background Image toggle.

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

    If you are not a fan of a new colorful change in Safari, you can always disable the Background Image toggle from the Safari Edit menu.

    3. Enable Shared With You

    With iOS 15, Apple introduced the Shared with you function that allows users to check shared web links, photos, Apple Music recommendations, shared Apple TV links, from iMessage conversations in a single place.

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

    Step 1: Open the Safari browser on iPhone and scroll down to the Edit button.

    Step 2: Enable Shared with You toggle.

    Shared with you in safari browser
    Shared with you in safari

    Step 3: You will see Shared with You appearing on the Safari home.

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

    4. Change Search Engine

    By default, Apple uses Google as the default search engine for Safari. If you are not comfortable with Google collecting all the data, you can change the default search from Google to Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo. Here’s how.

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

    Step 2: Select Search Engine.

    Search engine menu
    Change search engine

    Step 3: Change your preferred search engine, and you are good to go.

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

    5. Enable iCloud Tabs

    This is useful to those switching between iPhone, iPad, and Mac to browse sites in Safari. As the name suggests, iCloud tabs sync opened tabs among all your Apple hardware.

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

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

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

    Enable icloud tabs
    Icloud tabs in safari

    Go back to the Safari start page, and you will see the tabs appearing on the home screen from other devices.

    6. Enable Privacy Report

    With iOS 14, Apple debuted a privacy report to check how many trackers Safari prevented in the last month or so. You can check the privacy report in detail right from the Safari start page on iPhone.

    Open Safari on iPhone and go to the Edit menu at the bottom. Enable Privacy Report and check the report in detail to see which websites are blocked by the Safari browser during the browsing activity.

    Privacy report in safari

    From the same Edit menu, you can always use drag and drop and change the position of tabs in the Safari browser.

    Personalize Safari Experience on iPhone

    It’s good to see Apple offering several customization options to make the Safari browser truly yours. As for us, most GT members use the address bar at the bottom and enable Privacy Report and iCloud tabs in the Safari browser. We aren’t a fan of Apple’s default wallpapers.


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    Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.