With iOS 15, Safari brings changes to the user interface and functions. It can feel bloated to some. The same experience can also be transferred to Safari on iPhone, and you can customize 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 iPhone. If you’ve already switched from Safari to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge Due to the lack of customization options, it’s time to try Apple’s browser in iOS 15 again.
1. Change the position of the address bar
iOS 15 brought a controversial change to the position of the tab bar. Apple moved it down for better accessibility on large displays. And you could always reach up to the top of the browser. Fortunately, you can move the address bar up on iPhone. 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: Select Single Tab from the Tabs menu and go back to the address bar at the top.
2. Apply background image
With macOS Big Sur, Apple added the ability to apply wallpapers to Safari on the Mac. With iOS 15, the company rolled out the same trick for iPhone users as well. Follow the steps below to add a wallpaper to Safari on iPhone.
Step 1: Open the Safari homepage on the iPhone
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Edit button.
Step 3: Activate the option “Toggle background image” in the “Customize homepage” menu.
Step 4: Choose one of Apple’s built-in wallpapers or tap the + icon and import one from the phone storage.
If you’re not a fan of a new color change in Safari, you can always turn off the wallpaper toggle in the Safari edit menu.
3. Enable Shared with you
With iOS 15, Apple introduced the Shared With You feature, which allows users to review shared web links, photos, Apple Music recommendations, and Apple TV shared links from iMessage conversations in a single place.
You can review all the shared web links from iMessage to Safari in a single area shared with you. You have to activate the switch and then you will see all the shared web addresses with contact names in the Safari browser.
Step 1: Open the Safari browser on the iPhone and scroll down to the Edit button.
Step 2: Activate the “Shared for you” switch.
Step 3: “Shared with you” is displayed on the Safari homepage.
Tap on the little contact name and you will be taken to the iMessage conversation.
4. Change search engine
By default, Apple uses Google as the default search engine for Safari. If you don’t want Google to collect all data, you can change the default Google search to Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo. Here is how.
Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to the Safari menu.
Step 2: Choose search engine.
Step 3: Change your preferred search engine and you’re good to go.
If you find that the new search engine is getting poor results, you can always use Google from the same menu.
5. Activate iCloud tabs
This is useful for those who switch between iPhone, iPad, and Mac to browse websites in Safari. As the name suggests, iCloud Tabs sync open tabs across all of your Apple hardware.
To the example, you can open multiple tabs in Safari on Mac and access those tabs from the iCloud Tabs menu in Safari on iPhone.
Step 1: Open Safari on the iPhone and go to the Edit menu.
Step 2: Enable iCloud tabs in the Customize Home menu.
Go back to the Safari homepage and you will see the tabs that appear on the home screen of other devices.
6. Activate data protection report
With iOS 14, Apple released a privacy report to check how many trackers Safari has prevented in the last month or so. You can check the privacy report in detail right from the Safari home page on iPhone.
Open Safari on the iPhone and go to the Edit menu at the bottom. Enable the privacy report and check the report in detail to see which websites are being blocked by the Safari browser during browsing activity.
From the same Edit menu, you can always use drag and drop and change the position of the tabs in the Safari browser.
Personalize the Safari experience on iPhone
It’s good to see that Apple offers several customization options to really make the Safari browser your own. As for us, most of the GT members use the address bar at the bottom and enable the Privacy Report and iCloud tabs in the Safari browser. We’re not a fan of Apple’s default wallpapers.