How to customize the Safari homepage on iPhone and iPad

On your iPhone or iPad, you can easily customize the Safari homepage in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 (or higher). You can make the page blank (mostly), add a background image, or choose what you want to see. Here is how.

First, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and open a new tab by tapping the tab button (two overlapping rectangles) and then tapping the plus (“+”) button.

By default, you will see the Safari “start page”. To edit the contents of the homepage, scroll down if necessary and tap the “Edit” button.

On the Safari homepage, tap Edit.

When you tap Edit, a Customize Home Screen will appear. Use the switches next to the options listed to toggle them on or off. Here’s what each option does.

  • Favorites: This will display items from your favorites list (such as bookmarks).
  • Frequently visited: You will see a list of frequently visited websites.
  • Shared with you: This will give you a list of the items that have been shared with you by other people through the Messages app.
  • Data protection report: This shows a report on the number of trackers Safari has blocked recently.
  • Siri suggestions: This will display suggestions from Siri related to your history and bookmarks.
  • Reading list: This displays items from your reading list.
  • iCloud tabs: This shows Safari tabs being synced from your other devices through iCloud.

Check any items you want to see on your Safari homepage.

In the “Customize Home” window, you can also use the “three-line” handle next to each item to tap and drag the home page items in the list. This changes the order in which the items appear on the home page.

Use the three-line handles to rearrange the order of the home page items.


And if you toggle the switch next to “Background Image” to “On”, you can choose a background image to be displayed behind the contents of your homepage. Tap an image in the thumbnails or tap the plus (“+”) button to select a custom image from your photo library.

In Safari on your iPhone or iPad, choose a home background.

If you want your homepage to be as minimalistic as possible, turn off all items in the Customize Homepage list. (Unfortunately, you can still see the Edit button.)

When you’re done, click the “X” button to close customize the Home screen. The changes you make take effect immediately. Have fun browsing!

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