Since the beta version of iOS 15, the new address bar in Safari has been a source of contention. Over the course of several months, Apple has done its best to satisfy the majority of opposing viewpoints on the changes to Safari while ensuring that a new appearance for the program makes it to a stable release. So, what are the features available to you? What options do you have for customizing the address bar in Safari? Let’s have a look.
Remember that you’ll need iOS 15.0 or higher to use the following Safari tweaks.
Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update on an eligible device to update it.
7 Tips to Customize the Address Bar in Safari
Here’s how you can customize Safari’s address bar and more in iOS 15.
The Safari address bar can be moved to the top of your screen. You’ll lose the tab bar view and the ability to slide between open tabs if you do this. When a webpage is open, tap the ‘Aa‘ symbol and then select ‘Show Top Address Bar.’
2. Enable Tinting
You may also use Safari to enable webpage tinting. This will decrease the lights based on your website’s automated brightness, making it easier to view your screen, especially in low-light situations. Allow Website Tinting by going to Settings > Safari > Allow Website Tinting. Enable tinting in Safari by turning on the toggle.
Do you want fresh links to open in a new tab right away? Do you want them to open in the background, or do you want them to open in the foreground? Using the Settings app, you can control how Safari behaves when opening new tabs. Go to Safari > Open Links in Settings > Safari. Now pick and choose the option that best fits your process from the list below.
- In New Tab: The link will be immediately opened in a new tab.
- In Background: The link will be opened in the background while you can continue browsing the currently open page.
4. Auto-close your tabs
When you exit Safari, you can also have your tabs close automatically. If you have an older device, this option may be able to help you free up some RAM and boost performance marginally.
This is especially suggested for iPhone 6S or SE first-generation users, however you should close all superfluous tabs manually after quitting Safari for maximum speed. Select one of the suitable settings from Settings > Safari > Close Tabs.
- After One Day
- After One Week
- After One Month
5. Add a background image
For a more personalized browsing experience, you can also apply a custom background image to your Safari UI. If you have problems visually distinguishing objects on your screen, you can use a high contrast background to help you do so. Set a custom background image in Safari using the instructions below.
Scroll to the bottom of Safari and touch ‘Edit.’
Enable the toggle for ‘Background Image’.
You will now get a set of default backgrounds. Tap and select the image you wish to set as your background image.
If you wish to use a custom image as your background, then tap on ‘+’.
Now tap and select the photo you wish to use as a background image from your library.
Once your background image has been set, you can continue browsing using Safari as you normally would.
6. Decide what suggestions show up in your address bar
You can also adjust and turn off suggestions in your address bar, depending on your preferences. To prevent suggestions from appearing in your address bar, go to Settings > Safari and turn off the toggles for the following settings. If it’s turned off, you can enable it to get personalized suggestions in your address bar.
- Search Engine Suggestions
- Safari Suggestions
- Quick Website Search
Safari also comes with a few privacy-related features to help you protect your privacy. A new feature in iOS 15 is a Private Relay, which may be used to disguise your IP address. If you want to improve your Safari private browsing experience, we recommend that you read our comprehensive tutorial. On your iOS 15 device, you can stop tracking, modify your personalisation choices, and use Private Relay for ultimate privacy while browsing.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about configuring Safari in iOS 15. These should provide immediate answers to some of your questions.
Will I lose out on features if I move the address bar?
When you put the address bar at the top of your screen, you will lose the ability to slide between your open tabs. You’ll still have access to tab groups and the ability to copy all open URLs on your device at once.
Do website suggestions compromise privacy?
By sharing and retaining tailored data based on your previous searches and website visits, website and search engine suggestions in your address bar endanger your privacy to some level. This aids accurate predictions relevant to your browsing experience, but it also has the drawback of sharing and retaining private information.
Will setting a background image slow down Safari on iOS 15?
This is a legitimate question that only relates to older smartphones, such as the iPhone 7 and older. Setting a custom background image consumes additional RAM, which isn’t a problem on newer iOS devices but is a problem on older devices with limited RAM, such as those with 2GB or less. On such devices, we recommend that you force close Safari whenever you are not using it, especially if you are using a custom background image. You can also set Safari to automatically dismiss tabs when you exit the app, which should help you save RAM on older devices.
If you’re having trouble viewing Shared tabs in Safari, you may use our dedicated guide to help you out. Since updating to the stable version of iOS 15, many people have been experiencing the same issue, and the fixes in the guide above should help you resolve the problem on your device as well.
With this post, we hope you were able to simply alter Safari’s address bar. If you have any recommendations for us, please leave them in the comments area below.