This is the second post in a series on Apple iPhone and its Safari web browser. I am updating and republishing this post. I just read another long blog about how to stop Safari from opening apps upon startup. All you have to do is start Safari with a blank page. Here’s how to do this.
In the “old days”, back to iPhone 4, Safari was slooooow to load. By default, Safari either loads the last page you visited or your bookmarks. This tip will start Safari with a blank page. Then you can immediately begin searching for a particular topic without having to wait for graphics and text to load or for installed apps.
This is for iPhone, iPad, and Mac using Safari web browser
Following are the steps to do this:
- Tap on Safari, usually located in bottom right of your Home page
- Tap on URL field and type “about:blank” (without quotation marks)
- Tap Go (for iOS13 or higher)
- Tap on the bottom Share arrow icon and scroll
- Select Add to Home Screen to create a bookmark
- Label the bookmark to something like “Blank Safari” (without any quotation marks)
- Tap Add (for iOS13 or higher)
- You will see a white blank Safari icon on your Home page. If you have several pages, it will appear on an empty icon space
- You can drag this icon to wherever you want
- When you tap this icon, Safari will instantly load a blank page
Your blank Safari screen should look like the following image:
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