How to Change Back to Old Safari on iPhone

iOS 15 introduced a redesigned Safari interface that puts the address bar at the bottom of the screen.

If you prefer to keep it at the top of the screen, like most web browsers, it can be easily swapped

Safari Header

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 29, 2021

iOS 15 introduced a redesigned Safari interface that puts the address bar at the bottom of the screen. Refer to below image:

Safari 1
New Safari

If you prefer to keep it at the top of the screen, like most web browsers, it can be easily swapped. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 15 or above

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There are a few advantages to having the address bar at the bottom. First, it’s easier to reach with one hand on a large screen. Second, it puts all the browser controls in one place. If you are still not convinced to give it a try, let’s switch it back. Personally, I like the old Safari.

First, open the Settings app from the home screen. See below image:

Safari 2
Accessing Settings

Now, scroll way down and tap Safari. See following image:

Safari 3
Accessing Safari

Next, go to the Tabs section and switch it to Single Tab. Refer to below image:

Safari 4
Toggle to Single Tab

Now, the address bar is back at the top of the screen and the other browser controls are still at the bottom. See below image:

Safari 5
The old Safari

Regardless of which interface you prefer, the same amount of content is visible, so it’s just a matter of what you like best.

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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