How to Disable Safari Website Tinting

In iOS 15, Apple introduced a range of changes to its native iPhone web browser, Safari. Some of them were controversial, such as the decision to move the URL address bar to the bottom of the screen, but others were less so, and Apple eventually provided options so that you could customize the browser to suit their own preferences.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 11, 2021

In iOS 15, Apple introduced a range of changes to its native iPhone web browser, Safari. Some of them were controversial, such as the decision to move the URL address bar to the bottom of the screen, but others were less so, and Apple eventually provided options so that you could customize the browser to suit their own preferences.

One of those options is the ability to disable website tinting. Tinting happens when the color of the Safari interface changes around the tabs, bookmark, and navigation button areas to match the color of the website you are viewing.

The idea behind tinting is that it allows the browser interface to fade into the background and create a more immersive experience. However, the effect does not sit well with everyone, and some users are put off by it. Fortunately, Apple chose to include an option to turn it off. It’s easy to disable this feature, let’s find out.

This is for devices using Safari in iOS or iPadOS 15 or higher

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On the iPhones X and later models with a notch, it’s pretty prominent. But the older iPhone models will only see it while scrolling.

First, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, Refer to below image:

Tinting 1
Accessing Settings app

Next, scroll down to Safari, and select it. See below image:

Tinting 2
Accessing Safari option

Now, scroll down till you see the Tabs section. From there, toggle OFF (it is ON by default) the switch for Allow Website Tinting. See the following image:

Tinting 3
Disable Tinting feature

Next, close the Settings app. You will have to force quit Safari on your iPhone or iPad and reopen it to see the change.

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