How to Customize Safari Start Page

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

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 8, 2021

On your iPhone or iPad, you can easily customize the Safari Start Page in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 (or higher). You can make the page blank (mostly), add a background image, or pick and choose what you want to see. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for iPhone and iPad running iOS or iPadOS 15 or higher

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First, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and open a new tab by tapping the tabs button (two overlapping rectangles in the bottom toolbar), then tapping the plus (“+”) button. Refer to the below image:

Start Page 1
Selecting the Tabs button

Next, you will see Safari’s Start Page by default. To edit what’s on the Start Page, scroll down, if necessary, and tap the Edit button. See the below image:

Start Page 2
Selecting the Edit button

Now, a Customize Start Page window will appear. Use the switches beside the listed options to turn them ON or OFF. Here’s what each option does.

  • Favorites: This displays items from your Favorites list (like bookmarks).
  • Frequently Visited: You will see a list of frequently visited websites.
  • Shared With You: This gives you a list of items shared with you from other people through the Messages app.
  • Privacy Report: This shows a report on the number of trackers Safari has blocked recently.
  • Siri Suggestions: This displays suggestions from Siri related to what’s in your history and bookmarks.
  • Reading List: This shows items from your Reading List.
  • iCloud Tabs: This shows Safari tabs that are synchronized across iCloud from your other devices.

See the following image:

Start Page 3
Turning On or Off the Start Page switches

Next, you can use the “three lines” handle beside each item to reorder the items on your Start Page by tapping and dragging the item. Refer to the below image:

Start Page 4
Reorder your list

Now, if you turn the switch beside Background Image into the ON position, you can select a background picture that will display behind the content on your Start Page. Tap an image in the thumbnails or tap the plus (“+”) button to select a custom image from your photo library. See the below image:

Start Page 5

Next, if you want to make your Start Page as minimalist as possible, switch off every item on the Customize Start Page list. (Unfortunately, you will still see the Edit button.) See the following image where all items are turned OFF except for Favorites:

Start Page 6
Your new Start Page

When you are done, click the “X” button to close the Customize Start Page window. The changes you have made take effect immediately.

If you want a different blank Start Page, see the related link below.

How to Start Safari With a Blank Page

In the Related post above, if implemented, this will become your first Start Page. To navigate to your new Start Page, tap the about:blank text field.

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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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