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Customize Safari on iPad and iPhone

How to Customize Safari on iPad and iPhone

If you have ever gotten upset that iOS just shows you most visited sites when you tap on the Safari address bar. There is good news though: that is one of the ways that you can customize your Safari options that can be easily changed.

Not only will you be able to hid the most visited sites feature, but you will be able to change how the newly opened tabs work, select a new folder for your favorites, and then select a new reader mode font and so much more.

Hiding the most visited sites

Safari hide visited pages

Whenever you tap on the address bar for Safari for iPad and iPhone, where you will see a favorites grid, as well as a grid of frequently visited sites, or the most visited sites given the fact the grid that appear after just one visit.

If you want Safari to keep this to itself, then you will be happy to know that there is a setting that will disable your most visited panel.

You will simply go to settings and then click Safari and go to the general section and then simply switch off the option for your frequently visited sites.

If you want to keep the site grid, but just want to remove a particular site, then just tap and hold the site icon and then tap delete.

Picking new bookmark folder for your favorites

Safari new bookmark folder

The grid of favorites in Safari is based on the bookmarks that are in the favorites folder by default. If you want a different folder for your bookmarks, it is really easy to change.

Simply go to settings and then select Safari then go to general. This is where you will select Favorites then you will just pick a new folder from your bookmark folders.

The bookmark folder that you picked will show up when you tap on your address bar, and any sites that you make a favorite will go to that folder.

Hiding and showing your favorites bar on iPad

Safari bookmarks bar

If you happen to be using Safari on your iPad, then you will have a desktop styled favorites bar below the address bar. If you want to make the most out of the screen on your iPad or you aren’t a fan of the favorites bar, then you can now hide it easily.

Go to settings and then Safari then simply scroll down and then switch off the show favorites bar. You should keep in mind that once the favorite bar is gone, you will be able to use the address bar to show your favorites in grid form.

Hiding or showing tabs bar for your iPad

Safari show tabs bar

This is another desktop advantage for your iPad. Tabs bars will show all of your open tabs below the address bar. Just like with the favorites bar, you will be able to hide this to make room for more webpages.

Go to your settings and then Safari and scroll to the general settings then just switch the show tab bar setting to off.

Once you have this done, you will have to tap on the tabs button in order to change tabs, or pinch your screen in order to see the tab overview screen.

Changing how your new tabs work

Safari new tabs settings

Whenever you open a link as a new tab in Safari, by default it will open the tab in the foreground, which replaces the tab that you had open. If you want, you are able to set Safari up to open tabs in the background, which will keep your current tab open while putting new tabs behind it.

If you are using an iPhone go to settings then Safari and open links, then simply select in background. If you are using an iPad, go to settings then Safari and simply enable the open new tabs in background option.

Whenever you tap and hold the link in Safari, a pop up menu will have a open in background option. Click it and your link will appear behind what you were doing.

If you happen to be on an iPad and your tabs bar is enabled just tapping and holding the link will have an open new tab option. Click that and your tab will open next to your already opened tabs.

Changing the background and font of reader mode

Safari customize reader mode

The Reader mode for iOS has a nice job of making web articles reformatted to be easier to read, which strips away all of the other elements that leave the text, headlines, and images.

Until recently, there wasn’t a way that you could customize your reader mode besides just being able to change the font size, but with the release of iOS 9, that changed.

Whenever you are in reader mode, you will be able to change the font sizes, as well as select from 8 different background colors and fonts.

Simply click on the font button in your address bar, and then click to select a new background color or pick a new font from the list.

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