Browsing through Safari can be chaotic, but not for the reason you may think. Anytime you open up a new tab, the mobile web browser bombards you with websites, webpages, and other information that you may not want to see.
It’s meant for convenience, but the start page in Safari can sometimes feature too much about which websites to visit when you get online. You may see an article you’ve favorited, a website you’ve been texted by a friend, or even a certain webpage you frequently visit — either way, it can be too much information.
Sometimes, you don’t want all these details to appear prominently in one place, which is why iOS makes it easy to get rid of the clutter that appears in a new tab. In the guide below, we’ll show you how to get rid of all that junk on your Safari start page.
How To Customize The Start Page in Safari
To clean or customize a Safari splash page:
- Open a new tab in Safari.
- Scroll to the bottom of the tab.
- Tap on Edit.
Here you’ll find a number of settings you can customize to remove clutter from your new tabs/start pages, including:
- Favorites: Websites you’ve added to your Favorites.
- Shared with You: Articles and other online links that have been shared with you via Messages.
- Privacy Report: Short summary of Safari privacy tools currently in effect, including tracker prevention and hidden IP address.
- Siri Suggestions: Websites found in other native apps, like Mail, suggested by Siri.
- Reading List: Webpages you’ve saved to read for later
- iCloud Tabs: Webpages open on your other Apple devices, i.e. Mac, iPad, etc.
- Frequently Visited: Websites you frequently visit.
If you toggle off the entire lot, you’ll be left with a blank page anytime you open a new tab in Safari. No more frequently visited websites — no more previews of articles shared with you via text message. Instead, you’ll have a clean slate.
However, if that’s too boring for you, you can toggle on Background Image and either choose an existing photo or upload your own. It’s nice to be able to add a tiny bit of personalization to Safari, instead of just having a blank white page.
If you want to use this same start page for your other Apple devices, keep Use Start Page on All Devices toggled on at the top of the page.
Your Safari start page may be hectic, but luckily iOS provides the tools necessary to clean up your device. Instead of having to deal with certain websites and webpages appearing anytime you open a new tab, you’ll instead be greeted with a blank slate and a bit personality instead.