Over the past few months, Safari has been the subject of much debate, as Apple attempted to introduce an overhauled redesign to the browser. This came along with the addition of support for Safari Extensions, along with a few other more minor tweaks available. Apple continues to try and bring feature-parity across all of its devices, especially now that devices like the iPad Pro and 2020/2020 Mac lineup are powered by the same processor.
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After facing so much controversy regarding the overall layout of the new Safari and the decision to move the address bar to the bottom, Apple has softened its stance a bit. This new Apple looks to be a bit more about letting users have control over how their devices look and feel within certain apps, including Safari.
How To Set Custom Safari Background on iPhone and iPad
In addition to allowing users to switch between the “old” tab bar layout in Safari, with the bar at the top, and the “new” version based on swipe gestures and an address bar on the bottom, Apple also added a nice little customization option to Safari. Starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, you can change set a custom Safari background on your devices. Previously, you were just stuck with whatever boring and bland option was available by default. But now, you can either pick from a selection of pre-populated backgrounds or use an image of your own.
Here’s how you can set a custom Safari background:
- Open the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Open a new and empty Safari page.
- Tap the two-square icon in the bottom right corner.
- Then, tap the + icon.
- Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
- Tap the Edit button.
- Tap the toggle next to Background Image.
- Select one of the pre-populated pictures, or tap the + box to add your own.
When navigating to this portion of Safari, you might also notice quite a few options to customize the general layout of Safari. This includes toggles for things like the Privacy Report, iCloud Tags, or just your most visited websites. But you can also customize the layout of these sections via the three horizontal lines next to each of the options. Now, you can hide the sections of Safari that you don’t care about, while re-arranging sections that you want quicker access to when using Safari.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.