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iOS 15 How To – Changing The New Look Safari Tabs

One of the big changes coming in iOS 15 is in the form of Safari Tabs. When Apple announced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and MacOS Monterey, the company debuted a new tab system in Safari, bringing a new Tab Bar to the browser. The change was significant, moving the address/search bar to the bottom of the screen and providing a carousel for your open tabs with navigation being as simple as a swipe left or right to view different tabs. The feedback on this change however was mixed – to put it kindly – with many simply not liking the new design after years of muscle memory using Safari as it had been for several iOS releases.

New Look of Safari in iOS 15
New Look of Safari Tabs in iOS 15

Apple listened and in Beta 6 of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, created a setting in the browser that allows you to change back to the single tab view instead of the new Tab Bar. Fundamentally this was done based on tester feedback so, for what it is worth, Apple does indeed take feedback in the beta cycles seriously.

To change from the new Tab bar to the Single Tab layout, navigate to Settings on your iPhone or iPad, then scroll down to the settings for Safari. About halfway down the page you will see a new Tabs section where you can use the radio button to change the way the browser looks that works best for you.

Tab Settings in Safari Settings
Tab Settings in Safari Settings

If you move to the Single Tab setting, the change is instant. You can immediately go back to Safari and you will see the traditional look of Safari.

Old School Safari Look
Old School Safari Tabs Look

Of course, you can change this at any time by going back to the tabs section in Safari settings and chose the new Tab Bar.

While Apple did introduce the ability to change the new tabs look in Beta 6, the question will be if it remains once iOS 15 goes into General Availability (GA). The probability is likely given they managed to expose this in a beta cycle and with several more beta builds likely to be release, will know it gets tested. Ultimately we will know the answer to this when the RC (Release Candidate) build is released sometime in the next few weeks.

Personally, I’m a fan of the new tab layout. What do you think?

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