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iOS 15 How To – Customize The Start Page in Safari

One of the new features coming to Safari in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is the ability to customize your Start Page. The Start Page in iOS 15 has become much richer in content and information when you open up Safari, far beyond just your Favorites. Fundamentally the changes made in Safari in iOS 15 are a mirror of the changes Apple made to the Start Page in macOS Big Sur, allowing you to have more personalized content as soon as you open up the browser.

Customizing this content is easy to do in Safari but finding where to make the changes is a bit buried. When you open up Safari in iOS 15, you will see your Favorites as you did in iOS 14. But now you will see a lot more personalized content such as things that have shared with you via Messages for example, your Privacy Report, Reading List and links to tabs open on your other devices. Again, this will look and feel a lot like Safari on your Mac.

Safari Start Page in iOS 15
Safari Start Page in iOS 15

To customize how your Start Page looks on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 15, scroll to the very bottom of the page when you open up the browser. There you will see a large Edit button. This is the location where all the customizations can be done to the page, not in Settings.

Edit Button in Safari for iPhone
Edit Button in Safari for iPhone

Once you tap the Edit button, you’ll be brought to the customization settings for the Start Page. Here you can adjust what you see on the page like your Favorites, Frequently Visited sties, things shared with you, Siri Suggestions, and so forth. You can also adjust the order they appear in by tapping and holding the three bars next to each item and dragging it up or down to change it. Finally, you can now sync these customizations across your devices – set it one and it goes to all your iCloud connected devices.

Safari Start Page Customization
Safari Start Page Customization

This new addition to Safari rounds out nicely the browser’s personalization across all of your devices and brings the Mac version and iOS/iPadOS versions more in line with each other.

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