How to Change Your Homepage in Safari

Mobile and desktop Safari use different procedures

When you launch Safari, you can choose any page you like to display when you open the browser. For example, if you usually begin browsing with a Google search, set the Google homepage as your default. If the first thing you do when you go online is check your email, tell Safari to go to your provider's site.

Here's a look at how to set your preferred homepage in Safari on the desktop or an iOS mobile device.

Information in this article applies to Macs with macOS Catalina (10.15) through OS X El Capitan (10.11), as well as iPhones with iOS 13 through iOS 11.

How to Set the Homepage in Safari on a Mac

There are several options when setting your Safari homepage on a Mac.

  1. Open Safari on your Mac.

  2. Select Safari from the menu bar and choose Preferences from the drop-down menu.

    Safari with the Preferences menu item highlighted
  3. Select the General tab on the Preferences screen.

    Safari preferences with the General tab highlighted
  4. Next to Homepage, type the URL you want to set as the Safari homepage.

    Select Set to Current Page to choose the page you're on.

    The Homepage field in Safari settings
  5. Exit the General preferences window to save your changes.

Set the Safari Homepage on an iPhone

You can't set a homepage on an iPhone or another iOS device the same way you can with Safari on the desktop. However, you can add a web page link to your device's Home screen and open it to go directly to that page.

  1. Tap the Safari icon on the iPhone Home screen to open the browser.

  2. Open the web page you want to use as a Safari shortcut.

  3. Tap Sharing (the square with an arrow) at the bottom of the web page to display the Sharing options.

  4. Scroll up on the Sharing screen to see more options.

    Open the sharing screen in Safari
  5. Tap Add to Home Screen.

  6. Accept the suggested name or change it, then tap Add to create the shortcut.

    Adding a link to an iPhone home screen
  7. You can tap the shortcut instead of opening Safari to always start at the site you chose.