How to Change Your Homepage in Safari

Mobile and desktop Safari use different procedures

What to Know

  • Safari on Mac: With Safari open, choose Safari > Preferences > select General tab.
  • Then, next to Homepage, add a URL or select Set to Current Page.
  • Safari iOS app: Open the page you want > Sharing icon > Add to Home Screen.

This article explains how to change your Safari homepage for the Mac and the Safari app for iOS devices. This information applies to Macs with macOS Monterey (12) through OS X El Capitan (10.11), as well as iPhones and iPads with iOS 15 through iOS 11 and iPad OS 15 through iPadOS 13.

How to Set the Homepage in Safari on a Mac

You can choose any page you want to display when you launch Safari. 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 how to set 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.

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