How to change general settings in Safari

How to change general settings in Safari
How to change general settings in Safari
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To change Safari preferences on an iOS device, you need to go through your device settings. If you are using a computer running macOS, you must use the Preferences menu in the browser. Although the settings are the same on the mobile and desktop platform, the desktop version offers more options.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Change general Safari preferences on iOS

Change Your General Preferences on Safari Step 1

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your device

The application Settings sits on one of your home screens and looks like a set of cogwheels. If you can't find it, look in the folder Utilities.

This method works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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Step 2. Scroll down to Safari

The application Safari sits among other Apple apps like Maps, Compass, and News.

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Step 3. Tap Search Engine

If you want to change your default search engine, tap Search engine and choose between Google, Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckGo. Safari will use the selected engine each time you type a request in the address bar.

  • Function Search engine suggestions will give you search engine suggestions as you type your query.
  • Function Safari suggestions will give you search suggestions from Apple.
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Step 4. Select Passwords to view your saved passwords

You will be asked for an access code in order to display the passwords. These are the passwords that you have saved on the sites that you have visited.

To view the username and password saved for a site, tap a password

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Step 5. Set up autofill

Autofill is information that automatically appears in forms. You can use it to more easily enter your address or payment information. This menu allows you to configure your contact information, but also to manage your registered credit cards.

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Step 6. Replace your favorite folder using the Favorites option

This option allows you to choose the favorite folders to use. You can choose multiple folders and switch between them if necessary.

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Step 7. Choose how to open links with the Open Links option

With this option, you can choose to open the links in a new tab or in the background. If you choose Background, the links will open in a new tab, but they will not be immediately highlighted.

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Step 8. Activate the popup blocker to block pop-up windows

To allow Safari to block as many popups as possible, you can enable the option Block pop-ups. You will no longer have pop-ups, but you may experience issues with sites that rely on popups.

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Step 9. Prevent websites from tracking your browsing history

The option Do not follow allows Safari to tell websites that you do not want to be tracked. It is then up to the sites whether or not to respect your request, but not all of them respond favorably to user requests.

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Step 10. Tap Clear History, Site Data

This option will delete all Safari browsing history as well as cookies and cache. Browsing history on all your connected devices will also be deleted.

Method 2 of 2: Change general Safari preferences on macOS

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Step 1. Open the Safari program

Safari settings can be changed from the browser itself. Make sure this is the active program first so that the Safari menu appears in the top left of the screen.

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Step 2. Click on the Safari menu

Then select Preferences to open a new window with Safari preferences open on the tab General.

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Step 3. Select a home page

In the field Home page, you can set a specific page to display when Safari starts. Click on Use the current page to use the opened page as a new home page.

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Step 4. Use the Tabs section to change the behavior of the tabs

You can choose how the links open and activate shortcuts to open the tabs and switch between them.

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Step 5. Set up your autofill information

In the tab Automatic filling, you can choose the information used to automatically fill out the forms and fields dedicated to purchases with a credit card. To choose the content to use, click To modify next to the options that appear.

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Step 6. View your saved passwords

Go to the tab Passwords to view all websites for which you have saved passwords. To reveal a password, double click on it. You will be asked for your user password.

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Step 7. Change your search preferences

The drop-down menu Search engine allows you to change the search engine to use in Safari's address bar. You will have the choice between Google, Bing, Yahoo and DuckDuckGo. Searches in the address bar will now be done with this new engine.

Under this menu, you can activate or deactivate the various search parameters (such as whether or not to use Safari suggestions)

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Step 8. Enable or disable security settings

In the tab Security, you can enable or disable security settings such as warnings when accessing a fraudulent website, enabling JavaScript, and more. If you want, you can leave these settings at their default values.

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Step 9. Change your privacy settings

Go to the tab Confidentiality to change your cookie and website tracking settings. Under the tracking settings you will find the location settings and you can also allow websites to check if Apple Pay is set up.

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Step 10. Manage your extensions in the Extensions tab

All the extensions you have installed are listed in this tab. Click on any of them to display additional information. If you want to see the other extensions available for Safari, click Get extensions at the bottom right of the window.

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Step 11. Adjust your advanced settings in the Advanced tab

In this tab, you will find several settings as well as various advanced options that most of the users can safely ignore. For people who have trouble reading small texts, the tab Advances also contains accessibility and zoom options that will make it easier for them to use their machine.

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