Of all the iOS 15 changes, one of the most notable, and potentially frustrating, is the changes to Safari and in particular the relocation of the address bar. If you are lost and confused by the change we show you how to bring it back to the top again.

In iOS 15 Safari on the iPhone feels like a whole new browser thanks to a bunch of new features, like group tabs and scrolling between pages, but one of the most controversial is the migration of the address bar of the part top to bottom of the page.

During the development of iOS 15 testers complained about the change, to such an extent that adjustments were made. For example, during beta testing, the address bar was sometimes hovering over content and sometimes part of the window; Apple withdrew this last option after especially negative comments. The company also made the decision to make it possible for the browser to go back to the old one for those users really confused by the new settings.

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How to recover the old Safari

Are you completely baffled by Apple’s new layout for Safari? You can put things back the way they were. This is what needs to be done:

  1. Open ‘Settings’.
  2. Scroll to the Safari section and click on it.
  3. On the Safari settings page find the ‘Tabs’ area. By default in iOS 15, the ‘Tab Bar’ setting is on, which means that the address bar will be at the bottom of the window.
  4. Tap the ‘Single Tab’ option to move the address bar back to the top of the browser window.

5. If you want to go one step further and return to how Safari looked before iOS 15, you may want to disable the “Allow coloring of web pages” slider, then the appearance of the tabs will no longer be adapted to the content of the web page. page.

You may also want to read iOS 15: Problems, bugs, and new features for your iPhone.

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Why should you give it a try …

However, we recommend that you give the new feature a try. The main issues with the new layout while testing in beta have been fixed: the bar is no longer bouncing out of the window like a hyperactive grasshopper, for example.

We find that one-handed operation is much more comfortable if the address bar is at the bottom, as it can be reached with the thumb on any screen size.

Apple has not only revamped the Safari interface, but has also revised the code in the background a bit. As a result, even older smartphones, such as a first-generation iPhone SE, will find the browser to run slightly faster on iOS 15 compared to iOS 14, as we found out in our speed comparison.

Original article published in German on our sister website Macwelt.

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