Apple’s iOS 15 back in the day came with a complete redesign of the way Safari works. The most prominent of the new Safari design is the relocation of the address bar at the bottom.
While I absolutely love the new location of the Safari address bar on iOS 15, if you don’t like the address bar at the bottom, you’re in luck. Hidden in two places on your iPhone, a setting allows you to move Safari’s address bar to the top. Here’s how.
Two ways to move the Safari address bar to the top
Apple allows you to change the Safari address bar’s location in two different ways. We’ll talk about them both today. They are:
- While using Safari. (Right on the address bar itself.)
- In Settings.
Change the address bar location while using Safari
In three simple steps, you can move the address bar location to the top (or back to the bottom) while using Safari.
- Open Safari and go to a website (any website. For example, go to apple.com).
- Tap where it shows Aa on the left side of the address bar.
- Tap where it says “Show Top Address Bar.”
That’s it! It’s the fastest way to try moving the address bar back and forth.
If you decide to move the address bar back to the bottom, you can follow the same steps above and tap where it says “Show Bottom Address Bar.”
Nifty, isn’t it?
Change Safari address bar location on iPhone Settings
I wouldn’t know why, but if you prefer a more traditional approach from the settings, here’s how to do it there.
- Open Settings
- Scroll down and tap on “Safari”
- Scroll down to the “Tabs” section and choose the “Single Tab” option on the right.
You can then switch to the Safari app, and you’ll see the address bar moved back to the top.
If you want to move it back to the bottom, just try the first option above! It’s just faster!
Why did Apple move the Safari address bar to the bottom?
I don’t work at Apple, obviously, but I’d assume the company moved the address bar to the bottom to make it easier for our fingers to reach the address bar while using the phone one-handed.
I absolutely love the new placement of the address bar, and I don’t see myself ever going back. I even miss it when occasionally using Chrome on my iPhone. The bottom placement makes it so easy to reach with my thumb that I can’t thank the designers at Apple enough for making this change!
But I understand people may have other preferences, so it was really cool to find out that Apple lets you move the address bar location back to the top for those who want it.
Where do you like the Safari address bar on your iPhone? Are you Team Top or Team Bottom? (Who knew this would be a question someday!)