Where are Safari preferences? Steps by steps guide

Modified Nov. 3, 2023, 8:43 p.m.


Finding Safari preferences can be a nightmare for anyone not used to it, here we detail where to look at them depending on the device used.

Safari preferences can be found in the Settings application on your iPhone and iPad, and in the Safari menu at the top bar of the Safari application on your Mac.

Where are Safari preferences on iPhone and iPad?

Safari preferences are located in the same place for both iPhone and iPad, all iOS devices. Follow these steps to find Safari preferences :

  1. Find and open the settings app, and use the search feature if you can’t remember where it is
  2. Find Safari in the application list, it’s in the same group as every other Apple application as Mail or FaceTime.
  3. Tap on Safari to open the Safari preferences

In this section, you will be able to access every configuration that can be done on Safari.

  • What can be accessed by Safari, can be Siri for example
  • The language used in the application
  • The search browser used among search-related parameters
  • Some other general configurations, such as pop-up blocking or browser extensions
  • Where to display the tab bar and other tab bar configuration
  • Security and confidentiality
  • And other configurations and feature

You won't be able to manage network settings in Safari settings to fix some issue such as changing the DNS to fix the issue You're offline check your connection on Youtube, or the server cannot be found error message.

Where are Safari preferences on mac?

To find the Safari preferences on mac, follow these steps :

  1. Find and open the Safari browser
  2. Click on the top left “Safari” menu
  3. Click on preferences
  4. A new window is opened, containing all the Safari preferences grouped in tabs

Here are all the tabs available in Safari preferences with explanations about them :


In the general tab of Safari preferences, you can change your Safari home page, choose what will be opened on a new tab, what favorites to show, the browsing history length, the location to save the downloaded file, and its retention period.


In tabs, you can choose how to open a new page, where to display the tab bar, to configure the shortcuts, and other few things


In the autofill part, you can choose to autofill the data saved in the form, the saved credentials when you visit the website again, and to autofill the saved credit card information


Here you can show, modify, add, delete and share the credentials that you saved for the websites.

In the search part, you can choose which search engine you would like to use with Safari and how to use the URL bar.


Enable or disable the security warning about websites, and manage the websites allowed to use JavaScript


Manage how Safari is dealing with the different cookies, disallow third-party cookies to follow everywhere on the web, delete the cookies, restrict the storage of the cookies on your mac, and manage which website can see if Apple Pay is configured on your device. Safari is almost as concerned as Firefox about the privacy question


In this part, you can manage the authorizations given to the websites. For each of them, you can choose to block publicity, stop video autoplay, and pop-up


You should not have to go to this section, but if needed you will find specific parameters about the URL bar, you can set a minimum font size displayed on the websites, auto-save the articles to read them offline, and access development tools.



Maxime Levesque is a technical engineer with more than 5 years of professional experience. He is an expert in computer and phones, mostly on Apple products. Maxime is also the founder of TechBrowser.

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