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How to use tab groups in Safari on iPhone and iPad



How to use tab groups in Safari on iPhone and iPad

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When browsing the web on your current iPhone, do you end up with hundreds of tabs open? I mean, did you know that the limit of tabs you can open is limited to 500? I’m halfway there, but I know others have reached this outrageous limit through social media. But an iOS 15 feature can help you organize that chaos into something a little more manageable — at least, if you’re disciplined enough to keep up.

Apple added Safari tab groups in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. With tab groups, you can sort and group your open tabs, such as work, shopping, entertainment websites, and more.

We show you how to use tab groups in Safari on the best iPhone and iPad, like the iPhone 13 Pro. And if you’re wondering about your Mac, here’s how to use tab groups in Safari on macOS Monterey.

Table of Contents:

How to create a new tab group in Safari

When you launch Safari on iPhone and iPad, you’ll have already created a new default tab group. All tabs you open will go into this default tab group. However, you can create a new group at any time if you wish.

  • Launch Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Press the tab button on the bottom toolbar. They look like two cascading squares.
  • Tap where it says Tabs X (“X” is the number of open tabs in that group), with an arrow pointing down. This will open the Tab Groups menu.

    Source: HowHow

  • Tap New Blank Tab Group.
  • Give your new tab group a name.
  • Press Save.

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  • Now any new tab you open will be in this new tab group until you switch groups. And Tab Groups sync across all your devices through iCloud, making it easy to pick up where you left off on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

    How to rename a group of tabs in Safari on iOS and iPadOS 15

    If you have multiple groups of tabs, you should make sure they have a name so you can easily recognize what they are for at a glance. Fortunately, you can change the name of a tab group at any time.

  • Make sure you are in the Tab Groups menu by following steps 1-3 above.

    Source: HowHow

  • Long-press a group of tabs that you’ve already given a name.
  • Select Rename from the context sensitive menu.
  • Write the new name.
  • Press Save.

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  • How to Rearrange Tab Groups in Safari on iOS and iPadOS 15

  • Make sure you’re in the Tab Groups menu.

    Source: HowHow

  • Touch and drag one of your groups to the desired location in the list.

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  • You have to make sure to quickly drag it because if you long press on the tab group, the menu will appear to rename or delete it.

    How to show all tabs in a tab group in Safari on iOS and iPadOS 15

    When you can’t remember all the open tabs in a tab group, you can see everything in a certain tab group just by showing that group.

  • Launch Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
  • When you are on a web page, press the tab button on the toolbar.
  • To see what other tabs are open in other tab groups, select the tab group you want to see tabs for.
  • You will be able to see a thumbnail of each tab in a tab group once it is selected.

    Source: HowHow

  • How to delete a group of tabs in Safari on iOS and iPadOS 15

  • Make sure you’re in the Tab Groups menu.

    Source: HowHow

  • Long-press a group of tabs that you’ve already given a name.
  • Select Delete from the context sensitive menu.
  • Confirm that you want to delete by tapping Delete.

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  • Deleting a tab group will close all the tabs that are in the tab group. You cannot undo this action.

    Tab groups are useful, but for the disciplined

    As you can see, tab groups can definitely come in handy if you tend to find yourself with hundreds of open tabs in Safari over time, as the feature can be a bit hidden from most people. But as useful as the feature is, it’s definitely for those who are disciplined enough to stick with it. As you can see from the screenshots, I am a bit lazy to maintain maintenance. iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 brought a lot of changes to Safari, and despite some initial controversy, it seems to have settled down a bit.

    May 2022 Update: Added screenshots. These are still the current steps for tab groups in Safari on the latest version of iOS.

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