iOS 15: Revert Safari to Old Design & Get the Safari Search Bar Back on Top on iPhone Screen

Sep 22, 2021 - 6 Comments

Move the Safari Address Bar from Top or Bottom in iOS 15

Two of the the most common questions asked by people after updating iPhone to iOS 15 is “can I revert back to the old Safari design?” and “how do I get the Safari search / address bar back to the top of the screen?”

If you don’t like the new Safari design with the address search bar on the bottom of the screen, you’ll be happy to find out that you can reverse this change and get the old Safari design back again.

How to Move the Safari Address / Search Bar Back to Top on iOS 15 for iPhone

If you’re dissatisfied with the new Safari design you certainly aren’t alone, here’s how you can switch the search/address bar back to the top of the iPhone screen:

  1. Open Settings on the iPhone
  2. Go to “Safari”
  3. Scroll down and select “Single Tab” to restore Safari to the old design with URL bar on the top
  4. Move the Safari address bar to top of screen from the bottom in iOS 15

The change is instantaneous, and the next time you open Safari on iPhone you will find the search bar / address bar is back to the top where it used to be.

Here is the Safari Address/Search/URL bar back in top on an iPhone with iOS 15:

Safari Address bar back on top

And this is what the same webpage looks like with the Safari address/search/URL/toolbar on bottom in iOS 15, which is the new default setting:

Safari with address bar on bottom

Other changes to Safari were made with iOS 15 as well that are proving too bother some users, like the search/toolbar color tinting, and the new card view of Safari tabs which some users say makes it hard to read the title of websites and webpages.

Users who don’t like the toolbar tinting in Safari can disable that in the same Safari Settings menu, by turning off “Website Tinting”.

The new Safari tab card view is not adjustable, however, so that is one you’ll have to get used to.

Do you love or hate having the Safari search bar and address bar on the bottom of the iPhone screen? Did you make the change to switch the address bar back to the top of Safari? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. Jack says:

    I’m glad to see these options, as I really didn’t like the “new look”. Thanks for the help.

  2. Kay says:

    Card view is horrendous, all are too small to see and if I try to page left right with tabs so they are big their too slow. Horrible redesign. I’m going to have to abandon safari on my phone :( 0/10 for usability and speed

  3. Chuck says:

    Can you make turn the tabs back to what they were before?

    • Paul says:

      You can move the Safari URL/search bar to the top, and turn off the color tinting, but that’s about it. The tab screen (thumbnails) can not be changed.

  4. spotanjo3 says:

    IOS 15 is awful. I hate that design. Apple is dumb. No more apple for me next time. Hello Android someday.

  5. Alex says:

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