As an iPhone user, chances are you’re using Safari as your default browser of choice. After all, it’s fast and lightweight, it does almost everything you’d want a mobile browser to do, and it’s more battery efficient than Google Chrome, all of which is great. However, while using Safari, you might have noticed that every time you launch the browser, or open a new tab it presents you with ‘Favourites’. These are essentially bookmarks that Safari thinks you might want to head over to, and these can be very useful if there are websites you often visit on your smartphone. So, here’s how to customise favourite sites in Safari on an iPhone running iOS 13.
How to Customise Favourite Sites in Safari on iPhone
Edit Favourites in Safari Individually
If there are only a couple of favourites that you want to change in Safari, this is the easiest way to go about it.
- Launch Safari, and long-press on the favourite site that you want to edit or remove. In the peek menu that pops up, tap on ‘Delete’ if you want to remove the favourite, or tap on ‘Edit’ if you want to edit it.
- If you tapped on ‘Edit’ you can now enter a new name for the favourite site, and edit the URL as well if you want to. Just make these changes and tap on ‘Save’ in the top right corner of the display.
Edit or Delete Multiple Favourites in Safari
If you want to edit or delete multiple favourites in Safari, using the following method will prove simpler.
- Launch Safari, and tap on the bookmarks icon in the bottom toolbar. This is the icon that looks like an open book. Here, tap on ‘Favourites’.
- Now, tap on ‘Edit’ in the bottom right corner of the screen. You can now tap the ‘minus’ icon next to any favourite site to delete it from the list. You can also use the handles (annotated in the screenshot below) to rearrange your favourite sites.
- If you want to edit a favourite site and change its name and URL, just tap on its name in the list. You can now change the name that shows up for the site in your favourites, and even change its URL.
Create Folders in Safari Favourites
One more thing you can do with favourite sites in Safari is organise them properly using folders, so you can have a folder that holds all your personal websites, a folder that holds all your work websites, and so on and so forth. It’s pretty handy, especially if you find yourself browsing the internet quite often, as I do. So here’s how to organise Safari favourites into folders.
- Launch Safari and tap on the bookmarks icon in the bottom toolbar. Here, tap on ‘Favourites’.
- Tap on ‘Edit’ and then on ‘New Folder’.
- Enter a name for the folder, I’m using ‘8BitToast’. Then tap on ‘Done’.
So far you have successfully created a new folder for your favourite sites. Now it’s time to actually add some websites to it. Here’s how to do that.
- Open the website you want to add as a favourite site. Tap on the ‘Share’ button in the bottom toolbar, and select ‘Add Bookmark’.
- You can choose a name for the bookmark if you like. Tap on ‘Favourites’ under location and select the folder you just created.
- Simply tap on ‘Save’ and you’re done.
You can repeat this process for every website you want to add to a folder in your favourites. It’s definitely a time consuming process when you first get started with it, but it will end up saving you a lot more time in the longer run. Plus, favourite sites in Safari are synced across your iCloud devices, so you will find these favourites on your MacBook, and your iPad as well if you use those devices.
Easily Customise Favourite Sites in Safari
So now that you know how to customise favourite sites in Safari, edit favourites, delete them, and even organise them into folders, go ahead and set up Safari on your iPhone with all your favourite websites in one easy to find location. Also, if you come across any issues, or if you have any doubts, feel free to drop in a comment and I will definitely try to help you with it.