How to Set or Change Safari Homepage on Apple iPhone SE 2020 | Customizing iOS Browser

This post will show you how to set or change the Safari homepage on the new iPhone SE 2020 handset. Read on to learn how to customize the default iOS browser to load up your preferred homepage or search engine every time you open it on your phone.

Introducing the iOS 13 Safari Browser Features

The iOS 13 Safari version is packed with a number of great new features and system enhancements to offer users with the best browsing experience when surfing the web on their iOS devices.

Typically, the iOS Safari browser always launches the last web page you’ve visited. With the latest system updates, the stock iOS browser is already allowing users to customize its key settings and change the default search engine.

By default, the iOS 13 Safari browser has a revamped start page, which now incorporates Siri suggestions and other features.

The updated start page is basically designed to let users get what most interests them quickly and ensures that you don’t miss checking out the recommended websites by their family and friends.

If you don’t like it this way, then you can always make and apply the necessary changes by configuring the Safari settings.

That said,  you can now configure Safari to always open to the same web page rather than getting stuck on an unexpected homepage.

If you need help on how to make this happen on your iPhone SE 2020 handset, then  you can refer to these subsequent instructions.

Easy Steps to Set or Change Safari Homepage on your iPhone SE 2020

Time Needed : 5 minutes

The following steps can be applied to other iOS devices running on the same iOS version as the iPhone SE 2020. Actual screen and menu items however may vary depending on the device models and carriers.

  1. When ready, access the Homepage of your iPhone SE.
    While on the Home screen, locate and then tap the Settings icon.

    Doing so will launch the main settings menu highlighting basic and advanced iOS features and services you can use or modify settings on.

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  2. Scroll down to view more items. Then, tap Safari.

    The Safari browser's settings menu opens next.
    Here, you will see a list of various browsing features including Siri and Search, language settings, search options and more.

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  3. To proceed with this demo, tap Search Engine under the Search section.

    A list of available search engines will load up on the next screen.
    The current search engine is marked with a check next to it. 
    That said, the current homepage is set to Google.

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  4. To change this, simply tap to select your preferred search engine.

    Among other options include Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo.
    Make sure that your preferred search engine is checked. 

    The recent changes will immediately reflect in the Search Engine section under the Safari menu.

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Tools
  • iOS 13.6
Materials
  • Apple iPhone SE 2020

Can’t Change the Safari Homepage?

Once you’re done making necessary changes, you can try launching the Safari browser app and then see if the homepage is already set to the selected search engine or webpage.

If that doesn’t work, restart the phone and then open the Safari app, go to the webpage you’d like to set as your homepage, and then tap the Add to Home screen icon. That should prompt the browser to load up the home screen when you open it.

You can also rename the icon as you’d like and then tap the Add option on the upper-right corner.

A new shortcut to that webpage will then be added to your Home screen. You can tap on that shortcut to open Safari to the specified page.

If that doesn’t work either, then  you should consider modifying the Safari browser’s preferences. 

To do this, simply open Safari then go to Preferences and General section. 

In this section, you can see and adjust different settings. Tap New windows open with and then select your preferred homepage.

Alternatively, select Homepage and then enter the URL of the page that you want Safari to launch when it opens.

Also in the General section, make sure that the Close windows when quitting an app option is selected. If it isn’t, tap to select it so that Safari opens to your specified page only if that page was open when you last quit the Safari browser app on your phone.

Hope this helps!

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Hope this helps!

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