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By default, Safari on iPhone and iPad displays a list of Favorites when you open a new window or tab. With a simple change in Settings, you can swap that list with another folder of bookmarks. Here’s how to set it up.

First, open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap the "Settings" icon on iPhone

In “Settings,” tap “Safari.”

In iPhone Settings, tap "Safari"

In “Safari” settings, tap “Favorites.”

In Settings, tap "Favorites"

In the list that appears, choose another folder. (If no other folders are present in the list, you can create a new folder in Safari by tapping the “Bookmarks” button, selecting “Edit,” then tapping the “New Folder” button.)

Note: Choosing a different folder here will also change your default “Favorites” folder. From now on, whenever you add a new bookmark to “Favorites,” it will appear in this folder.

In Safari settings, choose another Favorites folder from the list.

After that, tap back once, then exit Settings. The next time you open Safari to a “new tab” page, you’ll see a list of favorites pulled from the folder you just selected.

An example of Favorites showing up on a blank page in Safari on iPhone.

By the way, if you’d prefer having nothing listed on your new tab page in Safari, you can create an empty folder and select that instead. The next time you open a new tab, the page will be completely blank. Happy browsing!

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Benj Edwards is an Associate Editor for How-To Geek. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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