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Change the Background Image of the Startpage in Safari on Mac

Are you looking to change the startpage background and set a custom picture in the Safari app? Learn how to customize the browser's home screen background.

Apple Safari has a feature that allows you to set a background image on the start page. It provides the ability to choose pictures from a preset list and even upload a photo as a background for the start page.

We can customize the start page elements using the custom menu option. These changes are synced across the connected devices.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to change the background images of Apple Safari’s Start page.

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Change the Background Image of the Homepage

Safari offers a customization menu on the start page that allows multiple features, such as favorites, privacy reports, reading lists, etc., along with the option to add background images. We can add custom pictures or select from the preset defaults.

Here are the steps to change the background image:

  1. Launch the Safari app on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Customize Menu horizontal 3-bar icon situated at the bottom right corner.
    Safari Start Page Customize Menu option
  3. Enable the checkbox for the Background Image option.
    Background image option in Safari Start Page customize menuIt shall bring up a list of the preset image. Just click on the desired one, and Safari will apply it.
  4. Click on the Add plus add icon option to add the custom picture.
    Preset and Custom Add option for Background Image in Safari Mac
  5. Browse to the Finder and select the desired picture.
  6. Hit the Choose button.
    Select Picture from the Finder window and hit Choose button

That’s it; the chosen image will be applied as the background of the Safari start page.

Safari MacOS Start Page with Custom Background Image

If you wish to switch to another one, you must remove that custom image first. To remove the custom background image from Safari, go to the Background Image option from the start page custom menu, and click on the X icon at the top left of the existing custom image.

Remove Custom Background Image from Safari Mac

It will remove the image from the background image section, and you click on Add plus add icon button to set a custom picture.

Bottom Line

It’s always great to have a few customization options that allow us to change the look and feel of the Safari start page according to our needs.

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Note: If the iCloud sync is enabled for Safari browser on your different Apple devices (say, iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.), changing the background in one device will automatically reflect in another synced device.

Similarly, we can change the background image on Safari on iPhone or iPad devices for the start page.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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