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Create and Manage Tab Groups in Safari on iPhone & iPad

Are you looking to create and manage tab groups within the Safari browser? Learn how to organize tabs into groups for easier browsing.

The Apple Safari has the Tab Groups feature that helps manage the open tabs. We can segregate the tabs into a group based on type or categories. We can create, move, rename, and delete the tab groups.

The feature even allows you to favorite/bookmark the tab group and launch them from the favorites folder as a tab group.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to create and manage the tab groups in the Apple Safari browser.

Create a New Tab Group

We can create multiple tab groups and assign unlimited tabs within a group. It helps categorize similar tabs within a group and identify with a name. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Safari app on your device.
  2. Tap on the Tabs multi tab icon at the bottom right.
    It shall open the tabs menu. 
  3. Tap on the # Tabs button in the bottom center.
    Tab Group menu in Safari iOSIt will open the Tabs option in Safari.
  4. Select the New Empty Tab Group to create a blank tab group.
    Create New Tab Group in Safari iOS
  5. Enter New Tab Group a name and hit on Save.

That’s it; you have successfully created a new tab group on your iPhone/iPad.

Alternatively, you can choose the New Tab Group from # Tabs option to send all the currently opened tabs to a group.

Move Tabs to a Between Groups

If we have created multiple tabs and need to move the tab from one group to another, we can use the Move to Tab Group feature. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Safari app on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Open the tab that you wish to shift.
  3. Tap and hold the Tabs multi tab icon at the bottom right of the browser screen.
    Safari iOS Tabs icon context menu listIt shall bring up that Tabs associated menu.
  4. Select the Move to Tab Group option.
    Move the open Tab to Tab Group in Safari iOSIt will display the list of existing tab groups and the option to create a new group.
  5. Select the desired Tab Groups from the list.

That’s it; it will move the current tab into the selected group. Please note that we can send only one tab at a time, and it doesn’t support multi-tab selection to move between tab groups.

Rename a Tab Group in Safari app

The name given to the tab group is not permanent. We can rename the tab group anytime per our needs. It’s best used to improvise the tab groups for different usages.

  1. Launch the Safari app on your device.
  2. Tap on the Tabs multi tab icon at the bottom right.
  3. Tap on the Tab Group name in the center.
    Available Tab Groups within Safari iPhone BrowserIt will display the list of existing tab groups and browser tabs options.
  4. Tap and hold the Tab Group you desire to rename.
  5. Select the Rename option from the context menu.
    Rename a Tab Group in Safari iOS
  6. Change the Tab Group name and hit on the Save button.

That’s it. It will rename the tab group to the new title. Check back the Tab Group window to see the group’s new Name.

Reorder a Tab Groups

The tab groups are available in the order they are created; however, we can reorder them per our needs. If you need a specific important tab group at the top, then we can slide the tab group to the desired position. Here are the steps to Reorder the Tab Groups:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Tabs multi tab icon at the bottom right.
  3. Tap on the Tab Group name in the center. Available Tab Groups within Safari iPhone BrowserIt will display the list of existing tab groups and browser tabs options.
  4. Tap on the Edit option situated at the top left.
    Reorder Tab Group in Safari iOSIt shall open the tab groups in editor mode.
  5. Slide the Move bar horizontal 3bar icon to reorder the Tab Groups position.
  6. Hit the Done button to save the reorder.

You can move the Safari Tab Group position to within the tab groups list and set the priority.

Clear All Tabs from a Group

We can close the individual tab within a group; however, the Safari Tab group feature allows us to close all the tabs in one shot. It will not delete the Tab Group but remove all the tabs within the group.

  1. Launch the Safari app on your iOS/iPadOS.
  2. Tap and hold the Tabs multi tab icon at the bottom right of the browser screen.
    It shall bring up that Tabs associated menu.
  3. Select the Close All # Tabs command.Close Tabs in the Tab Groups in Safari iOS

It will close all the tabs within the group without destroying the Tab Group. You can further open new tabs and keep them active within the group.

Delete the Tab Groups in Safari app

If you need to close all the tabs and delete the tab group, perhaps we can use the Delete command within the tab group. Here are the steps to permanently delete a group:

  1. Open the Safari browser app on your device.
  2. Tap on the Tabs multi tab icon at the bottom right.
  3. Tap on the Tab Group name in the center.
    It will display the list of existing tab groups and browser tabs options.
  4. Tap and hold the Tab Group you desire to delete.
  5. Select the Delete command from the context menu.Delete a Tab Groups in Safari iOS
  6. Hit the Delete button on the confirmation dialog box.

The tab group is deleted from the Safari browser.

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Note: All the associated tabs within the group will also be closed when you delete the tab group in the Safari browser.

Bottom Line

The ability to group similar tab and organize the open tabs helps in decluttering the browser app. We can add, remove, rename and completely manage the tab group.

Similarly, we can create and manage the tab group in Safari on Mac. The options are very similar to that of hand-held devices.

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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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