How to Create and Manage Tab Groups in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

The Apple Safari browser introduces the Tab Groups feature that helps in effectively managing the open or active tabs. Users can segregate the open tabs into a group based on type or categories. We can create, move, rename, and delete the tab groups based on our need. The feature even allows you to favorite/bookmark the tab group and launch the favorites folder as a tab group.

Many of us have this knack of keeping multiple tabs opened simultaneously inside the browser window. While it’s excellent from the multi-tasking point of view, it gets a tad challenging to manage all these tabs efficiently.

Moreover, finding the desired one from the crowds is no easy task in itself. Well, this is where Safari’s Tab Group feature comes in handy.

It allows you to create groups based on a particular subject and then send all the tabs to their respective groups.

For example, you could create a News Group and send all the news-related tabs over to that group, have one for multimedia and send the Netflix and YouTube tabs under that roof, and so on.

All this leads to neat segregation of tabs based on their category and would help you find the desired tabs within seconds. So with such a long list of benefits attached, it’s no hidden secret why users are looking to try it out right away.

If you also echo the same thought process, this guide will help you begin with Safari Tab Groups. This tutorial will show you the detailed instructions to create and manage tab groups in the Safari browser on iOS and iPadOS.

We will start with the steps to create a new tab group on your iPhone/iPad. After that, we will make you aware of the steps to add a new tab to a particular group, reorder your Tab Groups, close all tabs of a group, and how to rename or delete a group. So without any further delay, let’s get started.

Create a New Tab Group in Safari

We can create multiple tab groups and assign unlimited tabs within a group. It helps in categorizing the similar tabs within a group and identifying with a name.

Here are the steps to create a new tab group in Safari iOS/iPadOS:

  1. Launch the Safari browser 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 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 [/cmdbtn]Save[/cmdbtn].

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

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

Send/Move Tabs to a Group

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 move tabs from one Tab Group to another in Safari iOS:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on your device.
  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 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 tab 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

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

Here are the steps to rename the existing Tab Group in Safari iOS/iPadOS:

  1. Launch the Safari browser 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 Save button.

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

Reorder Tab Groups

The tab groups are available in the order they are created; however, we can reorder them per our need. 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 in Safari browser on iPhone and iPad:

  1. Launch the Safari browser 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 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 on Done button to save the reorder.

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

Close All Tabs in a Tab 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.

Here are the steps to close all the tabs within Tab Group within Safari iPhone/iPad:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on your device.
  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 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 a Tab Group in Safari

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 the Tab Group from Safari iOS/iPadOS:

  1. Launch the Safari browser 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 on Delete button on the confirmation dialog box.

That’s it. The tab group is deleted from the Safari browser.

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

Bottom Line: Safari iOS Tab Group

We round off the guide on how you could create and manage tab groups in the Safari browser on iOS and iPadOS.

Likewise, we have also listed the steps to transfer tabs from one group to another, rename and reorder them, close tabs from a group, or bid farewell to the entire group at once.

The new addition to the Safari browser will surely go to a great length in helping you to manage all your opened tabs effectively. Not to mention the fact that it also spells out a decluttered UI to the tabs menu and subsequently to the entire browser interface as a whole.

If you have any queries concerning the instructions mentioned above on Safari Tab Groups feature usages, do let us know.

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