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How to Add Safari to Home screen in iPhone & iPad

Learn how to get Apple Safari to the Home screen on iPhone or iPad devices. We can easily drag and drop to add Safari from the App Library page.

Apple Safari browser is the default built-in web browser on Apple devices. However, it may disappear from the home screen when playing around with settings or by mistake. We can quickly return the Safari browser on the Home screen and the app dock. Just a simple drag and drop from the App Library will work.

Add Safari on Home Screen on iPhone and iPad devices

While Apple allows changing the default browser on iPhone, many users continue to use Safari browser. It’s primarily due to streamlined functionality and the ease of sync across all Apple devices. There’s no second thought about which browser they should settle for the user already in this Apple ecosystem.

Of late, due to significant changes in iOS/iPadOS UI, users cannot find their browser on the home screen. Many have complained that the Safari browser is missing from the device’s Home screen.

First, there’s nothing to worry about, as Safari is still installed on your device with all the data intact. It has just been removed from your Home Screen for one of the many plausible reasons.

Moreover, putting the Safari browser back on your iPhone’s Home Screen is effortless. There are several ways to bring Safari to the Home screen, as follows.

Via the Spotlight Search

Apple’s Spotlight Search feature lets you find your preferred apps and files stored on your device. it is the most straightforward approach and should be your go-to when looking for a particular app. Here are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Swipe down on your Home screen to invoke the Spotlight search.
    Spotlight Search in iPhone
  2. Type in Safari term in the search bar for results.
    Safari term Spotlight search on iPhoneIt shall display the Safari app, Setting, folder, or page matching the query.
  3. Tap and hold the Safari app and drop it on the Home screen.

The browser will be added to the iPhone/iPad Home screen page.

From the App Library

One of the most talked-about features in iOS 14 was the introduction of the App Library, which organized all your apps into differently categorized folders. The Safari browser is part of the Utilities library.

Hence, if the browser is missing from your Home Screen, it might still be in the App Library, and you can get it back on the home screen. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open the App Library page (last page in right swipe)
  2. Open the Utilities folder and look up the Safari browser.
    App Library app in iPhone
  3. Drag the Safari app from that App Library folder and place it on your Home screen.

You may manually search App Library if you can’t find Safari in the ‘Utilities’ folder. Perform a swipe-down gesture on the App Library page and then type in Safari in the Search box. It will now show the folder name where Safari is present—simple drag and drop on the home screen.

Unhide the Home Screen Pages

The iPhone allows you to hide apps from the home screen by creating hidden home pages and placing the apps there. If you mistakenly hide the home screen using this option, you need to enable the screen to bring back the page and app.

Here are steps to unhide Home screen pages on iPhone and iPad:

  1. Long press in an empty location on your Home page.
    The Apps on the page will start dancing.
  2. Tap on the Page Navigation button present at the bottom.
    Page navigation menu button on iPhone Home ScreenIt will display all the Home screen pages in a grid view.
  3. Enable the checkbox for the hidden page to enable.
    Edit Home screen Pages in iPhone
  4. Hit the Done command present in the top right.

That’s it, Safari will now be visible, and you can put it back on your iPhone’s home screen from that page.

Add Safari to Privacy Restriction’s Whitelist

The tech giants have incorporated the Parental Control feature that allows adults to disable certain apps from being accessed by children.

If an app is hidden via this restrictive measure, then you wouldn’t be able to access it by any of the methods above. The only way out is to remove the app from this list. Here are the steps to allow privacy restrictions on Safari:

  1. Head over to the Settings > Screen Time section on your device.
  2. Open Content & Privacy Restrictions and enter your device’s passcode.
    Allow apps in Content and Privacy Restriction in iOS
  3. Navigate to Allowed Apps and enable the toggle button next to the Safari app.

You have added Safari to the exclusion list, which will now be visible on your device.

Reset Home Screen

If none of the above methods spelled out success, you should consider performing a home screen reset. Doing so shall revert the layout exactly as it came out of the box, with Apple Safari occupying an abode on your Home Screen. Here are the steps to reset the home screen on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch Settings app > General page on your device.
  2. Open the Transfer or Reset iPhone menu, and tap the Reset command.
    Reset iPhone command on Transfer or Reset iPhone page
  3. Select the Reset Home Screen Layout option from the list.
    Reset Home Screen Layout option in iPhone
  4. Confirm the Reset Home Screen option.

It will reset the layout, and you shall see the Safari app on your Home Screen.

It will also remove all the widgets and customizations you would have made by resetting the home screen. But it is worth an attempt if it can bring the browser back to its desired location if none of the previous methods works.

Bottom Line

With this, we round off the guide on putting Safari back on your iPhone and iPad home screen page. In my case, the app was present inside the Apps Library’s Utilities folder. Hence the second method worked out quite well.

However, you can try any method to put the Safari browser back on your home screen and the dock bar.

Similarly, the Safari browser allows users to add web page links as Home screen shortcuts on iPhone and iPad devices.

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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