How to Change the Safari Tab Bar Style on iPad

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Safari has been a much-loved browser for millions of Apple users across the globe. At the WWDC 2021 event earlier this year, the company showed off a host of new iPadOS 15 features, including a Safari redesign, Quick Notes, new multitasking gestures, and more. Making the entire layout crisper and introducing tab groups, the Safari browser redesign felt good.

However, not everyone was happy with it, and in an effort to mend this, a new update is here. With iPadOS 15 public beta 4, Apple has now introduced a slight tweak to Safari’s layout. The compact address bar in Safari is now optional. And there’s now a new dedicated tab bar, which is the same one as macOS Monterey. While this new tab bar is activated by default, you can change back to the new compact bar if you wish.

If you are among the iPadOS 15 beta users who want to try out this setting, follow this guide on how to change the Safari tab bar style on your iPad.

Change the Safari Tab Bar Style on iPad

The process to switch between the Safari tab bar style is pretty straightforward. Just follow the steps below to do so;

  • Open the Settings app on your iPad.
  • Scroll down until you see Safari on the left sidebar and tap it.
  • scroll down on the right pane. Under Tabs, you will now see the option to switch between the compact tab bar and separate tab bar. Select the one you want to use, and you are done.

Your chosen layout will be immediately visible, and you can see the same by opening Safari on your iPad.

Compact Tab Bar

The compact tab bar layout takes up real estate right beside the address bar and squeezes the extra space to display more tabs that the user may have open. While this layout looks a bit more organized, it was also not liked by many iPad users.

Separate Tab Bar

The separate tab bar style, on the other hand, is pretty similar to the older layout that Safari browsers users are familiar with. It gives the address bar back its space at the top and dedicates a section below for all the tabs. Here, users can quickly click their desired tabs to get back to what they were doing.

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