If you recently upgraded your iPhone to iOS 15 you may have noticed some big changes to Safari. One of them is a design change that puts the browser’s search bar at the bottom of the screen. If you hate the change, there are ways to move the Safari search bar back to the top of the screen.
If you were an avid Safari user prior to installing iOS 15 you’re very used to the search bar being up at the top of your iPhone’s screen. And that’s what made Apple’s change so controversial.
If you hate the change, you’re not alone. Many other users prefer the search bar at the top of the screen. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get the search bar back to the top of your screen. And lucky for you, the steps only take a few seconds to complete.
In this guide we’ll show you how to bring the Safari search bar back to the top of your iPhone’s screen. There are actually two ways to do this.
It’s important to note that you can always switch back to using the search bar at the bottom of your display. If you have small hands and an iPhone with a big screen, it might be worth it to keep it on the bottom so you don’t have to reach as far.
How to Move the Safari Search Bar Back Up Top
The first method is done while browsing in Safari. Open up the browser and input any website in the search bar. Once the website loads, follow these steps:
- In the search bar, tap on the two A’s next to the website’s URL.
- At the very top of the new menu, tap “Show Top Address Bar.”
That’s it. If you want to change it back, simply tap the two A’s again. At the very bottom of the new menu tap “Show Bottom Tab Bar.”
The other method is a little more involved and it requires a visit to your iPhone’s Settings app. Here’s how to get the Safari search bar back via Settings:
- Open up the Settings app.
- Scroll down and tap on Safari.
- Scroll down again and find the “Tabs” section.
- If you want the search bar at the top of the screen, tap “Single Tab.”
If you ever find that you want to bring it back to the bottom of the screen, go back to the same section and tap “Tab Bar.” This will move the search bar back to the bottom.
Keep in mind, there’s no way to bring your phone back to iOS 14. Apple hasn’t released a new version in months and we may not get another version in 2022.
Install iOS 15.7.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7.1 update right away.
The iOS 15.7.1 update has 17 security patches on board. They are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm.
As for older updates, iOS 15.7 brought 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which . You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7.1 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.