Safari browser on iPhone lets you customize website settings to ensure you have a comfortable experience. For example, you can change text size, use Reader Mode, request the desktop version of a site, set permissions, etc. In this quick guide, let us learn how to manage website settings in Safari in iOS 15.
- How to access website settings in Safari in iOS 15
- How to change Safari settings for a specific website on iPhone
How to access website settings in Safari in iOS 15
- Open iPhone Settings and tap Safari.
- Scroll down to the SETTINGS FOR WEBSITES section.
Here you have several settings that you can manage for all websites. Let’s understand those.
What are different website settings in iOS 15?
- Page Zoom: If you have difficulty seeing standard webpage text and images, you can set the zoom level for all the websites.
Note: If you had individually set the zoom for a page, it would be listed here. You may tap Edit to clear that and set a page zoom level for all websites you visit.
- Request Desktop Website: This lets you access the computer version of a website. You may have to pinch out with two fingers to see the content.
Note: Several websites do not let you access the desktop version even if you use this feature.
- Reader: Websites are full of ads and other kinds of distractions like email popups, offer banners, and more. Reader Mode removes all these and lets you focus on the meaningful text and image on a website. From here, you can enable it for all websites.
- Content Blockers: This option will only appear if you have downloaded a third-party content blocking or ad-blocking app on your iPhone. It lets you block ads, popups, tracking scripts, etc., on the websites you visit. If you are using a content blocker app, it makes sense to enable it for all websites. However, if a specific website does not function properly, you may temporarily turn it off.
- Camera, Microphone, Location: From here, you can allow, deny, or force all websites to ask your permission before accessing the iPhone camera, microphone, or your current location.
In the above steps, we saw how to apply these settings for all websites. But for most people (including me), it does not make much sense to use these for all the sites. Thus, Safari lets you set these settings on a per-website basis. Let me show you how.
Note: The steps and screenshots below are from iOS 15. In iOS 14, things look a bit different. For example, the AA icon to access Reader Mode and other website settings are at the top left.
How to change Safari settings for a specific website on iPhone
- Launch the redesigned iOS 15 Safari app and visit a website.
- Tap the more icon (three dots inside a circle).
- Tap Reader to see the webpage in distraction-free reader mode. Follow the same steps to exit it.
- Tap the more icon again and select Reader Mode Settings for further customization.
- Now, tap Text Size to increase or decrease the font size ONLY for this website.
- After tapping the more icon, scroll down for handy settings like Request Desktop Website and Turn off Content Blockers.
- Tap Website Settings to manage the camera, microphone, and location access for this open website. Next, you can switch on the toggles that will automatically enable desktop mode, reader mode, and content blockers whenever you visit this particular site. See how it says at the top Settings for [website name].
This is how you can manage website settings in Safari on iPhone and iPad. These ensure that you have a pleasant experience browsing the web via Apple’s in-house mobile browser. If you have any further questions, I am just a comment away.
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