How to use Tab Groups in Safari on iPhone, iPad and Mac

How to use Tab Groups in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac?

Before you begin using Safari Tab Groups, please note:

  • Tab Groups are available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac running on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and above.
  • Tab Groups sync automatically across multiple Apple devices. Thus, if you create Tab Groups on Mac Safari, it will sync on your iPhone and vice-versa.

Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac has a Tab Group feature that makes it easy to manage several tabs. This is helpful while researching multiple things or just wanting to keep things organized. Let me tell you more about it and show you how to use Tab Groups in Safari on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and above.

How to use Tab Groups in Safari on iPhone and iPad

The Safari Tab Groups come with various features. Since there’s a lot, let’s look at each feature available for Tab Groups in Safari on iPhone and iPad.

Make a Tab Group in Safari

  1. Launch the new Safari tab and tap the two-square icon.
    You may also swipe up from the redesigned bottom address bar.
  2. Tap Start Page. (If you have tabs open, you will see the number of tabs. Tap on it.)
  3. Tap New Empty Tab Group to create a Tab Group with a single empty tab (the Safari start page).
    You can open or add tabs to it later.
  4. Tap New Tab Group from [number] Tabs to create a Tab Group with all the currently open Safari tabs.
  5. Give the Tab Group the desired name and tap OK.

    How to create a tab group on iPhone

Tip: Swipe left or right on the lower address bar to switch among different group tabs (webpages).

Add or move a Safari tab to another Tab Group

  1. Inside Safari, tap the two-square icon at the bottom right or swipe up from the address bar.
    You will see all the open tabs as thumbnails.
  2. Long-press a thumbnail and tap Move to Tab Group.
  3. Tap on an existing Tab Group name to add this webpage to that Tab Group.
    If you choose Start Page, this tab will become un-grouped.
    How to add or move a Safari tab to another tab group

Arrange Safari tabs in a Tab Group

  1. Tap the two-square icon from the bottom right of Safari.
  2. Long-press any tab thumbnail.
  3. Choose Arrange Tabs By Title or Arrange Tabs By Website.

    How to re-arrange tabs in a tab group

Close a Tab Group in Safari

  1. Make sure one of the tabs from a Tab Group is open in Safari.
  2. Long-press the two-square icon and choose Close All [number] Tabs.

    How to close all tabs of a tab group
  3. Additionally: You may also tap the two-square icon or swipe up from the address bar. Next, long-press Done and tap Close All [number] Tabs.
  4. Additionally: Tap the two-square icons to see all tab thumbnails. Long-press on any thumbnail and choose Close Other Tabs. All the tabs of the Tab Group except this one will close.
    Long press on a Safari Thumbnail and choose Close Other Tabs

Rename a Safari Tab Group

  1. Tap the two-square icon from Safari’s bottom right.
  2. Tap what is written in the middle of the address bar to see your Tab Groups.
  3. Long-press a Tab Group and choose Rename. Or swipe right to left on a Tab Group name and tap the edit icon (pencil icon).
  4. Name it and tap OK.
    For iOS 16, you will see Save.

    How to rename a tab group on iPhone

Share Tab Groups in Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Tap Tabs.
  3. Select the Tab Group you want to share. 
  4. Tap the Share button
Sharing Safari Tab Groups on an iPhone

From here, you can select where you want to share the Tab Groups.

Pin tabs in Safari on iPhone with iOS 16

This is a feature that can be a lifesaver if you are someone who has lots of Safari tabs running. You can pin the most important tabs to save time. 

  1. Open Safari and tap the Tabs icon. 
  2. Tap and hold the tab to pin. 
  3. Select Pin Tab. 
  4. Pin the tabs you want to, and then tap Done
Pin Safari Tabs on an iPhone in iOS 16

Create favorites within Safari Tab Groups

  1. Open the Safari Tab Group
  2. Open Start Page or create a new one.
  3. Scroll down and tap Edit 
  4. Toggle on Tab Group Favorites
  5. Exit the page. 
Create favorites in Safari tab groups on iPhone

Now, whenever you create a new Start page in the Tab Groups, you will see the favorite Tab Groups. 

Delete a Tab Group in Safari on iPhone

  1. Tap the two-square icon on Safari’s bottom right.
  2. Tap the text in the middle of the address bar.
  3. Long-press a Tab Group and tap Delete. Or, swipe right to left and tap the red trash icon.
  4. Important: When you delete a Tab Group, all its open tabs will close immediately.

    How to delete a tab group on iPhone

How to use Tab Groups in Safari on Mac

Just like the Safari Tab Groups available for iPhone and iPad, the Safari app on your Mac also has some cool features. So let’s check them out.

Create a Tab Group in Safari

  1. Launch the Safari app and click the Sidebar icon at the top left.
  2. Click New Empty Tab Group.
  3. If you have a few tabs open, click New Tab Group with [number] Tabs.
Creating New Empty Tab Group in Safari on Mac

Rename a Tab Group in Safari

  1. Click the Sidebar icon at Safari’s top left.
  2. Right-click the desired Tab Group and choose Rename.
    You can also click the three dots next to the Tab Group on Ventura to select Rename. 
  3. Enter the new name of your choice.
    This will help you keep Tab Groups organized and labeled.
Rename Safari Tab Group on a Mac

Move Safari tabs from one Tab Group to another in macOS

  1. Right-click the tab and choose Move to Tab Group.
  2. Next, select one of the other Tab Groups.
  3. If you select Start Page, it moves the tab to standard non-grouped tabs.

Rearrange Safari Tab Groups

  1. Click the Sidebar icon from the top left to see the Tab Groups.
  2. Click and hold one of the Tab Groups and drag it up or down to the desired spot.

View all tabs of a Tab Group in a gridview

Wondering how you can see all the tabs of a group in grid view? Here’s how.

  1. Click the Sidebar icon at the top left to see the Tab Groups.
  2. Right-click one of the Tab Groups and choose Show Tab Overview.
  3. Or, click the grid icon (four tiny squares).
    For Ventura, Click two squares.
View all tabs in a gridview by clicking Show Tab Overview in Safari on Mac

Delete a Safari Tab Group in macOS

  1. Click the Sidebar icon from Safari’s top left.
  2. Right-click a Tab Group and choose Delete.
  3. Important: All open tabs of this group will close too.
Deleteing a Tab Group in Safari on a Mac

This is how you can use Tab Groups in Safari on different Apple devices in the latest version of their respective operating systems. I hope this guide was helpful, and now you have no trouble using this new feature. If you need further assistance, drop your concern in the comments, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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3 comments
  1. I have iPad15 with the new tab group feature. However, I seem to have lots of empty tab groups with just the start page which I can’t delete. How do I delete them?

    Many thanks

    James

  2. Hi James,

    Here’s what you can do –

    Tap the two-square icon → tap the Start Page, 1 Tab or [number] Tabs → Here, swipe left the tab group you want to delete → tap Delete(dustbin icon) → Delete to confirm.

    There, another method Tap the two-square icon → tap the Start Page → Edit → three-dot icon in front of the tab groups you want to delete → tap Delete(dustbin icon) → and Delete again to confirm.

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