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How to change the Safari background on iPhone and iPad

Choose a colorful wallpaper to use as the Safari background on your iPhone, and your web surfing experience will immediately brighten up.

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The default background color of the iPhone’s Safari browser is white. Whenever you go to night mode, the screen becomes completely dark. And that’s about it. With iOS 15 and later, you have the option of setting a custom wallpaper as the Safari background. For more customization, you may set a photo from the Photos app as home-screen wallpaper in Safari. Follow these steps to change the default background picture for Safari on your iOS device.

How do you use a custom Safari background?

Follow these steps to change the background image used by Safari on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS. Make sure the image you wish to use is saved in the Photos app (and not elsewhere, like the Files app, Google Drive, or Dropbox).

How do you use a custom Safari background?

Follow these instructions to customize Safari’s background:

  1. Turn on “Background Image”.
  2. Choose from one of the available images or add your own image as the background.
  3. Alternatively, you can tap the plus icon (+) to select a picture from the Photos app.
  4. Finally, tap X from the top-right corner or drag this page down to close it. You will see the Safari start page with a new background.

There are 9 stock wallpapers to choose from. Also, if you tap the Plus icon, you can select your photos saved on your iPhone and set any of them as the Safari Start Page background.

Free websites to get backgrounds for Safari

In addition, you can find great alternatives to these backgrounds on websites that host copyright and royalty-free photos. Below are examples of such sites:

  1. Unsplash

Lots of different kinds of photos may be found on Unsplash, including those of flowers, trees, people, buildings, abstract art, home decor, and even movie scenes. New editorial photos are always displayed prominently on the website. You can use the drop-down menu or the search bar to narrow your options.

  1. Pixabay

Use the free photos from Pixabay as your Safari background, iPhone wallpaper, or anywhere else without worrying about licensing fees. There is no verification process for downloading low-resolution photos. However, higher resolutions may require you to complete a Google captcha.

  1. Pexels

Pexels is another excellent resource for finding high-quality photos for your projects, desktops, or even your Safari background. There is a gallery of high-quality images on the website, and you can use the search bar to find images on certain topics like presents, the outdoors, technology, models, wallpaper, and so on.

How to remove the Safari background image?

You can remove the Safari background image by following the steps: Safari > Start Page > Edit, and after that just disable the “Background Image” option.



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