Baffled by the new iOS 15 Safari design? Here's how to fix it

Safari on iOS 15 on an iPhone 12 mini
(Image credit: Future)

After weeks of beta testing, iOS 15 is finally here – which means iPhone users across the globe are finally getting to grips with the new features. This time around, it seems the updates to one particular app is causing particular controversy. Yep, we're talking about Safari.

The most obvious change is that, by default, the address bar has been moved to the bottom of the screen – contradicting the muscle memory of iPhone users everywhere. While it might make sense from a practical perspective (your thumbs are generally going to be at the bottom of the device), users aren't responding well to the change – because what use is one of the best camera phones if you can't open a website?

iOS 15 Safari

The address bar now sits at the bottom of the screen (Image credit: Apple)

Twitter has (as Twitter does) made its feelings known, with countless users expressing their distress and alarm at the design change. Of course, as with all incremental iOS updates, it'll probably just take some time to get used to. But if you really aren't feeling the new address bar placement, feat not – there's a fix.

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As many users have pointed out, the change is, thankfully, reversible. There are not one, but two ways of returning the address bar to the top of the window. The easiest is simply to tap the 'aA' icon to the left of the search bar, and select 'Show top address bar'. Boom. Done.

For some slightly more detailed address bar-related options, you can head to Safari under Settings, and select Single Tab, which will move the bar back up to the top. Here you can also toggle Website Tinting (which matches the address bar to the site you're visiting) and Landscape Tab Bar, which can allow the bar to disappear in landscape mode.

In the early stages of the beta process, the change was indeed permanent – it was only after loud criticism from testers that, in a rare move for the company, Apple backed down and made it optional. We have a feeling Twitter would be going even wilder if the address bar was stuck at the bottom for evermore.

Aside from address bar-gate, there's plenty to love about iOS 15, from new 'Focus' modes to the simple fact that it's compatible with a device as prehistoric as the iPhone 6S, released in 2015. But if you're after the best iOS 15 experience around, check out today's best iPhone 13 deals below, and be sure to visit our main Apple deals page. 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.