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How to Add a Custom Background to Safari in iOS 15

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When you open Safari on the iPhone, the start page has a simple white background. In dark mode, it turns black. And that’s about it. However, with iOS 15 you can choose a colorful wallpaper as the Safari background picture instead.

If you want something personal, you can even use a picture from your iPhone Photos app as the Safari start page background.

Here is how to customize the Safari background on your iPhone.

How to Set a Background Image for Safari in iOS

These steps show you how to personalize the background of the Safari screen. If you want to use a custom image, make sure you have it saved in the Photos app (and not elsewhere, like the Files app, Google Drive, or Dropbox).

When you’re ready, follow these steps:

  1. Open Safari on iPhone running iOS 15 or later and tap Edit.
  2. Turn on Background Image.
  3. Apple includes preset background images. Tap to use one.
  4. Or, tap the plus icon (+) to select a picture from the Photos app.
  5. Finally, drag this page down to close it. You will see the Safari start page with a changed background.

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Free Websites to Get Amazing Background Images for Safari

iOS 15 includes just nine Safari backgrounds. If you don’t like them, you can get some fantastic free images from the following sites and use them instead.

1. Unsplash

Unsplash has tons of images covering various categories like flowers, nature, fashion, architecture, abstract, interiors, film, and more. Its homepage features the most recent editorial images. You may choose from there or use the search box to find something in particular.

2. Pixabay

Pixabay offers royalty-free images of various kinds that you can use for your Safari background, iPhone wallpaper, and elsewhere. Downloading images in lower resolution requires no authentication. However, for higher resolutions, you may have to solve a Google captcha.

3. Pexels

Pexels is another great place to find high-quality images to use in your projects, wallpapers, or on your Safari background. The homepage showcases a collection of fine photos, and you can also use the search box to find pictures related to gifts, nature, technology, models, wallpaper, and so on.

Related: Top Sites for Copyright and Royalty-Free Images

Safari With a Beautiful Background!

Now you know how to change the plain white or black Safari background to something colorful, fun, and personal. If you ever want to go back to the minimalist design, just turn off the toggle for Background Image.


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