iOS 17 introduces nine new features in Safari.

iOS 17 introduces nine new features in Safari.

Unlocking the Hidden Gems of iOS 17 Safari

iOS 17 Safari

With every update to the iOS operating system, Apple adds new features and improvements to enhance the user experience. In the latest release, iOS 17, Safari, the built-in web browser, receives several exciting additions. These updates focus on privacy, convenience, and performance, providing users with a rich browsing experience like never before.

Profile: Organize Your Browsing


One of the prominent features in iOS 17 Safari is the introduction of Profiles. This functionality allows users to separate their browsing activities based on different use cases. You can create profiles like “Work” and “Personal,” ensuring your browsing history, cookies, extensions, and website data remain segregated. Each profile even has separate Favorites and Tab Groups, providing ultimate organization and privacy.

Setting up profiles is a breeze:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to Safari.
  3. Tap on New Profile.
  4. Customize your profile with an icon, name, and background color.
  5. Choose settings for Favorites and Tabs.
  6. Tap Done.

To switch between profiles, open Safari and tap on the Tabs icon with two overlapping squares. Then, select the “Profile” option to change the active profile. Profiles can also be easily edited within the Settings app.

Locked Private Browsing Window

Locked Private Browsing Window

Privacy is a top priority for Safari in iOS 17, and Apple has introduced an additional layer of security for private browsing. Private browsing windows now require secondary authentication, such as Face ID/Touch ID or a passcode, to unlock and access them. This feature ensures that even if you lend your unlocked device to someone, they won’t be able to open your private browsing session without your consent.

To disable the Face ID/Touch ID requirement for unlocking private browsing:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Safari.
  3. Scroll down to Require Face ID (or Touch ID) to Unlock Private Browsing.
  4. Tap the toggle to turn it off, and confirm with a Face ID/Touch ID scan. When disabled, the toggle will appear grayed out.

Private Search Engine

Private Search Engine

iOS 17 Safari offers an enhanced search experience by allowing users to select separate search engines for standard and private browsing. While iOS 16 already allowed choosing a default search engine for Safari, iOS 17 takes it a step further.

To configure separate search engines for private browsing:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to Safari.
  3. Tap on Private Search Engine.
  4. Choose one of the available search engine options.
  5. Exit the Settings app.

By default, the search engine selected for standard browsing will be used. However, with this new capability, users can have even more control over their search preferences.

Tracking URLs: Protect Your Browsing

Tracking URLs

Tracking URLs pose a threat to user privacy, but iOS 17 Safari tackles this issue head-on. Now, users can strip websites of any tracking information appended to the end of URLs, thus preventing these URLs from being used to track their browsing activities. Initially enabled for private browsing, this feature can also be extended to all browsing windows.

To remove URL-based tracking for all browser windows:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to Safari.
  3. Tap on Advanced.
  4. Choose Advanced Tracking and Fingerprinting Protection.
  5. Toggle on “All Browsing.”

Once activated, this setting ensures that any URLs opened in Safari will have all additional tracking information removed. Protecting your online privacy has never been easier.

Hide IP Address From Websites

Hide IP Address

With the new iCloud Private Relay feature in iOS 17, users now have the option to hide their IP address from both trackers and websites. By selecting the “Trackers and Websites” option, your IP address remains concealed, preventing websites from using it to determine your location.

In iOS 16, iCloud Private Relay primarily concealed the IP address from known trackers, making this expansion a valuable addition to safeguarding your online activities.

Search Improvements: Faster and Smarter

Search Improvements

iOS 17 Safari brings significant improvements to search functionality. Search is now more responsive, providing faster results and a wider range of suggestions. Top website search suggestions now display favicons, making it easier to identify relevant options. Additionally, search results from bookmarks, tabs, and search history are clearly marked, helping users navigate their browsing history effortlessly.

These enhancements to search ensure a seamless and efficient browsing experience.

Listen to Page: Let Siri Read to You

Listen to Page

In iOS 17, Siri takes on a new role as your personal assistant for web content. If you come across an article or other lengthy content, Siri can now read it aloud to you through the Listen to Page feature. This feature is supported as long as Reader View is available for the website.

To have Siri read a page to you:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Navigate to the content you want Siri to read.
  3. Tap on the Aa icon in the address bar.
  4. Select the Listen to Page option.

Once activated, Siri will begin reading the content, pausing and resuming as needed. Additionally, dedicated playback controls are available when your device is locked. You can even ask Siri to read a page by opening a website to a specific article and requesting, “Read this to me.”

Shared Passwords and Passkeys: Simplified Access

Shared Passwords and Passkeys

While not exclusive to Safari, iOS 17 introduces a convenient feature for securely sharing passwords and passkeys with friends and family members. With this capability, shared login information for media accounts, utilities, bills, and more can be easily managed and accessed by multiple individuals.

To set up shared passwords:

  1. Go to the Passwords section of the Settings app.
  2. Choose “Get Started” under the “Family Passwords” heading.

This feature simplifies logins for shared accounts, making it easier for multiple users to access and modify shared passwords.

Privacy Settings: A New Home

Privacy Settings

Privacy remains a central focus for iOS 17 Safari, and specific settings have been relocated to the “Advanced” section within the app. Previously found under “Privacy & Security,” options like Block All Cookies, Privacy Preserving Ad Measurement, and Check for Apple Pay can now be accessed in the “Advanced” category.

This change ensures that crucial privacy controls are easily accessible while maintaining a clear and intuitive user interface.

Embrace the Enhanced Safari in iOS 17

iOS 17 Safari brings refreshing features and improvements that cater to different browsing preferences and privacy needs. Whether it’s the organization provided by Profiles, the added security of locked private browsing, or the flexibility to customize search engines, Apple has put users’ needs first.

Don’t miss out on the finer details of iOS 17 Safari. For a comprehensive overview of all the new features in this latest update, be sure to check our iOS 17 roundup.

Stay connected, stay private, and enjoy the enhanced browsing experience with iOS 17 Safari!