Safari 14 is part of macOS Big Sur but can also be used on a Mac running macOS Mojave or Catalina. The version includes several modifications, such as the privacy report and personalizing the home page.
You can personalize the Safari home screen with your background, and it is possible to display options such as Favourites, frequently visited, iCloud tabs and a summary of the privacy report. We explain how to change the Safari home page.
Activating the Safari start page
To use the new Safari start page at all, you must activate the layout. You can do this via Safari ▸ Menu bar ▸ Preferences ▸ General.
Now click on the drop-down menu under “Open new windows/tabs with” and choose “Home Page”. Do you see the option twice? Then select the top one.
Customize Safari Start Page
- Open Safari 14 or newer.
- Click the settings icon at the right bottom of the homepage.
- Check or uncheck the options you want.
Additional possibilities from macOS 11.3
Starting with macOS Big Sur 11.3, arranging the components as you see fit is also possible. For example, you can choose to put your reading list on top and move the privacy report to the bottom.
Furthermore, developers can also use the home screen through their Safari extensions. Extensions allow an app to add additional options to the home screen so you can access them right away.
How to change the background of the home page
By clicking on the settings icon at the bottom of the home page, you can also change the background image. Choose a preset one by clicking it directly from the menu or click the plus button to add a personalized image. Uncheck the option to set no wallpaper.