The Safari Web browser on your iPhone is one of the most commonly used Web browsers in the world, and many websites have taken steps to ensure that their sites look good for people that are viewing their content on a smaller screen. It is very common to place links on Web pages, where people can view another page by simply clicking a button. But sometimes you aren’t done reading the current page, so you would prefer to open the link in another tab so that you can continue to read either of the pages without needing to use the Back button in the browser.
Safari can handle opening links in new tabs in two different ways. It can open the link in the background, which means that the link will open as a new tab, but the current page will remain as the one that you are actively viewing. You can then browse to the background tab when you are ready. The other option is to open the link in a new tab, and switch the active window to that new tab. Our guide below will show you how to adjust the Safari settings to make that “New Tab” option the current setting on your device.
Configure Safari to Open a Link in a New Tab on an iPhone 6
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9. Once you have followed the steps below, you will be able to tap and hold on a link in a Web page and select the Open in New Tab option. Safari will then create a new tab with that link, and immediately take you to it. If you would instead prefer to open the link in the background so that you can read it later, then you will want to use the Open in Background option.
- Open the Settings app.
- Scroll down and select the Safari option.
- Tap the Open Links button.
- Select the in New Tab option.
As mentioned earlier, you will now be able to go to a Web page in the Safari browser, tap and hold on a link to a URL, then select the Open in New Tab option.
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