How to Customize Safari Settings for Individual Websites

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Setting a website to always open in your preferred mode, such as Desktop or Reader View, makes it easier to browse your favorite websites from the iPhone. With Safari's custom controls, you can also allow or disable your microphone, camera, and location sharing for individual websites. Here's how to customize your Safari experience on the iPhone.

Related: How to Use the Look Up Feature in Safari

How to Customize Safari Settings for Individual Websites

As useful as Safari can be, some aspects can be frustrating (for example, have you ever tried to find the iPhone back button when you're browsing?) but customization is a solid offering. Did you know you can even disable Safari Reader mode for all webpages and mute tabs in Safari if you choose to?

To customize further, give these steps a try:

  1. Open Safari to a website you want to customize.
  2. Tap the Aa icon on the top left.
  3. Tap Website Settings.

  4. From here, you can select how the website should appear.
  5. Request Desktop Website will always display the website in desktop mode.
  6. Use Reader Automatically will always display the website in Reader Mode.
  7. You can also set permissions for your Camera, Mic, and Location.

  8. When you're finished, tap Done.

Now, when you visit that website, it will display according to your custom settings. Happy browsing!

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.