How to Stop Your iPhone Status Bar from Matching the Website Color in iOS 15 Safari

Disable the Safari Website Tinting feature to make your iPhone status bar icons easier to see.

Safari Website Tinting in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 colors the system status bar at the top of your device to match the header color of the website you're currently viewing. Some really appreciate this feature as it creates a less distracting view, however, others feel the gray system status bar makes it easier to see the iPhone status bar icons. If you fall in this camp, we'll show you how to disable Website Tinting.

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What Is the Status Bar on iPhone?

The system status bar on your iPhone or iPad is the line of icons across the top of your screen displaying the time, signal strength, and your device's battery life.

How to Change Status Bar in Safari on iPhone

Follow the steps below to learn how to customize the status bar on iPhone. 

  1. Open the Settings app

    Open Settings to disable website tinting
  2. Tap Safari.

    how to change status bar on iPhone in iOS 15
  3. Tap the toggle next to Allow Website Tinting to disable the feature.

    how to change system status bar

That's all there is to it! Now your system status bar will always have the gray background while browsing in Safari. 

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is a Feature Writer for iPhone Life. With a background in computer science and creative writing, she loves blending aspects of the technical and creative. An avid technology enthusiast, she adores Apple products and keeping up with the latest innovations. When she’s not working, Ashleigh is often found crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories, hiking, and playing sand volleyball.