The Quickest Way to Open a New Tab in Safari with iOS 15

For easy web browsing on your iPhone, open a new tab just by swiping.

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Safari got a makeover with the iOS 15 update! Along with the new look, there are some cool new features to check out, such as a few new ways to navigate. In this article, we'll show you how to open a new tab in Safari just by swiping, plus we'll discuss who will love the feature and who may not.

Related: Learn How to Switch Tabs in Safari with a Swipe in iOS 15

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Easily open a new tab just by swiping.
  • If you don't keep a lot of Safari tabs open at once, this is the quickest way to open a new tab.

Important: Since this Safari feature is new to iOS 15, if you have an earlier software version you will need to update to iOS 15 before using this tip.

How to Open New Tab in Safari on iPhone by Swiping

Safari's new redesign with iOS 15 was intended to make life easier while browsing. Swiping to open a new tab is a good example of that! If you're like me and don't often have a lot of Safari tabs open, this could be the fastest way to open a new Safari tab. If you tend to keep a lot of tabs open, you'll likely have better luck tapping the tabs icon to navigate your tabs in the new grid view. Want to learn more iOS 15 tips and tricks? Sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

Here's how to open a new tab in Safari by swiping:

  1. Open Safari.

    Open Safari
  2. Swipe from right to left in the Safari address bar. Keep swiping until you've passed the last open tab.

    Swipe right to left
  3. Now a fresh, new tab will pop open!

    New tab

And that's it! The new iOS 15 Safari layout may take some getting used to, but it's certainly fun. If you still don't like the new layout and want to get back the old Safari, we can help with that, too.

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Author Details

Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.