How to Add a Start Page Wallpaper in macOS Safari 14

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Ahead of the release of macOS Big Sur, Apple has released the Safari 14 update for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave users, bringing with it a number of new features and improvements.

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One of the most dramatic changes is the overhauled Start Page, which now includes a browsing privacy report, iCloud tabs, Siri suggestions, and more. It also features several customizable options, such as the ability to choose your own Start Page wallpaper.

The new Safari 14 update can be downloaded by opening up System Preferences and choosing the Software Update option. Once the update is installed, you can choose your own Start Page wallpaper by following the steps below.

  1. Launch Safari 14 on your Mac.
  2. Click the Settings icon in the bottom-right corner of the Start Page.
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  3. Click the checkbox next to the Background Image option if it isn't already ticked.
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  4. Choose one of the wallpapers from the gallery carousel. Alternately, click the plus (+) button to open a file browser dialog and select another image on your Mac.
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As well as a new Start Page, Safari 14 brings improved performance and a new tab bar design that provides tab previews so you can see what you have open at a glance. For more on the security content in Safari 14, check out Apple's release notes.

Related Roundups: macOS Catalina, macOS Big Sur
Tag: Safari

Top Rated Comments

insomniac86 Avatar
16 weeks ago


taking away top sites was worst move ever. I hate safari now.

I think you will find Frequently visited is the Top Sites renamed.
At least for me it's a mirror image of what my Top Sites was.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
travelsheep Avatar
16 weeks ago
People at BING design-team were like "first they will laugh, then they will ignore, then they will adapt..."
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tech198 Avatar
16 weeks ago
i never used top sites .....
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apparatchik Avatar
16 weeks ago
Since installing Safari 14.0 Ive been hit with out of Application memory alerts... with Safari using 56 GB of memory.. with barely 4 tabs opened. Seems to me there’s a serious memory leak issue going on, the RAM/Swap used skyrockets with time regardless of tabs, etc...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
16 weeks ago
I honestly can't fathom why a Start Page is so loved. Do people actually use it? I guess I've had mine set to "no page" for so long and I'm used to manually going to sites that I want to go to, I've disconnected from this reality. o_O


Since installing Safari 14.0 Ive been hit with out of Application memory alerts... with Safari using 56 GB of memory.. with barely 4 tabs opened. Seems to me there’s a serious memory leak issue going on, the RAM/Swap used skyrockets with time regardless of tabs, etc...

I use Safari all day long (as a website developer) and have not noticed any memory issues. It likely depends on the sites that you're visiting. It's possible that those sites have some code issues that could be fixed within them.
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insomniac86 Avatar
16 weeks ago


I kinda use top sites as a replacement for bookmarks. I don’t use bookmarks as it takes ages to organize it properly. Top sites was just bookmarks but without having to do anything for it. I haven’t upgraded yet, but I hopefully they’ll release Safari 14.1 with top sites.

Ekk, that's not a good way of using it.
Top Sites would be purged every time you clear your browser history.
Bookmarks will stay forever.

I also fail to see your logic with this statement "I don’t use bookmarks as it takes ages to organize it properly"
Top sites doesn't allow you to organise them anyway. So why don't you just save your top sites under the Favourites section? It literally doesn't take anytime to organise. You just pop them all in and it will list them the same way as Top sites did.
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