In iOS 15, Apple introduced a range of changes to its native iPhone web browser, Safari. Some of them were controversial, such as the decision to move the URL address bar to the bottom of the screen, but others were less so, and Apple eventually provided options so that users could customize the browser to suit their own preferences.

safari

Website tinting off (left) versus tinting on

One of those options is the ability to disable website tinting. Tinting happens when the color of the Safari interface changes around the tabs, bookmark, and navigation button areas to match the color of the website you're viewing.

The idea behind tinting is that it allows the browser interface to fade into the background and create a more immersive experience. However, the effect doesn't sit well with everyone, and some users are positively put off by it. Fortunately, Apple chose to include an option to turn it off.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌.
  2. Scroll down and tap Safari.
  3. Under the "Tabs" section, turn off the switch next to Allow Website Tinting On iPadOS 15, this option is called Show Color in Tab Bar.
    settings

In previous versions of iOS, Apple included a "Show Color in Tab Bar" accessibility setting, which basically had the same effect as the new "Allow Website Tinting" toggle. This suggests Apple wanted to make the option more widely known to users, presumably because the aversion to tinting is more common than previously thought.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
Tag: Safari
Related Forum: iOS 15

Top Stories

safari 15 tinting

How to Turn Off Tab Bar Coloring / Tinting in Safari

Wednesday September 22, 2021 2:29 am PDT by
In iOS 15 as well as Safari 15 for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina, Apple introduced some Safari interface design changes that haven't been universally welcomed. Fortunately, Apple has made some of these changes optional, such as the ability to disable tab bar coloring. Tab bar coloring on (left) versus coloring off (right) in dark mode Tab bar coloring, or website tinting, happens when the ...
iOs 15 Safari Feature

How to Move iOS 15 Safari's Address Search Bar Back to Top

Wednesday September 22, 2021 10:47 am PDT by
During the beta phase of iOS 15, Apple added a new Safari design element that moves the URL and tab interface to the bottom of the screen, a decision that was immediately controversial with iPhone users. After listening to a chorus of feedback from users who didn't like the change, Apple eventually added a toggle that sent the address bar to the top of the iPhone screen instead of the...
iOs 15 Safari Feature

iOS 15: How to Switch Back to the Original Safari Design

Thursday September 9, 2021 5:41 pm PDT by
During the beta phase of iOS 15, Apple added a new Safari design element that moves the URL and tab interface to the bottom of the screen, a decision that was immediately controversial with iPhone users. After listening to a chorus of feedback from users who didn't like the change, Apple eventually added a toggle that sent the address bar to the top of the iPhone screen instead of the...
ios 15 safari start page

iOS 15: How to Customize Your Safari Start Page and Background

Monday September 13, 2021 9:37 pm PDT by
First seen in macOS Big Sur, Safari's redesigned Start Page in iOS 15 is a one-stop shop for all of your Bookmarks, Favorites, Frequently Visited sites, Siri Suggestions, iCloud Tabs, Reading List, and Privacy Report. The Start Page also features several customizable options, such as the ability to choose your own Start Page wallpaper. You can even optionally sync your Start Page appearance...
iOs 15 Safari Feature

iOS 15: How to Use Tab Groups in Safari

Friday September 17, 2021 5:41 pm PDT by
Tab Groups are a new Safari feature introduced in iOS 15 that aim to make organizing and preserving your open browser tabs more manageable without having to have those tabs active. Tab Groups are a way to easily save and manage related tabs, such as those used when planning trips or shopping, or groups can be used to store the tabs you visit daily. If you're planning a trip, for example,...
ios 15 pull to refresh how to

iOS 15: How to Quickly Refresh a Webpage in Safari

Friday September 10, 2021 5:18 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple has completely redesigned Safari with easier-to-reach controls in mind when you're browsing the internet. For example, the URL address bar can optionally sit at the bottom of the screen instead of up top, which makes it easier to access when you're using your iPhone with one hand. Within the address bar, Apple still includes a refresh icon that you can tap to reload the...
safari extensions store

iOS 15: How to Download and Install Safari Web Extensions

Friday September 10, 2021 5:19 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Safari now supports third-party web extensions, which can be downloaded and installed through the App Store. Extensions can change how Apple's Safari browser works in useful ways, or even add extra functionality to it. For example, third-party Safari extensions can include content blockers, VPNs, and more that can make browsing more secure, more private and less intrusive. In...
shared with you safari

iOS 15: How to See All the Web Links Shared With You in Messages

Monday July 19, 2021 11:40 am PDT by
iPhone and iPad users enjoy sharing web links with each other over Apple's Messages app, and in iOS 15, Apple has acknowledged this popularity by adding a new section in the Safari app called Shared with You. If someone shares a web URL with you in the Messages app, it will show up in Shared with You in Safari. You can find this new section as a display option in the main Start Page that's...
iOS 15 Privacy Guide Feature 1

iOS 15: How to Hide Your IP Address From Trackers in Safari

Sunday August 29, 2021 10:17 am PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple updated its Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature in Safari to prevent trackers from accessing your IP address in order to build a profile about you. Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which Apple began implementing in 2017, is a privacy-focused feature meant to make it harder for sites to track users across the web, preventing browsing profiles and histories from being...
safari macos icon banner

How to Delete Cookies in Safari

Tuesday March 23, 2021 5:30 pm PDT by
When you browse the web on your devices, websites will often leave cookies on your system so that they can remember you and what your preferences are. Some cookies are genuinely useful, as they allow sites to save your personal information (such as your login credentials) so that you don't have to keep entering it every time you visit. However, for the same reason, cookies can pose a...