How to Choose a Safari Home Page on an iPad mini - dummies

How to Choose a Safari Home Page on an iPad mini

You may have noticed that there’s no option to specify a home page in the iPad mini version of Safari, though that popular option exists on Mac and PC versions of Safari (and, for that matter, every other web browser in common use today). Instead, when you tap the Safari icon, you return to the last site you visited.

The trick is to create an icon for the page you want to use as your home page. This technique is called creating a web Clip of a web page. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the web page you want to use as your home page and tap the Action button.

    The Action button looks like a little rectangle with an arrow sprouting from it at the top of the screen.

  2. Tap the Add to Home Screen button.

    An icon that will open this page appears on your Home screen (or one of your Home screens if you have more than one).

  3. Tap this new web Clip icon instead of the Safari icon, and Safari opens to your home page instead of the last page you visited.

You can even rearrange the icons so that your Home Page icon, instead of or in addition to the Safari icon, appears in the Dock (the bottom row that appears on every Home screen). Just drag your Home Page icon down into the Dock.


Consider moving the Safari icon from the Dock onto one of your Home screens so that you never tap it by accident. Finally, remember that the Dock has room for six icons, even though it only has four by default. If you like, place both Safari and your new Home Page icon in the Dock so that you can tap either one depending upon your needs.