How to Enable Safari Favicons on Mac and iOS Devices

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Apple recently released a new version of the Safari web browser for macOS High Sierra and Sierra users. It’s called Safari 12. It has a lot of new security features and many useful touches, such as favicons.

What are Favicons?

For the first time in history, favicons have arrived on the Safari browser, letting you know what websites are open at one glance. They’re very helpful if you are juggling multiple tabs and wanting to keep everything organized.

In case you didn’t know, favicons are the colorful icons sitting at the leftmost portion of the tab label. They’re usually followed by a descriptive text, usually the site name or the page title. When a tab shrinks, the text disappears, and all you can see is a neat row of favicons that are easy to identify.

Well, these favicons might seem like a minor change, but the absence of these tiny icons on Safari tabs has caused frustration and disappointment to many Mac users, making them decide to switch to Firefox or Chrome.

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Although favicons are set to automatically appear on your Safari 12 browser, there are times when you have to manually enable them. Don’t worry because we will teach you how to enable Safari favicons on a Mac and iOS through this article.

Enabling Safari Favicons on Mac

If you want to enable favicons on your Mac’s Safari browser, your computer should be running either macOS High Sierra or Sierra. You should also have Safari 12 downloaded and installed on it. After that, you can proceed with the steps below:

  1. Open your Safari
  2. Go to Safari -> Preferences.
  3. Navigate to the Tabs
  4. Check the box that is located next to Show website icons in tabs.
  5. Close the Settings

That’s it. The favicons should now be displayed on each tab you open. In the event that you still don’t see them, simply close and restart Safari. If they don’t show up after restarting your browser, check your settings again and be sure you applied and saved the necessary changes, and then try to restart the browser once again.

Enabling Safari Favicons on iOS

Favicons are not just for macOS devices. They also run on iPhones and iPads that run the latest iOS version: iOS 12. Here’s how you enable favicons on iOS:

  1. Go to Settings and tap the Safari
  2. You should now see a list of options on your screen. Scroll down and check the box beside Show Icons in Tabs.
  3. Close settings and launch

Congratulations, favicons should now be visible on all the iOS Safari tabs you open. Take note that you might need to close and restart the Safari app first. After doing that, the favicons should automatically appear as you browse through multiple tabs.


All joking aside, it’s odd that this feature has just made it into one of the world’s top browsers. Still, do take note that not all website favicons are properly designed and their color might be distracting for some users who are used to the subtle style interface of Safari. Then again, it’s just great to know that Apple is paying attention to the tiniest details on Safari. And it’s also nice that these Mac and iOS favicons can be enabled and disabled easily.

We know you’re very excited to see these favicons on your Safari tabs, but before you enable them, you might want to download and install Outbyte Mac Repair first. This amazing tool will clean and optimize your Mac, allowing you to browse and surf the web without experiencing performance problems.

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