iOS 16 Safari – it’s the coolest new browser feature for your iPhone
The ability to share tab groups in iOS 16 builds on last year’s iOS update, which added tab groups functionality to the Safari mobile app. The iOS 16 update takes the functionality to the next level, which means you can not only group tabs on a related topic, but also share those groups with other people.
It’s not just an iPhone feature. Shared Tab Groups works across Apple’s various devices, with the feature also available on iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura. All three of these software updates ship in the fall, but you can experience the changes firsthand when you download the iOS 16 public beta to your iPhone.
Shared tab groups have the potential to be an essential tool for group research projects, study groups, and families looking to share information. Apple intends for you to use the Shared Tab Groups feature to collaborate with others, and Tab Groups are fairly easy to manage – once you know how to share a Tab Group, it’s is to say. Here, we’ll show you the tricks of the trade, using the Safari app on iOS 16.
How to share tab groups in iOS 16 Safari: create a tab group
Before you can share the tab groups you’ve put together, you first need to know how to create them. We have a complete guide to using tab groups in iOS 15, and the process for creating a group hasn’t changed in the iOS 16 beta.
Here’s a quick refresher on how to create a tab group.
1. In Safari, press the tab button in the right corner from the location bar.
2. Press in the middle of the bar, where it lists the number of open tabs. You can also press and hold the number of open tabs and create your tab group from the context menu that appears.
3. Tap New Blank Tab Group to create a new group of empty tabs or, if you want to group all currently open tabs, tap New tab group from X tabs (where X is the number of tabs you currently have open). Since all the tabs I have open are related to finding a trip to Berlin, and that’s what I want my tab group to be, I’m going to choose New Tab Group in X Tabs.
4. Enter the name you want to use for the tab group and press save.
You are now the proud owner of a group of tabs. You can add additional tabs to your group, switch to other tab groups, or, starting with iOS 16, share this tab group with someone else. Let’s learn how to do the latter.
How to Share Tab Group in iOS 16 Safari
Let’s start from an entirely different web page.
1. Press the tab button in the right corner from the address bar in Safari.
2. Press and hold in the center of the address bar, where you see “Starting Page” or the number of open tabs. In the pop-up menu that appears, select the group of tabs you want to share. (If you’re already in the group of tabs you want to share, just skip to step 3 below.)
3. I chose my Berlin research tab group. Just to the right of the name at the top of the screen, there is a Share sheet icon. Press it.
4. In the next menu, choose the people or app you want to share the tab group with. In this case, I chose my wife and am sending her the link via Messages.
5. The icons of anyone you share a tab group with will appear at the top of the page. Tap their photo so what Manage shared faucet group to add or remove people.
The best part of shared tab groups is the interactive nature of the feature. You can see which tab someone is looking at — their icon appears on the tab. And changes and updates to the tab group are visible to everyone.
You can also text, call, or FaceTime with members of the shared tab group by tapping on their photo and using the Message, Audio, or Video icons to start the conversation you want. It’s about making Safari a more collaborative tool.
Shared tab groups are just one of the big changes available in iOS 16. We can also show you how to edit text messages or even unsend text messages in the Messages app. If you want the latest sports scores and news from your favorite teams, follow our tips for setting up My Sports on the iOS 16 News app while our guide to setting up an iCloud Shared Photo Library can help you share important photos with family members. . For more general iPhone advice, why not start by finding out how to disable Shake to Undo on iPhone.