Favicons in Safari

With macOS Mojave and iOS 12, users can finally view website icons, or favicons, in tabs in Safari on either platform. While the look isn't as clean, favicons can be helpful if you're looking for a particular tab, especially helpful if you're like me and you've got at least a dozen tabs open at once on any given device.

The option is off by default on both macOS and iOS, so here's how you go about turning it on.

What are favicons?

Favicons are tiny icons that appear in tabs on most popular web browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome. However, up until now, you could only get favicons in Safari if you were using a pinned tab. Favicons are a useful way of quickly identifying your tabs, so rather than having to read out its name (one that might be hidden, in any case, depending on the number of tabs you have open), you have a definitive identification marker to look for. It good to see that Safari is finally adopting them in full.

How to view favicons in Safari tabs in iOS 12

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Safari.
  3. Tap the switch next to Show Icons in Tabs.

How to view favicons in Safari tabs in macOS Mojave

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  1. Open Safari from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click Preferences in the Menu bar.
  3. Click Tabs.
  4. Click the box next to Show website icons in tabs.


If you have any more questions about using favicons in Safari on macOS Mojave or iOS 12? Let us know in the comments.