How to choose where Favorites are saved in Safari

Safari for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac allows you to save any webpage as your Favorite. This is helpful for one-tap access to Favorites: any website filed into a custom bookmark folder which you have designated to store Favorites becomes readily available below the address field when you create a new tab, enter a URL or search.

Safari ships with a default Favorites folder where you put websites you frequent, such as iDownloadBlog, but its location can be adjusted to your liking.

In this quick tutorial, we’re going to explain how you can designate any of your bookmark folders as Safari’s Favorites.

How’s this useful?

One reason this setting could make you more productive could be the separation of work and home content. You could, for example, set up two Favorites folders—one for work and the other for play—to switch between on a whim.

Safari will instantly scan the new Favorites location and display appropriate website thumbnails when new tabs are created or the search bar is interacted with.

To select a bookmark folder as your new Favorites location, follow the steps below. Keep in mind that this has to be done separately on each iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac you own as this particular setting does not sync via iCloud.

How to choose where Safari on iPhone and iPad saves Favorites

1) Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Tap on the Safari section.

3) Now tap on the Favorites option under the General heading.

4) Lastly, select a bookmark folder to set as your Favorites.

Select Favorites folder on Safari for iPhone

As mentioned, you can quickly access your Favorites when you enter an address, search or create a new tab, as shown right below.

Safari favorites

RELATED: How to use bookmark folders in Safari

How to choose where Safari on Mac saves Favorites

1) Launch Safari on your Mac.

2) Choose Preferences in the Safari menu.

3) Click on the General tab.

4) Choose a custom folder for your Favorites in a drop-down menu next to the section labeled “Favorites shows”.

Change Favorites folder on Mac

Again, your Favorites will conveniently appear when you click Safari’s address field to enter a URL or run a search query or use the Safari Start Page.

View favorites in Safari for Mac

And that’s it, folks, you can now designate any custom folder in Safari’s Bookmarks as your Favorites like a boss.

Eager to learn more Safari tricks? Check out our Safari how-to archive.

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