How To Stop Safari From Opening New Tabs

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Safari is an incredibly popular web browser developed by Apple for their devices. It’s the default browser for iPhone and iPad users, but even Mac owners often choose to use Safari. That said, one of the most annoying features of Safari is that new tabs will automatically open when you click on a link or type in a website address. This can be incredibly frustrating, as it interrupts your browsing experience and makes it difficult to keep track of which websites you’ve already visited.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent Safari from automatically opening new tabs. Here’s how:

1. Open the Settings app on your device and select Safari from the list of options.
2. Scroll down until you find the “Open New Tabs In Background” option and make sure that it is unchecked/disabled.
3. Restart your device after making changes and test whether or not Safari is still opening new tabs automatically when you click on links or enter website addresses into the search bar.

If after following these steps Safari continues to open new tabs automatically, then it could be caused by an adware-type application installed on your device (these types of apps usually display intrusive ads and collect browsing-related data). To fix this issue, open the “Search Settings” dropdown menu inside of Safari and scroll down until you find the “Where results open” option. Uncheck the box next to “Open each selected result in a new browser window” to disable this feature and then click “Save” to confirm your changes.

We hope this guide has helped resolve any issues you were experiencing with Safari automatically opening new tabs when clicking links or entering website addresses into the search bar!

Safari Opening Unwanted New Tabs

The most likely explanation for your Safari browser opening new tabs is that you have installed an adware-type application. These types of applications, known as potentially unwanted apps (PUAs), are often installed unintentionally by users. PUAs can display intrusive ads and collect browsing-related data, and they are usually the cause of unwanted tabs appearing in Safari. To stop this from happening, you should uninstall any recently installed applications and scan your device with a reliable anti-malware tool.

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Preventing Automatic Tab Opening

To stop tabs from opening automatically in your browser, you need to adjust your search settings. First, open the dropdown menu and select “Search settings”. Scroll down and uncheck the box next to “Where results open, Open each selected result in a new browser window”. Once you’ve made this change, make sure to click “Save” to confirm the changes. After this, your search results should no longer open in new tabs automatically.

Stopping iPhone from Opening Tabs

To stop your iPhone from opening tabs, you’ll need to adjust the settings for the Safari web browser. To do so, open the Settings app on your iPhone and select Safari. From here, you’ll have several options to choose from that will help you manage how tabs are opened on your device.

First, you can turn off ‘Open Links’ in the Background’, which will prevent links in apps from automatically opening in new tabs when they are clicked. You can also adjust settings related to ‘Fraudulent Website Warning’, which can prevent some malicious websites from opening new tabs without your permission.

Finally, if you want to stop all new tabs from opening on your iPhone, you can disable JavaScript by tapping the ‘Advanced’ option at the bottom of the Safari screen and then switching off JavaScript. This will prevent any website from running scripts or code that would cause new tabs to open up automatically.

By making these adjustments to Safari’s settings, you should be able to effectively stop any unwanted new tabs from opening on your iPhone.

Tabs Opening Automatically on iPhone

Tabs keep opening on your iPhone because you have iCloud enabled. iCloud keeps the tabs you have open in Safari up to date across all of your Apple devices, so when you switch from one device to another, the tabs open on the other device. To turn this off, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and toggle off ‘Safari’.


In conclusion, Safari is a great web browser that can be used on Apple products. It provides a smooth and secure browsing experience with a number of helpful features such as private browsing, tabbed browsing, and the ability to open multiple windows. However, if users experience an issue where results are opening in new tabs, it can usually be resolved by disabling the “Open New Tabs in Background” option within the Settings menu.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.