How to Open Links in the Background on Safari on iPhone and iPad

Open in Background dialog

Safari lets you open links in a new tab on iPhone or iPad, but it immediately switches to that new tab when you do. Here’s how to open all new tabs in the background instead.

Opening links in new tabs on an iPhone or iPad has long been a simple case of touching and holding a link and then tapping “Open in New Tab.” That works great if you don’t want to lose your place on your current web page. But it can be jarring if you just want to open a tab and come back to it later. For that, you want to be able to open a new tab in the background.

Thankfully, deep in the heart of the Settings app on both the iPhone and iPad, you’ll find a setting that does exactly that. Once turned on, all tabs will open in the background rather than stealing your focus, and it’s pretty great.

To get started, open the “Settings” app and then tap “Safari.”

Open Settings and tap Safari

Next, scroll down and tap “Open Links” to open the next screen.

Tap Open Links

The next screen will show the two options available to you. If you want to open new links in the background, without having them steal focus, tap “In Background” and exit the Settings app.

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How to Hide Bad Tweets with Twitter’s Advanced Filters

Foul mouthed Twitter

Twitter can be a great place to be, sharing ideas with like-minded individuals on the opposite side of the globe. But it can be full of abuse, too. That’s where filters come into play, and here’s how they work on the iPhone.

Twitter offers a couple of different ways to filter out the noise when using its official iPhone app. Both of them go some way to preventing people from jumping into your life and offering nothing of value—something Twitter has found itself in the news for all too often. If you’re looking for a way to filter out all the noise but still enjoy everything good that Twitter offers, switching a few toggles might be able to do exactly that.

The settings we’re about to cover only apply to the official Twitter app. We used the iPhone app, but the process is the same on Android. Twitter has taken some important steps towards making its app more usable for those who consider themselves “power users” although it still lacks some features we enjoy elsewhere. Still, Twitter is the app most people are using, so here’s where to find those oh-so-great filters.

How to Enable the Quality Filter

The Twitter Quality Filter will filter out “lower quality content” from the Notifications tab in the Twitter app. Tweets from people you follow or you’ve interacted with will continue to reach you, but if it’s a stranger, you’ll never see it.

RELATED: What Does Twitter’s “Quality Filter” Do?

To turn the Quality Filter on, open Twitter and tap the bell at the bottom of the screen to open the Notifications timeline.

Tap the bell icon

Then, tap the cog in the top-right corner to access the settings.

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How to Change the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Google search

Safari uses Google as its default search engine out of the box, but it’s not the only option. You can choose other search engines like Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo if you prefer them.

While most modern search engines can find the web sites you’re looking for, there are often ramifications to consider when making your selection. Google is the big player here, but depending on your privacy stance you might want to select something else. For example, DuckDuckGo pushes itself as a more private search engine, while Bing is integrated with Microsoft Rewards. Making the change in Safari on your iPhone or iPad is super simple, so long as you know where to look.

Changing the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone and iPad

To get started, open the Settings app and tap “Safari.”

Open Settings. Tap Safari

Next, under the “Search” heading, tap “Search Engine.”

Tap Search Engine

Finally, select the search engine that you would like to use as your default when inside Safari. To select a search engine, tap it. You can choose either Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

Sorry—those are the only options. Apple won’t let you choose other search engines as your default. You can still navigate to those search engines in Safari and search them from their website, but that’s it. The only way you’ll get more options here is if Apple adds them in a future version of the iOS operating system.

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How to Reopen Closed Tabs and Windows in Safari on a Mac

Safari icon

Did you just close a Safari tab or window? No problem—you can get it back. Like all modern web browsers, Apple’s Safari for Mac can reopen a closed tab or window—as long as you weren’t browsing privately.

Tabbed browsing is perhaps the best thing to come to the internet since Keyboard Cat, and if you’re anything like us you probably have more tabs open than you can ever remember looking at. That unfortunately sometimes leads to what we like to call “The Purge”—a cleanup of tabs that invariably has an unfortunate side effect—closing the one tab that you absolutely wanted to keep open.

Thankfully, someone at Apple thought about that and there’s a handy dandy menu bar option that will return that recently closed tab to its former glory. There’s even a keyboard shortcut, too!

There is, of course, one caveat to consider here. If you’re browsing away in private browsing mode, and then close a tab, you’re out of luck. No amount of spamming the right buttons or key combinations is going to bring it back. Sorry! Everything is discarded as soon as you close a private browsing tab. That ensures your private browsing stays private.

With that out of the way, here’s how to get your lost tab back.

Restoring the Last Closed Tab in Safari

If you just closed a tab and realized that you shouldn’t have, getting it back is a case of two mouse clicks.

To get started, click the “History” option in the menu bar at the top of the screen in Safari.

Click History

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How to Adjust Music Equalizer on iPhone and iPad

Wireless headphones

Apple’s Music app has a built-in equalizer setting on iPhone and iPad. You can use these EQ settings whether you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you buy songs from iTunes, or you listen to music files you’ve transferred over manually.

While there is, unfortunately, no option to set up your own EQ configuration, Apple provides many different presets. Whether you want to get an added bass boost or you want to hear the vocals of your favorite song a little more clearly, there should be an EQ for every taste. Oddly, these aren’t visible within the Music app itself but fear not. We’ll show you where they are.

How to Select an EQ Preset for the Music App

To get started, open the Settings app and scroll down to “Music” before tapping it.

Open Settings and tap Music

Next, scroll down and then tap “EQ.”

Tap EQ

Here you will see a list of presets, all of which make your music sound slightly different depending on the settings Apple used when creating them. To select an EQ, tap it.

On iOS 12.1.4, the available options are Acoustic, Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Classical, Dance, Deep, Electronic, Flat, Hip Hop, Jazz, Late Night, Latin, Loudness, Lounge, Piano, Pop, R & B, Rock, Small Speakers, Spoken Word, Treble Booster, Treble Reducer, and Vocal Booster.

Tap the desired EQ to select it

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