How to Use Safari Tab Groups on Mac

How to Use Safari Tab Groups on Mac


Use tab groups in the Safari browser

Before we show how to use group tabs on Mac, let’s take a look at what tab groups are in Safari and why you should use them.

What are Tab Groups on Safari on Mac

In theory, Tab Groups is similar to what Google did with Groups on the Google Chrome browser. But the implementation is different.

Tab groups are especially useful when dealing with dozens of tabs in the browser. For example, you can create a group such as Social and add your open social tabs to the group.

Tab groups in action


Tab groups in action

Likewise, you can create multiple groups in Safari browser and move tabs from general home page to created groups. This is a smarter way to manage tabs in Safari browser on Mac. This is something that power users will appreciate once they get a taste of the tab groups in Safari.

Are you excited to try Safari Tab Groups? Let’s put it in place.

Create tab groups in Safari browser on Mac

The tab group feature is best served on the desktop. After all, you’re supposed to open dozens of tabs on a Mac, not an iPhone.

If you have multiple tabs open in Safari browser, you can follow the steps below to take care of tab mess on Mac.

To note: Tab groups are part of the Safari update in macOS Monterey 12.0. If you’re still using macOS Big Sur, you need to update the software from the System Preferences menu. Apple is set to release the new update later this year. Until then, you can try the shiny new operating system on Mac at your own risk.

Step 1: Open Safari browser on your Mac and start browsing. Try to open the relevant tabs on the browser.

2nd step: Select a tab that you want to move to a group.

Step 3: Right-click on a tab and select Move to Tab Group from the context menu.

Move to tab group in Safari


Move to tab group in Safari

Step 4: Select New Tab Group.

Create a new tab group


Create a new tab group

Step 5: Safari will open a sidebar and you can give the group a relevant name.

Give a name to the tab group


Give a name to the tab group

Step 6: You will see the tab change from the standard interface to the newly created tab group.

You can follow the routine for all open tabs and organize them neatly into tab groups.

However, it can take a long time.

Create tab groups from currently open tabs

Apple also has a better way to create tab groups from current tabs. Here’s how.

Step 1: Launch Safari browser on Mac and open the relevant tabs from which you want to create a group.

2nd step: Click the little down arrow next to the sidebar menu at the top.

Click the down arrow


Click the down arrow

Step 3: Select New Tab Group with x Tabs.

New tab group with open tabs


New tab group with open tabs

Step 4: Give the new tab group a name and Safari will add all open tabs to that group.

No manual entry is required. You don’t need to move each tab to a group in Safari on Mac.

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How to delete tab groups in Safari

If you no longer need to use a specific tab group in Safari browser, you can easily remove it from the app. Here’s how.

Step 1: Launch Safari browser on Mac.

2nd step: Click on the sidebar at the top.

Select the safari sidebar


Select the safari sidebar

Step 3: On the Tab Groups menu, right-click the tab group you want to delete, or use two-finger click with the MacBook trackpad.

Delete tab groups in Safari


Delete tab groups in Safari

Step 4: Select Remove and Safari will remove the browser tab group.

In the same menu, you can also rename a group of tabs.

What about Safari on iPhone

Safari on iPhone is also getting the new Tab Group add-on with the iOS 15 update. All your created tab groups will also sync with the iPhone running iOS 15.

Select tabs in iphone


Select tabs in iphone

Tab groups in safari for i Phopne


Tab groups in safari for i Phopne

On iPhone, you can also create new tab groups, add new tabs, rename the group and even delete it.

Organize Safari tabs like a pro

The groups of tabs in the Safari browser are an interesting addition to improve the browsing experience on the desktop. However, we would like to see more theme options like custom icons and colorful tabs like Google Chrome in Safari for future updates.

Do you see yourself using Safari Tab Groups after macOS 12.0 Monterey arrives? Or are you comfortable with the Safari alternative on Mac? Share your opinion in the comments below.

Last updated on August 14, 2021

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