1. iMore Question's Avatar
    My two lines of icons and addresses at the top of my safari screen suddenly turned black and gray yesterday. It is hard to read that way. I will attempt to add a picture of it. Not sure how to do that.
    09-01-2014 09:02 AM
  2. zerog46's Avatar
    Did you hit the button for private? Click on the book marks tab at the bottom. It looks like a Book. Then click on the button that says private it should not be highlighted.
    Last edited by zerog46; 09-01-2014 at 09:12 AM. Reason: Spelling
    09-01-2014 09:12 AM
  3. rayz336's Avatar
    Sounds like it's on private. You can hit the two squares (New Tab button) and tap the Private button to turn it off
    09-01-2014 09:19 AM
  4. Cyndi25's Avatar
    You're a genius!

    I can't even count the hours I spent looking help with this black top-of-the-screen problem.

    Every suggestion says to go into Safari settings and turn off Private web browsing. Mine was already turned off.

    I tried everything that I could find on the Internet and thankfully found your solution.

    I want to shout it from the trees! This guy knows what he's talking about.



    Thank you.
    Thank you so much.
    Moira Hoogeveen likes this.
    07-17-2015 05:53 PM
  5. William Hugh Murray's Avatar
    I did not spend "hours" but long enough. I have beeb frustrated by "private" for two weeks now. Lots of things did not work as expected.
    07-16-2016 10:48 AM
  6. Moira Hoogeveen's Avatar
    Wow! it is so simple! I could not find "privacy settings" anywhere, until you showed me. It worked. Thank you.
    02-15-2017 05:43 PM
  7. wahoo27's Avatar
    Did you hit the button for private? Click on the book marks tab at the bottom. It looks like a Book. Then click on the button that says private it should not be highlighted.
    Could you explain what page or where I can find the “book marks tab on the bottom”? There is a bookmark button on the top left but that just goes to the actual bookmarks I have added on over time, plus history. Where exactly am I to find this? Thanks!!!
    03-09-2018 07:40 PM
  8. wahoo27's Avatar
    Could you explain what page or where I can find the “book marks tab on the bottom”? There is a bookmark button on the top left but that just goes to the actual bookmarks I have added on over time, plus history. Where exactly am I to find this? Thanks!!!
    Never mind! Figured it out. On the far right of the top line where the URL is, i find two squares set one on top of the other. Click on that and it will show you all the Safari screens tabs you currently have open. The word “Private” is also highlighted. That means that all those screens fall under the Privacy protections. Click on it, and it will take you back to the all the tab screens of Safari pages that are NOt under Privacy. Go into one of those pages and you’ll see that the URL address line is its regular white background.
    03-09-2018 07:49 PM

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