How to Enable Favicons In Safari On Mojave

With new Mac OS Mojave, Apple dedicatedly put efforts to improve a lot of its features for good. From the completely new Finder to the new screenshot tool, significant improvements can be seen on the all new Mac Mojave. However, one of the most awaited benefit I got is the favicons on Safari, which had been disappeared for beginning of time.

Favicons were one of the major reasons that many Mac users were exploring on Google Chrome instead of Safari. With Mojave on machines, you’re now able to differentiate between opened tabs and access them faster. However, you’re supposed to opt in for the feature. Today, we’re going to explain on how to enable favicons in Safari on Mojave.

enable Favicons In Safari
source: macworld

What is a Favicon?

A favicon is also known as website icon, favicon, shortcut icon, URL icon etc. It is that tiny icon that helps you recognize a website from a pile of tabs opened on an internet browser. In the lack of a favicon, you may have to go through all the tabs in order to reach the desired one. In previous versions of Mac OS, Safari did not have an option to display website favicons, which lead to users in using other browsers over Apple’s own Safari.

You can easily understand favicon through various examples like the ‘f’ icon for Facebook, the colorful ‘G’ for Google, a stylish ‘w’ for Systweak and the little blue bird for ‘Twitter’.

*Encircled favicon
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How to Enable favicon in Safari?

It was shocking to see Safari having the same pale grey tabs without any favicons on it. Later, it was found that you must opt-in to have the favicons appeared on Safari running on Mojave. You may follow the below steps to enable favicons on Safari:

  1. Launch Safari and go to Preferences.
  2. Click on Tabs tab at the top.
  3. Check the box for Show Website icons in tabs option.
  4. The settings would be applied without the need of a restart.
enable favicon in Safari tabs
source: itworld

By applying the changes to have favicons appeared on tab, you would be able to use Safari on your Mac. there is no ambiguity that Safari works better than any other web browsers on a Mac machine.

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Now that you know how to enable favicons on Safari, you have got more power over the browser. With favicons enabled, you can now save more time as you don’t’ have to visit every tab to get to the desired one. Also, those humdrum plain grey tabs wouldn’t be able to distract your concentration. Is important to know that favicons on Safari would only work if you are running your Mac on the latest Mojave OS. The previous versions of OS may not deliver the same.  If you wish to share some tips and tricks for Mac Mojave, do let us know in the comments below.


  • comment_avtar
    Thanks for this tip Rishi. Works a treat!

    5 years ago

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