How to Automatically Show Full URL in Safari

By default, Safari tries to hide the full address of any website you visit, revealing only the domain name. It helps reduce clutter, but sometimes you might want to see the full URL in Safari.

Fortunately, Apple recognizes this and allows for some customization. You can, of course, just click or tap on a URL to reveal its hidden parts, but why waste time with unnecessary actions?

Let’s see how to make Safari automatically show the full web address of every site you visit.

How to View Full Website Addresses in Safari on Mac

Here’s how to always display the full URL in Safari on Mac:

  1. Go to Safari > Preferences

  2. Click on Advancedadvanced tab on browser settings for mac

  3. Check Show full website address in the Smart search field sectionsafari advanced settings menu with smart search box

That’s it. Safari will now show the full URLs of every site you visit so you can take the strain off your finger.

How to View Full Website Addresses in Safari on iOS

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Safari on iPhone and iPad does not have a setting to automatically display full URLs in the address bar. The missing preference makes sense on more compact devices, as smaller screens would struggle to accommodate the extra characters.

You can, however, reveal full website addresses using the traditional tap and look method. If copying a URL is your goal, long-press the address bar to reveal copy-and-paste options.

Don’t let Safari hide your URLs

When Safari gets sneaky and tries to hide your URLs, you don’t have to put up with such secrecy. On macOS, all it takes is adjusting a simple setting to force the browser to reveal everything it knows.

Safari in iOS won’t drop the goods so easily, but you can coerce it with a firm tap.

If you don’t need to see full URLs all the time, disabling the setting on Mac makes the address bar a bit more attractive.

But then you run the risk of Safari looking too good because, as far as browsers go, it’s already a fine specimen.

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Matt is an Australian freelance writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Before starting his studies, he worked in technical support and gained valuable knowledge about technology and its users. His true passion is storytelling and he hopes to one day write a novel worthy of publication.

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