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Whenever I open Safari on both my iPhone and iPad, it starts loading the last webpage that I visited in the past, which is not very convenient.

Is there a way to stop it from doing this?

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What is your desired behavior instead of opening to the last page visited? Opening to a home page? A blank page? Your bookmarks? – Daniel Oct 7 '11 at 5:17
Good point: a blank page I guess, which leaves me free to navigate to whereever i want at that time. – Jannemans Oct 7 '11 at 5:25
I am modifying my answer to reflect this information. – Daniel Oct 7 '11 at 5:32
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You could save a bookmark to about:blank (or your desired home page) as an icon in your home screen. Then click that to launch Safari rather than the Safari icon.

To do this:

  • open Safari.
  • Type the url about:blank into the URL area and go to that page. The page will, unsurprisingly, be empty.
  • Press the share button, and select "Add to Home Screen"
  • Assign a name to this blank page. In your case, you might want to call it Safari.

(Dan Frakes of MacWorld spells out these steps at; thanks to Heng-Cheong Leong for point this out).

Alternately, you could close any pages you had open in Safari before exiting the program.

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Dan Frakes of have written a step-by-step guide on creating the "about:blank" home-screen bookmark at – Heng-Cheong Leong Oct 7 '11 at 8:05

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