macOS Ventura: How to share tabs and collaborate with others in Safari

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Safari in macOS Ventura gains the ability to share tab groups with others. It's a great way to get organized when planning a trip, working on a group project, and more. Here's how to set up and use shared tab groups.

Safari is Apple's web browser, available on all operating systems, carefully designed for Mac, iPhone and iPad for performance, features and tight integration with iCloud. Tab groups use the iCloud service for synchronization.

Last year in macOS Monterey and iOS 15, tab groups made it easier to organize your tabs and make tab groups available on all your personal devices. With macOS Ventura, Safari offers new ways to collaborate. You can now share your tab groups with other people and sync changes across all invited users.

How to create a tab group

First, before you can share a tab group with other people, you need to make one first. As a reminder, a tab group is a separate set of tabs that are stored inside Safari. You can switch between multiple groups and return to your tab sets later.

You can create a new tab group in Safari on Mac by selecting ‘File’ -> ‘New tab group’. Give the tab group a suitable catchy name. You can move existing tabs you have open by right-clicking a tab and choosing ‘Move to tabgroup’ -> [Tab group name].

How to quickly send someone a list of tab links

If you don't need the fancy new collaboration and real-time sync features, you can quickly share a static snapshot of your tab group by sharing a list of links. To do this, right-click on the tab group in the sidebar and select ‘Copy Links’. (In Safari on iOS, you can view groups of tabs in the overview screen and long press to find the Copy Links action.)

This copies a bulleted list of links to the clipboard. You can then send an email or open any messaging app and simply paste this list of links into whatever app you want.

What can you do with the shared tab group?

If you want to go beyond a static list of links, Shared Tab Groups are the way to go. A regular tab group syncs across all your personal devices with iCloud. The General Tabs group extends this concept. The Shared Tabs group extends this by making the same tabs available to other people, such as your friends, co-workers, or anyone you choose to invite.

As part of a shared group, the new tabs you add are automatically shown to everyone else. Other members can also add tabs to the group so you can see them. It's a great tool for planning family trips, suggesting dinner recipes, or collaborating with colleagues on a work project.

How to create a shared tab group

Start with a personal tab group. To make it shareable, open the Safari sidebar and right-click on the tab group you want to share. Select ‘Share Tab Group’. This will open the share menu.

Safari will first prompt you to share with your contacts via Messages. However, once the tab group is made public, you can open the newly added collaboration menu and simply find the invite link to share. This is a special link that anyone can click to join a tab group. (Note: This feature only works for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users with macOS Ventura, iOS 16, or iPadOS 16, respectively.) />An indicator shows who else is currently viewing a tab in your tab group. the group can view, add or remove tabs in the group. Safari will display an icon avatar indicator on the tab strip when someone else is currently actively viewing it. Notification banners will also pop up to let you know when there is activity in the tab group.

How to manage the tab group and stop sharing

The creator of a shared tab group is considered ‘owner’; only the owner can control who gets access to the tab group. As the owner, click the Shared Tab Group menu item in the upper right corner of the toolbar. Click ‘Manage Shared Tab Group’. You can invite more participants, revoke access for some participants, and quickly start a group messaging or FaceTime call. Shared Tab Groups work great with the FaceTime SharePlay features.

When you're done sharing and you're ready to end your collaboration, simply click the Stop Sharing button to turn your Shared Tab Group back into your own Personal Tab Group . When this happens, all other members lose access to the tab group completely.

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