How to Restore Recently Closed Tabs and Windows in Safari

Ever close a browser tab by accident or lost a number of tabs after Safari crashed? It happens to the best of us. Thankfully, you can quickly reopen your last closed tab or restore tabs from your last browsing session with the tips below.

Open the Last Closed Tab in Safari on the Mac

Safari lets you undo your action of closing a tab--as long as you act promptly. If you close a tab by mistake and then open a new tab, you won't be able to restore the closed tab with the shortcut below, because the undo feature only works on your last action.

In OS X, after closing a tab, press Command+Z , the standard Mac keyboard shortcut for Undo. Your lost tab will be instantly restored. Alternatively, you can go to the Edit menu and select "Undo Close Tab".

For other tabs you've closed before the last one, head to the History men u for the list of sites you've recently visited.

Reopen Closed Windows in Safari on the Mac

You can also reopen a Safari window with the tabs you had open even days after closing the window or quitting Safari.

If you have more than one Safari window open and close one by mistake, go to the History menu and select "Reopen Last Closed Window."

If you quit Safari and want to restart it with all of the tabs you had open last time, go to the History menu and select Reopen All Windows from Last Session.

You'll be up and running with all of the windows and tabs you were using last time.

Open the Last Closed Tab in Safari on the iPad

On the iPad or iPhone , you can also quickly reopen your last tabs. Safari on iOS lets you quickly open up to five of the last tabs you closed.

Tap and hold down the new tab button (a plus icon) to bring up the list of recently closed tabs.

Tap the site to restore and the site will open in a new tab.

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Disappearing Safari Tabs on iPhone or iPad? How to Find Them

Every so often, a seemingly small bug in Apple's operating systems survives the company's annual OS launches and continues to cause users huge frustration from one software update to the next.

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While there isn't an accepted solution to the problem of disappearing tabs, there are cases where it might seem that your tabs are gone, when in fact they are just hidden from view. Here are some ways that you may be able to get them back or stop them from disappearing in the first place.

Reveal Hidden Tabs

On iPadOS, for example, if you press and hold the Show Tab Overview button (four squares in a quadrant) in the top-right corner of the Safari window, this will reveal a dropdown menu that includes an option to Merge All Windows .

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Reveal the Shelf

Another action worth trying on iPadOS is pressing and holding the Safari icon in the Dock or on the Home Screen and selecting Show All Windows from the popup menu that appears.

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Recently Closed Tabs

If you have an inkling that some of the tabs you're missing have been inadvertently closed, you can always use the Recently Closed Tabs option to re-open them. All you have to do is open up the tab view in Safari and long press on the "+" icon to get a look at all of the tabs that you've recently closed.

Turn Off Auto-Close Tabs

If you still haven't been able to find some of your tabs, make sure that Safari isn't closing them after a certain duration on your behalf: Open Settings , tap through to Safari -> Close Tabs and ensure that Manually is selected.

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Bookmark All Open Tabs

If the above suggestions haven't worked for you, there is a workaround: Consider bookmarking your open tabs after each browsing session. This might sound like more hassle than it's worth, but since iOS 13 Apple has included a one-tap option to just that.

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A popup menu will appear at the on the screen from which you can select Add Bookmarks for X Tabs , the X being the number of tabs open.

Once you've tapped this option, you'll be asked to save the tabs in a new bookmarks folder (remember to give it a recognizable name). Alternately, you can choose a location from the existing folder list in which to save the tabs.

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To access your bookmarks in Safari at any time, simply tap the Bookmarks icon in the main browsing interface or the sidebar to reveal all of your saved favorites and folders. Press and hold on the folder of bookmarks and select Open in New Tabs , or alternatively, Open in Tab Group if you want them grouped.

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How to Restore Safari Tabs on iPhone, iPad, & Mac

How to Restore Safari Tabs on iPhone, iPad, & Mac

Hey there! So, you’re scratching your head about how to restore Safari tabs on iPhone, iPad, or even your Mac? Look, we’ve all been there. Apple throws out these significant, shiny updates every year, but sometimes, a teeny-tiny but ultra-annoying bug slips through. Have you ever had your Safari tabs just vanish into thin air? It’s a thing, and it’s been messing with us since the iOS 13 updates.

But chill, your tabs are probably just playing a game of hide and seek. There are some easy steps to pull them back or make sure they stick around in the first place.

How to restore Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad

How to restore Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad.

Okay, listen up. If you’ve accidentally closed a Safari tab and you’re freaking out, relax. There are many super easy ways to get that back. Also, if the tabs get closed on their own because of a glitch, or you’ve purposely closed them but regret it later, you can still recover them.

In this section, I’ll share with you two ways to restore your closed Safari tabs on your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s how to restore closed Safari tabs on iPhone or iPad from recently closed tabs list:

  • The first step is to open the Safari browser . You got this!
  • Next, look at the bottom-right corner of your screen . You’ll see a little icon that looks like two squares on top of each other. That’s the “ Show All Tabs ” button. Please go on tap it.
  • Now, see the “+” icon down there. That’s usually the button you tap to start a new tab. But today, we’re mixing things up. Press and hold that “+” for a couple of seconds.
  • Then, A list will pop up, showing you all the tabs you’ve recently closed. Tap the one you want, and it’ll return to your active Safari tabs.

How to restore closed Safari tabs from search history

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If you’re having trouble getting your Safari tabs back, no worries! You can always dig through your browsing history and open it up again one by one. Remember, this won’t work if you use Private mode because Safari doesn’t save that history.

To find those lost tabs, check out your history list or use the search function to find the websites you were on. Then you can reopen them from there-

  • First off, open Safari and look for the Bookmark icon (it looks like an opened book). Tap on it.
  • Next, hit the Clock It is where your browsing history lives.
  • Now, you can search for that specific tab you closed or scroll through your history. It’s all listed in chronological order.
  • Found it? Great! Tap on it, and it’ll open up in a new tab.

How to restore Safari tabs on Mac

 How to restore Safari tabs on Mac

Hey, so you’re Team Safari? Me too! If you’re like me and sometimes get click-happy, closing all your Safari windows with just one click, don’t worry. There are some easy ways to get those tabs back, especially if you’re using a Mac. Let’s dive into how you can do that.

How to use the keyboard shortcuts or menu shortcuts to restore Safari tabs

Oops! Have you closed a tab by mistake? Don’t worry; it happens to the best of us. Luckily, some quick keyboard tricks and menu options in Safari can help you get that tab back quickly.

Try pressing the Command + Z keys on your keyboard after reopening Safari. It will bring back the last tab you closed. If you close multiple tabs simultaneously, keep pressing those keys until all your tabs are back.

Another way to reopen a closed tab is to right-click and choose the ‘Reopen Last Closed Tab’ option.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it-

  • Start by opening Safari on your Mac. You can use Spotlight Search shortcuts to do this quickly.
  • Next, go to the History menu in your Mac desktop’s top toolbar.
  • Click on ‘Reopen Last Closed Tab’ from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, press Shift + Command + T on your keyboard to achieve the same result.
  • All the tabs you closed will reappear automatically.
  • If you accidentally closed an entire window, don’t worry. You’ll see an option for ‘Reopen Last Closed Window’ in the same dropdown menu. Click on that, and you’ll restore the entire window with all its tabs.

How to utilize the Add icon on Safari to restore tabs on Mac

 How to utilize the Add icon on Safari to restore tabs on Mac

Did you know about this cool feature in Safari? There’s this new tab icon; if you left-click it, it will create a new tab for you. But if you right-click the same icon, it will restore your closed account and show you a list of all the tabs and windows you’ve closed. Here are the steps-

  • First off, go ahead and relaunch Safari on your device. Just close it and open it up again.
  • Next, look at the upper right corner of the main Safari screen. That’s where you’ll find what you need.
  • Then, spot the little “+” icon and give it a right-click. It’s usually near the other tabs you have open.
  • Lastly, a menu will pop up. Choose the tab you want to bring back and restore it!

How to check the Recently Closed option

How to check the Recently Closed option

Here’s how to recover a specific closed tab in Safari using the ‘ Recently Closed’ menu. It differs from restoring your last closed tab because it lets you pick which one you want back.

  • First things first, open up Safari on your Mac.
  • Next up, look for the ‘History’ tab. You’ll find it on the top menu bar, usually between ‘Bookmarks’ and ‘Window.’
  • Now, click ‘History’ and scroll down until you see ‘Recently Closed.’ Click on that.
  • Finally, you’ll see a list of websites you’ve visited recently. Just click on the one you want to bring back, and it’ll pop right up on your Safari main window.

Why did all my Safari tabs disappear on my iPhone or iPad, and how to fix it?

I get it; losing all those open Safari tabs can be frustrating! It’s one of those things that can occur for all sorts of reasons, like when an app suddenly crashes, or maybe you accidentally removed the app, or even after a software update. No need to stress! I’ve got your back. Check out these simple tricks to make sure you don’t run into this problem again:

Okay, let’s start with something useful. Do you know how Safari likes to close your open tabs automatically? The main reason for that could have been that you’ve set a time limit for Safari to automatically close tabs from your Safari settings.

Well, you can make it stop doing that.

Here’s how:

  • Open up your Settings . You know, that app with the gears on it.
  • Look for the Safari It’s got that compass icon like you’re setting off on a browsing adventure.
  • Tap on “ Close Tabs .” It’s like telling Safari how to handle your tabs.
  • You’ll see some choices, but go ahead and pick “ Manually .” It means Safari will only close your tabs if you say so.
  • Your tabs will stay open until you can give them the boot.

If you’re using an iPad and you want to make sure you can see all your tabs at once, here’s what you do:

  • Open Safari, you know, the internet app with the little compass.
  • Take a look at the top right corner. See those little square things? Tap on them.
  • Now, you’ve got two choices: ‘Show All Windows’ or ‘Merge All Windows.’ Don’t worry; they’re not as complicated as they sound.
  • Pick either one. ‘Show All Windows’ gives you a bird’s-eye view of all your tabs. ‘Merge All Windows’ puts them together so you can easily switch between them.
  • You will get all of those tabs you wanted to keep open.

No worries, I’ve got one more trick for you. If a sneaky tab disappears on you, here’s how to bring it back:

  • Jump into Safari again, the place where you do your web stuff.
  • Look for the little “Plus” button-down at the bottom. Give it a good press and hold, like you’re saying, “Hey, I need something back!”
  • Guess what? A list will pop up showing tabs you closed recently. They’re still alive!
  • Pick the tab you’re missing from that list, and like magic, it’ll pop right back up. See? No more panicking over a lost tab.

How to find recently closed tabs on iPhone Safari?

Alright, did you close a tab in Safari? Don’t worry, I got you. Safari’s a bit sneaky compared to Chrome or Edge; it doesn’t have a straightforward menu to find your recently closed tabs.

But here’s the hack: Open Safari and tap the little two-square icon at the bottom right. That’s your Tabs button. Now, press and hold the “+” sign that’s nearby. A list of your recently closed Safari tabs will show up, and you can tap the one you want to bring back to life in a new tab.

Here is another way: find the “+” sign and hold it down. Now, if you’re more into digging through your history, there’s another way. Open Safari, look for a book-like icon, tap it, and then go to the ‘History’ tab. From there, you can tap any link to reopen it in a new tab. So, there you go, two easy ways to get back to browsing what you were browsing.

Alright, let’s wrap this up! We’ve talked about how to restore Safari tabs on iPhone, figured out how to reopen closed tabs in Safari, and even delved into the mystery of why all my Safari tabs disappear.

So, whether you’ve accidentally closed all tabs on your iPhone or scratching your head because your Safari tabs disappeared on your iPad, know you’ve got a toolkit of solutions now. Next time you’re in a tab crisis, don’t look outside—this guide’s got your back. Happy browsing, everyone!

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What to Know

  • Undo a closed tab: Go to Edit > Undo Close Tab , press Command + Z , or click and hold the plus sign to the right of the Tabs bar.
  • Or, select History > Reopen Last Closed Tab , go to History and mouse over Recently Closed , or press Shift + Command + T .
  • Restore a closed window: Go to History > Reopen Last Closed Window . Or, History > Reopen All Windows From Last Session .

This article explains how to reopen tabs or windows you may have closed by accident in the Safari web browser. You can also use the History list to reopen sites.

How to Undo a Closed Tab in Safari

You can open your lost tab using four methods. The first is to either select Undo Close Tab from the Edit menu, or press Command + Z on your keyboard.

You can restore multiple tabs you've closed by using the command repeatedly.

Another way to reopen a page you've closed is to click and hold the plus sign at the far right of the Tabs bar. Usually, you click this once to open a new tab, but holding opens a menu with a list of ones you've recently closed. Select the one you want to reopen.

The third way is to select Reopen Last Closed Tab under the History menu or press Shift + Command + T on your keyboard.

Finally, you can find a list of tabs you've recently closed under the History menu. Mouse over Recently Closed to see a list of pages you can reopen, and then click the one you want to restore.

Restoring Closed Windows

If you close a Safari window , you can reopen it just as you can reopen a closed tab, but the command is under a different menu. Select Reopen Last Closed Window under the History menu, or press Shift + Command + T on your keyboard.

The Reopen Last Closed Window and Reopen Last Closed Tab commands share the same spot in the History menu and keyboard shortcut. Which you see depends on which you closed most recently.

Reopen Safari Windows From Last Session

Besides being able to reopen closed Safari windows and tabs, you can also open all Safari windows that were open the last time you quit Safari.

Safari, like all the Apple apps, can make use of OS X’s Resume feature , which was introduced with OS X Lion. Resume saves the state of all the open windows of an app, in this case, any Safari window you have open. The idea is that the next time you launch Safari, you can resume right where you left off.

From the History menu, select Reopen All Windows From Last Session .

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How to Restore Recently Closed Safari Tabs on iPhone

What to know.

  • Reopen closed tabs in Safari to quickly revisit pages you thought you were done with.
  • To open recently closed tabs, open Safari, tap the Tabs icon, then long-press the plus icon.

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If you're an avid user of Safari, you've probably accidentally closed a tab before when you were still in the middle of reading. As a result, you wished you had a way to open closed tabs so you could get it back. Luckily, there are two simple ways to reopen closed tabs in Safari on your iPhone! We'll show you how.

How to Reopen a Closed Tab in Safari on iPhone

Reopening closed tabs from safari's history.

In the steps below, we'll show you how to reopen recently closed Safari tabs. To learn more about cool Safari features, check out our free  Tip of the Day newsletter. 

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Your recently closed tab will open in a new Safari tab, and you can pick up where you left off.

Related:  How to Quickly Close All Tabs in Safari on iPhone

Another way to restore closed tabs is to go to the History tab in Safari. The History tab lists the recent and past pages that you've browsed. Here's how to reopen tabs from History.

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If you currently have no tabs open, the steps are the same! You'll simply be starting from a blank page instead of a current tab. Safari can hold a fairly long list of recently closed tabs, so even if your child is playing around and deletes all open Safari tabs, you should be able to recover them quickly.

  • How do I find recently closed tabs on Safari iPhone? When you go to open a new tab, unless you have already changed Safari's settings, you will open to the new tab page. From there, simply scroll down. You'll find a list of all your recently closed tabs at the bottom.
  • Why did my Safari tabs disappear on iPhone? Sometimes, if the app crashes or accidentally gets deleted you can lose all your open tabs in the Safari app. This can also occur due to a software update. Follow the steps above to go above getting them back.
  • How do I get my Safari back to normal? In 2022, Apple released an update to Safari that altered where the search address bar and other small changes appeared. You can adjust this by going into Safari Settings.

If you're frustrated with the Safari layout, you may be interested in learning how to get the Safari search bar back to the top  and  how to stop the status bar from hiding your icons . If you ever find your Safari tabs disappearing, find out how to get them back .

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macOS: Recover Lost Tabs and Windows in Safari

Jeff Butts

One of the things I would never, ever be aware of if I didn’t do tech support is that some users have a lot of Safari tabs open all the time. Like, a LOT of Safari tabs. For some folks, open tabs are apparently a way to remember to follow up on things or purchase items. I don’t personally understand the mindset of not bookmarking pages—I have a folder full of temporary bookmarks just for that purpose!—but whatever blows your skirt up, I always say.

In any case, if you’re one of the people who uses Safari’s tabs in this way (or if you just close stuff sometimes when you don’t mean to, like I do), then you’ve gotta know how to recover lost tabs if they get lost accidentally. The menu item for that is under “History” at the top of your screen:

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Recover Lost Tabs and Windows in Safari

So within that menu, you can see “Recently Closed,” which’ll show you tabs and windows that you may have dismissed accidentally. If you’ll note the item I’ve called out in red, that was one window with many tabs under it, and if I click the top item, it’ll open everything that was in that window. Or I could click any single item to reopen that one page.

Also under that menu are “Reopen Last Closed [Window/Tab],” which does just what it says, and “Reopen All Windows from Last Session,” which is handy if Safari didn’t restore your tabs after it was quit for whatever reason. All of these options may look a little different or say slightly different things depending on exactly how many tabs you closed, for example, but if you’re looking to get back what you lost, this “History” menu is the way to go.

Finally, there’s one more trick to know in Safari, and though it seems obvious, I think it’s something most people don’t think about—if all you want is to undo accidentally closing a tab right after you did it, you’d just press Command-Z like you would anywhere else to undo your last action. It’s the shortcut for Edit> Undo Close Tab .

Undo Close Tab

You can also press this shortcut multiple times to get back several tabs if you went on a closing frenzy and then came to your senses.

For you non-Safari users: Chrome and Firefox have very similar options to these, and in both cases, those choices are also listed under the program’s “History” menu. So, you know, whatever browser you use, you can now rest assured that you could get your tabs back if you needed to. Though no matter which is your preferred browser, if I sit at your computer and you do have fifty tabs open at once, I may just silently judge you a bit.

Or a lot. I ain’t sayin’.

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Reopen and restore all closed tabs in Safari on iPhone or iPad

If you’ve accidentally closed tons of Safari tabs on iPad or iPhone and want to restore them, or you lost all of your Safari tabs by trying to create a Safari Tab Group (a surprisingly common occurrence, what a feature bug), you are probably desperately wondering how you can recover and reopen all closed tabs in Safari and restore them all to your iPhone or iPad.

Many people use Safari tabs as an alternative to bookmarks, keeping hundreds of tabs open at a time, but forget to bookmark them. Endless hours of research, resources, etc, open in tabs, can all be gone in a flash if you encounter a hiccup with Safari on iPhone or iPad. Oops. Indeed, Safari is unforgiving on the iPad (or iPhone), and your tabs may be toast.

Worried you lost your Safari tabs on iPad? Not so fast!

There’s good news and bad news.

While there’s no official “Reopen all closed tabs” option or ‘Restore previous session’ in Safari on iPadOS or iOS, you’re not out of options.

The bad news is that if you had tons of open tabs, say 300, 400, or 500 open tabs, they might be lost for good, or at least many of them may be gone.

But the good news is you can try to recover many of them through several different options. And if you have a keyboard hooked up to the iPad in particular, you’ll be able to get quite a few of the lost tabs back.

Restoring Closed Safari Tabs on iPad with Keyboard Shortcut

If you have an external keyboard, Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, or similar keyboard with the iPad, you can use a keyboard shortcut in Safari to restore the last closed Safari tabs.

  • Hit Command + Shift + T on a keyboard repeatedly, until all tabs have been reopened

I have personally experienced catastrophic tab loss due to the Tab Groups bug, but by using the Command Shift T method I was able to recover about 200 of 500 lost Safari tabs. This is probably the most broadly useful trick, and the closest method to restoring all closed tabs in Safari on iPad.

Unfortunately, this trick is probably not available for iPhone, but you can try connecting a bluetooth keyboard to iPhone and giving it a shot anyway – let us know if it works.

Recovering Closed Tabs in Safari on iPad via New Tab Button

The plus button in Safari on iPad and iPhone is the traditional commonly used method used to recover closed tabs in iOS Safari and iPadOS too.

  • On iPad: Tap and hold on the + plus button, then select the closed tabs you wish to reopen from the drop-down menu
  • On iPhone: Tap the two overlapping squares icon to access tabs view, then tap and hold on the + plus button to select closed tabs you want to reopen

Restore closed tabs in Safari

The + tab drop down menu that shows with a long press will reveal all tabs that have been closed recently, so repeat this process to reopen and recover closed tabs as needed.

Restoring Lost Tabs in Safari on iPad through History

You can also browse through Safari history to restore closed tabs, though if you have tons of tabs you are trying to restore you’ll be in the history menu for a while.

  • Tap the sidebar menu button, then tap on “History”
  • Tap on the history item(s) you want to restore the tab for

This is fairly tedious but it can be very effective if you don’t mind putting the time into restoring from browser history.

Of course if you deleted and cleared the browser history, this won’t be an option.

Restore from a Recent Backup to Recover All Lost Safari Tabs?

If your tabs were super important, perhaps you were doing tons of research and lost them all, and if you had a recent backup made from before you lost the tabs, you can also try to restore the iPad from the backup to recover those lost tabs.

However this usually does not work to recover the tabs if Safari is syncing through iCloud Tabs, so if you’re in that situation you’ll want to use the approaches above rather than the backup recovery approach.

Were you able to restore your lost Safari tabs on iPhone or iPad using these tricks? Which method worked best for you? Do you have another approach to recovering all your closed Safari tabs in iOS and iPadOS? Share with us your experiences in the comments.

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This article is aimed at iPad users with a keyboard case or external keyboard attached, however, for Mac; Command+Shift+Tab in Safari for Mac (US English) will reopen the last closed tab. You can see what the equivalent would be on Mac (German) by going to the Safari “History” menu and looking for the “Reopen Last Closed Tab” option to see the associated keystroke. Hope that helps!

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How to reopen recently closed tabs in Safari for Mac

Safari for Mac makes it simple to reopen any accidentally closed windows or tabs from your last browsing session , but did you know that you can also bring back one or more tabs or windows that you closed during your current session? This tutorial shows you how to do just that.

Reopen closed Safari tabs on Mac

How to reopen closed Safari tabs on Mac

You can view multiple web pages in a single Safari window by opening them in tabs.

Each tab is its own process that consumes CPU time, RAM, and other system resources. Therefore, it makes sense to close any Safari tabs and windows you no longer need in order to cut down on RAM usage, conserve power, and free up CPU cycles for other tasks. But did you close one accidentally or unknowingly and wish to open it again?

Safari for Mac lets you reopen your recently closed tab(s) in three different ways.

1. Use keyboard or menu shortcut

Use the standard undo shortcut  Command + Z to bring back the last closed tab or choose Undo Close Tab from the Edit menu. If you’ve closed multiple tabs in a row, invoke the shortcut repeatedly to reopen closed tabs one by one.

The shortcut won’t execute if you perform another undoable action after closing a tab. In that case, choose the option Reopen Last Closed Tab from Safari’s History menu or press the corresponding keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + T .

restore tabs in safari

Like with the undo action, you can press this shortcut repeatedly to resurrect several tabs in the order you closed them, which is really nice. If you have closed a window instead of a tab, this menu option will read Reopen Last Closed Window .

2. Use the New Tab icon

Safari’s New Tab icon has a secret: not only does it let you create a new tab, but also quickly resurrects your recently closed tab(s). To access the list of recently closed tabs in older Safari versions, click and hold the “+” icon on the rightmost side of Safari’s tab bar.

restore tabs in safari

In newer versions of Safari, this button appears in the toolbar.

New Tab Button Safari Toolbar

Up pops a menu with all of the tabs you’ve closed in this browsing session. Select a webpage you’d like to reopen, then click the mouse or trackpad to bring it back.

I prefer this method over the undo action because it reopens a closed tab right where it was. I try to keep my tab bar organized so this has been really helpful. On the downside, restarting Safari clears the list of recently closed tabs under the New Tab button.

3. Check your Safari history

Lastly, you can reopen a recently closed webpage by choosing the Recently Closed item from Safari’s History menu, then choose the webpage from a sub-menu that you want to reopen. Or, select the Reopen Last Closed Window menu option to quickly bring back the most recently closed Safari window along with all of its tabs.

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The list of recently closed webpages in the History menu remains intact when Safari is restarted, unlike that under the New Tab button—even though they’re the same lists. If you just restarted Safari and want to reopen a tab that was closed during a previous browsing session, use the history method.

Don’t forget that you can quickly consolidate and convert all your Safari windows to tabs in a single window by choosing the Merge All Windows action from the Window menu.

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5 Ways to Recover Your Safari Tabs After Restarting Your Mac

Do you keep losing all your tabs on Safari every time you restart your Mac? Here are some quick fixes to help solve that problem.

Safari offers an excellent browsing experience: it is energy efficient, works seamlessly on every Apple device, and is great at protecting your privacy. However, there is one pesky flaw you may have noticed.

Every time you restart your Mac and re-launch Safari, all the windows and tabs from your previous session will disappear. Instead, you'll see the default Safari homepage. This can be annoying if you are like many users who want to pick up right where they left off with their web browsing.

So if you've been wondering how to restart your Mac without losing your Safari tabs, here are some quick fixes you can try.

1. Pin the Tabs in Safari

If you almost always use a certain website, you can pin that tab to your Safari browser. When you pin a tab, or multiple tabs, you don't have to open them manually or worry about losing them each time you close and relaunch your browser.

When you open Safari, pinned tabs appear immediately, ready for you to access them. And even when you open a new Safari window, you never have to worry about losing your tabs. Every tab you've pinned appears the same on every window, so you don't need to worry about having different versions of the same tab on multiple windows.

Pinning a tab is not difficult. Just follow these steps:

  • Start by opening the website you'd like to pin.
  • Then Control-click the tab.
  • A dialog should appear; choose Pin Tab from the options.
  • Repeat this process for as many tabs as you'd like to pin.

Pinning a tab in Safari

Alternatively, you can place your cursor on the tab you'd like to pin and drag it to the left until the tab shrinks to the size of the website's logo.

There appears to be no limit on how many tabs you can pin on Safari at once. We tested up to 25. However, whatever the number you have, you should learn how to manage your pinned tabs in Safari .

2. Customize Safari's Settings

You may not have favorite tabs to pin. And having so many tabs permanently pinned to your Safari windows might be too much clutter for you. However, if you'd prefer to resume right where you left off whenever you open Safari, there's another simple fix in the settings.

To customize Safari's settings:

  • Look to the top-left corner of your screen and click on Safari .
  • In the menu that appears next, click Preferences .
  • A new General window should appear; look for the Safari opens with menu.
  • Click on the corresponding A new window option.
  • From the list of dropdown options, you can select All windows from last session or All non-private windows from last session , depending on whichever you prefer.

showing options on the Safari opens with menu on Mac

Once you've completed these steps, re-launch Safari. Once you open Safari, it should open the tabs from your previous browsing session.

3. Use Safari's New Tab Button

The first two fixes are preventive strategies. If you implement them before restarting your Mac, they can prevent you from losing your tabs once you relaunch Safari. However, you may have restarted your Mac without implementing either strategy. In that case, you still don't have to worry about losing your tabs because you can use Safari's New Tab option as a corrective strategy.

You may think Safari's New Tab icon has only one purpose: to create a new tab. But it can also help you recover your recently closed tabs. Just look at the toolbar and Control-click on the New Tab icon, which looks like a plus (+) . A list of Recently Closed Tabs should appear, so you can select the one you'd like to recover.

Recently closed tabs in Safari

4. Use the Undo or Reopen Action

After restarting your Mac and launching Safari, you may decide to close some tabs you no longer need. If they are a lot, you might get carried away with the monotonous task of clicking Close and accidentally closing a tab you still need.

A quick fix that can help you correct that mistake is the Undo menu or keyboard shortcut. Rather than panic when you've closed a tab or fumble with your settings, use the Undo action. It is pretty straightforward. Just follow these two steps.

Look to the top-left corner of your screen and select Edit from the options. A dialog box should appear with a list of options; click Undo Close Tab .

Undo Close Tab on Mac

A quicker fix is the keyboard shortcut. To open the last tab you just closed, press this combination of keys: Shift + Cmd + T to reopen your last closed tab.

If you closed more than one tab, repeat the sequence for as many tabs as you'd like to restore. Our Safari shortcuts cheat sheet contains more keyboard shortcuts you can try on your Mac.

5. Reopen Tabs Using Your Safari History

You may have accidentally closed a window, or there may be simply too many tabs to keep pressing the combination of keys we mentioned earlier. Don't sweat it. Launch Safari and do the following. To view your history:

  • Look to the top-left corner of your screen and select History from the options.
  • A dialog box should appear with a list of options for you. You can choose any of these three options: Recently Closed , Recently Last Closed Tab , or Reopen All Windows from Last Session .
  • Click the relevant option to reopen your recently closed tabs, or find the specific tab you're looking for in the Recently Closed dropdown.

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Losing a tab may be frustrating, but it shouldn't affect your productivity too much. With these quick fixes, you can ensure you never lose a tab on Safari if you restart your Mac. And when you close an important tab by mistake, you can always recover it.

Safari offers a brilliant browsing experience, arguably better than many other browsers, like Chrome. The experience becomes even smoother once you learn some essential Safari tricks and tips and implement them on your Mac.

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Have you ever accidentally closed Safari tabs on your iPhone and wished there was a way to reopen them? Well, you’re in luck! In the latest iOS 16 update, Apple has introduced a nifty feature that allows you to easily restore closed Safari tabs on your iPhone. Whether you closed a tab by mistake, closed all tabs in a frenzy, or experienced a sudden app crash, this feature will come to your rescue.

Reopening closed Safari tabs can be a lifesaver, especially when you need to revisit important websites or continue reading an article where you left off. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to reopen closed Safari tabs on your iPhone running iOS 16. From accessing your browsing history to utilizing handy gestures, we’ll cover all the methods to ensure you never lose your valuable tabs again. So, let’s dive in and explore how to quickly reopen closed Safari tabs on your iPhone!

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Have you ever accidentally closed a Safari tab on your iPhone and wished there was a way to retrieve it? Well, the good news is that with the latest iOS 16 update, reopening closed Safari tabs on your iPhone has become even easier. In this article, we will walk you through different methods to recover those closed tabs and get back to browsing in no time.

1. Reopening Closed Safari Tabs from the Tab Switcher

One way to reopen closed Safari tabs is by using the tab switcher feature. To access the tab switcher, simply tap on the square icon located at the bottom right corner of the Safari app. This will bring up a view of all your open tabs. Scroll through the tabs until you find the one you want to reopen, then tap on it to restore it.

2. Using the Recently Closed Tabs List

If you can”t find the closed tab in the tab switcher, don’t worry! Safari keeps a list of recently closed tabs that you can access. To do this, long-press on the plus (+) icon located at the bottom of the Safari app. This will reveal a list of your recently closed tabs. Simply tap on the tab you want to reopen, and it will be restored to your browsing session.

3. Retrieving Closed Safari Tabs through iCloud Tabs

If you have enabled iCloud Tabs on your iPhone and other Apple devices, you can easily retrieve closed Safari tabs from any of your synced devices. To do this, open the Safari app on another device such as your Mac or iPad. From there, go to the tab switcher and look for the “Recently Closed” section. All the tabs you closed on your iPhone will be available for you to reopen on the synced device.

4. Using 3D Touch to Access Closed Tabs

If you have an iPhone model that supports 3D Touch, you can use this feature to quickly access and reopen closed Safari tabs. Simply press firmly on the Safari app icon on your home screen to bring up a menu. From the menu, select “Recently Closed” to view and reopen your recently closed tabs.

Accidentally closing a tab while browsing on your iPhone can be frustrating, especially if you can’t remember the website address. But don’t worry, because iOS 16 has a handy feature that allows you to restore recently closed tabs in Safari.

To restore a recently closed tab, simply open Safari and tap on the tab switcher icon, which is located at the bottom right corner of the screen. This will open up a view of all your open tabs.

Next, swipe to the right on the tab switcher screen to reveal a list of your recently closed tabs. The number of recently closed tabs you can see will depend on your device’s memory capacity.

Once you’ve found the tab you want to reopen, simply tap on it, and it will be restored to its previous state. You can repeat this process for multiple closed tabs if needed. It’s a simple and effective way to get back to your previous browsing session.

If you can’t find the tab you’re looking for in the recently closed tabs list, you can try reopening a tab from your Safari browsing history. To do this, tap on the tab switcher icon in Safari to see your open tabs.

At the bottom of the tab switcher screen, you’ll find a clock icon labeled “History.” Tap on it, and you’ll be taken to your Safari browsing history.

In the browsing history, you can scroll through the list of websites you’ve visited in chronological order. Tap on the website you want to reopen, and it will load in a new tab.

This method is particularly useful if you closed a tab a while ago and can’t remember the exact time or date. It provides a comprehensive list of your browsing history, allowing you to easily find and reopen a closed tab.

Another way to reopen closed tabs in Safari is by using the recently closed tabs list. This list keeps track of all the tabs you’ve closed during your browsing session, including ones that were closed accidentally.

To access the recently closed tabs list, long-press or firmly press the “+” button located at the bottom center of the Safari interface. This will open up a menu with options to open a new tab or view the recently closed tabs.

Tap on the “Recently Closed” option, and a list of your recently closed tabs will appear. Similar to the method mentioned earlier, you can simply tap on a tab in the list to reopen it.

This feature is convenient when you want to quickly recover a closed tab without having to navigate through your browsing history or open the tab switcher screen.

If you use iCloud Tabs to sync your browsing across multiple devices, you can easily retrieve closed tabs from any of your devices.

To do this, open Safari on the device from which you want to retrieve the closed tab and tap on the tab switcher icon.

At the bottom of the tab switcher screen, you’ll find a cloud icon labeled “iCloud Tabs.” Tap on it, and you’ll see a list of tabs that are open on your other devices.

Scroll through the list to find the closed tab you want to reopen. Tap on it, and it will load in a new tab on your current device.

This method is beneficial if you frequently switch between devices and want to continue browsing where you left off, even if you accidentally closed a tab on a different device.

In conclusion, accessing and reopening closed Safari tabs on your iPhone running iOS 16 is a simple and convenient process. By following the methods outlined in this guide, you can quickly restore any closed tabs and continue browsing seamlessly. Whether you accidentally closed a tab or need to revisit a previously visited web page, the methods provided in this article have got you covered.

Remember to use the “Recently Closed” feature in Safari, utilize the swipe gesture, or utilize the search function to find and reopen closed tabs. By taking advantage of these techniques, you can enhance your browsing experience and make the most of your iPhone’s capabilities.

Now that you are equipped with the knowledge on how to reopen closed Safari tabs on iPhone (iOS 16), you can confidently navigate the web without the fear of losing important pages. So go ahead, explore the web, and never miss a beat!

FAQ 1: How do I reopen closed Safari tabs on my iPhone?

Answer: To reopen closed Safari tabs on your iPhone, simply tap on the tab button located at the bottom right corner of the Safari app. This will bring up a list of all recently closed tabs. From there, you can select the tab you wish to reopen.

FAQ 2: Can I reopen closed Safari tabs that were closed a long time ago?

Answer: Yes, you can reopen closed Safari tabs that were closed a long time ago. When you tap on the tab button, you will see a “Recently Closed” section at the bottom of the list. Simply scroll down and you will find all tabs that were closed recently, regardless of how long ago they were closed.

FAQ 3: What if I accidentally closed a tab and can’t find it in the “Recently Closed” section?

Answer: If you accidentally closed a tab and can’t find it in the “Recently Closed” section, you can try using the search feature in Safari. Tap on the search bar at the top of the Safari app and type in a keyword or the website URL associated with the closed tab. Safari will show you relevant search results, and if the closed tab is still available, it will appear in the search results.

FAQ 4: Is there a limit to the number of closed tabs that Safari can remember?

Answer: Yes, there is a limit to the number of closed tabs that Safari can remember. However, the exact number may vary depending on your device and the amount of available storage. If Safari reaches its limit, the oldest closed tabs will be removed from the list.

FAQ 5: Can I reopen closed tabs on other web browsers besides Safari?

Answer: The ability to reopen closed tabs may vary depending on the web browser you are using. However, most popular web browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox have a similar feature that allows you to reopen recently closed tabs. Typically, you can find this feature by tapping on the tab button or by accessing the browser’s history menu.

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How to make safari always open your previous tabs on mac.

Tired of losing all your browser tabs when you close or restart Safari on Mac? Here's how to make Safari restore your session every time you start the app.

It can be frustrating when you need to restart Safari on your Mac and you lose what you've been working on because all of your tabs and windows close. Luckily, there's an easy way to make Safari restore your session every time you start the app. Here's how to set it up.

First, launch Safari on your Mac. At the top of your screen, click the "Safari" menu and select "Preferences."

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When the "Preferences" window appears, click the "General" tab, then locate the "Safari opens with" option. In the drop-down menu beside it, select "All windows from last session" if you want all of your windows---including your Private Browsing windows ---to be restored.

If you only want your non-Private windows to be restored, select "All non-private windows from last session" in the drop-down menu.

In Safari Preferences, select

After that, close Preferences. The next time you restart Safari, it will remember your browsing session, and all the windows and tabs you had open last time will reopen automatically. Happy browsing!

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5 Effective Ways to Restore Recently Closed Tabs in Safari

If you use a Mac as your workstation, then circumstances where Safari tabs are accidentally closed or Mac power failure suspends your incomplete webpages occur as commonly as a meal.

Yet don't be upset, you have 5 ways to restore closed tabs in Safari on your iPhone and Mac without issue. Just read this article from  iBoysoft  and try the way that you like.

How to Restore Closed Tabs in Safari

Table of Contents:

  • 1. How to restore recently closed tabs in Safari on Mac
  • 2. How to restore closed tabs in Safari on iPhone
  • 3. FAQ about how to restore closed tabs in Safari

How to restore recently closed tabs in Safari on Mac

If you think that Safari gets the better of Chrome in the  Safari vs Chrome  battle and take it as your default browser, it's not an odd thing that you close all Safari windows with one mouse click. Take it easy, you can learn 3 methods to reopen the Safari tabs on your computer running  macOS  here.

Method 1: Use the keyboard shortcuts or menu shortcuts

Just like you  undo an email on Mac , you can also undo the tab shut actions with certain keyboard shortcuts or the Safari menu shortcuts on the context menu.

You can relaunch Safari on your computer and then press the Command + Z keys to bring back the last closed tab. If you have shut several tabs in one click, you should hold down the keyboard shortcuts repeatedly to restore all the tabs one by one.

Alternatively, you are able to select the Reopen Last Closed Tab option to bring the closed Safari tab back. Let me show you how to do:

  • Launch Safari on your Mac via  Spotlight Search shortcuts .
  • Head to the History menu on the top toolbar of your Mac desktop.
  • Select Reopen Last Closed Tab on the dropdown menu of the History. You can also hit the responding Shift + Command + T keyboards to complete the restoration.
  • Then all the tabs you have closed on Safari will show up automatically.

Use the keyboard shortcuts or menu shortcuts

Method 2: Utilize the add icon on Safari

Safari's new tab icon allows you to create a new tab with a left click and restore the closed tab with a right click. You will have the list of all closed tabs and windows that you have closed as long as you right-click this icon.

  • Relaunch the Safari browser on your device.
  • Head to the upper right corner of the Safari main interface.

Utilize the add icon on Safari

  • Choose the tab that you plan to restore and it will come back.

Method 3: Check the Recently Closed option

You are also allowed to recover your closed tab on Safari by checking the Recently Closed menu. Different from the Restore Last Closed Tab option, this way won't show you all the closed tabs and you can choose specific tabs to recover.

  • Launch the Safari browser on your Mac.
  • Locate the History tab on the top menu bar.

Check the Recently Closed option

  • Click the website that you visited and then it will appear on the Safari main window.

If you have known how to restore recently closed tabs in Safari on your Mac with the guideline, why not share it with more people?

How to restore closed tabs in Safari on iPhone

The way to reopen a recently closed Safari tab on your iPhone is pretty much the same as on your Mac. You can click the + icon or search for your Closed Tabs in the Safari history to reopen the closed tabs, though they are not as easily accessible as the Mac.

Method 1: Utilize the add icon on Safari 

  • Run the Safari browser on your iPhone, and tap the Show All Tabs icon at the bottom right corner of the iPhone screen.
  • Tap and hold your finger on the + (New Tab) icon for a couple of seconds.

Utilize the add icon on Safari

Method 2: Search for the Closed Tabs in the Safari history

If you fail to restore the Safari tabs, you may need to browse the history and then reopen them manually. Safari saves every website you visit in the browsing history until you browse them in Private mode. 

You can easily view your history list or search for particular websites to reopen your closed Safari tabs here:

  • Open Safari and tap the Book icon.
  • Tap the Clock icon to view your browsing history.
  • Search your closed Safari tab or scroll through your history in chronological order.

Search for the Closed Tabs in the Safari history

Missing all Safari tabs with one accidental click or Mac power failure really drives people crazy. Fortunately, this article tells you how to restore closed tabs in Safari on your iPhone and Mac with specific instructions. Meeting this trouble, too? Read this post right now!

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If you find this article helpful and useful, please share it to help more people!

FAQ about how to restore closed tabs in Safari

If you click the red X to close Safari, the Reopen All Windows from Last Session option becomes greyed out from the dropdown menu. You can press the Command + Q keyboards to quit the Safari app and then the Reopen All Windows from Last Session option functions normally.

You can utilize the add icon on Safari to recover the closed tab. Follow the steps: Relaunch the Safari browser on your device > Head to the upper right corner of the Safari main interface > Locate the + icon and then right-click it > Choose the tab that you plan to restore and it will come back.

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Restoring tabs on Safari for iPhone can be a lifesaver when you accidentally close the browser or lose track of important webpages. Whether you were in the midst of researching a project, catching up on the latest news, or simply browsing for entertainment, the ability to reopen closed tabs can save you from the frustration of losing valuable information.

Safari, the default web browser for iOS devices, offers a straightforward method to restore closed tabs, ensuring that you can effortlessly pick up where you left off. By following a few simple steps, you can retrieve your recently closed tabs and continue your browsing session without missing a beat.

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of restoring tabs on Safari for iPhone, providing clear and concise instructions to help you navigate the browser with ease. Whether you are a seasoned iPhone user or a newcomer to the iOS ecosystem, mastering this feature will empower you to make the most of your browsing experience and stay organized across multiple tabs.

So, if you've ever found yourself in the unfortunate situation of accidentally closing tabs on Safari or simply want to streamline your browsing habits, this guide is here to help. Let's dive into the step-by-step process of restoring tabs on Safari for iPhone, ensuring that you can reclaim your browsing history with confidence and efficiency.

Step 1: Open Safari

To begin the process of restoring tabs on Safari for iPhone, you first need to open the Safari web browser on your device. Safari is the default browser for iOS, offering a seamless and intuitive browsing experience tailored specifically for Apple devices.

Locate the Safari app icon on your iPhone's home screen. It typically features a compass rose design and is commonly found on the device's primary screen or within a folder if you have organized your apps accordingly. Once you have located the Safari icon, simply tap on it to launch the browser.

Upon opening Safari, you will be greeted by the familiar interface that showcases the address bar, search functionality, and any previously opened tabs. The clean and user-friendly layout of Safari makes it easy to navigate and access your favorite websites with just a few taps.

By opening Safari as the first step in this process, you are setting the stage for seamlessly restoring any tabs that may have been accidentally closed or lost during your browsing session. With Safari at your fingertips, you are ready to proceed to the next step and delve into the straightforward method of retrieving your closed tabs.

Opening Safari is the gateway to a world of possibilities, allowing you to explore the web, access your favorite websites, and engage with online content effortlessly. Whether you are conducting research, staying updated on current events, or simply enjoying leisurely browsing, Safari serves as your window to the digital landscape, and by initiating the browser, you are taking the initial step toward regaining control of your browsing experience.

With Safari now open on your iPhone, you are prepared to move forward and uncover the next steps in the process of restoring tabs, ensuring that you can seamlessly resume your browsing activities and access valuable web content without missing a beat.

Step 2: Tap the Tabs button

Once Safari is open on your iPhone, the next step in the process of restoring tabs involves tapping the "Tabs" button to access the tab management interface. Located in the bottom-right corner of the Safari interface, the Tabs button is represented by a square icon with a number inside, indicating the total count of open tabs.

By tapping the Tabs button, you will be presented with an overview of all the tabs currently open in Safari. This feature allows you to effortlessly navigate between different webpages, manage your browsing sessions, and organize your online activities with ease. Whether you have multiple tabs open for research, entertainment, or productivity, the Tabs button serves as your gateway to seamlessly accessing and managing your browsing history.

Upon tapping the Tabs button, a visual representation of your open tabs will appear, showcasing miniature previews of each webpage. This intuitive interface provides a snapshot of your browsing session, enabling you to identify and select the specific tab that you wish to restore. Whether you accidentally closed an important webpage or simply want to revisit a previously viewed site, the Tabs interface empowers you to regain control of your browsing experience.

In addition to displaying the miniature previews of open tabs, the Tabs interface also offers convenient options for managing your browsing sessions. You can swipe left or right to navigate through the open tabs, allowing for quick and effortless access to different webpages. Furthermore, the ability to close individual tabs or organize them into separate windows provides a tailored browsing experience that aligns with your preferences and multitasking needs.

By tapping the Tabs button and immersing yourself in the tab management interface, you are taking a pivotal step toward regaining control of your browsing history and seamlessly restoring any closed tabs. The intuitive design of the Tabs interface ensures that you can navigate through your open tabs with ease, empowering you to locate and retrieve the specific webpage that you wish to reopen.

With the Tabs interface at your disposal, you are poised to delve into the next steps of the tab restoration process, ensuring that you can effortlessly reclaim your browsing history and continue your online activities without missing a beat. By tapping the Tabs button, you are unlocking the potential to seamlessly manage and restore your tabs, enhancing your browsing experience on Safari for iPhone.

Step 3: Tap and hold the "+" button

After accessing the tab management interface by tapping the "Tabs" button in Safari on your iPhone, the next crucial step in the process of restoring tabs involves tapping and holding the "+" button located at the bottom of the interface. This action triggers a contextual menu that presents you with a range of options to manage your browsing sessions and restore closed tabs with ease.

By tapping and holding the "+" button, you initiate a gesture that prompts Safari to unveil a menu of actions designed to streamline your browsing experience. This intuitive interaction serves as a gateway to accessing essential features, including the ability to reopen recently closed tabs and seamlessly resume your online activities. The deliberate act of tapping and holding the "+" button signifies your intent to delve deeper into the tab restoration process, empowering you to reclaim valuable web content and maintain a seamless browsing experience.

Upon performing this action, Safari responds by presenting a menu that offers several options tailored to enhancing your tab management capabilities. Among the available choices, you will encounter the pivotal selection labeled "Reopen All Tabs," which serves as the gateway to restoring all the tabs that were previously closed during your browsing session. This strategic option empowers you to effortlessly retrieve your browsing history, ensuring that no valuable web content is lost or overlooked in the midst of your online activities.

The deliberate act of tapping and holding the "+" button signifies your intent to delve deeper into the tab restoration process, empowering you to reclaim valuable web content and maintain a seamless browsing experience. This deliberate gesture serves as a catalyst for unlocking the potential to seamlessly manage and restore your tabs, aligning with the user-centric design philosophy that underpins the Safari browsing experience on iPhone.

By tapping and holding the "+" button, you are poised to unveil the menu of actions that hold the key to seamlessly restoring closed tabs and regaining control of your browsing history. This deliberate interaction marks a pivotal moment in the tab restoration process, setting the stage for effortlessly reclaiming valuable web content and ensuring that your browsing experience remains uninterrupted and streamlined.

With the menu of actions unveiled through the deliberate act of tapping and holding the "+" button, you are now prepared to proceed to the next crucial step in the tab restoration process, ensuring that you can seamlessly reopen closed tabs and continue your online activities with confidence and efficiency.

Step 4: Select "Reopen All Tabs" from the menu

After tapping and holding the "+" button in Safari on your iPhone, a menu will appear, presenting you with a range of options to manage your browsing sessions. Among the available choices, the pivotal selection labeled "Reopen All Tabs" holds the key to seamlessly restoring all the tabs that were previously closed during your browsing session.

The "Reopen All Tabs" option serves as a powerful tool to reclaim your browsing history with a single tap. By selecting this strategic option from the menu, you can effortlessly retrieve and reopen all the tabs that may have been accidentally closed or lost, ensuring that no valuable web content is overlooked in the midst of your online activities.

Upon choosing "Reopen All Tabs," Safari swiftly executes the command, restoring each closed tab to its original state within the browser. This seamless process eliminates the need to manually reopen individual tabs, streamlining the restoration of your browsing history and allowing you to pick up where you left off without any interruptions.

The ability to select "Reopen All Tabs" from the menu exemplifies the user-centric design philosophy that underpins the Safari browsing experience on iPhone. This intuitive feature empowers users to effortlessly manage their browsing sessions and maintain a seamless online experience, aligning with Apple's commitment to delivering a streamlined and user-friendly interface.

By leveraging the "Reopen All Tabs" option, you can effectively reclaim control of your browsing history and ensure that your online activities remain uninterrupted. Whether you were in the midst of conducting research, catching up on the latest news, or simply exploring the web, this feature provides a convenient and efficient method to restore closed tabs and seamlessly resume your browsing session.

The deliberate act of selecting "Reopen All Tabs" from the menu signifies your intent to streamline your browsing experience and maintain a sense of continuity across your open tabs. This strategic choice reflects the seamless integration of user-focused features within Safari, enhancing the overall browsing experience for iPhone users.

With the tabs successfully restored through the selection of "Reopen All Tabs," you can confidently navigate through your browsing history, access valuable web content, and continue your online activities without missing a beat. This feature exemplifies the commitment to user empowerment and efficiency within the Safari browser , ensuring that iPhone users can effortlessly manage their tabs and maintain a seamless browsing experience.

In conclusion, the ability to restore tabs on Safari for iPhone serves as a valuable asset in maintaining a seamless and organized browsing experience. By following the step-by-step process outlined in this guide, you can effortlessly reclaim control of your browsing history and ensure that no valuable web content is lost or overlooked. From opening Safari and accessing the tab management interface to tapping and holding the "+" button and selecting "Reopen All Tabs," each step is designed to empower you to seamlessly restore closed tabs and continue your online activities with confidence and efficiency.

The intuitive design of Safari on iPhone , coupled with the user-centric approach to tab management, underscores Apple's commitment to delivering a streamlined and user-friendly browsing experience. Whether you are conducting research, staying updated on current events, or simply exploring the web, the ability to restore tabs ensures that you can pick up where you left off without any interruptions.

By tapping into the features offered by Safari, you can navigate through your browsing history, access valuable web content, and maintain a sense of continuity across your open tabs. The deliberate gestures and selections involved in the tab restoration process signify your intent to streamline your browsing experience, aligning with the seamless integration of user-focused features within Safari.

As you master the art of restoring tabs on Safari for iPhone, you gain the confidence to explore the web, access your favorite websites, and engage with online content without the fear of losing valuable information. This feature not only enhances your productivity and multitasking capabilities but also ensures that you can seamlessly manage your browsing sessions with ease.

In essence, the process of restoring tabs on Safari for iPhone empowers you to reclaim control of your browsing history, maintain a seamless online experience, and make the most of your time spent exploring the digital landscape. With the knowledge and proficiency gained from this guide, you are well-equipped to navigate Safari with confidence, ensuring that your browsing sessions remain organized, efficient, and uninterrupted.

By embracing the features and functionalities offered by Safari, you can unlock the full potential of your browsing experience on iPhone, seamlessly managing your tabs and staying connected with the web content that matters most to you.

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How to close all your Safari tabs on iPhone or iPad at once

  • Set a time frame (one day, one week, or one month) for Safari to automatically close tabs that are older, preventing tab clutter.
  • Organize Safari tabs on iPhone with Tab Groups. Create tab groups to categorize and easily find open web pages based on topics or interests.
  • Close Safari tabs open on your Mac from your iPhone.

Safari on your iPhone tends to be a bit overzealous at opening new tabs, resulting in a web browser that's more crowded than a Taylor Swift concert. Thankfully, iOS and iPadOS make it possible to close all but one tab at once -- it's one of our favorite tricks for iPhone.

If robot vacuums can automatically clean your house, why shouldn't your phone automatically clean up tabs for you? The iPhone can automatically close tabs that are older than a week or a month, keeping your Safari tab count from creeping to embarrassing numbers. You only have to arrange your settings once, then Safari will do the cleanup for you, set it and forget it.

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Safari has a few other hidden organization features, like tab groups and even the ability to close your MacBook's open tabs from your iPhone. We're sharing our favorite tricks for keeping your Safari tabs under control, starting with how to close all tabs on your iPhone or iPad.

How to close all tabs on iPhone or iPad Safari

If you're like us, and you end up with multiple Safari tabs open, closing them all down individually can take a very long time. We had 246 open at one point.

If you have tabs you want to keep open, you'll still need to close all of your tabs individually, pin them, or you can save a bookmark and reopen them afterward. Another option is to move those favorite tabs to a new Tab Group, as this process only deletes the tabs in the group. If you want to clear out the Safari clutter, you can close all but one tab with just a few taps. Here's how:

  • Open the Safari app on your iPhone.
  • Tap the icon with two squares in the lower right corner to view all your open tabs.
  • Optional: If you have any tabs that you want to keep open, press and hold on that tab and select Move to Tab Group , as this process only does one tab group at a time.
  • Long press on the thumbnail for an open tab . Pro tip: Use a tab you would like to keep open, as this will be the only tab remaining at the end of the process.
  • Tap on Close Other Tabs.

Alternatively, you can long-press the tab button in the bottom-right corner of Safari and then select Close All Tabs to quickly close everything that's open, including the tab you're currently viewing.

How to automatically close old Safari tabs on your iPhone

Whenever you open a link from another app, odds are it opens in Safari and creates yet another new tab, making it fairly easy for your tab count to grow without you even realizing it. But you don't have to go through and close all your tabs on a regular basis. Instead, you can have your iPhone automatically close old tabs after one day, one week, or one month.

This is a great option if you have a tendency to rack up open tabs quickly. If you turn on this feature, remember to use the bookmark tool or reading list to easily recall any important websites to revisit later, which tends to be easier than searching through your Safari history.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and select Safari.
  • Under Tabs, find the Close Tabs option and tap on it -- it should be set to 'manually' by default.
  • On the next screen, tap the time frame that you would like Safari to close old tabs after -- either one day, one week, or one month.

How to organize Safari tabs on iPhone with Tab Groups

Maybe you like having 217 tabs open at once (I won't judge, I've been there) but you want to be able to find what you need a bit more easily. Safari allows you to use tab groups to organize your open web pages. For example, you could have a tab group for online shopping and another for housing your favorite news websites that you want to leave open to easily read every morning. Tab Groups allow you to organize your web browsing and are especially helpful if you have lots of tabs open at once.

  • Open the Safari app on iPhone.
  • Tap on the tab icon in the lower right corner -- it's the one with the two squares.
  • Tap the menu icon at the bottom center.
  • Select New Empty Tab Group or use the New Tab Group with # Tabs to create a group with the tabs already opened.
  • Name the new tab group and tap Save.

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How to close open safari tabs on your mac from your iphone.

If you have a MacBook or iPad signed onto the same Apple ID as your iPhone, when you open the Safari app, and you tap on the two squares in the bottom right corner, you will see a list of the pages open on your MacBook below those open on your iPhone. It isn't possible to close them all down at once from your iPhone, but you can close them out one by one from your iPhone, so they are no longer open on your Mac.

  • Make sure that you have Safari enabled under the iCloud settings first . Head to the Settings App.
  • Tap your name , then iCloud .
  • In Apps using iCloud , make sure the Safari toggle is green .
  • Open Safari on your iPhone.
  • Tap the tabs icon.
  • Tap the plus to open a new tab.
  • Scroll down on the new tab until you see "From [Your MacBook's Name]."
  • There are two ways to close out these tabs -- you can tap and hold the entry to close, then select close. Or, you can click "Show All" then swipe left and tap close.

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Private Browsing Mode on Safari allows you to visit websites without Safari remembering what pages you've visited, your search history or your Autofill information when you close the tab.

To open a Private Browsing Tab in Safari on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Press and hold the squares in the bottom right corner.
  • Select 'New Private Tab.'

You can also tap the squares once, tap 'Private' in the left corner to highlight it, and tap the '+' in the middle to open a new Private Browsing Tab.

More Safari organization tricks

Did you know that you could create different browsing profiles to keep your work and personal browsing separate? It's a new feature on iOS 17, but it's not the only Safari trick that can help keep your browser organized. You can also bookmark multiple tabs at once, or even alphabetize that long list of open Safari tabs. You can even swipe left on the address bar to quickly open a new tab. Find the step-by-step details for these tricks in our guide to Safari tips and tricks .

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how to auto reopen tabs in safari profiles

I like all previously open tabs to reopen when I restart browser and that is how I have setup safari settings. However that is messed up after setting profiles. I was expecting that the tabs open in specific profiles reopen when I open that safari profile.

Say I have work and personal profiles and they both have separate sites open in multiple tabs. To save energy or improve performance I close the work profile window. Later when I want to work again, I reopen work profile. What happens is that it opens a blank profile page. I can restore from History reopen last closed tabs, but that extra clicks and I end up having 2 windows for the work profile - 1 empty and 1 with the previous tabs.

Clearly not a good UX and something seems to be missing.

MacBook Pro 13″

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