How to access iCloud Tabs in iOS 7 Safari for iPhone

How to access iCloud Tabs on iPhone in iOS 7

iCloud Tabs let you quickly and easily access web pages that you've already opened in Safari on your other Apple devices, be they other iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, or Macs. That's right, any and every other Apple device you own, if it's logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID, will automatically share its tabs with every other device. (Tabs created in Private Browsing mode are excluded, of course - Apple doesn't judge!) While this isn't a new feature, and works pretty much the same on Mac and iPad as it did previously, for iPhone and iPod touch, the way you access iCloud Tabs has changed in iOS 7. Here's how it's done now!

How to find Safari's iCloud Tabs on iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 7

  1. Launch the Safari app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the new page icon in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
  3. Here you can see all the pages you currently have open. Simply flick upwards and underneath all your open tabs you will see a list of all the open iCloud tabs from other devices. Just tap on the one you'd like to load.

If you're using an iPad or Mac, just tap on the cloud icon by the address bar like you've always been able to do. (This is much more obvious, if less dramatic, than the relocated iCloud Tabs section on iPhone and iPod touch).

How to get more help with iOS 7 Safari

If you have specific questions about Safari or iOS 7 in general, check out our iOS 7 help and discussion forum. For more on Safari in specific, check out our ultimate guide:

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 6 comments. Add yours.

MsLoveTech says:

Thank you iMore I did not even know you could do this.

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Fonso4g says:

thanks for this small but useful insight.

ralphtweety says:

Absolutely - thanks. I had not a clue, now I do.

Gsarfin says:

No workie. iCloud tabs never have for me. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?

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Sheila Tofflemire says:

Same here. I just got a new iPod Touch. Signed in with same Apple ID as my iPad. I cannot access the iCloud Tabs on either device. I've even tried Apple's troubleshooting tips here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5372 - still no results. I've repeated these steps for both my devices and - "No iCloud Tabs"! I give up.

rsteinla says:

I was using separate icloud accounts on my phone and ipad to maximize space, but now that I know about this feature, it's time to just manage my icloud space a little better. One question - does anyone know how often the devices/icloud update with one another? In other words, if, totally hypothetically, I begin reading an article towards the end of my lunch break on my iPad and want to finish it from where I left off back at my desk on my phone (discretely, of course), how long would I need to wait for the iPhone's Safari to see the tab?