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How to view recently closed tabs in Safari on your iPhone or iPad

Whether you accidentally closed a tab you were viewing or are trying to remember something from an article you just read, you should know that getting back to a closed tab in Safari is pretty simple. With just a couple of taps, you can jump right back to where you were instead of having to dig through your history.

Here's how!

How to view your recently closed tabs in Safari for iPhone

  1. Launch Safari from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the tab button (looks like two stacked squares).

Open Safari, tap tabs icon

  1. Tap and hold on the new tab button (looks like a '+').
  2. Tap on one of your recently closed tabs if you want to open it again.

Tap and hold new tabs, choose a recently closed tab

How to view your recently closed tabs in Safari for iPad

  1. Open Safari on your Home screen.
  2. Tap and hold on the new tab button (looks like a '+').

Open Safari, tap and hold new tab icon

  1. Tap on one of your recently closed tabs if you want to open it again.

Choose old tab

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

2 Comments
  • Interesting observation regarding Safari's behavior in iOS 10: With the Safari Private Browsing Mode enabled, clearing Safari's History and Web Site Data (Settings -> Safari) also disables Private Browsing Mode. You have to re-enable the Private mode again. This behavior did not occur in recent iOS versions, which suggests it is more a bug than a feature. However, considering the odd default implementation of "Press home to unlock" on Touch ID devices in iOS 10,... . Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't think the home button is an odd implementation, it's just different, people aren't used to it yet