How to Recover Closed Tabs in the Safari Browser on iOS

Posted in How To, iOS on 14/09/2017 by Chris Hauk


If there’s one thing I continually do, it’s prematurely closing browser tabs in Safari. I either tap and close the wrong one, or close one before I’m actually finished with it. Now, what was that URL?

Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to recover a closed tab. This works on your iPhone or iPad running recent versions of iOS.

How to Recover Closed Tabs in the Safari Browser on iOS

How to Recover Closed Tabs in the Safari Browser on iOS

While viewing your open tabs, do the following:

1.) Tap and hold the “+” button. (Don’t just tap it, as that will open a new tab, touch it and hold your finger there.) You’ll find the “+” button bottom center on your iPhone and in the upper-right hand corner on your iPad.

2.) You’ll see a list of your previously opened tabs, from which you can tap whichever page you’d like to reload.

3.) Finish reading the tab you closed too soon. Now be more careful next time, okay? (Yeah, I’ll probably close the wrong tab again too…)

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.