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Reopen Recently Closed Tabs in Chrome on iPhone & iPad

Are you looking to reopen recently closed tabs in Google Chrome browser? Learn how to retrieve and reopen tabs and pages you've closed on your Apple device.

The Google Chrome app has a feature that stores the recent tabs or closed tabs. If we accidentally close or the app crashes, we can find these closed tabs under the Recent Tabs menu to restore.

Alternatively, we can access the History menu and select the tab you want to reopen in the browser app.

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Note: If we close the incognito mode tabs, we won’t be able to find them under the recently closed tabs or browsing history. The incognito mode removes the browsing data after closing it.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to reopen recently closed tabs in the Chrome browser.

Reopen with the ‘Recent Tabs’ option

If you unexpectedly close any active tab, you can access that website again from the recent tabs menu. The feature is helpful in case of an unexpected app crash or website crash. Here are the steps to restore closed tabs:

  1. Open the Chrome app on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Tap on the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu for options.
    Chrome iOS Menu Options Recent Tabs and History
  3. Choose the Recent Tabs option.
    Chrome iOS Recent Tabs Recently Closed
  4. Tap to reopen the recently closed sites.

You can also view the tabs available on your synced devices.

Reopen Tabs or Pages using History

If you closed the sites a long time ago, say a day or a week, then you will not be able to recover it from the recent tabs option. In this scenario, you can use the History menu. It has all the browsing history records that can help reopen the closed tabs.

Follow the steps to reopen a tab from the browsing history:

  1. Open the Chrome app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap on the Menu horizontal 3-dots icon for options and choose the History menu.
    Chrome iOS History Tab with Recent History
  3. Select the site to reopen from the history page.

The history tab also has the option to delete your browsing history data, which will also delete the recently closed tab.

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Pro-tip: If you want to revisit a site, we recommend bookmarking the site address in your Chrome app.

Bottom Line

You can use recent tabs or browsing history features to recover closed tabs or pages. However, if you’ve used the incognito mode or deleted your browsing history, the recent tabs data will not be saved or removed.

Similarly, you can find the option to reopen closed tabs in Chrome on computer and Android phones.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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