How to Reopen Recently Closed Tabs in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

Learn how to reopen a recently closed tab in the Safari iOS on iPhone and iPad. The recently closed sites are listed under History which you can revisit.

The reopen closed tab is a life savior especially when you have accidentally closed the browser or a tab. Though Apple Safari officially does no support the recently closed tab option within the browser, as a workaround, we can use the History tab.

The history tab has all the records of the recent to past pages that you’ve visited. All you need is to visit the History tab and select the URL that you need to reopen.

Related: How to Reopen Recently Closed Tabs in Safari Computer?

Please note that this workaround won’t work if you’re in private browsing mode, since there is no history of records within the secret browsing.

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

We can easily reopen the recently closed tabs within the Safari browser. But, there is no direct option that’s available in the Chrome or Edge browser. However, we can use the History tab as a work around.

Here are the steps to reopen the recently closed tabs in Apple Safari browser on iPhone and iPad device:

  1. Launch the Safari browser app on iOS/iPadOS.
  2. Tap on the Book icon on the safari window.
  3. Select the History icon tab.
  4. Tap on the Link to reopen the recently closed tab.

Browser History for Reopen Closed Tabs in Safari iOS

This will reopen the closed websites in a new tab on the Safari browser where you can continue the session that you left.

Bottom Line: Safari iOS Reopen Closed Tab

The feature to reopen recently closed tab is really helpful and work savior. It helps in relaunching the tabs that we have closed abruptly.

However, this feature won’t work when you are using a private browsing mode. As Safari needs to remember the last closed tab and private browser do not allow to save any activity.

Similarly, we can also open the recently closed tabs in the Safari macOS computer. This can be done using the Safari keyboard shortcut + Shift + t.

I’m a person who keeps minimum tabs to boost performance. I use the reopen recently closed tabs whenever I mistakenly close the website that I still want to refer back.

Let us know how useful do you think to reopen the recently closed tab feature. 

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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2 Responses

  1. Alice says:

    This is completely misleading. Restoring a tab from history isnt “restoring a closed tab” it’s revisiting a page from your recent history. If you closed a tab from a page you looked at over a month ago, it’s gonna gonna appear in your history. 🤦🏼‍♀️ So this “solution” is bullshit. Don’t mislead people just to draw them to your site. This isn’t a tutorial for restoring closed tabs.

    • Kushal Azza says:

      Hi Alice, thanks for the feedback! Appreciate it. Unfortunately, the Safari browser on iPhone or iPad does not have the exclusive option to “Reopen Closed Tab”. However, with this article, I am trying to give a workaround. I know it’s not the perfect solution. But, at least you can reopen closed tabs from the History.

      Perhaps, the Apple Safari may introduce the feature into its hand-held device (iPhone’s and iPad’s) when this page becomes more relevant. Till that time, I think this is probably the best workaround and solutions to reopen recently closed tabs. Hope this clarifies.

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