How to View and Reopen Closed Safari Tabs in iOS 12 or Earlier

You can easily view and reopen closed Safari tabs on iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 or earlier. If you don't know how to do it, we have a handy tip to help you out.

Everyone must have faced this issue at some point, they close a Safari tab on their iPhone and iPad and then realize they still had things to do in there. Thankfully, there’s a way to view and reopen closed Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad in iOS 12 or earlier. It’s a simple process that will undoubtedly come in handy.

The process of reopening closed Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad is almost identical. To make it easier for you, we have divided the guide into two parts, make sure you follow the one that’s relevant to your device.

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Please Note: You cannot view or reopen tabs that were Private. That’s just because of the privacy reasons. They are called private for a reason, right? Also, if you have cleared history from the Settings app, you are likely to see a blank screen rather than a list of Recently Closed Tabs.

How to View and Reopen Recently Closed Safari Tabs on iPhone in iOS 12

Step #1. Launch Safari app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now tap on the Tabs icon, located at the bottom-right side of the Safari app screen.

Tap on Tabs Icon in Safari on iPhone or iPad

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Step #3. If you have any tabs open already, that will be displayed along with a “+” sign at the center in the bottom. Tap and hold “+” sign for a couple of seconds, and a new screen will open showing all Recently Closed Tabs.

Tap on Plus Icon in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Tap on the link from the list you wish to reopen.

View and Open Recently Closed Safari Tabs on iPhone

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Voila! You just got your closed Safari tab back to life. Now let’s see how to do the same on an iPad.

View and Reopen Recently Closed Safari Tabs on iPad

Step #1. Having a bigger screen has its own benefits. On iPad, the process is straightforward compared to iPhone. It already has the “+” sign right beside the tabs icon.

Step #2. Tap and hold the “+” icon for a couple of second and you’ll be presented with Recently Closed Tabs list.

Tap on Plus Icon in Safari on iPad

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Step #3. All you need to do now is to tap on the link you wish to reopen.

View and Open Recetly Closed Safari Tabs on iPad

That’s all folks!

Signing off…

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Bonus tip for Mac Safari users – To reopen a closed tab, you can press Command+Shift+T. This keyboard shortcut can be pressed multiple times to keep opening all closed tabs. Same like iOS, you cannot reopen private browsing tabs using this keyboard shortcuts. Also, if you have cleared history, this won’t help.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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