How to Reopen Recently Closed Safari Tabs on the iPhone

Reopen closed tabs in Safari quickly and easily to save yourself the trouble of having to go back through your search history.

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I think all of us have accidentally closed a tab in Safari on our iPhones and wished we knew how to open closed tabs so we could get it back. Luckily, there's a simple way to reopen them! Let's get started learning how to open recently closed tabs on your iPhone.

Related: How to Quickly Close All Tabs in Safari on iPhone

Here's how to reopen recently closed Safari tabs:

  1. Open the Safari app.
  2. Tap on the pages icon in the lower-right corner of your display. 

    tap the papers icon at the bottom right of the screen
  3. Now, long-press the + icon (which is usually used to open a new tab) located at the bottom of your iPhone display.

  4. This will show a list of your recently closed tabs.
  5. Tap a page on the list to reopen that page in a new tab.

    Reopen recently closed tabs

If you currently have no tabs open, the steps are the same! You'll simply be starting from a blank page instead of a current tab.

Safari can hold a fairly long list of recently closed tabs, so even if your child is playing around and deletes all of your open tabs, you should be able to open this screen up and quickly recover them.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.