How to Reopen Closed Safari Tabs on iPhone (2022)

Reopen recently closed tabs in Safari quickly and easily without searching for the pages all over again.

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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 closed tabs in Safari! We'll show you how.

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

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Reopen recently closed tabs in Safari to quickly revisit pages you thought you were done with.
  • If you accidentally close a tab in Safari, you can easily find it again.

How to Reopen a Closed Window in Safari on iPhone

Navigating Safari is a little different since iOS 15 came out, but once you get to know it, the new layout can be really enjoyable! In the steps below, we'll show you how to reopen closed Safari tabs. To learn more about what's new in iOS 15, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter. 

  1. Open the Safari app.

    Open Safari
  2. Tap on the tabs icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.

    Tap tabs icon
  3. Long-press (don't just tap) the + icon.

    Tap New icon
  4. This will show a list of your recently closed tabs that you can scroll through to find the page you're looking for. 
  5. Tap a page on the list to reopen that page in a new tab.

    How to open a recently closed tab

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 open Safari tabs, you should be able to quickly recover them. If you're frustrated with the iOS 15 Safari layout, you may be interested in learning how to get the Safari search bar back to the top as well as how to stop the status bar from hiding your icons

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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.