How to Reopen Recently Closed Safari Tabs on iPhone

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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. Let's get started learning how to open recently closed tabs you accidentally closed on your iPhone.

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

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To begin:

  • Open the Safari app.
  • If you already have an open tab, tap on the pages icon at the lower right corner of your display. 

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  • Now, tap and hold the "+" button (which is usually used to open a new tab) located bottom center of your iPhone display. This will display your recently closed tabs.

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If you currently have no tabs open, the steps are the same.

  • Tap on the pages icon at the lower-right corner of your display after you open the Safari app, then press the plus.
  • A list of your recently closed tabs will appear, select the one you wanted to keep reading to open it.

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Safari can hold a decent sized 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 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.