How to Swipe between Tabs in Safari (iOS 17)

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Switching Safari tabs on your iPhone used to take multiple taps on the screen each time you wanted to move to another tab, but now there's a better solution! Now, you can swipe between tabs instead of navigating via your list of tabs. We'll show you how.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Quickly swipe through all of your open tabs without navigating to other menus.
  • If you need to compare two web pages, this feature lets you alternate between them effortlessly.

Swipe Through Safari Tabs

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 16 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

Before you try this tip, make sure that you have more than one open Safari tab on your iPhone. To learn more about how to better navigate Safari, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter! Now, here's how to swipe between tabs in Safari:

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  1. Open Safari on your iPhone.

    Open Safari app
  2. Swipe across the address bar at the bottom from left to right to see the previous tab.

    Swipe left to right
  3. Swipe from right to left to see the next tab.

    Swipe right to left

Related: How to Get Rid of Split Screen on Your iPad & iPhone

And that's it! You can swipe through as many tabs as you have open in Safari on your iPhone, and you can even open a new tab in Safari by swiping all the way to the right, past the right-most tab!

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, they have six years of experience writing about technology for everyday users, specializing in iPhones, HomePods, and Apple TV. As a former college writing instructor, they are passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why they love helping readers master the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. They have a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When they’re not writing for iPhone Life, they’re reading about maritime disasters, writing fiction, rock climbing, or walking their adorable dog, Moosh.