How to Open Recently Closed Tabs in Safari on an iPhone

Web browsing in the Safari browser on the iPhone has come a long way since it was first introduced, and almost as much content is being viewed on mobile devices as is being viewed on computers. But the functionality of mobile Web browsers is still not as advanced as what you will find on a laptop or desktop computer, which can make it difficult to browse when you are used to having access to certain features. One such feature – the ability to re-open recently closed browser tabs – is one that you may have thought was missing on your iPhone.

Fortunately you can open recently closed tabs in the mobile version of Safari, although it is a bit of a hidden feature. Our tutorial below will walk you through the steps to follow so that you can start taking advantage of this option.

Opening Recently Closed Web Pages in the Safari iPhone Browser

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9. This method will work for other iPhone models that are also running iOS 9, as well as iPhone devices running the iOS 8 operating system.

  1. Open the Safari browser.
open safari
  1. Tap the Tabs icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen. If you do not see the Safari menu, then you may need to scroll up on the Web page until it becomes visible.
open the tabs menu
  1. Tap and hold the + icon at the bottom of the screen. This will open a new window where you will see the recently closed Web pages. You can then tap any of them to be taken to that page.
tap and hold the plus icon

Note that you will not be able to open recently closed tabs if you are in a private browsing session. The window for recently closed tabs will open, but there will not be any pages listed.

Do you have a child or employee that is using an iPhone, but you want to block their Web access? You can use the Restrictions feature on the device to disable the Safari browser. This feature, along with many other options on the Restrictions menu, provides a helpful way to ensure that unwanted content is not accessible on the device.

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