Safari on your iPhone allows you open up web pages in different tabs, but if you accidentally close a tab, here’s how to view recently closed tabs in Safari in order to get it back.
Safari is one of the best mobile web browsers on the iPhone. It’s simple, but it comes with all of the features that most users would want in a mobile browser, including bookmarks, favorites, private browsing, and the use of tabs.
Tabs allow you to have multiple web pages open at once and you can go back and forth between them quickly and easily. However, if you accidentally close out of a tab, there’s really no easy to get it back. On the desktop, you can simply just hit Cmd+Shift+T (or on Windows it’s Ctrl+Shift+T) and get the tab back that you just closed.
However, there’s actually a really easy way to get back a tab that you accidentally closed in Safari on your iPhone, so never fear if you accidentally hit the Close button on a tab when you’re browsing through them on your device.
Here’s how to recover lost tabs in Safari when you accidentally close one of them out.
Recovering Closed Tabs in Safari
If you accidentally closed out of a tab while you were browsing in Safari on your iPhone, there’s an easy to way to get that tab back that a lot of users don’t know about.
Simply put, when you tap on the Tab button in the bottom-right corner of Safari and then hold down on the Plus icon at the bottom, this will bring up a list of recently closed tabs. Tapping on one will bring back that web page in a new tab.
Many users don’t know that you can hold down on the Plus icon, thinking that it’s only there to open a new tab, when actually you can use it to access recently closed tabs as well.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t work in Private Browsing Mode in Safari, but that’s not too surprising, as other browsers don’t allow you to do this as well, even on the desktop.
Of course, this isn’t the only tip that’s worth knowing about in Safari. There’s also a Reader Mode that can turn a web article into a page with just the text to make it easier to read. You can enable it by visiting any article on a news website and then a small button made up of multiple parallel lines should appear on the left side of the address bar. Tapping on that will enable Reader Mode.
You can also save a website’s home page as a shortcut on your iPhone’s home screen. All you do is open up Safari and navigate to the website that you want to save as a home screen shortcut. Tap the Share button on the menu bar and then tap on Add to Home Screen. On the next page you’ll give the shortcut a name, and then tap on Add in the upper-right corner to add the shortcut to your home screen.
You should also know how to delete your iPhone’s browsing history in Safari, should a time ever come where you might need to do that. Unless you’re in Private Browsing Mode, Safari saves all of the web pages that you visit, and you may want to eventually wipe all of this at some point.
All you have to do is open up Safari and then tap on the Bookmarks icon down at the bottom. From there, tap on the same icon toward the top if it isn’t already selected. This will show you your browser history and all of the websites that you’ve visited on your iPhone in Safari. The next step is to tap Clear at the bottom. This will bring up several options: Clear the Last Hour, Clear Today, Clear Today & Yesterday, and Clear All History.