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Disappearing Safari Tabs on iPhone or iPad? How to Find Them

Every so often, a seemingly small bug in Apple's operating systems survives the company's annual OS launches and continues to cause users huge frustration from one software update to the next.

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While there isn't an accepted solution to the problem of disappearing tabs, there are cases where it might seem that your tabs are gone, when in fact they are just hidden from view. Here are some ways that you may be able to get them back or stop them from disappearing in the first place.

Reveal Hidden Tabs

On iPadOS, for example, if you press and hold the Show Tab Overview button (four squares in a quadrant) in the top-right corner of the Safari window, this will reveal a dropdown menu that includes an option to Merge All Windows .

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Reveal the Shelf

Another action worth trying on iPadOS is pressing and holding the Safari icon in the Dock or on the Home Screen and selecting Show All Windows from the popup menu that appears.

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Recently Closed Tabs

If you have an inkling that some of the tabs you're missing have been inadvertently closed, you can always use the Recently Closed Tabs option to re-open them. All you have to do is open up the tab view in Safari and long press on the "+" icon to get a look at all of the tabs that you've recently closed.

play Even if you're aware of the gesture, it's worth a reminder that this feature exists in case someone gets ahold of your phone and checks your browser. Even if you've closed out a tab, it's still going to be visible in Safari, unless you were using a private browser window or have cleared your browsing history.

Turn Off Auto-Close Tabs

If you still haven't been able to find some of your tabs, make sure that Safari isn't closing them after a certain duration on your behalf: Open Settings , tap through to Safari -> Close Tabs and ensure that Manually is selected.

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Bookmark All Open Tabs

If the above suggestions haven't worked for you, there is a workaround: Consider bookmarking your open tabs after each browsing session. This might sound like more hassle than it's worth, but since iOS 13 Apple has included a one-tap option to just that.

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A popup menu will appear at the on the screen from which you can select Add Bookmarks for X Tabs , the X being the number of tabs open.

Once you've tapped this option, you'll be asked to save the tabs in a new bookmarks folder (remember to give it a recognizable name). Alternately, you can choose a location from the existing folder list in which to save the tabs.

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To access your bookmarks in Safari at any time, simply tap the Bookmarks icon in the main browsing interface or the sidebar to reveal all of your saved favorites and folders. Press and hold on the folder of bookmarks and select Open in New Tabs , or alternatively, Open in Tab Group if you want them grouped.

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How to fix disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad

Anoop

Here are some quick fixes:

  • You can disable auto-close Safari tabs on iPhone by going to Settings > Safari > Close tabs > Manually .
  • Ensure that all tabs are visible by using either  Show All Windows  or  Merge all Windows option in Safari on iPad.
  • To access the closed tabs, tap and hold the  Plus button  and select the tab you want to open.

I think we can all agree that the disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad are frustrating. Especially if you were doing something and paused it to resume later, only to discover Safari has automatically deleted all those tabs.

If you tend to keep multiple web pages open on your browser to access them later, losing them would be the last thing you want to happen. So why does Safari tabs keep disappearing on iPhone and iPad? There are multiple reasons for it, and I have gone through them to find the right fixes for you. Read along!

How do you fix disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad

1. disable auto-close safari tabs.

Auto-close is a feature in iOS and iPadOS, where you can make Safari close all the tabs after a particular period, such as a day, week, or month. If it’s turned on, the time to worry thinking why your safari tabs keep disappearing has come to an end, as you are going to find the fix here:

  • Open Settings → tap Safari .
  • Scroll to the Tabs section and tap Close Tabs .

Disable Auto-close on iPhone

That’s it! Now Safari won’t be closing tabs automatically, and you can have peace of mind.

2. Show all Safari windows on iPad

Despite turning off the auto-close tabs on your iPad, if you still cannot access all the Safari tabs, it might be because you are using multiple Safari windows on your iPad. So, let’s see how to switch between multiple Safari windows and find the disappeared tabs:

  • Press and hold the Safari icon on the dock.

show all windows on iPad

Now, you can see all the Safari windows that you have opened. Check if you can see the tab you are looking for in these windows. If you want to merge all these windows, I have mentioned the steps for that in the next part.

3. Merge all windows on iPad

Since managing all the Safari windows is a difficult task, the best way is to merge them all. All you have to do is:

  • Open Safari .

Show Tab Overview

As you can see, all the tabs present in multiple Safari windows will be combined and will be shown under a single window. Now, you can jump between tabs without fear of losing any tab unexpectedly until you close them.

4. Access the recently closed Safari tabs

If you closed a Safari tab mistakenly, it’s very easy to revive them. All you have to do is:

  • Tap and hold the  + icon  in Safari for iPad at the top right. On iPhone, tap the tabs button → long-press the  + icon .

access recently closed Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad

Other than that, you can also open the closed tabs on Safari from the browser history section. I have mentioned that in the next method.

5. Check the browser history

  • Open Safari on your iPad or iPhone
  • Tap the book icon at the top left.

browser history on Safari for iPhone

6. Bookmark the tabs on Safari  

If Safari keeps closing the tabs on your iPhone or iPad, it could be some bugs in iOS. It would be better to stick with a workaround until a fix is released. The best one is to bookmark all the tabs that you are using. But wait! Before you think about the tedious process, I can assure you it’s very simple. Just follow these steps.

  • Open Safari → tap the tabs icon.
  • Tap and hold one tab .
  • Now, tap Add Bookmarks for X Tabs .
  • Give a name to the folder.

Bookmark the tabs on Safari on iPhone

  • Name the folder and select a location .
  • Next, tap Save .

You can access these bookmarks from the location you have saved. If Safari removes your tabs, you can load them by selecting  tap and hold that folder  →  Open in New Tabs or Tab Group .

7. Check internet connection

All the methods you have performed will be useless if you haven’t connected to the internet. Connect your  iPhone or iPad to the internet  and see if you face any issues. Safari is an internet browser; hence, it needs a proper internet connection to use its features.

8. Enable background App refresh 

Maybe it’s because Safari is not allowed to run in the background, causing the app not to behave properly and thus, miss some tabs. You can enable  Background App Refresh to let Safari run in the background. All you have to do is:

  • Open Settings and tap General .

enable Background App Refresh on iPhone

  • Now, tap Background App Refresh again.

enable background app refresh

9. Update software to the latest version

Safari cannot be updated individually since it’s a system app, and the only way to update is by updating your iOS or iPadOS version. You can check for the latest software updates on iPhone or iPad by going to  Settings → General → Software Update .

10. Restore tabs through other Apple devices

Since you cannot access Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad, let’s look at a way to restore Safari tabs . But for this method, you should have already enabled the  Sync  option on your Apple ID and should be logged in with it on another iPhone or iPad. After that:

  • Open Safari and select the Tabs icon on the other iPhone or iPad.
  • Scroll down, and you’ll see tabs opened on other devices.

11. Hard reset your iPhone

If you cannot fix the issue of tab disappearing on Safari, the last resort is to reset your iPhone or iPad , as it may fix the software bugs causing the issue. But before that, perform a quick  restart  or a  force reset  as some issues will be easily fixed.

No, updating your iPhone won’t delete tabs of the Safari browser. You can ensure by turning off the auto-close tabs option from  Settings → Safari → Close tabs → Manually .

The Safari bookmarks might get deleted if you have turned off the sync between devices, and thus, you won’t be able to access bookmarks saved on other devices.

That’s it!

I can understand how frustrated you will feel when tabs disappear on Safari. With this guide, I hope you were able to fix the issue once and for all. Also, do you prefer Safari over  other alternatives ? Let me know in the comments below.

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How to fix Safari tabs disappearing on iPad and iPhone

While using Safari, have you noticed that some of your open tabs are missing and you can’t seem to find them? The tabs are most likely still open, you just have to look for them in the right places. Let’s show you how.

Two Safari windows on iPad

1. See all your open windows in Safari on iPad

Unlike iPhone, but like Mac, Safari on iPad lets you open more than one window.

You might not see a Safari tab that’s open in a different window in case you have multiple active windows that you opened and forgot. Secondly, clicking some website links can force a new browser window.

In these situations, you might miss seeing a specific tab if it isn’t on your current Safari window but on a different one.

Here’s how to quickly see all open Safari windows on iPad:

  • Go to your iPad Home Screen or pull up the Dock.
  • Press and hold the Safari app icon.
  • Tap Show All Windows .

Show All Windows in Safari on iPad

Now, tap one of the windows that has the Safari tab you thought had disappeared.

2. Merge all Safari windows on iPad to get back hidden tabs

With Safari open on Mac, when you click Windows from the top menu bar, you see an option called Merge All Windows. Clicking this instantly brings all the tabs of different windows in a single window.

The same handy functionality is in Safari for iPad.

Here’s how to see your hidden Safari tabs on iPad by merging all active windows into one:

  • Inside Safari, press and hold the button made up of four tiny squares.
  • Tap Merge All Windows .

Merge All Windows in Safari on iPad

Now, Safari will bring all the tabs of different windows to a single place. From here, you can easily find the Safari tabs that you thought were missing or hidden from plain sight.

3. Reopen your recently closed Safari tabs on iPad and iPhone

Sometimes, it’s likely that you accidentally closed a Safari tab or closed one intentionally and then forgot about it.

You can easily open such recently closed Safari tabs by following these steps:

  • Inside Safari, tap the tab button (made of two overlapping squares).
  • Press and hold the plus button (+) to see Recently Closed Tabs.
  • Tap the desired website to reopen it.

Open recently closed tabs in Safari on iPhone

For more: How to quickly reopen recently closed tabs in Safari on iPhone or iPad

4. Stop Safari from automatically closing open tabs

With iOS 13 and later, Safari can automatically close open tabs after one day, one week, or a month. In case you or someone with access to your iPhone or iPad enabled this option, you might be opening a tab, and the next day it closes, making you wonder, “Where has my Safari tab gone!”

To fix this, follow these steps to prevent the auto-close of Safari tabs:

  • Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Safari .
  • Select  Close Tabs .
  • Choose  Manually .

Stop Safari from automatically closing tabs

From now, open Safari tabs won’t disappear, and you can access them as long as you don’t close them manually.

Fixed: Safari tabs hiding or missing on iPhone or iPad

This is how you can fix the issue of Safari tabs hiding or disappearing from plain sight on your iPhone or iPad. Besides this, if you continue to face such inconveniences, make sure you inculcate the habit of restarting your iPhone at least once every three days.

Finally, if you’re on an old version of iOS or iPadOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update and install the newest available version of the operating system for your device. Usually, such bugs are fixed by Apple via software updates, ensuring an improved experience.

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Disappearing Safari Tabs on iPhone/iPad: 7 Fixes to Try!

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1. show all safari windows (ipad only).

  • To ensure that this isn’t the issue in your case, simply press and hold the Safari icon on the home screen, or in the Dock. You will see an option to ‘Show All Windows’
  • Tap on the option and iPadOS will reveal all open Safari windows for you.
  • You can then switch between these windows and see if your disappeared Safari tabs are open in any other window.

2. Merge All Windows to Reveal Hidden Safari Tabs (iPad only)

  • Touch and hold the Show Tab Overview (that looks like four squares in a quadrant) icon and hit Merge All Windows .
  • Now, all of your open tabs will show up in the current window, including the ones that might not be visible in the Tab Overview screen.

3. Access the Recently Closed Safari Tabs (iPhone and iPad)

  • Just open the tab view in Safari and then long-press the “+” button . This will open up a list of the recently closed tabs in Safari.

Access Recently closed tabs in Safari on iPhone and iPad

  • You can scroll through this list and tap on any tabs you want to re-open.

This is a great way to reopen closed Safari tabs in situations where you’ve accidentally closed a tab (or a group of tabs ) on your browser by mistake.

4. Bookmark All Open Safari Tabs (iPhone and iPad)

Bookmark all open safari tabs on iphone.

  • Ensure that there are a few tabs open in Safari. Now, choose one of the tabs and then long-press the Bookmark icon .
  • Next, choose Add Bookmarks for X Tabs in the popup.

Disappearing Safari Tabs on iPhone/iPad: 7 Fixes to Try!

  • Next up, give a suitable name to your tabs folder and save it to the desired folder.

Bookmark all tabs in Safari on iPhone

Bookmark All Open Safari Tabs on iPad

  • Long-press the address bar in Safari and choose Add Bookmarks for X Tabs .
  • Then, enter a suitable name and save it to a preferred location.

Bookmark icon in Safari

5. Disable Auto-Close Safari Tabs (iPhone and iPad)

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and then choose Safari .

Safari setting on iOS

  • Under the Tabs section, tap Close Tabs and then select Manually .

Manually close Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad

6. Hard Reset Your iPhone or iPad

Since hard reset (also known as force restart) is well-known for fixing common iOS issues , it would be worth giving this troubleshooter a chance as well. Don’t worry, it won’t delete any media or data.

Hard Reset iPhone 8 or Later and iPad Without Home Button

  • Press and quickly release the volume up button. Then, press and quickly release the volume down button.
  • Now, hold down the side/top button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Hard Reset iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  • Press and hold the volume down button and then the side button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Hard Reset iPhone 6s Or Earlier or iPad With Home Button

  • Press and hold the home button and side/top button at once until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears on the screen.

7. Update Your iPhone or iPad

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and choose General.

Open Settings on iPhone and iPad

  • Now, tap Software Update and then download and install the latest version of iOS/iPadOS as usual.

Update software on your iPhone or iPad

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Oh my you are a Godsend. My 8 yr old grandson had played around with my phone and afterwards all my open windows in safari were closing every day!! Grrrr so #5 was the fix!! Thanks!!

didn’t work 🙁 I’ve lost 25 tabs!

I have a ton of tab groups on my iMac, but despite trying all these tips they are still not showing on my iPhone. But if I create a new tab group on my iPhone, it is available on my MacBook…

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Disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone/iPad

Disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone/iPad is a bug in iOS and iPadOS that causes one or more tabs opened in Safari to seemingly go away. If Safari tabs are disappearing on your iPhone/iPad there are a couple of easy fixes you can try.

Although every year Apple operating systems receive a major release and there are also many smaller updates throughout the year, some bugs seem to be more persistent than others and manage to remain in the specific operating system across multiple OS releases. Case in point, the disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad is a strange bug that has been around since iOS 13 and still seems to frustrate users to this day.

Though this isn’t a very commonly-encountered bug, when it takes place, it can be quite irritating, especially if it’s not a one-time occurrence but keeps happening again and again. The cause of this issue remains unknown and, though there are things you can do to mitigate it (we’ll tell you about them in a bit), there’s currently no permanent fix for this bug. Until Apple releases a patch that resolves this issue, you’d need to make do with the alternative fixes we’ll show you on this page.

Here, we should note that the problem with disappearing tabs could refer to two separate occurrences – one, in which your tab(s) get closed entirely, and another, in which the tab or tabs remain open but are hidden. It is unclear whether these two separate issues are related, but the fixes we’ve prepared for you should help resolve both of them.

Why do my Safari tabs keep disappearing?

It is currently not known what causes Safari tabs to keep disappearing, but in most cases, it’s likely a bug in iOS/iPadOS. The other possible cause for Safari tabs to keep disappearing is if the browser is set to automatically close inactive tabs.

There is a function that Safari has that, when enabled, will cause the browser to automatically close tabs that you haven’t viewed recently. You can even choose between three-time period options to determine how long time would need to pass before the inactive tabs get closed. However, this is only one possible reason for the tabs to close/get hidden. If this function of your Safari browser isn’t enabled, the likely cause for the tabs’ disappearance is probably a bug in iOS or iPadOS that Apple needs to address in its future patches for the respective operating system. 

Disappearing Safari tabs fix

The Disappearing Safari tabs fix methods include merging all Safari windows on iPad, revealing the Safari windows shelf, and searching through the recently closed tab’s history. Other potential fixes for disappearing Safari tabs are to disable the Auto-close tabs Safari function or to bookmark everything.

As already mentioned, the fixes suggested here aren’t a permanent solution to the problem. The developers at Apple are the only ones who can release a patch that would resolve this bug. Until then, you can hopefully circumvent the problem with either of the next temporary solutions/workarounds.

Merge All Windows (iPadOS only)

This should help you reveal any tabs that have become hidden but are still open. It won’t return any tabs that have already been closed.

  • Open the Safari browser on your iPad and press and hold the button with four squares in the top-right.

tabs on ipad safari disappeared

  • Look through all the tabs that are in the current Safari window and see if you can find the one you need.

Reveal the Safari windows shelf (iPadOS only)

This is another potential fix for revealing hidden tabs but not for restoring ones that have been closed.

  • Press and hold your finger on the Safari icon in the Dock or the Home Screen .
  • Select Show All Windows from the menu that should appear shortly.
  • Look through the shelf of open windows, switch between them, and see if you can find the needed tab. In some cases, doing this should reveal any tabs that have become hidden.

Search in the Recently Closed Tabs history

This fix is used to restore tabs that have been closed.

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Disable the Auto-close tabs feature

As we mentioned in the article above, if this feature in your Safari browser is enabled, tabs you don’t visit will get closed after a while. If you don’t want this to keep happening in the future, you should check the settings of Safari and make sure that this function isn’t enabled.

  • Go to the Settings app and tap on Safari.

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Bookmark the tabs you don’t want to lose

If nothing else you’ve tried has helped thus far, you can always resort to simply bookmarking everything you want to visit at a later time. Admittedly, it’s a rather clunky workaround, but one that can still let you quickly access content that you’d like to revisit. Here’s how to quickly bookmark stuff in Safari:

  • Once you open the browser, open the site/page that you may want to visit later.

tabs on ipad safari disappeared

  • If you want to save all currently open tabs as bookmarks, select instead the Add Bookmarks for * number of open tabs * .
  • To access the bookmarks you’ve saved, tap the Bookmark button and then select the saved page that you want to open again.

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How To Find Your Missing Tabs In Safari

Safari icon on an iPhone

While Apple spends a lot of time working on new updates, testing them with developers in the beta software program, and making sure bugs and errors are squashed, some can still make it through. One such bug causes tabs to go missing in Safari, Apple's web browser: while clearing Safari's cache can solve many problems with its performance, some glitches can be trickier to address. Recently, some Safari users have opened multiple tabs in Safari on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac, but then after a break have found all the tabs disappeared as if they've never been opened.

The root cause of the problem remains unknown. Sometimes, you might suspect Safari simply hid the tabs out of view. In other cases, Safari might close them altogether, perhaps because of a system setting you might not be aware of. The good news is, for whatever reason the error occurs, there are a few ways to recover your missing tabs on Safari, and most of them are pretty straightforward.

Check for the missing tabs in other Safari windows

If you are using Safari on iPadOS, your first step should be to check all the Safari windows. That's because, in newer versions of iPadOS, you can open multiple windows of the same application to perform different tasks simultaneously; sometimes, the web browser swaps the tabs in these windows. There are a few ways to view all the Safari windows on your iPad.

  • The simplest method to view all your Safari windows is to press and hold the Safari app icon on the home screen, and then select 'Show All Windows' from the options. This reveals all the Safari windows, and you can tap on one to open it and check the tabs.
  • The second method also opens all the Safari windows active on the iPad. All you need to do is open Safari, slide up from the bottom of the display to view the app Dock, and tap on Safari a second time. 
  • Finally, you can open the recent apps menu by double-tapping the Home button on the regular iPad, or sliding up to the center of the screen on the latest iPad Mini/Air/Pro. That will show all the Safari windows active at the time (via  appletoolbox ). 

If juggling multiple Safari windows is proving confusing, you can open any tab, press and hold the four-square icon at the top right, and then tap on 'Merge All Windows' to collate them into a single view.

Check in the Recently Closed Tabs list

It's not just iPad users who are affected: the missing tabs error has also appeared on Safari for iPhone and Mac. Sometimes, Safari closes its tabs when you end a browsing session and exit the application. Thankfully, the closed tabs in Safari are stored in a separate section that is easy to access. To open the list of Recently Closed Tabs on your iPhone, open Safari, tap the Tabs icon at the bottom right corner (the two overlapping squares), then tap and hold the '+' icon at the bottom. Here, you'll find the lost tabs if they were closed automatically.

It's worth checking the 'Close Tabs' option in Safari's settings on an iPhone, too. If you have been facing the missing tabs issue, there is a good chance that the Close Tabs frequency is set to 'After One Day' on your iPhone. Instead, select 'Manual' to keep your tabs intact (via Apple ). Similarly, if your device of choice is an iPad, open Safari, tap and hold the '+' icon at the top right corner, and check whether any of your missing tabs are in the recently-closed list. If you are losing tabs on your Mac, open the web browser and click on History to select Recently Closed. 

Your browsing history might be the last resort

If you still haven't been able to recover the missing tabs on Safari, this final method should help. Every time you access a website on the internet — as long as you're not in Private Browsing mode — Safari stores its address in your history. Even if you can't find your tabs in the web browser, there will be a record of the websites you've visited, assuming you haven't deleted it along with Safari's cookies . If you use an iPhone or an iPad, open Safari and tap on the book icon to select 'History'; you'll see a chronological list of all the websites you've opened recently, including those you could not access.

You can also use this method on Mac: open the web browser, click on 'History' on the menu bar, and select 'Show All History.' In addition to the list of visited sites, you can search for a particular website in the search bar, and double-click to open it. If you want to make doubly-sure you won't lose important tabs again, there's an easy way to save them from vanishing in the first place. In Safari, tap and hold the book icon and select 'Add Bookmarks for X Tabs,' where X represents the number of tabs. Later, you can open the whole group of tabs from the bookmark section (via MacRumors ).

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  • Feb 15, 2020

I’ve had this issue a couple times, and can’t figure out what the common element is, but sometimes (often after for some reason I have either opened in split screen, or put a safari window inadvertently in the side slide out), but then a window with MANY tabs will just be done. Can’t find it anywhere, all I have left is the one window with one tab, useless. I can’t figure out anyway to get BACK the window I had open with what is often 100+ tabs that I WANTED to save. Is there A) any way to find these again (other than going through all history) B) any way to stop this behavior from happening?  

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With the Safari icon in the dock, have you tried holding until the menu appears and select Show All Windows?  

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  • Feb 16, 2020

I’m getting this a lot since upgrading to iOS13. I don’t know why it’s happening, but a new window has opened, and I can only find the old tabs by double clicking the home button to access everything open, then guessing which is the right window to click on (it’s not always obvious in the smaller images shown). I don’t know how to turn this annoying feature off. iPadOS seems another step down in usability.  

Sadly I don’t see any other open windows, even with doubling clicking home or swiping up from bottom. Trying to swipe in from right doesn’t show anything else either. They really just seem gone, which is pretty annoying.  

  • Feb 17, 2020

Tapping the Safari icon in the dock, while in Safari doesn't show anything?  

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I would suggest to soft-restore iphone  

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tivoboy said: I can’t figure out anyway to get BACK the window I had open with what is often 100+ tabs that I WANTED to save. Click to expand...
  • Feb 20, 2020
960design said: 100+ tabs... seriously? Tabs = memory usage = battery drain = performance degradation. My unwanted personal opinion aside. Check Safari Close Tabs: Settings > Safari > Tabs > Close Tabs = Manually Ensure that you do not have it auto closing tabs after a day, week, month. Click to expand...

bmac89

macrumors 65816

This happens to me intermittently / semi regularly since iOS 11. It is incredibly frustrating and to make it even more frustrating I use to split my tabs between normal and private mode so I could have a setup similar to having two safari windows - one for frequent use tabs and the other for longer term. The reason I did this is because my entire reading list would constantly disappear with no way to get anything back. Even with iCloud on all was lost and turning off iCloud did not resolve the issue either. Also for anyone reading this topic - on a side note, make sure you don’t clear website data in settings when tabs are open as this will clear all your tabs.  

  • Feb 25, 2020

I’m so getting sick of this. I had about 50 tabs opened with stuff I was going to read and just came into my iPad, which I use daily and ALL of them are gone again. I havent’ done anything, the safari preferences is set to manual close only, and I haven’t deleted the cache or cookies in settings. Everything just gone and one open window.  

macrumors 68020

  • Feb 26, 2020

Sounds like a RAM issue I don't think iOS is designed to have that many tabs open  

Seanm87 said: Sounds like a RAM issue I don't think iOS is designed to have that many tabs open Click to expand...

macrumors member

  • Feb 27, 2020

Hi it has been awhile since I have followed macforums but I just read about your problem with tabs disappearing and I can say that that has happened to a few times until I figured out what was happening. I noticed that this would happen when I used the slide-over or used split mode (or whatever you call them). I then pressed the home button twice and noticed that I would have 2 Safaris open. I just checked which one had all my tabs and just closed the other. Since then I feel safe when I think I have lost all my tabs. I too, as someone mentioned above, use Normal & Private for different tabs/stuff. Another thing I started saving my Tabs, both normal & private. Only wish I had the option of opening all the tabs like on my Macbook Pro. It would then be easier to just open all my tabs that got closed. Maybe in a future update for iPadOS?  

mrwamck said: Hi it has been awhile since I have followed macforums but I just read about your problem with tabs disappearing and I can say that that has happened to a few times until I figured out what was happening. I noticed that this would happen when I used the slide-over or used split mode (or whatever you call them). I then pressed the home button twice and noticed that I would have 2 Safaris open. I just checked which one had all my tabs and just closed the other. Since then I feel safe when I think I have lost all my tabs. I too, as someone mentioned above, use Normal & Private for different tabs/stuff. Another thing I started saving my Tabs, both normal & private. Only wish I had the option of opening all the tabs like on my Macbook Pro. It would then be easier to just open all my tabs that got closed. Maybe in a future update for iPadOS? Click to expand...
  • Mar 29, 2020

@tivoboy you are not alone  

  • Apr 15, 2020
atmuwben said: With the Safari icon in the dock, have you tried holding until the menu appears and select Show All Windows? Click to expand...
  • Jun 26, 2020

UGh, I CANNOT believe that we are still here, at 13.5.x, that with either an inadvertent swipe or an “open window in new window” or a “merge windows” with a new tab Or window opening, one can lose ALL their open tabs seemingly FOREVER. That is just not right and if apple wants to make IOS the new Mac OS, this has to be resolved.  

primarycolors

primarycolors

Macrumors 6502.

Do you guys not realize that open tabs are not all stored in RAM at once right? They only get stored in RAM when you're actively using/switching between several tabs. After that the URL just gets stored in storage. But that tabs clearing issue does sound obnoxious as hell—I haven't had that but I've had a separate issue of tabs showing the wrong previews for the title.  

primarycolors said: Do you guys not realize that open tabs are not all stored in RAM at once right? They only get stored in RAM when you're actively using/switching between several tabs. After that the URL just gets stored in storage. But that tabs clearing issue does sound obnoxious as hell—I haven't had that but I've had a separate issue of tabs showing the wrong previews for the title. Click to expand...
  • Jul 13, 2020
vojopd said: 100 tabs hahhhh get a life Click to expand...

CarolR??

  • Jul 17, 2020

My tabs on iPad have been mystifying me by disappearing as well, but this morning I found that just touching the top of the screen where they should be made them reappear!  

inkahauts

While I can not understand the need for ever having 450 tabs open, I wonder if you always need them why not create a bookmark for them in an organized fashion. It’d be fast finding them that way then searching through 450 open tabs anyway.  

maclad

  • Jul 18, 2020
  • Jul 31, 2020

GBstoic

macrumors 6502a

  • Aug 1, 2020

This happened to me once. To my surprise at a later date when I held down the New Tab symbol they were all listed and therefore recoverable.  

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Open and close tabs in Safari on iPad

tabs on ipad safari disappeared

Note: If you’re using the Compact Tab Bar layout, the menus and other items may look different from what’s described in this guide. See Change the layout of Safari .

Open a link in a new tab

Touch and hold the link, then tap Open in Background.

View a tab’s history

You can see which webpages you previously visited in this tab.

the Back button

Tip: To close all tabs in this Tab Group at the same time, touch and hold Done, then tap Close All [number of] Tabs.

Open a recently closed tab

the New Tab button

Safari Tabs Disappeared on iPhone? How to Get Them Back!

What to know.

  • You can re-open recently closed tabs in Safari by tapping and holding the plus icon.
  • Lastly, check if your missing tab is hidden in another tab group or within a separate Safari profile.
  • If your Safari tabs disappeared on iPad, you can try merging windows or revealing the iPad shelf.

tabs on ipad safari disappeared

Why do your tabs keep closing on iPhone or iPad? Maybe you wanted to retrieve a few interesting recipes you saw online, but now the tabs for those recipes are nowhere to be seen in Safari. But don't panic! We'll show you how to retrieve those lost tabs on your iPhone or iPad.

  • iPad-Specific Fixes
  • Re-Opening Closed Tabs
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do My Tabs Disappear in Safari on iPad?

Safari closing tabs on its own seems to happen somewhat frequently to iPad users. We'll start with some iPad-specific fixes for how to get tabs back. Has your Safari app completely disappeared from your Home Screen? Find out how to get Safari back on your iPhone or iPad . For more iPhone and iPad troubleshooting pointers, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

How to Get Tabs Back on iPad

If you're browsing the web on an iPad and you have multiple Safari windows open, then you may not be able to see all your tabs. These steps will allow all your open tabs to appear in the current window. This potentially includes some tabs that weren’t visible in the Tab Overview screen. For a more in-depth tutorial, check out our article on re-opening closed tabs in Safari .

iPhone Life

Reveal the Shelf on iPad

This method will show any open windows directly above the Dock. As a result, you will be able to switch between windows and potentially reveal any Safari tabs that disappeared on your iPad.

tabs on ipad safari disappeared

How to Open a Closed Tab on iPhone & iPad

The purpose of this method is to find and reopen tabs you may have accidentally closed. This works on both iPhone and iPad (although the placement of the buttons in the below screenshots will look different depending on your device).

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Disable Auto-Close Tabs

Another cause of Safari tabs disappearing is a setting that automatically closes open Safari tabs after a set amount of time. This can prevent the problem of too many open tabs but can also lead to tabs you still want open getting closed. Here's how to solve this issue on your iPhone or iPad.

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Bookmark Open Tabs

Once a tab is bookmarked, you will always be able to find it, even if it's closed or your browser history is closed

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Check Tab Groups & Safari Profiles

In Safari, you can create tab groups to separate all of your different tabs into specific groups. For example, if you have several recipe tabs open, you could place these tabs into a group called "Dinners." Additionally, iOS 17 and newer include a feature called Safari Profiles, allowing you to separate your browsing sessions into different profiles.

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If you are still having trouble opening closed tabs or locating a missing tab, it may, unfortunately, be lost forever. Next, find out the best ways to manage your Safari tabs .

Why do my tabs keep closing on iPhone? You might have your Safari tabs set to automatically close. You can change this by going into Settings, tapping Safari, and then selecting Close Tabs. Check out the above section on how to set your Safari tabs to manually close  for more information.

How to close all tabs in Safari? You can close all your open tabs at once. If you've become too overwhelmed by all your open tabs, simply tap and hold the tabs button, then select Close All Tabs. Check out this tip on how to close all tabs at once  for a more detailed view.

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How to Restore Safari Tabs on iPhone, iPad, & Mac

How to Restore Safari Tabs on iPhone, iPad, & Mac

Hey there! So, you’re scratching your head about how to restore Safari tabs on iPhone, iPad, or even your Mac? Look, we’ve all been there. Apple throws out these significant, shiny updates every year, but sometimes, a teeny-tiny but ultra-annoying bug slips through. Have you ever had your Safari tabs just vanish into thin air? It’s a thing, and it’s been messing with us since the iOS 13 updates.

But chill, your tabs are probably just playing a game of hide and seek. There are some easy steps to pull them back or make sure they stick around in the first place.

How to restore Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad

How to restore Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad.

Okay, listen up. If you’ve accidentally closed a Safari tab and you’re freaking out, relax. There are many super easy ways to get that back. Also, if the tabs get closed on their own because of a glitch, or you’ve purposely closed them but regret it later, you can still recover them.

In this section, I’ll share with you two ways to restore your closed Safari tabs on your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s how to restore closed Safari tabs on iPhone or iPad from recently closed tabs list:

  • The first step is to open the Safari browser . You got this!
  • Next, look at the bottom-right corner of your screen . You’ll see a little icon that looks like two squares on top of each other. That’s the “ Show All Tabs ” button. Please go on tap it.
  • Now, see the “+” icon down there. That’s usually the button you tap to start a new tab. But today, we’re mixing things up. Press and hold that “+” for a couple of seconds.
  • Then, A list will pop up, showing you all the tabs you’ve recently closed. Tap the one you want, and it’ll return to your active Safari tabs.

How to restore closed Safari tabs from search history

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If you’re having trouble getting your Safari tabs back, no worries! You can always dig through your browsing history and open it up again one by one. Remember, this won’t work if you use Private mode because Safari doesn’t save that history.

To find those lost tabs, check out your history list or use the search function to find the websites you were on. Then you can reopen them from there-

  • First off, open Safari and look for the Bookmark icon (it looks like an opened book). Tap on it.
  • Next, hit the Clock It is where your browsing history lives.
  • Now, you can search for that specific tab you closed or scroll through your history. It’s all listed in chronological order.
  • Found it? Great! Tap on it, and it’ll open up in a new tab.

How to restore Safari tabs on Mac

 How to restore Safari tabs on Mac

Hey, so you’re Team Safari? Me too! If you’re like me and sometimes get click-happy, closing all your Safari windows with just one click, don’t worry. There are some easy ways to get those tabs back, especially if you’re using a Mac. Let’s dive into how you can do that.

How to use the keyboard shortcuts or menu shortcuts to restore Safari tabs

Oops! Have you closed a tab by mistake? Don’t worry; it happens to the best of us. Luckily, some quick keyboard tricks and menu options in Safari can help you get that tab back quickly.

Try pressing the Command + Z keys on your keyboard after reopening Safari. It will bring back the last tab you closed. If you close multiple tabs simultaneously, keep pressing those keys until all your tabs are back.

Another way to reopen a closed tab is to right-click and choose the ‘Reopen Last Closed Tab’ option.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it-

  • Start by opening Safari on your Mac. You can use Spotlight Search shortcuts to do this quickly.
  • Next, go to the History menu in your Mac desktop’s top toolbar.
  • Click on ‘Reopen Last Closed Tab’ from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, press Shift + Command + T on your keyboard to achieve the same result.
  • All the tabs you closed will reappear automatically.
  • If you accidentally closed an entire window, don’t worry. You’ll see an option for ‘Reopen Last Closed Window’ in the same dropdown menu. Click on that, and you’ll restore the entire window with all its tabs.

How to utilize the Add icon on Safari to restore tabs on Mac

 How to utilize the Add icon on Safari to restore tabs on Mac

Did you know about this cool feature in Safari? There’s this new tab icon; if you left-click it, it will create a new tab for you. But if you right-click the same icon, it will restore your closed account and show you a list of all the tabs and windows you’ve closed. Here are the steps-

  • First off, go ahead and relaunch Safari on your device. Just close it and open it up again.
  • Next, look at the upper right corner of the main Safari screen. That’s where you’ll find what you need.
  • Then, spot the little “+” icon and give it a right-click. It’s usually near the other tabs you have open.
  • Lastly, a menu will pop up. Choose the tab you want to bring back and restore it!

How to check the Recently Closed option

How to check the Recently Closed option

Here’s how to recover a specific closed tab in Safari using the ‘ Recently Closed’ menu. It differs from restoring your last closed tab because it lets you pick which one you want back.

  • First things first, open up Safari on your Mac.
  • Next up, look for the ‘History’ tab. You’ll find it on the top menu bar, usually between ‘Bookmarks’ and ‘Window.’
  • Now, click ‘History’ and scroll down until you see ‘Recently Closed.’ Click on that.
  • Finally, you’ll see a list of websites you’ve visited recently. Just click on the one you want to bring back, and it’ll pop right up on your Safari main window.

Why did all my Safari tabs disappear on my iPhone or iPad, and how to fix it?

I get it; losing all those open Safari tabs can be frustrating! It’s one of those things that can occur for all sorts of reasons, like when an app suddenly crashes, or maybe you accidentally removed the app, or even after a software update. No need to stress! I’ve got your back. Check out these simple tricks to make sure you don’t run into this problem again:

Okay, let’s start with something useful. Do you know how Safari likes to close your open tabs automatically? The main reason for that could have been that you’ve set a time limit for Safari to automatically close tabs from your Safari settings.

Well, you can make it stop doing that.

Here’s how:

  • Open up your Settings . You know, that app with the gears on it.
  • Look for the Safari It’s got that compass icon like you’re setting off on a browsing adventure.
  • Tap on “ Close Tabs .” It’s like telling Safari how to handle your tabs.
  • You’ll see some choices, but go ahead and pick “ Manually .” It means Safari will only close your tabs if you say so.
  • Your tabs will stay open until you can give them the boot.

If you’re using an iPad and you want to make sure you can see all your tabs at once, here’s what you do:

  • Open Safari, you know, the internet app with the little compass.
  • Take a look at the top right corner. See those little square things? Tap on them.
  • Now, you’ve got two choices: ‘Show All Windows’ or ‘Merge All Windows.’ Don’t worry; they’re not as complicated as they sound.
  • Pick either one. ‘Show All Windows’ gives you a bird’s-eye view of all your tabs. ‘Merge All Windows’ puts them together so you can easily switch between them.
  • You will get all of those tabs you wanted to keep open.

No worries, I’ve got one more trick for you. If a sneaky tab disappears on you, here’s how to bring it back:

  • Jump into Safari again, the place where you do your web stuff.
  • Look for the little “Plus” button-down at the bottom. Give it a good press and hold, like you’re saying, “Hey, I need something back!”
  • Guess what? A list will pop up showing tabs you closed recently. They’re still alive!
  • Pick the tab you’re missing from that list, and like magic, it’ll pop right back up. See? No more panicking over a lost tab.

How to find recently closed tabs on iPhone Safari?

Alright, did you close a tab in Safari? Don’t worry, I got you. Safari’s a bit sneaky compared to Chrome or Edge; it doesn’t have a straightforward menu to find your recently closed tabs.

But here’s the hack: Open Safari and tap the little two-square icon at the bottom right. That’s your Tabs button. Now, press and hold the “+” sign that’s nearby. A list of your recently closed Safari tabs will show up, and you can tap the one you want to bring back to life in a new tab.

Here is another way: find the “+” sign and hold it down. Now, if you’re more into digging through your history, there’s another way. Open Safari, look for a book-like icon, tap it, and then go to the ‘History’ tab. From there, you can tap any link to reopen it in a new tab. So, there you go, two easy ways to get back to browsing what you were browsing.

Alright, let’s wrap this up! We’ve talked about how to restore Safari tabs on iPhone, figured out how to reopen closed tabs in Safari, and even delved into the mystery of why all my Safari tabs disappear.

So, whether you’ve accidentally closed all tabs on your iPhone or scratching your head because your Safari tabs disappeared on your iPad, know you’ve got a toolkit of solutions now. Next time you’re in a tab crisis, don’t look outside—this guide’s got your back. Happy browsing, everyone!

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Have you ever experienced the frustration of opening multiple tabs in Safari, only to find them mysteriously disappear later? It's a common issue that can disrupt your browsing experience and leave you wondering what went wrong. The vanishing act of tabs in Safari can be perplexing, but fear not, as there are ways to address this perplexing problem.

In this article, we'll delve into the potential causes of disappearing tabs in Safari and explore effective strategies to prevent this inconvenience from occurring. Whether you're an avid researcher, a multitasking enthusiast, or simply someone who enjoys keeping multiple tabs open for quick access, understanding the reasons behind this issue and learning how to mitigate it can significantly enhance your browsing experience.

So, if you've ever found yourself asking, "Why do my tabs in Safari disappear?" or if you're keen to proactively safeguard your browsing sessions from this annoyance, you're in the right place. Let's embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries of vanishing tabs and equip ourselves with the knowledge to keep them firmly in place.

Possible Causes of Disappearing Tabs

The enigma of disappearing tabs in Safari can stem from various factors, each capable of triggering the unexpected vanishing act. Understanding these potential causes is crucial in addressing the issue effectively. Here are some common culprits behind the perplexing disappearance of tabs in Safari :

Accidental Closure : It's not uncommon for users to inadvertently close tabs while navigating through multiple open tabs. A simple misclick on the close button or a hasty gesture on a touch-enabled device can lead to the unintended closure of tabs, leaving users puzzled by their sudden disappearance.

Browser Crashes : Safari, like any other software, is susceptible to occasional crashes. When the browser unexpectedly shuts down due to technical glitches or system instability, it can result in the loss of all open tabs, leaving users to wonder where their carefully curated collection of tabs has vanished to.

Memory Management : Safari, especially when burdened with a multitude of open tabs, may encounter memory management issues. In such cases, the browser might automatically unload tabs to free up memory, causing tabs that haven't been accessed recently to vanish from the tab bar.

Third-Party Extensions : Certain third-party extensions or plugins installed in Safari can interfere with the stability of the browser, potentially leading to the disappearance of tabs. Incompatibility issues or conflicts between extensions and the browser's core functionality can manifest in the form of vanishing tabs.

Syncing Across Devices : For users who have enabled tab syncing across multiple devices using iCloud, discrepancies in syncing can result in tabs seemingly disappearing from Safari. Issues with syncing can lead to tabs not being properly propagated across devices, creating the illusion of tabs vanishing.

Software Updates : Safari updates or system updates on macOS can sometimes disrupt the browsing experience, causing unexpected behavior such as tabs disappearing. Changes in the browser's codebase or underlying system components can introduce unforeseen issues that manifest as disappearing tabs.

Understanding these potential causes of disappearing tabs in Safari is the first step towards effectively addressing this perplexing issue. By recognizing the underlying factors at play, users can adopt proactive measures to prevent the vanishing act of tabs and ensure a seamless browsing experience.

How to Prevent Tabs from Disappearing

Preventing the vexing disappearance of tabs in Safari requires a proactive approach and a keen understanding of the potential causes. By implementing the following strategies, users can fortify their browsing sessions and minimize the likelihood of tabs mysteriously vanishing.

1. Utilize Tab Management Tools

Leverage the built-in tab management features of Safari to organize and safeguard your tabs. Utilize tab pinning to prevent accidental closures, and take advantage of tab grouping to categorize and manage tabs efficiently. These tools not only enhance tab organization but also reduce the risk of tabs being inadvertently closed or lost.

2. Regularly Save Bookmarks

Frequently saving bookmarks of important tabs provides a safety net in case tabs do disappear. By bookmarking essential pages, users can quickly restore access to valuable content even if tabs vanish unexpectedly. This practice serves as a proactive measure to mitigate the impact of disappearing tabs.

3. Limit Open Tabs

Consciously limit the number of open tabs to alleviate memory management issues that may lead to tab disappearance. By reducing tab clutter and only keeping essential tabs open, users can minimize the strain on browser resources, thereby reducing the likelihood of tabs being automatically unloaded due to memory constraints.

4. Disable Unnecessary Extensions

Review and disable unnecessary or problematic extensions to mitigate potential conflicts that could trigger tab disappearance. Third-party extensions can introduce instability to the browser, and by selectively disabling or removing problematic extensions, users can enhance the overall stability of Safari and reduce the risk of tabs vanishing unexpectedly.

5. Monitor iCloud Syncing

For users leveraging iCloud tab syncing across devices, vigilance in monitoring syncing activities is crucial. Ensuring that tab syncing functions smoothly and consistently across devices can prevent discrepancies that may lead to tabs seemingly disappearing. Regularly checking the status of tab syncing can help identify and address any syncing issues promptly.

6. Stay Updated

Keep Safari and the underlying operating system up to date to benefit from bug fixes and stability improvements. Regular updates can address underlying issues that contribute to tab disappearance, thereby enhancing the overall reliability of the browser. Staying abreast of software updates is essential in maintaining a stable browsing environment.

By implementing these proactive measures, users can significantly reduce the occurrence of tabs disappearing in Safari, thereby fostering a more seamless and reliable browsing experience. Understanding the preventive strategies and incorporating them into regular browsing habits empowers users to safeguard their tabs and minimize the frustration associated with their unexpected disappearance.

Troubleshooting Disappearing Tabs

Addressing the enigma of disappearing tabs in Safari often necessitates a systematic approach to troubleshooting potential underlying issues. When confronted with the disconcerting vanishing act of tabs, users can employ the following strategies to diagnose and mitigate the root causes of this perplexing phenomenon.

Clear Browser Cache and Data

Commence the troubleshooting process by clearing the browser cache and data in Safari. Accumulated cache and browsing data can sometimes lead to unexpected behavior, including the disappearance of tabs. By clearing this data, users can eliminate potential sources of instability and restore the browser to a more pristine state, potentially mitigating the issue of vanishing tabs.

Restart Safari and the Device

A simple yet effective troubleshooting step involves restarting Safari and the device on which it is running. This action can help reset the browser and address transient issues that may be contributing to the disappearance of tabs. By initiating a fresh browser session and device reboot, users can potentially resolve underlying factors that lead to tab vanishing.

Check for Browser Updates

Ensure that Safari is up to date by checking for available updates. Browser updates often include bug fixes and stability enhancements that can address underlying issues contributing to tab disappearance. Verifying that Safari is running the latest version is essential in troubleshooting and mitigating the perplexing vanishing act of tabs.

Review Recently Installed Extensions

If the issue of disappearing tabs coincides with the installation of new extensions or plugins, it is prudent to review and assess the impact of these additions. Incompatibility or conflicts arising from newly installed extensions can manifest as unexpected browser behavior, including tab disappearance. By scrutinizing recently installed extensions, users can identify and address potential culprits contributing to the issue.

Reset Safari Settings

Consider resetting Safari settings to default to alleviate potential configuration-related issues that may be causing tabs to vanish. This step can help restore the browser to a baseline state, potentially resolving underlying factors contributing to the disappearance of tabs. Users should exercise caution when performing this action, as it may reset various browser preferences and configurations.

Contact Apple Support

In cases where the troubleshooting efforts yield no resolution, reaching out to Apple Support can provide valuable assistance. Apple's support channels offer access to knowledgeable professionals who can provide tailored guidance and assistance in addressing persistent issues with Safari, including the perplexing disappearance of tabs.

By systematically employing these troubleshooting strategies, users can effectively diagnose and mitigate the issue of disappearing tabs in Safari, thereby restoring stability and reliability to their browsing experience. Understanding the nuances of troubleshooting and leveraging these strategies empowers users to proactively address and resolve the enigmatic vanishing act of tabs in Safari.

In the realm of browsing, the unexpected disappearance of tabs in Safari can be a perplexing and disruptive occurrence. However, armed with a deeper understanding of the potential causes, preventive measures, and troubleshooting strategies, users can navigate this enigma with confidence and resilience.

The vanishing act of tabs in Safari often stems from a confluence of factors, including accidental closures, browser crashes, memory management constraints, third-party extensions, syncing discrepancies, and software updates. Recognizing these potential culprits is instrumental in preempting the vexing disappearance of tabs and fortifying the browsing experience.

To prevent tabs from vanishing unexpectedly, users can proactively leverage tab management tools, regularly save bookmarks, limit open tabs, disable unnecessary extensions, monitor iCloud syncing, and stay updated with browser and system updates. By incorporating these preventive measures into their browsing habits, users can significantly reduce the likelihood of encountering the disconcerting vanishing act of tabs in Safari.

In the event of tabs mysteriously disappearing, a systematic approach to troubleshooting can yield valuable insights and potential resolutions. Clearing browser cache and data, restarting Safari and the device, checking for browser updates, reviewing recently installed extensions, and resetting Safari settings are effective troubleshooting strategies that can help diagnose and mitigate the underlying factors contributing to tab disappearance.

Ultimately, the enigma of disappearing tabs in Safari underscores the dynamic and multifaceted nature of the browsing experience. By embracing a proactive mindset, staying informed about preventive measures, and adeptly employing troubleshooting strategies, users can navigate the complexities of tab management with resilience and efficacy.

As we bid adieu to the perplexing mysteries of vanishing tabs, let us embark on our browsing journeys equipped with the knowledge and strategies to safeguard our tabs and uphold the seamless continuity of our digital explorations. With a steadfast resolve and a repertoire of preventive and troubleshooting tactics at our disposal, we can navigate the ever-evolving landscape of browsing with confidence and composure.

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By default, Safari for iPad shows a toolbar full of browser tabs when you have more than one tab open at a time. If you'd rather simplify the look of your screen, there's a way to hide your open tabs. Here's how to hide the tab bar---or how to get it back.

First, open Settings on your iPad by tapping the grey "gear" icon.

In Settings, scroll down through the sidebar and tap "Safari."

In Safari settings, swipe upward until you locate the "Tabs" section. Tap the switch beside "Show Tab Bar" to turn it off.

If you previously turned off the tab bar and want it back, tap the "Show Tab Bar" switch instead to turn it back on here.

After that, launch Safari. You'll notice that the tab toolbar is now hidden. (Or, if you've re-enabled it, it will appear once again.)

With the tab bar disabled, you can easily switch between open tabs by tapping the "tabs" button (which looks like two overlapping squares) in the toolbar. It works just like it does on iPhone.

If you change your mind and want to see the tab bar again, just revisit Settings > Safari and switch "Show Tab Bar" back on. Happy browsing!

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Are you certain that your open tabs have disappeared - and you haven't simply opened a new Safari Window? Each Safari Window has its own self-contained set of open tabs.

When you open Safari, you may see the Shelf at the bottom of the screen - within which you will see each of your open Safari Windows; simply tap the thumbnail corresponding with the Safari Window (with associated tabs) that you wish to view.

If you closed a Safari Window - and all associated tabs - you can reopen a Recently Closed Window for a limited period of time…

Starting from a Home Screen, assuming that Safari is visible in the Dock, touch-and-hold (i.e., long touch) the Safari icon; an Action Menu will appear. 

From the menu, select Show All Windows ; you will now see a screen that closely resembles the Task Switcher - but you will only see preview windows for your open Safari Windows. At top-right (or top-left for iPadOS16/17) you will see the Reopen Closed Window(s) button.

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You should note that the Reopen Closed Window(s) button allows you to reopen a window for a limited period of time. If left too long, you may have lost the opportunity to recover the closed window - and with it the tabs and related tab history.

If you have accidentally closed all you your open tabs associated with a Safari Window, this User Tip may be helpful in recovering your tabs. While I have not [yet] updated the document to reflect changes in iPadOS15/16/17 (having been written for an earlier version of iPadOS), much of it is still relevant - as are the outlined strategies:

iPadOS - Safari - Lost Windows, Lost Tabs… - Apple Community

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  1. Safari tabs on iPad totally disappeared

    IzzzyWizzzy Author. 25 points. Safari tabs on iPad totally disappeared. My iPad software is up to date (iPadOS 13.3), and all my Safari tabs have suddenly disappeared today! I have never had this problem before, nor have I done anything different whilst using Safari. I normally use Private browsing mode.

  2. Disappearing Safari Tabs on iPhone or iPad? How to Find Them

    All you have to do is open up the tab view in Safari and long press on the "+" icon to get a look at all of the tabs that you've recently closed. play. Even if you're aware of the gesture, it's ...

  3. How to fix disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad

    Tap and hold the + icon in Safari for iPad at the top right. On iPhone, tap the tabs button → long-press the + icon. Tap any tab from the list of tabs you have closed recently. Other than that, you can also open the closed tabs on Safari from the browser history section. I have mentioned that in the next method.

  4. iPadOS

    Rearranging tabs within Safari is possible and relatively straightforward, but beware - this is one area in which open tabs, or an entire Safari window, can go missing in a variety of ways. From previous experience with earlier versions of iOS, you would likely believe that reordering tabs is a simple task; you just touch the tab that you wish ...

  5. My iPad safari tabs disappeared

    Safari tabs all deleted All my open tabs disappeared. First on my iPad, now it just happened on my phone. I had over 80 tabs open. It was like a list to remember things I needed to do, etc., spanning a great deal of time. I can't remember what all was there. I have no saved tabs option in safari mentioned in another thread. Please help!

  6. How to Reopen Closed or Lost Tabs in Safari on Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

    A list of recently closed tabs appears, click an item to open it in a new tab. Alternatively, go to History > Reopen Last Closed Tab or press Cmd + Shift + T to automatically reopen your las closed tab. Reopen your recently closed tabs from the menu bar on a Mac. Step 2. Check Your Other Safari Windows in iPadOS.

  7. How to fix Safari tabs disappearing on iPad and iPhone

    Press and hold the Safari app icon. Tap Show All Windows. Now, tap one of the windows that has the Safari tab you thought had disappeared. 2. Merge all Safari windows on iPad to get back hidden tabs. With Safari open on Mac, when you click Windows from the top menu bar, you see an option called Merge All Windows.

  8. Disappearing Safari Tabs on iPhone/iPad: 7 Fixes to Try!

    3. Access the Recently Closed Safari Tabs (iPhone and iPad) If you've accidentally closed important tabs in Safari, you'll be glad to know that you can, metaphorically, use command + shift + T on iPad and iPhone, to re-open closed tabs. Here's how to do this. Just open the tab view in Safari and then long-press the "+" button.

  9. Disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone/iPad Fix

    This fix is used to restore tabs that have been closed. Go to Safari on your iPhone/iPad and select the Tab View button (two overlapping squares) from the bottom-right. Now press and hold the Plus button at the bottom of your screen a history of the recently closed tabs appears. Look through the list of tabs and try to find the one you need ...

  10. How To Find Your Missing Tabs In Safari

    To open the list of Recently Closed Tabs on your iPhone, open Safari, tap the Tabs icon at the bottom right corner (the two overlapping squares), then tap and hold the '+' icon at the bottom. Here ...

  11. Why do all safari tabs just sometimes disappear and are gone?

    Settings > Safari > Tabs > Close Tabs = Manually. Ensure that you do not have it auto closing tabs after a day, week, month. normally I have really no performance or battery problem with even 450 tabs open. I know I WANT to get that down to much lower, but i'll have 400+ tabs open for many many months if not years.

  12. My Open Safari Tabs Have Disappeared!

    After running this by my nephew, I discovered that this had happened because I had too many tabs open, but that the missing tabs had been saved. This is what I did to recover them: Open Safari. Open a new tab by tapping + in the lower left corner of the screen. This opened a new tab showing my Favorites. One of my Favorites was labeled Saved Tabs.

  13. Open and close tabs in Safari on iPad

    Close tabs. Tap , then tap in the upper-right corner of a tab to close it. Tip: To close all tabs in this Tab Group at the same time, touch and hold Done, then tap Close All [number of] Tabs.

  14. Safari Tabs Disappeared on iPhone? How to Get Them Back!

    Open Safari, and Select a tab. Long press the Bookmark icon on your iPhone or the address bar on your iPad, and a menu will pop up. Tap Add Bookmarks for [X] Tabs. The X represents the number of tabs. Create a name for the new folder. Now you can find your saved tabs anytime by tapping the Bookmark icon in Safari.

  15. How to Restore Safari Tabs on iPhone, iPad, & Mac

    Try pressing the Command + Z keys on your keyboard after reopening Safari. It will bring back the last tab you closed. If you close multiple tabs simultaneously, keep pressing those keys until all your tabs are back. Another way to reopen a closed tab is to right-click and choose the 'Reopen Last Closed Tab' option.

  16. Why Do My Tabs In Safari Disappear

    A simple misclick on the close button or a hasty gesture on a touch-enabled device can lead to the unintended closure of tabs, leaving users puzzled by their sudden disappearance. Browser Crashes: Safari, like any other software, is susceptible to occasional crashes. When the browser unexpectedly shuts down due to technical glitches or system ...

  17. Safari Tabs Disappeared on iPhone/iPad? Recover Now (iOS ...

    Safari tabs can disappear on your iPhone/iPad if you've turned on the low power mode. It cuts the device's background processing to save battery juice, interfering with the safari tabs. Moreover, the tabs are stored as a file in the device storage; they can disappear on the deletion of the files. Low memory on the device can make the OS ...

  18. Why do my tabs disappear on my ipad safari

    iPadOS 13.3 Safari losing tabs when combining all windows When rearranging tabs in the all tabs view, it's too easy to inadvertently have the one you're moving become a separate window. If you then use the "Merge all windows" option, then tabs disappear. (Not all tabs disappear, but more than a few.)

  19. Reopen When All safari Tab Disappeared iPad

    This video can help you reopen all Safari tabs that are lost or suddenly disappeared. So id you are wondered with all my safari tabs disappeared iPad ios 13 ...

  20. Lost all my safari tabs because the iOS is stupid, what do I do

    Enter tab view. (pinch to zoom out or tap tab view button) then long press (hold down) the plus button. All your recent tabs are there. 4. Reply. Award. Share. 0000GKP. • 9 mo. ago. If you had those tabs in a tab group, they would not have disappeared when you closed the window.

  21. My Open Tabs Disappeared

    1) If the tab is manually closed, it can in many cases be recovered/reopened. With the Safari browser opened, touch-and-hold the "+" icon (top-right of the page); this will open a list of recently closed tabs. Simply select the tab you wish to reopen - and viola! Note also that the tab history is also recovered.

  22. How to Hide the Tab Bar on Safari for iPad (or Show It)

    In Safari settings, swipe upward until you locate the "Tabs" section. Tap the switch beside "Show Tab Bar" to turn it off. If you previously turned off the tab bar and want it back, tap the "Show Tab Bar" switch instead to turn it back on here. After that, launch Safari. You'll notice that the tab toolbar is now hidden.

  23. All my open tabs disappeared from my iPad.

    From the menu, select Show All Windows; you will now see a screen that closely resembles the Task Switcher - but you will only see preview windows for your open Safari Windows. At top-right (or top-left for iPadOS16/17) you will see the Reopen Closed Window (s) button.