Safari Tabs Disappearing on iPhone or iPad? How do you find them

All too often, a seemingly small bug in Apple’s operating systems survives the company’s annual operating system launch and continues to cause users huge frustration from one software update to the next.

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Safari tabs disappearing is one such issue – reports of multiple Safari tabs disappearing without a trace date back to at least iOS 13 and to this day the problem continues to spoil the browser experience for some.

Although there is no accepted solution to the problem of tabs disappearing, there are instances where your tabs may appear to have disappeared, when in fact they were hidden from view. Here are some ways you might be able to get it back or prevent it from disappearing in the first place.

Reveal hidden tabs

On iPadOS, for example, if you press and hold a file View tab overview button (four squares in a quarter) in the upper-right corner of the Safari window, this will reveal a dropdown menu that includes an option for Merge all windows.


Select this option, and all open tabs should appear in the current window, possibly including some that were not visible in the tab overview screen. The reason this happens isn’t entirely clear, but it may have something to do with the way iPadOS manages Safari windows opened in Split View mode.

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Another action worth trying on iPadOS is to press and hold the Safari icon in the Dock or on the home screen and choose Show all windows from the popup menu that appears.


This will reveal any open windows in the shelf just above the Dock, allowing you to switch between them and possibly reveal any tabs that are lost.

Pages closed a while ago

If you have any indication that some missing tabs were inadvertently closed, you can always use Pages closed a while ago Option to reopen. All you have to do is open the tab view in Safari and long press the “+” symbol to take a look at all the tabs you have closed recently.

Even if you’re familiar with the gesture, it’s worth reminding you that this feature exists in case someone accesses your phone and checks your browser. Even if you close a tab, it will still be visible in Safari, unless you use a private browser window or clear your browsing history.

Turn off auto-close tabs

If you still can’t find some of your tabs, make sure that Safari doesn’t close them after a certain amount of time for you: Open SettingsClick on Safari -> Close Tabs And make sure of it manually Selected.

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Bookmark all open tabs

If the above suggestions don’t work for you, there is a workaround: consider bookmarking your open tabs after each browsing session. This might sound more difficult than it’s worth, but since iOS 13, Apple has included a one-click option for that.

Safari tabs

If you’re using an iPhone, make sure you have some tabs open in Safari that you want to come back to at a later time. Now, select one of these tabs, and in the main browsing window, press and hold File bookmark Code (looks like an open book).

A menu will appear on the screen that you can choose from Add bookmarks for X tabsX represents the number of tabs open.

Once you click on this option, you will be prompted to save the tabs to a new bookmarks folder (remember to give it a recognizable name). Alternately, you can choose a location from the list of existing folders to save the tabs.


If you’re using an iPad, make sure some tabs are open in Safari, then press and hold the address bar and select Add Bookmarks for X Tabs.

To access your Safari bookmarks at any time, simply click the bookmarks icon in the main browsing interface or the sidebar to reveal all your favorites and saved folders. Press and hold on the bookmarks folder and select Open in new tabsor alternatively, Open in Tab Group If you want them assembled.