Retrieve Recently Closed Tabs in Safari for iPhone or iPod Touch

Retrieve Recently Closed Tabs on iPhone or iPod touch

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When browsing on an iOS device, a slip of the finger can close an open tab even if you didn't mean to do so. Perhaps you did mean to close that particular site, however, but found an hour later that you needed to open it again. Fear not, because Safari for iOS provides the ability to quickly and easily retrieve your recently closed tabs. This tutorial walks you through the process of doing so on an iPhone.

First, open your browser. Safari's main browser window should now be displayed. Select the Tabs button, located in the bottom right-hand corner of your browser window. Safari's open tabs should now be displayed. Select and hold the plus symbol, located at the bottom of the screen. A list of Safari's recently closed tabs should now be displayed, as shown above. To reopen a particular tab, simply select its name from the list. To exit this screen without reopening a tab, select the ​Done link ​located in the upper right-hand corner.

Note: This feature will not work in Private Browsing mode.