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  • Thread starter tivoboy
  • Start date Feb 15, 2020
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macrumors 68040

  • 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?  

atmuwben

macrumors regular

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

Moonjumper

macrumors 68030

  • 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?  

Tech2hand

macrumors newbie

I would suggest to soft-restore iphone  

960design

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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Disappearing Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad? 10 Working fixes

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!

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.

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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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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).

safari on iphone with tab button circled in red

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.

iphone settings with safari circled in red

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.

iphone safari tab view with red arrow pointing left indicating to swipe left on the tab bar

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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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 .

safari

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.

shelf

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.

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.

safari tabs

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.

safari tabs

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.

safari

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 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

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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macOS: Recover Lost Tabs and Windows in Safari

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One of the things I would never, ever be aware of if I didn’t do tech support is that some users have a lot of Safari tabs open all the time. Like, a LOT of Safari tabs. For some folks, open tabs are apparently a way to remember to follow up on things or purchase items. I don’t personally understand the mindset of not bookmarking pages—I have a folder full of temporary bookmarks just for that purpose!—but whatever blows your skirt up, I always say.

In any case, if you’re one of the people who uses Safari’s tabs in this way (or if you just close stuff sometimes when you don’t mean to, like I do), then you’ve gotta know how to recover lost tabs if they get lost accidentally. The menu item for that is under “History” at the top of your screen:

History Menu

Recover Lost Tabs and Windows in Safari

So within that menu, you can see “Recently Closed,” which’ll show you tabs and windows that you may have dismissed accidentally. If you’ll note the item I’ve called out in red, that was one window with many tabs under it, and if I click the top item, it’ll open everything that was in that window. Or I could click any single item to reopen that one page.

Also under that menu are “Reopen Last Closed [Window/Tab],” which does just what it says, and “Reopen All Windows from Last Session,” which is handy if Safari didn’t restore your tabs after it was quit for whatever reason. All of these options may look a little different or say slightly different things depending on exactly how many tabs you closed, for example, but if you’re looking to get back what you lost, this “History” menu is the way to go.

Finally, there’s one more trick to know in Safari, and though it seems obvious, I think it’s something most people don’t think about—if all you want is to undo accidentally closing a tab right after you did it, you’d just press Command-Z like you would anywhere else to undo your last action. It’s the shortcut for Edit> Undo Close Tab .

Undo Close Tab

You can also press this shortcut multiple times to get back several tabs if you went on a closing frenzy and then came to your senses.

For you non-Safari users: Chrome and Firefox have very similar options to these, and in both cases, those choices are also listed under the program’s “History” menu. So, you know, whatever browser you use, you can now rest assured that you could get your tabs back if you needed to. Though no matter which is your preferred browser, if I sit at your computer and you do have fifty tabs open at once, I may just silently judge you a bit.

Or a lot. I ain’t sayin’.

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Why Did My Safari Tabs Disappear on Mac?

If you have ever opened multiple tabs in the Safari browser on your Mac and then come back later to find that some of them have mysteriously disappeared, then you know how frustrating it can be. Unfortunately, this is a common issue with Safari and it can be difficult to figure out why your tabs have disappeared.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the potential causes for why your Safari tabs disappeared and provide steps you can take to troubleshoot and solve the issue.

First, it is important to understand how Safari stores and manages tabs. The browser retains a history of all open tabs so that when you close one tab, the others remain open. However, if you close all the windows associated with a particular set of tabs, they will be removed from memory and no longer accessible. Additionally, if the computer crashes or is restarted without properly closing Safari, the tabs may not survive either.

Another common cause of lost tabs is due to user error. If you mistakenly close a window with multiple tabs open instead of just one tab, then all those tabs will disappear as well. Additionally, if you switch between computers or devices while using Safari with multiple windows/tabs open across different machines/devices, they may not all sync correctly causing some of them to be lost in the process.

Finally, there could also be an issue with your Mac or iOS device itself such as an outdated software version or a bug within Safari that might be causing your tabs to disappear unexpectedly.

If your Safari tabs have gone missing for any reason, fear not! There are several steps you can take that may help recover them:

1) Check Recently Closed Tabs: In the History menu found in the toolbar at the top of every window in Safari on your Mac (or iOS device), select “Recently Closed” from the list of options. This should display a list of all recently closed windows/tabs including those that were accidentally closed by mistake or lost due to system-related issues like crashes/reboots etc. Selecting one from this list will restore its contents automatically allowing you to pick up right where you left off!

2) Check Other Windows: If none of your missing tabs appear under “Recently Closed” then try checking other windows that might still contain them as they might still be active but hidden behind other windows/tabs on the screen – simply press & hold down on the Safari icon in your Dock (or Home Screen on iOS) and select “Show All Windows” from the popup menu – this should reveal any additional open windows containing hidden/inactive tabs!

3) Update Your Software: Finally if nothing else works then try updating both macOS (or iOS) as well as Safari itself since new software updates often contain bug fixes that could solve any stability-related issues causing your tabs to go missing in the first place!

We hope this blog post has helped explain why your Safari Tabs disappeared and provided useful steps for recovering them should it ever happen again!

Restoring Tabs in Safari

To get all your tabs back on Safari, you can go to the History menu and select Reopen All Windows from the Last Session. This will open all the windows and tabs that you had open when you last closed Safari. If you want to reopen only the last tab or window that you closed, choose History > Reopen Last Closed Tab or History > Reopen Last Closed Window.

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Safari Tabs

It’s possible that all your Safari tabs have disappeared due to a software bug. This could be caused by an outdated version of iOS/iPadOS on your device. To ensure your device is running the latest version of the operating system, try updating it. Additionally, you may want to check if any other apps are having similar issues and restart your device as this can often fix minor software bugs.

What Happened to My Open Safari Tabs?

It’s possible that your open tabs in Safari may have been inadvertently closed. When this happens, the tabs may no longer show up in the tab view. However, you can always use the Recently Closed Tabs option to re-open them. To do this, 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. This should help you locate any missing tabs and get them back!

Troubleshooting Safari Not Displaying Tabs

There could be several reasons why your Safari isn’t showing your tabs. It could be that you’re running an outdated version of the Safari browser, or there may be technical issues with the website you are trying to access. It’s also possible that you have accidentally closed one or more of your tabs without saving them. To troubleshoot this issue, try updating the Safari browser to its latest version and then reopening your tabs. If that doesn’t work, try clearing your browsing history and cookies and then reloading the website again. If none of these solutions work, contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Restoring Tabs

Restoring recently closed tabs is a simple process: 1. Right-click on the tab bar at the top of your browser window and select “Reopen Closed Tab” from the menu. This will open the most recently closed tab. 2. To open more recently closed tabs, you can use the keyboard shortcut Control/Command + Shift + T. This will bring up a window with all of your recently closed tabs, allowing you to easily restore multiple windows with just a few clicks. 3. You can also click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of your browser window and select “History” from the drop-down menu. Here, you’ll find an option for “Recently Closed Tabs” which will show all of your previously closed tabs and enable you to easily restore them with just a few clicks.

Does Safari Automatically Delete Tabs?

No, Safari tabs do not automatically delete. However, when you have too many tabs open in Safari, it can slow down the browser and lead to unexpected errors. To help prevent this from happening, Safari has a feature called “Tab Management” which will automatically weed out any tabs it thinks you’re not using. This should help reduce the strain on your browser and prevent unexpected tab deletions.

Troubleshooting Tabs Not Showing

To ensure that tabs are showing properly, first, try right-clicking on the tab bar and making sure that the “Show Tabs” option is checked. If this does not work, you may need to close and reopen the program. If this still does not work, then try opening Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Enter) and restarting the application from there. If all else fails, you may need to reinstall the program in order to properly fix this issue.

In conclusion, Safari Tabs is a convenient feature that allows you to open multiple websites in separate tabs. It is easy to use and helps enhance your web browsing experience. If you accidentally close a tab, you can easily reopen it using the Recently Closed Tabs option. Additionally, you can view all of the Safari windows by pressing and holding on to the Safari app icon on the home screen and selecting ‘Show All Windows’ from the options. So, take advantage of this useful feature and enjoy an efficient web browsing experience!

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6 Ways to Fix Safari Disappeared from iPhone Home Screen

First things first. You cannot uninstall the Safari browser from your iPhone. If the Safari icon is missing on your iPhone, there could be other reasons for that. For instance, the Safari icon might be inside a folder, on a hidden home screen, or you might have accidentally deleted it from the home screen . Another possibility is that Safari might be turned off in screen time restrictions. Whatever the reason, this post shall help you in fixing Safari disappeared from your iPhone.

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Safari is the default browser on iPhones . So one can imagine the fright if a person can’t find Safari on iPhone. But don’t worry, we are here to help you in getting the disappeared Safari icon back on your iPhone. Let’s get started.

Note: Before you try the below-mentioned solutions, please restart your iPhone once.

1. Look for Safari in Folders

If the Safari icon has gone missing from the iPhone home screen, start by looking inside the home screen folders. You might have accidentally moved Safari from the main page to a folder. You should also swipe right or left inside the folders to check all the apps. If you find Safari inside a folder, long-press it and drag it to the home screen.

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2. Use Search to Find and Add Safari to Home Screen

iPhones come with the spotlight feature that lets you find apps, contacts, settings, etc. You can use it to find and add the disappeared Safari icon back to the home screen on your iPhone.

Step 1: Go to the home screen of your iPhone and swipe down to open search.

Step 2: Type Safari. The Safari icon should show up in the search results.

Step 3: Touch and hold the Safari icon and drag it upwards slightly to go to the home screen. Lift your finger from the Safari icon to place it on the home screen.

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Tip: If you are unable to find apps using Spotlight search, know how to fix search not working on iPhone .

3. Get Safari Back on iPhone Home Screen Using App Library

If you accidentally removed Safari from the home screen, another way to look for the lost Safari icon is from the App Library on your iPhone. For the unaware, the App Library is the home screen page that shows all your installed apps and groups them in folders in one place.

Follow these steps to put Safari back on the home screen using App Library:

Step 1: From your iPhone’s home screen, swipe left multiple times to go to the last screen, which should look like this:

iPhone App Library

Step 2 : Tap on the search bar at the top. If you don’t see the search bar, slightly swipe down.

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Step 3: Type Safari in the search bar. The Safari icon will appear in the search results. Touch and hold it and select ‘Add to Home Screen’ from the menu.

Note : If the ‘Add to Home Screen’ option is missing, touch and hold the Safari icon and drag it upwards to go to the home screen. Leave the Safari icon on the home screen and it should be added back on the home screen.

iPhone App Library Search Safari

4. Unhide Home Screen Page

If the Safari icon has gone missing along with other app icons, there are chances that you might have hidden a home screen page .

To unhide a home screen page on your iPhone, follow these steps:

Step 1: On your iPhone’s home screen, touch and hold the page dots at the bottom until you see the thumbnails of your home screen.

Step 2: The pages that have checkmarks under them are enabled. Look for the page having the Safari browser and tap on the selection circle under it to enable it.

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That’s it. No, go to your phone’s home screen and you should see the Safari icon.

5. Remove Screen Time Restrictions from iPhone

If you can’t find Safari on your iPhone using the above methods, you must check and remove screen time restrictions from the Safari app. To do so, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to Screen Time followed by ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’.

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Step 3: Tap on Allowed Apps.

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Note: On earlier iOS versions, you will have to go to Screen time > Content Privacy & Restrictions > Content Privacy > Allowed Apps.

Step 4: Turn off the toggle next to Safari. It should turn green.

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That’s it. Go to your home screen and you should see the Safari app. If the Safari icon is missing, use the above methods to put it back on the home screen.

Tip: If Screen Time is turned off on your iPhone but the Safari icon is still missing, you should try turning Screen Time on. Then, follow the above steps to turn Safari off and on. Finally, turn off Safari time.

6. Reset Home Screen Layout

Lastly, you should try the final step of resetting the home screen layout of your iPhone. Doing so will delete folders that you have created on the home screen and put all the pre-installed Apple apps including Safari at their original location. This will help in restoring Safari back to the home screen.

Note : Your apps or files will not be deleted by resetting Home Screen layout.

To reset the home screen layout, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout.

iPhone Reset

Once reset, go back to the home screen and you should see the Safari icon happily sitting over there. If Safari doesn’t work for some reason, learn how to fix Safari not working on your iPhone.

FAQs About Safari on Home Screen

First, add the Safari app icon to the home screen. Then, long press the Safari icon and drag it towards the dock. Please note the dock can have only 4 icons at a time. You will have to remove one of the icons from the dock to add Safari to it.

Open the website in Safari browser. Tap on the Share icon and select ‘Add to Home Screen’ from the share sheet.

The Best of Safari

I hope you were able to find and add the disappeared Safari icon back to the home screen on your iPhone. Once it’s back, learn how to request desktop sites and share tab groups in Safari. Also, know how to customize the start page on Safari .

Last updated on 31 July, 2023

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How to Recover Lost Safari Bookmarks

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What to Know

  • Restart Safari and see if bookmarks return.
  • Or, tap iCloud > Account Settings > Advanced > Restore Bookmarks . Choose the bookmarks to restore and tap Done .
  • Or, connect your Time Machine backup drive and use the Migration Assistant . Select the relevant backup and desired bookmarks.

You can easily restore missing bookmarks using the Apple iCloud service or Time Machine. Here's how.

How to Recover Safari Bookmarks with iCloud

There are a number of steps you can try to restore your lost Safari bookmarks. We list them below:

This method assumes you have iCloud turned on and you're using it to sync data across devices or to the cloud.

If you don’t have iCloud set up on your Mac, you can follow the instructions in our Setting up an iCloud Account on Your Mac guide. Be sure to select Safari as one of the items to sync via iCloud.

Restart Safari and/or your device and see if the bookmarks reappear. If they don't, continue on.

Go to icloud.com and log in with your credentials.

Open the drop-down menu next to your name in the top-right corner and choose Account Settings .

Scroll to the Advanced section and select Restore Bookmarks .

Choose the bookmarks you want to restore, then select Done .

Restart Safari if needed, then check to see if your bookmarks are back.

How to Restore Safari Bookmarks with Time Machine

Another common method of restoring Safari’s bookmarks utilizes Time Machine . This built-in backup feature comes with all Mac computers and lets you automatically back up all of your files to an external hard drive. You can use those backups to restore your missing Safari bookmarks and more.

Connect your Time Machine backup drive to your Mac and turn it on. Then turn on your Mac.

Open Utilities > Applications > Migration Assistant .

Select the option to transfer from a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk . Then select Continue .

Select your Time Machine backup, then press Continue .

If you're asked to choose from a list of backups organized by date and time, choose one and select Continue .

Select the files you want to transfer, then hit Continue to begin the process.

Once the transfer finishes, restart your computer and log in.

The transfer process could take several hours to finish depending on the amount of information you're restoring.

Why Did Your Bookmarks Disappear?

One possible reason is a corrupted preference file, or .plist file, that Safari refused to load when it launched. Preference files store rules that tell your apps how they should work. They can become corrupted or broken over time thanks to app crashes, sudden power outages, hard drive corruption, and more.

Problems with .plist files are one of the Mac's Achilles' heels. They seem to be a weak point in how applications are structured. Thankfully, they're easily replaced, causing at most a bit of inconvenience.

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Introduction

Have you ever experienced the sudden disappearance of your Safari browser? It can be quite perplexing and frustrating, especially if you rely on Safari for your daily web browsing activities. Safari, known for its sleek interface and seamless performance, is a popular choice among Mac and iOS users. However, there are instances where users encounter the unexpected vanishing act of this beloved browser .

The disappearance of Safari can disrupt your workflow and leave you scrambling to find a solution. Whether you use Safari for leisurely browsing, work-related research, or online transactions, its sudden absence can be a cause for concern. Understanding the potential reasons behind this disappearance and its impact is crucial for effectively addressing the issue and restoring your browsing experience.

In this article, we will delve into the possible reasons for the disappearance of Safari, explore the impact it can have on your browsing activities, and provide practical solutions to help you navigate through this perplexing situation. So, if you've ever found yourself wondering, "Why has Safari disappeared?" – fret not, as we're here to shed light on this enigma and guide you towards reclaiming your cherished browsing companion.

Possible Reasons for Safari Disappearance

The sudden disappearance of Safari can be attributed to various factors, each presenting its own set of challenges. Understanding these potential reasons is essential for effectively troubleshooting the issue and preventing future occurrences. Here are some possible reasons for the unexpected vanishing act of Safari:

Software Updates : Safari's disappearance may be linked to recent software updates. In some cases, an incomplete or unsuccessful update process can lead to the browser being inadvertently removed from the system. Additionally, compatibility issues between the browser and the operating system can result in Safari being disabled or uninstalled during the update process.

Corrupted Preferences : The corruption of Safari's preferences or settings can also contribute to its sudden disappearance. When the browser's configuration files become corrupted due to system errors or software conflicts, Safari may fail to launch or vanish from the applications list altogether.

Third-Party Software Interference : The installation of third-party software, particularly system optimization tools or security applications, can inadvertently interfere with Safari's functionality. These programs may modify system settings or conflict with Safari's components, leading to its unexpected disappearance.

User Error or Accidental Deletion : Human error, such as accidental deletion or moving of Safari's application files, can result in its disappearance from the system. This can occur when attempting to organize applications or clear disk space, leading to the unintentional removal of Safari.

Malware or Security Threats : The presence of malware or security threats on the system can compromise the integrity of Safari and other applications. Malicious software may target Safari's files, rendering the browser inoperable or causing it to vanish as a result of security breaches.

System File Corruption : System file corruption, often stemming from hardware issues, power outages, or improper shutdowns, can impact the stability of Safari and other applications. When critical system files become corrupted, Safari may cease to function or disappear from the system entirely.

Understanding these potential reasons for Safari's disappearance is crucial for effectively diagnosing and resolving the issue. By identifying the underlying cause, users can take targeted steps to restore Safari and prevent similar occurrences in the future.

Impact of Safari Disappearance

The sudden disappearance of Safari can have a profound impact on users' browsing experiences and daily activities. Whether it's for personal use, work-related tasks, or online transactions, the absence of Safari can disrupt workflows and create a sense of unease. Understanding the potential impact of this disappearance is essential for grasping the extent of the issue and its implications. Here's a closer look at the impact of Safari's disappearance:

Disrupted Browsing Routines

Safari serves as a familiar and reliable platform for users to access their favorite websites, conduct research, and engage in online activities. Its sudden disappearance can disrupt established browsing routines, leaving users without their preferred browser and prompting them to seek alternative solutions. This disruption can lead to a temporary loss of productivity and a sense of inconvenience as users navigate through unfamiliar browsers or applications.

Loss of Bookmarks and Preferences

For many users, Safari is a repository of bookmarks, saved passwords, and personalized preferences that streamline their browsing experiences. When Safari disappears, users may find themselves without access to their carefully curated bookmarks and settings, requiring them to recreate these preferences or seek methods to recover their lost data. This loss of personalized browsing elements can be disorienting and time-consuming to rectify.

Potential Security Concerns

The sudden absence of Safari raises concerns about the security of users' browsing activities. Without Safari's built-in security features and privacy settings, users may feel vulnerable to potential threats when using alternative browsers or applications. This shift can prompt users to reassess their online security measures and seek reassurance that their sensitive information remains protected in the absence of their trusted browser.

Impact on Work and Productivity

For individuals who rely on Safari for work-related tasks, its disappearance can significantly impact productivity and workflow efficiency. From accessing web-based resources to conducting research and communicating online, the absence of Safari can disrupt the seamless integration of browsing activities with work responsibilities. This impact can be particularly pronounced for professionals who depend on Safari's features for their daily tasks.

User Frustration and Discontent

The sudden disappearance of Safari can evoke feelings of frustration and discontent among users who value the browser's performance and user-friendly interface. Navigating through the unexpected absence of Safari may lead to a sense of inconvenience and dissatisfaction, prompting users to actively seek solutions and express their frustration over the disruption to their browsing experiences.

Understanding the multifaceted impact of Safari's disappearance underscores the significance of promptly addressing the issue and restoring users' access to their preferred browser. By acknowledging the challenges posed by its absence, users can take proactive steps to mitigate the impact and regain a sense of control over their browsing activities.

Solutions to Safari Disappearance

Addressing the sudden disappearance of Safari requires a systematic approach aimed at identifying the root cause and implementing targeted solutions to restore the browser to its rightful place. Here are practical solutions to navigate through the perplexing situation of Safari's disappearance:

Verify Application Status

Begin by verifying the status of Safari within the Applications folder or Launchpad. If Safari appears to be missing, it's essential to confirm whether it has been inadvertently moved to a different location or deleted. In some cases, users may overlook the browser's presence due to its relocation within the system. If Safari is located, simply drag it back to the Applications folder for easy access.

Software Updates and Reinstallation

Check for available software updates for the operating system and ensure that Safari is included in the update process. Installing the latest updates can resolve compatibility issues and restore Safari's functionality. If Safari remains missing, consider reinstalling the browser from the official source, such as the Mac App Store, to ensure a fresh installation that addresses any underlying issues.

Resetting Preferences and Settings

In instances where Safari's disappearance is linked to corrupted preferences or settings, resetting the browser can serve as a viable solution. This involves accessing Safari's preferences and clearing any corrupted or conflicting settings. Additionally, utilizing the "Reset Safari" feature within the browser can help restore its default configuration and address underlying issues.

Addressing Third-Party Interference

Identify and assess any third-party software installed on the system that may be interfering with Safari's functionality. System optimization tools, security applications, or browser extensions can inadvertently impact Safari's performance. Temporarily disabling or uninstalling these third-party programs can help isolate the source of interference and restore Safari's accessibility.

Malware Scans and Security Measures

Conduct a comprehensive malware scan using trusted security software to detect and eliminate any potential threats that may have compromised Safari's integrity. Implementing robust security measures, such as enabling built-in security features within the operating system and practicing safe browsing habits, can help safeguard Safari from future security breaches.

System File Integrity Checks

Perform system file integrity checks using built-in diagnostic tools or third-party utilities to identify and repair any corrupted system files that may be affecting Safari's functionality. Resolving system file corruption can contribute to the restoration of Safari and prevent similar occurrences in the future.

By implementing these solutions, users can effectively address the disappearance of Safari and restore their browsing experiences to normalcy. It's important to approach the troubleshooting process with patience and diligence, ensuring that each solution is applied methodically to identify and resolve the underlying cause of Safari's disappearance.

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Safari app missing from Home Screen. Does anyone know how to restore it? My iPhone has the latest update.

Does anyone know how to restore a missing Safari icon on an iPhone?

Posted on Jun 30, 2023 9:44 PM

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Jul 2, 2023 1:45 PM in response to Missing-app

Hey Missing-app,

It's likely Safari was removed from the Home Screen, but should still be present in the App Library. We'd recommend reviewing this article for steps to help locate and add Safari back to the Home Screen: Organize the Home Screen and App Library on your iPhone - Apple Support

"Find, hide, and remove pages on your Home Screen

With iOS 14 and later, you can hide pages to streamline how your Home Screen looks and add them back whenever you want. Here's how to hide a page:

  • Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen.
  • Tap the dots near the bottom of your screen.
  • Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide.
  • Tap Done. 

To unhide a page, repeat the steps above. Then use the App Library to quickly find apps hidden on different pages.

To remove pages from your Home Screen:

why do my safari windows disappear

When you remove a page from your Home Screen, the apps will still appear in the App Library."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    When Safari tabs disappear unexpectedly, it can be a disconcerting experience, especially if you had important websites or resources open for reference. However, there is a glimmer of hope in the form of the "Recently Closed" feature in Safari, which can potentially help you restore tabs that were inadvertently closed or lost due to unforeseen ...

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    What to Know. Restart Safari and see if bookmarks return. Or, tap iCloud > Account Settings > Advanced > Restore Bookmarks. Choose the bookmarks to restore and tap Done. Or, connect your Time Machine backup drive and use the Migration Assistant. Select the relevant backup and desired bookmarks. You can easily restore missing bookmarks using the ...

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    1. Disable iCloud syncing for Safari. Click the Apple icon in the top right corner and select the System Preferences option. Select Apple ID. Unmark Safari. If Safari closes your tabs randomly, the fastest fix is to disable the iCloud syncing for Safari. With this, the poor connection between the sync and your tab groups should be eliminated.

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    To remove pages from your Home Screen: Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen. Tap the dots near the bottom of your screen. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide. Tap the Remove button , then tap Remove. When you remove a page from your Home Screen, the apps will still appear in the App Library." Thanks!