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

Safari has become a strong contender lately to remain the default browser on an iPhone and iPad, instead of options like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. It got support for extensions, modified tab bar, home page customization, it uses less resources and is very well integrated to work perfectly if you keep your iPhone and Mac in sync together. However, a number of users reported that their Safari tabs disappeared randomly. If you are also facing this problem, don’t worry because we have the solution. Here are 7 solutions to fix Safari tabs disappearing on iPhone and iPad.

7 Ways to Fix Safari Tabs Disappearing on iPhone or iPad (2022)

1. Show all Safari windows (iPad only)

On iPad, you can open multiple windows of an app for better productivity and window management. However, this also means that you end up not seeing Safari tabs open in another window. This may lead you to think that Safari tabs have disappeared on your iPad.

  • To make sure this is not the problem in your case, just press and hold the Safari icon on the Home screen or in the Dock. You will see an option to “Show all windows”
  • Tap the option and iPadOS will reveal all open Safari windows for you.
  • You can then switch between these windows and see if your missing Safari tabs are open in another window.

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

If you have multiple Safari windows open on your iPad and you don’t want to constantly switch between those windows to access your hidden Safari tabs, you can also merge all the windows into one.

  • Touch and hold the Show tab preview (which looks like four squares in a quadrant) and press Merge all windows.
  • Now, all of your open tabs will display in the current window, including those that might not be visible in the Tab Preview screen.

3. Go to Recently Closed Safari Tabs (iPhone and iPad)

If you 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 reopen closed tabs. Here’s how.

  • Just open the tab view in Safari, then long press the “+” button. This will open a list of recently closed tabs in Safari.
Access Recently Closed Tabs in Safari on iPhone and iPad
  • You can scroll through this list and tap on the tabs you want to reopen.

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

4. Mark all open Safari tabs (iPhone and iPad)

Although not a solution by itself, bookmarking all open tabs can help you quickly access tabs later. If you think bookmarking multiple open tabs might be a rather tedious affair, let me tell you that modern versions of iOS (since iOS 13) have made things easier.

Mark All Open Safari Tabs on iPhone

  • Make sure you have a few tabs open in Safari. Now choose one of the tabs and then long press the bookmark icon.
  • Then choose Add bookmarks for X tabs in the pop-up window.
Safari Tabs Disappearing on iPhone/iPad: 7 Fixes You Should Try!
  • Next, give your tabs folder a suitable name and save it in the desired folder.
Bookmark All Tabs in Safari on iPhone

Mark all open Safari tabs on iPad

  • Long press the address bar in Safari and choose Add bookmarks for X tabs.
  • Next, enter an appropriate name and save it to a preferred location.

If you want to access your bookmarks in Safari, click the Bookmarks icon in the main browsing interface or in the sidebar to view all your favorites and saved folders.

Bookmark icon in Safari

After that press and hold a bookmark folder and choose Open in new tabs or Open in tab group.

Open bookmarks folder in Safari

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

iOS and iPadOS allow you to automatically close Safari tabs after a day, a week, and a month. So, if you have configured the Apple browser to close tabs automatically, choose to do it manually.

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then choose Safari.
Safari setting on iOS
  • Under the Tabs section, touch Close tabs then select Manually.
Manually Close Safari Tabs on iPhone and iPad

6. Reset your iPhone or iPad

Since Hard Reset (also known as Force Restart) is well known for fixing common iOS issues, it would also be worth giving this troubleshooter a shot. Don’t worry, this 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. Next, quickly press and release the volume down button.
  • Now press and hold 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

  • Simultaneously press and hold the home button and the side/top button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Once your device restarts, head over to Safari, open a few tabs and browse the web for a while just to check if the problem is gone.

7. Update your iPhone or iPad

If Safari tabs keep disappearing on your iPhone, the problem might be due to a software bug. So, try updating your device to the latest version of iOS/iPadOS. In order to improve overall performance, Apple releases most software updates with several bug fixes. Therefore, there is a high chance that the software update will fix the disappearing tabs.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and choose General.
Open Settings on iPhone and iPad
  • Now press Software update then download and install the latest version of iOS/iPadOS as usual.
Update the software on your iPhone or iPad

Disappearance of Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad fixed!

That’s about all there is to fixing Safari tabs disappearing on iPhone and iPad. More often than not missing tabs are just opened in another window, but if this is a nefarious bug that is making things difficult, hopefully you were able to fix your problem. So what solution was able to fix missing Safari tabs on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know in the comments.