How To Master Tabs in Safari on iPad and iPhones

Hi everyone, my name is Rob and I’m a fairly new regular blogger. I love how the blogging community helps people connect and am very honored that Hugh asked me to do a guest post (my first one).

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Blogger and writer Rob Copeland

My online writing is mostly focused on tech topics (Rob’s Tech Talk), but I also sometimes write about other topics such as travel, writing, and life in general (Words From Rob).

I started my Tech Talk site fairly recently after some family members suggested I create a tech newsletter to help them better use their technology. I’ve always been the family tech guy and have always enjoyed helping people get the most out of their technology. I thought a blog might be a good way to do that, but on a larger scale. I mostly focus on Apple devices and try to write tips and articles in a simple and straightforward way.

I retired a few years ago after a long career at Microsoft and moved to the beautiful state of Oregon. One of the goals I had during retirement was to write more. It took me a while to find the right projects, and I’ve enjoyed blogging, particularly the Tech Talk site because I get to combine my passion of technology with writing. I’ve also been (slowly) working on a novel.

The quick tips below will give you a sense of my tech writing and I hope you find it useful. Visit me online at:

Safari Tip: Reopen Closed Tabs

Safari on the iPhone and iPad allows you to have multiple web pages open at the same time using tabs. This makes it easy to switch back and forth between different pages quickly, but have you ever accidentally closed a tab and wanted to re-open it? There is a very easy way to do just that.


If you’re not sure how to use tabs, here’s a quick intro.

Open New Tab

On an iPhone, to open a new tab, tap the Tabs button at the bottom, then tap the + button:

On an iPad, tap the + button at the top right of the screen:

Once the new tab is added, you can enter the address to the web page.

Note: If the toolbar is hidden, tap the top of the screen to show it.

Switch Tabs

To switch to a different tab, tap the Tabs button and then tap the tab you’d like to view:

On an iPad, if the Tab Bar is displayed, just tap the tab you’d like to view:

Note: to enable the tab bar on iPad, go to Settings -> Safari -> Show Tab Bar. The Tab Bar will only be displayed if there is more than one tab open.

Close Tab

To close a tab, tap the Tabs button, and then tap the x on the tab you’d like to close:

On an iPad with the Tab Bar showing, tap on the tab to select it, then tap the x on the tab:


If you accidentally close a tab (or several), and want to quickly reopen it, tap and hold the Add Tab button. You will be shown a list of recently closed tabs. Just tap the one you want to re-open:

Bonus: Quick Access

Tap and hold on the Tab Button for a shortcut menu to quickly add a new tab, close the current tab, or even close all tabs:

Never Lose Your Place

I’ve often closed several tabs while cleaning up Safari, only to realize that I closed one that I meant to keep. This tip has helped me many times and I hope it helps you, too.

If you find these tips useful and would like to read more, visit my Tech Talk site.

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My thanks to Rob for writing this guest post.

I’ve learned so much from Rob about Apple products and how to use them. His blog posts are easy to follow and he always includes screenshots, which I find helpful. He’s fairly new to the blogging world, so please do visit his blogs and say hello. You can follow his ‘Tech Talk’ blog by clicking here.

If you have any questions for Rob, please leave them in the comments section. (No questions for me please). He’ll get back to you as soon as he can.

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21 thoughts

  1. I am pretty useless on my iPad and have nearly launched it into the ether on many occasions and tips if needs must. will be gratefully received.. haha…You can just tell I love it, Can’t you?…

    1. Thanks, Molly. I hope you keep finding useful information. I’m always happy to hear that my posts have helped someone.

  2. HI Hugh and Rob,
    Thanks for the tips. I also have Apple products, Mac, iphone and recently a iPad pro. I love it that I can put something on my calendar, notes, address book and more and it updates to all my equipment. I definitely will be following you Rob.
    Now I have a mystery I haven’t been able to solve. Shortly after I purchased my iPad, every night at 2 am I hear a voice coming from my study where I have left my iPad and iPhone. I have put both on ‘Do Not Disturb’ and it still happens. I have turned both off and it happens. Since the voice is coming from across the house from my bedroom, I can’t understand what it says. Any idea of what it might be and how to silence it? Thanks

    1. That sounds like something from an episode of The Twilight Zone, Chuck. Sometimes, my Google Home Assistant will all of a sudden start talking (often when I’m not in the same room). Also, the TV in our bedroom sometimes flashes a green light during the night. I’ve changed the update settings from 24:00 to 13:15, but it still occasionally will flash a green light at night (as if it’s doing a software update). I have no idea why. Hopefully, Rob will have the answer for you.

    2. Hi Chuck, I’m glad to have you as a follower. I hope you enjoy the site.

      This issue is strange. I think Hugh makes a good point about his Google Assistant. Do you have one of those or something that uses Amazon Alexa? That might be the culprit. If not, I would try moving the iPhone and iPad to a different room just to see if it’s really one of them. If so, it’s pretty odd. Reach out on my site and I’ll try to help.

      I heard a voice at 3am a few weeks back. It was hard to pinpoint so I got up and walked around. I finally heard it say “low battery.” But with so many electronics it was hard to know which device it was. I finally found that it was a smoke alarm, and I didn’t even know it could talk!

  3. Thanks, Hugh, great guest! I’m pretty good with my iPhone and iPad but I didn’t know about the tap and hold feature. Just visited Rob site and love the signing and sending docs tutorial.

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