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Set up and use iCloud Tabs

iCloud keeps the tabs you have open in Safari up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. You can go from one device to the next and pick up browsing wherever you left off.

You can use iCloud Tabs on devices that are using OS X Mountain Lion or later or iOS 6 or later.

Set up iCloud Tabs

Set up iCloud Tabs on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud and make sure that Safari is on.
  2. Make sure that you're signed in to the same account on all the devices with which you want to share tabs.
  3. Complete these steps on all the iOS devices with which you want to share tabs. If you're sharing tabs with your Mac, set it up using the steps below.

Set up iCloud Tabs on your Mac:

  1. Choose Apple () > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Make sure that you're signed in to the same account on all the devices with which you want to share tabs.
  3. Make sure that the checkbox next to Safari is selected.
  4. Complete these steps on all the Macs with which you want to share tabs. If you're sharing tabs with your iOS devices, set them up using the steps above.

Use iCloud Tabs 

Use iCloud Tabs with iOS 7 or later on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. On iPhone or iPod touch, follow these steps:
    1. Tap the Tabs icon.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the list, below the images of tabs open on your device. A list of open tabs on your other supported devices will appear.
  3. On iPad, tap the iCloud icon.
  4. Tap the one you want to open.

Use iCloud Tabs with iOS 6 on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Tap the Bookmarks icon, then tap iCloud Tabs. A list of open tabs on your other supported devices will appear.
  2. Tap the one you want to open.

Use iCloud Tabs on your Mac:

  1. In Safari, click the iCloud Tabs button to the left of the address bar. A list of open tabs on your other supported devices will appear.
  2. Click the tab you want to open.

iCloud Tabs shows only the tabs that are open on your other supported devices, not the tabs that are open on the device you're currently using.

To remove a tab from the iCloud Tabs list, close that tab in Safari on the device that shared the tab. Quitting Safari, putting your device to sleep, or turning your device off won't remove a tab from the list. If you can't access the device that shared the tab, the tab will automatically be cleared from the list after 14 days if the tab isn't updated.

Learn what to do if you don't see your shared tabs.

Last Modified: May 21, 2014
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