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. That means you can go from one device to the next and pick up browsing wherever you left off.

Set up iCloud Tabs

Complete these steps on all of the devices where you want to share tabs.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  2. Make sure that Safari is on.

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, and click Apple ID. Then click iCloud. 
  2. Click to turn on Safari.

If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences and click iCloud. Click to turn on Safari.


Open a tab

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Tap the Tabs  button.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list. Below the images of tabs open on your device, you'll see a list of open tabs from your other supported devices.
  4. Tap the one you want to open.

On your Mac

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click the Tabs  button. Below the images of tabs open on your Mac, you'll see a list of open tabs from your other supported devices. 
  3. Tap the one you want to open. 

Close a tab

Quitting Safari, putting your device to sleep or turning off your device doesn't remove a tab from the list.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Tap the Tabs  button.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list. Below the images of tabs open on your device, you'll see a list of open tabs from your other supported devices.
  4. Swipe left on the tab that you want to close, then tap Close. 

On your Mac

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click the Tabs  button. Below the images of tabs open on your Mac, you'll see a list of open tabs from your other supported devices.
  3. Hover the pointer over the tab that you want to close, then click the Close  button that appears.

If you can't set up or use iCloud tabs

iCloud Tabs works between devices running iOS 13 or iPadOS or later and macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later, or between devices running iOS 12 or earlier and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 or earlier. 


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