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How to view tabs open on your other devices in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Safari’s iCloud Tabs feature lets you quickly and easily access web pages that you’ve already opened in Safari on any of your other Apple devices — iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, or Macs. Here’s how to use it.

  1. On iPhone or iPad, tap the URL field in the Safari status bar.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see tabs open on your other devices.
  3. Use the drop-down menu to select the device you wish to see the tabs for.

    Source: iMoreSource: iMore

Each device linked to your iCloud account is sorted alphabetically by its name; if you don’t see your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, make sure the device is signed in with the same Apple ID credentials. Tabs created in Private Browsing mode are excluded from iCloud Tabs so you won’t see those.

How to share a website in iOS 15 Safari

1. Tap the Share button in the center of the location button.

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2. On the ensuing screen, tap the contact you want to share a website link with (it will be in the last app you connected with them) or pick an app for sharing the link.

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The Share icon is also what you tap to perform other actions with a particular web page. These actions include copying the link, adding it as a bookmark or favorite, searching for a word or phrase on the page, and adding to your reading list.

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How to switch tabs in Safari on iPhone and iPad

  1. On an iPhone, tap the show pages icon in the bottom right of the screen (looks like two squares). (On iPad, this looks like four squares and is situated in the top right of the screen).
  2. Tap on the tab you want to switch to.

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On the iPad’s larger display, you’ll also benefit from Mac-like tab dividers beneath the URL field. These can be tapped to switch between tabs too.

Always Open Pages in New Tabs

To open all links in new tabs all the time, open a terminal window and type the following command line: “defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true” without the quotation marks. To reverse this, open a terminal window and type: “defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool false” without quotes.

To open a terminal window on a Mac, first open the Applications folder, then the Utilities folder and then the Terminal application, or enter “Terminal” in the search field of the Launchpad.

How to Open New Tab in Safari Mac?

Just like launching a new window, you can also open new tabs within the browser window. Each browsing tab will work independently of each other.

Here are the steps to open a new tab within the safari browser on macOS:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on the computer.
  2. From the menu bar select the File menu.
  3. Choose New Tab from the menu options.

This will open a new tab within the same browsing window on the Safari browser. You can also open the new tab within the same browsing window by hitting on the command.

You can open unlimited browser tabs until your Mac

You can open unlimited browser tabs until your Mac machine exhaust memory. If you notice any lag, then close the windows that are no longer needed. However, the MacOS is smart enough to understand the old windows and tab that hogging memory.

Open a page in a new tab from the bookmarks sidebar

In the Safari app 

Control-click a bookmark, then choose Open in Ne on your Mac, do any of the following:

  • Control-click a bookmark, then choose Open in New Tab from the shortcut menu.

  • Control-click a bookmarks folder, then choose Open in New Tabs.

    Each bookmark in the folder opens in a new tab.

To open the bookmarks sidebar, click the Sidebar button in the toolbar, then click Bookmarks.

Method 3: The Drag and Release!

Press and hold a link, and the preview will pop up — but don’t let go yet! Start dragging your finger towards the tab bar and release once the green “+” pops up.

Also works on macOS.

How to switch between browser tabs in iOS 15 Safari

1. Tap the tab button along the bottom strip of icons in Safari. 

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2. Select the tab you want to open.

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Alternatively, you can swipe upward on the location bar to see all your tabs. 

You can also quickly move between taps by swiping the location bar left-to-right or right-to-left to switch to the next or previous open tab, though we’ve found this to be tricky on iPhones with smaller screens.

Automatically open pages in tabs

  1. In the Safari app on your Mac, choose Safari > Preferences, then click Tabs.

  2. Click the “Open pages in tabs instead of windows” pop-up menu, then choose an option:

    • Never: Links designed to open in new windows open in new windows.

    • Automatically: Links designed to open in new windows open in new tabs.

    • Always: All links designed to open in new windows open in new tabs, including links designed to open in specially formatted separate windows.

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