How to Back Up Safari Tabs on Your iPhone

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Have you ever been in a situation where you're on the go and need to access your Safari tabs from your iPhone? Or maybe you're trying to save those tabs for future reference? Fortunately, backing up Safari tabs on your iPhone is now possible with iCloud.

When you set up iCloud for Safari, your bookmarks, Reading List, Tab Groups, and open browser tabs are stored in the cloud instead of locally on your device. This means that you can have access to all of this information from any device that is set up for iCloud and Safari. All you need to do is sync your devices.

On the iPhone and iPad, it is easy to save all open tabs in Safari. Start by tapping and holding the Bookmark button (open book icon) at the top on iPad or bottom on iPhone. Select ‘Add Bookmarks for [number] Tabs' which will create a new folder for those tabs. Give it a name and select the location then select ‘Save'.

You can also back up these tabs when making an encrypted backup with iTunes. This will include all of your browsing history including Safari tabs so that they are saved even if something happens to your device or if you want to transfer them to another device later on.

Backing up your Safari tabs with iCloud or iTunes makes sure that they are safe even if something happens to your phone or if you want them transferred elsewhere. No more worrying about losing important information!

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Backing Up Safari Tabs on an iPhone

Backing up your Safari tabs on your iPhone is a simple process. First, open the Safari app and make sure all of the tabs you wish to back up are open. Then, tap and hold the Bookmark button (open book icon) at the top on iPad or bottom on iPhone. A menu will appear with an option to “Add Bookmarks for [number] Tabs”. Select this option to create a new folder for those tabs and give it a name. Finally, select the location where you want to save this folder and then select “Save”. With this method, you can easily keep track of all of your favorite sites and back them up in case something happens to your device.

Does Backing Up Include Safari Tabs?

Yes, if your backup was made with encrypted backups enabled, then it will include your Safari tabs as part of your browsing history. The data that is included in the backup is dependent on the settings that you have chosen when creating the backup. If you have enabled encrypted backups, then all data stored within Safari, including tabs and bookmarks, will be included in the backup.

Transferring Safari Tabs from Old iPhone to New iPhone

It is possible that the Safari tabs did not transfer to your new iPhone because Safari syncing in iCloud was not enabled. To fix this issue, you can disable and re-enable Safari syncing in iCloud. To do this, open Settings > iCloud then disable and re-enable Safari. This will force the service to restart and should resolve any issues you may be having with Safari tabs syncing between devices.

Effect of Updating iPhone on Safari Tabs

No, you will not lose your Safari tabs if you update your iPhone. Updating iOS is not meant to delete any of your data, such as open or said Safari tabs. Your data should stay intact and not be impacted by the update.

Recovering Tabs on an iPhone

Yes, you can recover your tabs on your iPhone! Safari has a built-in feature called ‘Recently Closed Tabs' that allows you to quickly access and re-open any tabs that were accidentally closed. To do this, open up the tab view in Safari and then long-press on the “+” icon to get a look at all of the tabs that you've recently closed. This will show you a list of all the tabs that have been closed in the last hour or so, allowing you to easily re-open them with just one tap.

The Impact of iCloud on Safari Tab Syncing

Yes, iCloud does sync Safari tabs across devices. It allows you to pick up your browsing on one device where you left off on another. This feature works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac devices. It is a convenient way to keep your open tabs in sync so you don't have to search for them again.


In conclusion, it is possible to save all open Safari tabs on an iPhone or iPad by tapping and holding the Bookmark button. This will create a new folder for those tabs, which you can then name and save in the desired location. Additionally, if your backup was made with encrypted backups enabled, then it should include the browsing history including your Safari tabs. Therefore, backing up your iPhone or iPad can ensure that all of your Safari tabs are saved in case they are needed in the future.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.