Many of us are familiar with this scenario: you’re looking something up on our iPhone, find exactly what we’re looking for, but then have to put our phone away to attend to something else. Later, while working on your Mac, you want to continue what you were reading on your iPhone.

If you use Safari on all your devices, you can easily open a tab from one device on another in just a few simple steps. You can also remotely close tabs on your other devices if you no longer need them.

How to Open and Close Your iPhone’s Safari Tabs on a Mac

In order for this to work, you need to make sure your devices are all signed into the same iCloud account. Open tabs are one of the many things that Safari syncs to iCloud, so if this procedure doesn’t work for you, make sure your iCloud settings are correct.

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When you want to open a tab on your Mac, simply click the “Show All Tabs” button in the upper-right corner. If you have tabs open on your Mac, you’ll see them all here, but note also, at the bottom you can see tabs open on your iPhone or iPad.

If you click on any of these, they will open up in Safari on your Mac.

You can also close tabs so they no longer appear on your phone. To do so, simply hover over the item in question and click the “X” that appears to the right.

How to Open and Close Your Mac’s Safari Tabs on an iOS Device

The procedure for this is almost the same in reverse, it just looks a little different.

Open Safari on your iOS device and tap open the “Show All Tabs” button located in the bottom-right corner.

Now, swipe up until you see the tabs open on your Mac. Now you can tap any of these and they will open up on your iPhone or iPad.

To close a tab so it no longer appears on your Mac, swipe it to the left and tap the “Close” button. The tab will then be closed on your computer.

Now you should be able to easily go from device to device and pick up where you left off without any problem.

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