Safari Browser on iPhone: How to View Previously Visited Web Pages in Current Tab and Browsing History

Want to see the list of web pages you previously visited in Safari browser iOS app on iPhone? There are two different ways to do that.

  • You can see web pages you previously visited in the current browser tab, and
  • view pages you visited in the past regardless of tabs, in the Safari History.

See Previously Visited Web Pages in Current Browser Tab

Here’s how you can view previous pages of the current browsing session in the tab you’re currently using. It’s simple.

Press and hold the back button (<) in the far lower left corner of the screen.

Safari iPhone - View Recent Web Pages in Current Tab

After the long press, the list of pages you visited in the active tab will show up. As a side note, a single tap on the back button will take you to the single (last) page you previously visited.

Safari iPhone - Previous Pages in Tab

The pages in the tab’s History list are ordered from the most recent to the oldest. If you want to visit one of the listed pages, just tap on it. If you tap to visit one of the previous pages, the pages you visited after it will be accessible using the forward button (>) in the same fashion as the back button.

The visited pages you opened in a particular tab will be deleted from the history of the tab when you close the same tab.

View Previously Visited Pages in Safari Browsing History, Regardless of Tabs

Here’s how to see the list of web pages you have visited in Safari regardless of the tabs you used to visit these pages. Tap on the opened book icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Safari iPhone - View All in Browsing History

Then tap on the History button marked with a clock, in the upper right corner.

Safari iPhone - Browsing History List

The order of the pages listed in the browsing history is from the newest to the oldest. If you want to visit one of the previous pages, just tap on it.

The history list contains all web pages you visited in Safari since you opened the web browser, as well as pages visited during past Safari browsing sessions. However, the list doesn’t include web pages you opened before you cleared the history (using the Clear button in the lower right corner of the History or in Settings of the iPhone).

That’s it.

Note: For this guide I used an iPhone with iOS 12, but it’s also valid in iOS 13.

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