Access Safari tab’s history by performing tap and hold on back button

Safari tab history

When you are browsing the web on your iPhone or iPad you visit tens of pages using a single Safari tab. Just like any other web browser iOS Safari allows you to go back to the previous web pages you visited by tapping on the back button. You can tap the back button as many times as you want to access the page you are looking for, however this is not a very convenient way of doing this simple task. Luckily iOS is full of useful gestures and actions that make the life of the users easier.

One little known feature of mobile Safari browser is that it allows users to get a full list of web pages they visited in any given tab. All you have to do is tap and hold on the ‘back’ button from the button bar of Safari. You can not only view the history of a Safari tab but you can also jump to any link by simply tapping on it. This method is much faster than repeatedly tapping the back button to get to your desired page, which in some cases can be 10 or more pages away.

This simple method will not only save your time but will also allow you to save some of that precious bandwidth in case you are using the cellular network with limited allowance. Each tab has its own history, which can be accessed by the tap and hold method.

Chrome tab history

Bonus: For those of you who use Chrome for iOS, this feature is available on Google’s browser as well. Just tap and hold on the back button located on top left side of your screen.

Also read: Get the most out of Safari browser on iPhone or iPad with these tips

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  1. This no longer works on iOS 8. At least on my iPad Air. When I touch and hold the back button I see a history that starts several days ago. In other words, the latest history items are missing from the drop down list. If I touch the back button once it will take me back to the previous page. So that works. But the list does not work.

  2. Hasn’t worked on my iPad mini 1g for awhile. This latest, slower ios is for the birds. I hate how they make you shell out for new handhelds every 3 or 4 years. Technology is awesome, but they have really got us good.

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