iCloud Tabs is the Apple solution to syncing currently open tabs in Safari across all of your devices. It is a life saver for when you have to leave a webpage now and need to access it again from another device later. All it takes is a few taps and you’re right back to where you were. Make sure you read to the end, where I show you one of the best, yet widely unknown features of iCloud Tabs!
On your iOS device, you access iCloud Tabs from the Tabs button in the lower right corner of Safari (looks like a stack of two squares). When you tap this button, you will first see currently open tabs on the device you are using. However, if you flick the screen up and scroll to the bottom, you will see your other devices listed, followed by tabs that are open in Safari on them. All you need to do is to tap on the name of the page that you want to reopen, and it will pop open in a new tab right in front of you!
To access iCloud Tabs from a Mac running OS X Yosemite, you follow similar steps to when you’re using Safari on iOS. In Safari on your Mac, you will find the Tabs button in the top right corner of your window, next to the Share button. When you click on that button, Safari will zoom out to give you an overview of currently open tabs on your machine, as well as list the open tabs on your other remote devices. To open one of those pages, you simply click on the title.
Now you know how to access open tabs on your other devices. However, what if the tab you have accessed contains personal information that you’d rather not risk leaving open on your other devices. Wouldn’t it be great if you could not only open tabs from other devices, but also close tabs on them as well? Well, you can! This is one of the best secret features of Safari! To do this on your iOS device, all you need to do is access the iCloud Tabs list as I explained above, but instead of tapping on the name of the page you want to open, instead swipe on it to the left. This will reveal a Delete button, which you can tap and cause that tab to close on that remote device! Similarly, on OS X, when you hover the mouse pointer over the remote tab that you’d like to close, a small x will appear on the right, which you can click to close, as you would click on any other window to close it.
Much like Apple’s Handoff and Continuity features, iCloud Tabs in Safari for iOS and OS X is a fantastic feature that really helps to tie the whole Apple environment together. Being able to stop what you’re doing on one device, and easily pick up where you left off on another is a revolutionary step forward in personal computing.