Several readers notice that their Safari bookmarks disappear, often after an update. Users also report that Safari bookmarks do not appear to be syncing properly with iCloud connected devices, including computers.
If you’ve suddenly lost your bookmarks, or your bookmarks are not syncing, try closing the Safari app.
How-To Fix Safari Bookmarks Disappear-ing Act
If you are running iOS 9 and higher
- Double press the home button
- The apps recently used and running actively will show up on your main screen as different pages
- Swipe back and forth to locate Safari sessions and then swipe upward.
- That will close the active safari session on your iPhone or iPad
- Next Click the home button
- Tap on the Safari icon and let it restart
To do so on iOS 8 and below
- Double press the home button.
- Recently used apps will appear on the bottom of your screen.
- Locate the Safari icon (scroll right by swiping if you don’t see it). This will display a list of apps running in the background on your iPad/iPhone.
- Tap and hold the Safari icon until it wiggles.
- Tap the red minus sign.
- Click home button
- Tap the Safari icon and restart Safari
Sometimes, this simple restart of the app fixes your missing bookmarks, however if you accidentally deleted your bookmarks from one of your iOS device, you can still recover it from your iCloud account. Please read on to find out how to do so.
How-To Recover Deleted Safari Bookmarks
This has happened to many of us that have multiple iDevices. We have seen many instances where your kid playing on your iPad accidentally deletes all your saved Safari bookmarks or you might accidentally delete the bookmarks on your iPhone or iPad. This is where the recovery from iCloud comes in handy.
Assuming that both your iPhone and iPad were connected to your iCloud account, you can easily sync the bookmarks and recover them back onto your device.
Lets say that your bookmarks were lost on your iPad. In that case, simply go to Settings >iCloud. Turn off the Safari setting to OFF on your iPad and iPhone. Please make sure that you are using the same Apple id on both the devices.
Next, Turn it back on your iPhone and then on your iPad. iCloud will automatically sync your Safari bookmarks onto your iPad. This process does take some time depending upon the number of bookmarks and your wi-fi signal. Give it about 30 minutes or so and you should see all your bookmarks return to your iPad.
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