Fix Missing iCloud Tabs in Safari on macOS Sierra

The latest update to macOS Sierra, released on January 23, 2017, has a bug which may remove a very useful feature: iCloud Tabs. This feature allows you to view tabs open in a browser on another one of your devices, Mac or iOS. These pages sync via your iCloud account, and you can check a web page, say, on your iPhone, then later, when you get back to your desk, see it there. (As long as you didn’t close it on the iPhone.)

You can view iCloud tabs from the cloud button in the toolbar:

Icloud tabs

You see a list of pages, by device, and you choose one to open it. These tabs are also not visible in Exposé view in Safari in the desktop as they were before.

To restore iCloud tabs, go to System Preferences > iCloud, uncheck Safari, then check Safari again. The iCloud Tabs button will return, and you’ll be able to access your iCloud tabs from that button, or from Exposé view, and you’ll see tabs and pages open on the desktop on your iOS devices.

7 thoughts on “Fix Missing iCloud Tabs in Safari on macOS Sierra

  1. I just upgraded and it works fine for me on my two machines–clearly the update didn’t break this feature on for all users.

  2. Didn’t work for me either – tried clearing Safari’s cache, including remove the bundle in Library/Caches/, unticking the Safari checkbox in iCloud settings, rebooting and then ticking it again, tried logging out of iCloud and logging in again…

    The other way around it works fine : I can see the tabs which are open on my phone, from my macbook. But not vice versa. The phone is on iOS 10 and the Macbook is running Sierra (10.12.6)

    • same problem. MacBook show iPhone and iPad tabs. But my iPhone and iPad show only each other iCloud tabs, and don’t show MacBook tabs. (MacBook pro 13 2015 (high Sierra), iPhone 7plus (ios10)..)

      • I was able to get it (back) to work, by upgrading my iPhone to iOS 11.. apparently it’s a compatibility issue

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