Prior to updating to Safari 13, iCloud Tabs was a feature that, when turned on and on clicking the tabs button on "Desktop" Safari, would show you tabs that were open on other devices at the bottom of the list.

Here’s how they used to work per Apple's support documentation: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202530

I no longer see this list of tabs.

As of this writing, I am running Safari 13.0.1 on 10.14.6.

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    +1 Just noticed this myself. Has to be a bug :( – sebrock Sep 25 '19 at 15:59
  • What versions of Safari are you using on your other devices? – cjm Sep 25 '19 at 16:27
  • I’m experiencing the same thing. I’ve recently upgraded to Safari 13.0.1 on macOS 10.14.6, while my iPhone is running iOS 13.0.0. Safari on both of my Macs, and my iPhone, see no iCloud Tabs at all. – jeffbyrnes Sep 25 '19 at 17:44
  • Same thing, I am running iOS 13.1 on iPhone XS, iPadOS 13.1 on iPad Pro (2018) and macOS 10.14.6 on MacBook Pro. Reported this to Apple during beta testing, issue since beta5... just got ignored... – NotationMaster Sep 26 '19 at 21:10
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    My two Macs (one 10.14.6 and one 10.15beta) both show iCloud tabs in Safari 13. But they are gone from my iPhone 6+ which will never run iOS13. I don't think this is a bug - rather it is a consequence of Apple's linking of service upgrades to OS upgrades. – Gilby Oct 1 '19 at 23:15

A Reddit user claims Apple support said they won't sync until your Mac is running Catalina.

  • Thank you for sharing the Reddit link. If, upon upgrading to Catalina the problem resolves itself, I will select this answer as the correct answer. – Professor Tom Sep 26 '19 at 16:41
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    Issue is ... I have some friends with a similar setup who do not have the same issue ... also ... why should we be forced to upgrade to have something that used to work? – NotationMaster Sep 26 '19 at 21:10
  • If you've updated your iOS device, then it might use a new improved syncing system which older macOS versions can't interact with – Ezekiel Elin Sep 26 '19 at 23:51
  • And if you've updated your Mac device(s) to Safari 13 it uses a new syncing system which will never work with older iOS versions. – Gilby Oct 1 '19 at 23:17
  • Apple support also recommended Catalina to me. But I'm refusing... for now. I feel this is a bug and I'm hopeful it will be fixed soon. – Matt Sephton Nov 1 '19 at 7:25

I am in the exact same situation, two iOS 12 devices and a macOS 10.14.6 machine. When running Safari 13.0.2 on my MacBook Pro I cannot see the iCloud tabs of my iOS devices, but the iOS devices can see each other's tabs. Download the Safari Technology Preview, which is version 13.1.2, and I can confirm that the iCloud tabs work again as expected. I can see the Safari tabs that are open on my iOS tabs devices again on my Mac. We'll have to wait until Safari 13.1.2 becomes available.

  • Is that still the case in November? I just installed Safari 13.0.3 on Mojave 10.14.6, and I'm still unable to see the iCloud Tabs. Might consider the preview if it does indeed fix the problem. – CoBrA2168 Nov 3 '19 at 1:00
  • I can't answer that question unfortunately, as I've since upgraded my Mac to Catalina. I can confirm that I still can't see the Safari tabs that I have open on my iOS 12 device from my Mac. – ekloosterman Nov 4 '19 at 8:11
  • Thank you for the reply. So your Catalina Mac is running the latest official Safari build (which I presume is the same as Mojave, 13.0.03)? If that's the case, then whenever our Safari applications are updated to 13.1.2 (regardless of which version of MacOS we are running), iOS 12 tabs should come back. – CoBrA2168 Nov 5 '19 at 1:20

I noticed this problem a while ago, but didn't dig into it until now. I am using iOS 13.3 and trying to get tabs from 10.13.6.

The Apple support page clarifies what should work and what will not work:

iCloud Tabs works between devices running iOS 13 or iPadOS and macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later, or between devices running iOS 12 or earlier and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 or earlier.

Apple's What's new in the updates for macOS Mojave page does not mention changes that would make things incompatible, but here is a much more detailed break down of the 10.14.4 update.


Catalina & iOS 13 - iCloud Tabs should work

Mojave 10.14.4 & iOS 13 - iCloud Tabs should work

Any version of macOS less than Mojave 10.14.4 won't work without iOS 13 for iCloud Tabs.

If you're running iOS 12, then don't go above Mojave 10.14.3 or you will not have iCloud Tabs anymore.

  • This probably should be the chosen answer; at least, it explains the situation I'm experiencing, which led me to this thread. In discussion of this in an Apple community forum, it was stated that this has to do with encryption: earlier macOS/iOS versions didn't encrypt tabs, newer ones do. – Tom Loredo Jan 9 at 1:41

I solved it on my side now so I will propose my solution. I used to beta test macOS Catalina on an external SSD connected via T3 to my MacBook Pro. Naively, I logged in with my AppleID on that account and turned on all things iCloud.

For quite understandable (now) reasons the two logins from the same machine in two different macOSs created a conflict in the sync. I booted today from that disk, signed out from my AppleID, saving a copy of the (possibly) not uploaded things to a folder which then I emailed me, and then rebooted into my main disk with Mojave.

Headed into System Preferences > iCloud, turned Safari back on and, after a few minutes, everything started working again. Maybe you have a similar situation, or even another machine which is just logged in with the same AppleID.

I hope this sheds some light at least.

  • I noticed a day or two ago after I updated Safari for desktop on Mojave, I was able to see my iCloud tabs. However, I have updated one desktop machine (a MacBook) to Catalina. So I’m not for sure if I’ve been safari solve the issue or is updating the Catalina solve the issue even though the machine I saw iCloud tablet was not upgraded to Catalina. – Professor Tom Oct 12 '19 at 16:07

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