I’m running Safari 14.1.2 under MacOS 10.14.6 Mojave, and accidentally all my Safari tabs got closed. I only noticed this some days after running the last session, so I cannot “reopen all windows from last session” — the missing tabs are no longer in the last session’s record.

Searching for a way to recover, I found this question, Where does Safari save recently closed tabs?, but alas, neither of the two suggestions there has worked for me. In separate attempts, I did copy over both ~/Library/Safari/LastSession.plist and ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.apple.Safari.savedState from backups, but upon relaunching Safari will still not open the windows and tabs I had open before.

Any further suggestions that would work for Safari under Mojave?

  • Have you checked in Safari > History > Recently Closed?
    – Thinkr
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 13:22
  • Th u 4 this sugg. I tried now a series of Reopen Last Closed, and that brings back a number of recently closed tabs — but these are all tabs that I closed intentionally, not those that got closed when all my open windows in Safari, with numerous tabs that I had kept open, got closed unintentionally. It is these latter that I want to restore. And those I want go far further back in time than what a series of Reopen Last Closed returns. I can see All History (back to 31 Dec 2020) — but that’s a jumble of both tabs I want to be open and those I can forget :-(
    – muwa6
    Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 11:05

2 Answers 2


So I tried again: loaded ~/Library/Safari/LastSession.plist from Time Machine backup, and then Reopen All Windows from Last Session. This time, miraculously, it worked :-) God knows why it failed the first time…


Try Show All History, Recently Closed, or a series of Reopen Last Closed…

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  • You're on Mojave?
    – Thinkr
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 13:30
  • @Thinkr - yup, last decent OS they made :P
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 13:42
  • @Tetsujin: as I wrote, I cannot “reopen all windows from last session” because the missing tabs are not from the last session, but from an earlier one.
    – muwa6
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 13:54
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    muwa6 - I made no mention at all of reopen from last session, as that was the one you already said you'd tried.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 15:34
  • @Tetsujin Just to know :D
    – Thinkr
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 16:47

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