How To Close Safari Tabs Automatically on iPhone or iPad

IOS 13 or higher allows you to automatically close tabs in Safari after a specified period of time, which helps to keep your iPhone running smoothly.

Autoplay Header

IOS 13 or higher allows you to automatically close tabs in Safari after a specified period of time, which helps to keep your iPhone running smoothly.

You can have up to 500 open tabs. This number of active browser tabs can quickly get out of hand. It gets to be kind of a pain to go swiping through all your open tabs every few weeks to clean out the ones you no longer use.

Fortunately, in the Safari settings on your iPhone or iPad, you can set how long your tabs stay open before they automatically close; after one day, after one week or after one month. Let’s explore how to set this feature.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

Dilbert and App
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

To Tweet about this post, click the Tweet icon below to launch Twitter, then click its Tweet icon to post.

Check out TechSavvy.Life for their blog posts on smartphone apps, PCs. and Macs!

Close All Tabs Solution

One solution is using the Close All Tabs option revealed by a long press on Done. But it’ is no good if you have a handful of newer tabs that are still useful to have open. Refer to below image:

Close Safari Tabs 1
Close All Tabs option

The Settings Solution

First, open Settings. Next, scroll down until you see the Safari option and tap it. See below image:

Close Safari Tabs 2
Safari option under Settings

Now, swipe down to the Tabs section, then tap Close Tabs. See following image:

Close Safari Tabs 3
Close Tabs option under Safari

On this screen, you have the option to set the duration of open Safari browser tabs. When set, Safari will close tabs that have not been viewed within the period of time you set. The options are Manually, After One Day, After One Week or After One Month. This setting applies to Private tabs as well.

Checkmark an option that suits you. Refer to below image:

Close Safari Tabs 4
Select an option to automatically close Safari tabs

Now, you can exit Settings.

However, you can still find the automatically closed tabs as well as Private tabs in the Recently Closed Tabs menu by holding down the + (plus) button on the tab management screen in Safari. See below image:

Close Safari Tabs 5
Viewing Recently Closed Tabs

This is a potential downfall in using this feature. If you want to fully conceal recent browsing activity, it may be best to manually close the tabs.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I have found TechSavvy.Life blog posts extremely helpful. Check them out for posts on smart phone apps, Macs and PCs!

The following is a previous Twitter feed so you can view how a Tweet will be displayed.

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.