How to Close Safari Tabs Automatically on iPhone

With the release of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Safari has got some nice improvements. One of the best features that we liked the most is the ability to close Safari tabs automatically after a fixed amount of time which can be defined in settings.

Though closing multiple tabs on Safari is quite easy. But most of the time people forget to close the tabs. And the tabs remain open for several days and sometimes for several weeks. So, it’s a great idea that Apple has offered a way to close Safari tabs automatically.

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Set Safari Browser to Automatically Close the Tabs on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

With iOS 13, you can now configure the Safari browser on your iPhone and iPad to kill tabs after the selected amount of time. For example, you can now kill all of the open tabs on Safari after one day or a week depending on your requirements. Besides enhanced privacy, this feature allows you to keep the Safari app clutter-free. Let’s get started with configuring Safari to close the tabs after 1 week.

Step 1: Open Safari Settings in iPhone

First of all, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad scroll down, and tap on the Safari icon. After that, you will see more settings related to the Safari browser.

Open settings in iPhone and select Safari
Open settings in iPhone and select Safari

Step 2: Go to the ‘Close Tabs’ Settings

Next, scroll down to find the Tabs section and tap on the Close Tabs option. Here, you can define the settings to make sure the Safari tabs close automatically after a set period of time.

Tap on Close Tabs option
Tap on Close Tabs option

Step 3: Set Safari to Close Tabs Automatically

Now, you will have four options to select from. All four options are explained below:

ManuallyClose the Safari tabs manually
After One DayAutomatically close the Safari tabs after 1 day
After One WeekAutomatically close the Safari tabs after 1 week
After One MonthAutomatically close the Safari tabs after 1 month
Select an option to close Safari tabs automatically
Select an option to close tabs automatically

Now, you can select any option based on your requirements. By default, the ‘Manually‘ option is selected. In this tutorial, we have selected to close Safari tabs After One Day. After selecting your desired option, you can quit the Settings app. From now onward, iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 will automatically kill Safari tabs after the set time.

You can always change the settings back to default by following the same process as explained above.


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Manually Close All Safari Tabs At Once on iPhone and iPad

The automatic option for closing Safari tabs is quite convincing. But, if you don’t want to go for the automatic option, there is another way to close all the Safari tabs in one go. And, it doesn’t require you to be on the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.

To close all open tabs on Safari, first, open Safari on your device. After that, touch and hold the tabs icon at the bottom right corner of the screen and select Close All (Number) Tabs in the menu. And you are done here.

Manually close tabs on Safari browser in iOS 13 or newer
Manually close tabs on Safari browser in iOS 13 or newer

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Set up your iPhone or iPad to Close Safari Tabs Automatically

The above tutorial explained how you can configure the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad to close tabs after a selected amount of time. However, you might need to upgrade your device’s software as this feature is available on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 only and not on earlier versions.

In case you have some important tabs open on your Safari browser that you want to keep open in order to use them later, you can select to close the tabs Manually. Hope you liked this tutorial. Feel free to drop your ideas and suggestions in the comment section down below.

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