How to Automatically Close Safari Tabs on iPhone and iPad

Safari got some nice improvements in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. One of the small, nifty features I’ve found worth considering is the ability to automatically close Safari tabs on iPhone and iPad. While it’s pretty simple to manually kill Safari tabs, I forget to clear them more often. As a result, tabs stay open for several days or even weeks. So it’s good that Apple has offered a better way to deal with tabs in the stock web browser. In this short piece, I’ll show you how this small but remarkable feature works.

How to Automatically Close Safari Tabs in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Unlike before, you can configure Safari to remove tabs after a stipulated time. For example, you will be able to kill them all after a day or a week, depending on your needs. Aside from increasing privacy regarding what you browse the web, it can also go a long way in keeping the app clutter-free. Having said that, let’s move on to the easy steps!

one. Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Now scroll down and Safari icon.

Scroll down and tap Safari

3. Next, scroll down tabs section and beat Close Tabs.

Tap Close Tabs

4. Up next, you have four options to choose from:

  • Manual: Manually close Safari tabs
  • One Day Later: Automatically close Safari tabs after a day
  • One week later: Automatically close Safari tabs after one week
  • After a month: Automatically close Safari tabs after one month

Automatically kill Safari tabs

Now, you can choose any option according to your preference. By default, Manual option selected. In this test, I will choose One Day Later. Exit the Settings app after choosing your preferred option. Going forward, iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 will automatically kill tabs after the set time.

Later, if you change your mind, go back to Safari settings by following the steps outlined above and finally choose Manual.

How to Manually Close All Safari Tabs at Once on iPhone and iPad

Just in case, if you don’t want to go for the automatic option, there is a way to close all Safari tabs at once. And you can do this even on older iOS versions like iOS 12 or iOS 11. To do this, all you have to do is open Safari Tap and hold > on your device tabs icon in the lower right corner of the screen > select Close All (Number) Tabs on the menu. This much.

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Manually close all tabs in Safari

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Unclutter Safari with Ease…

As mentioned above, it is a well thought out addition to Safari. And I’m sure many users will appreciate it. I’ve been using it since iOS 13 arrived on my iPhone; and so far, it’s been working pretty well. While Apple’s web browser isn’t packed with features, what makes it one of the best Google Chrome alternatives is the wide array of security and privacy features that come in handy when you want to protect your data from prying eyes. Do you have any feedback about Safari? Be sure to take it in the comments below.

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