How to Automatically Manage Tabs in Safari on an iPhone

Your iPhone’s Safari browser can have multiple tabs open at once, allowing you to quickly navigate between different Web pages. But you might want to know how to automatically manage tabs in Safari on your iPhone if you find that you have too many tabs open.

Like the Web browsers that you use on your desktop or laptop computer, the Safari iPhone browser uses tabs to let you have more than one Web page open at a time.

These tabs can be managed by tapping the overlapping squares at the bottom of the Safari screen.

But Safari on the iPhone will usually open a new tab any time you open a link from a text message or an email, meaning that you can have a lot of open tabs at once without even realizing it.

If you had previously been going into Safari every few days or weeks to close these tabs, then you may find it to be tedious.

Fortunately there is a setting for the Safari browser where you can have it automatically close open tabs after a certain period of time.

How to Let Safari Manage Your Tabs on an iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Safari.
  3. Select Close Tabs.
  4. Tap the desired frequency.

Our article continues below with additional information on letting Safari close your tabs, including pictures of these steps.

How to Automatically Close Tabs Every Day, Week, or Month in the Safari iPhone Browser (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 14.3.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open Settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option.

choose Safari

Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Close Tabs button.

select Close Tabs

Step 4: Choose how long you want Safari to wait before closing your open tabs automatically.

how to close tabs automatically in Safari on iPhone

The available options for automatically closing Safari tabs are:

  • Manually
  • After One Day
  • After One Week
  • After One Month

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